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Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado Rapids | MLS Match Preview

SPORTING KANSAS CITY vs. COLORADO RAPIDS
Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan.
October 21, 2015 (WEEK 24, MLS Game #331)
8:30 p.m. ET (MLS LIVE)

It’s a critical match in the Western Conference playoff chase ahead of #DecisionDay when Sporting Kansas City play host to the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday evening at Sporting Park. SKC still have not secured their place in the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs, but they can do so with a victory, following their 1-0 loss at the San Jose Earthquakes last weekend. The Rapids have been eliminated from playoff contention as they face two road games to conclude the season, coming off a fourth consecutive defeat in a 1-0 home loss to the Montréal Impact in their last match. 
  • Sporting are still a win away from clinching a spot in the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs, following their 1-0 loss at the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday in their last match.
  • The Rapids saw their losing streak extended to four games, and their overall winless run to six matches, following a 1-0 loss to the Montréal Impact at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in their last game on Oct. 10.
  • The teams are meeting for the third time this season, each having won on their home ground. Krisztian Nemeth and an own goal led Sporting to a 2-0 victory, June 27 at Sporting Park; Maynor Figueroa and Kevin Doyle scored second-half goals to lead the Rapids to a 2-1 win, Aug. 29 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
  • The Rapids victory in the last meeting ended a nine-game winless streak against Sporting. Since the last Colorado win, March 28, 2009 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, KC was 4-0-5 vs. Colorado.
  • The Rapids haven’t won in Kansas City since 2002, a 2-1 win at Arrowhead Stadium. Since, Kansas City is 9-0-4 at home vs. Colorado.

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REFEREE: Fotis Bazakos. AR1 (bench): C.J. Morgante; AR2 (opposite): Anthony Vasoli; 4th: Nima Saghafi
MLS Career: 48 games; FC/gm: 26.8; Y/gm: 3.8; R: 11; pens: 16

SUSPENDED: none
WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: KC: Dom Dwyer, Soni Mustivar … COL: Sam Cronin, Lucas Pittinari, James Riley, Marcelo Sarvas, Jared Watts
FINED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: KC: Roger Espinoza, Kevin Ellis, Benny Feilhaber, Seth Sinovic, Tim Melia … COL: Marc Burch, Bobby Burling, Kevin Doyle, Maynor Figueroa
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (54 meetings): Sporting 23 wins (1 shootout), 93 goals … Rapids 18 wins (3 shootout), 72 goals … Ties 13
AT KC (26 meetings): Sporting 18 wins (0 shootout), 57 goals … Rapids 3 wins (1 shootout), 25 goals …Ties 5

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Colorado
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Season Stats

Sporting Kansas CityColorado Rapids
32Games Played32
13Wins8
10Losses14
9Draws10
46Goals30
42Goals Conceded39
292Shots305
132Shots on Target120
426Fouls committed463
369Fouls suffered403
55Offside91
140Corners193

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
SKC715334461.4
COL1115411300.9
01234+Avg
SKC352231.8
COL3103101.1
01234+Avg
SKC4101111.1
COL851010.7

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
SKC119642421.3
COL813740391.2
01234+Avg
SKC652111.1
COL294201.4
01234+Avg
SKC544311.5
COL643201.1
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