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Sporting Kansas City vs. Vancouver Whitecaps | 2016 MLS Match Preview

SPORTING KANSAS CITY vs. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS
Children's Mercy Park | Kansas City, Kansas
August 20, 2016 | Week #24 | MLS Game #246
10 pm ET (TSN1, MLS LIVE, RDS2, KMCI-38)

A crucial match in the chase of playoff positions in the Western Conference is on tap when Sporting Kansas City meet Vancouver Whitecaps FC for a third time this season, on Saturday evening at Children’s Mercy Park. Sporting return home following a 2-2 draw at MLS overall leaders FC Dallas last weekend, sitting three points above the red line in fifth place in the conference. Whitecaps FC have fallen two points out of the top six, after suffering a third consecutive defeat last weekend in a 2-1 home loss to the San Jose Earthquakes at BC Place.

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  • Sporting KC put an end to a three-game losing streak on the road, but still saw their winless streak on their travels extended to 11 games, reaching a 2-2 draw with FC Dallas on Saturday evening at Toyota Stadium. Dom Dwyer scored a pair of goals, his fourth two-goal game of the season, now with 12 goals for the league campaign, sitting in a tie for fifth in the MLS Golden Boot standings.
  • Whitecaps FC had their losing slide extended to three games and their overall winless run now at five matches, after their 2-1 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes on Friday evening at BC Place. Nicolas Mezquida scored the first league goal for the ‘Caps since July 16, snapping their goalless drought at 407 minutes, longest in MLS this season.
  • The teams are meeting for the third time this season. Dom Dwyer scored a pair of first-half goals as Sporting took a 2-1 win March 12 at Children’s Mercy Park; the teams reached a 1-1 draw April 27 at BC Place, as Vancouver’s Christian Bolaños and SKC’s Diego Rubio traded first-half goals.
  • Sporting have a four-game undefeated streak alive in the series, with three wins in that span. SKC have never lost to Whitecaps FC at home in four matches in KC (0-3-1). The lone Whitecaps FC victory in nine meetings all-time came in 2014, a 2-0 win at BC Place.

REFEREE: Kevin Stott. AR1 (bench): Jonathan Johnson; AR2 (opposite): Eric Weisbrod; 4th: Nima Saghafi
MLS Career: 288 games; FC/gm: 25.4; Y/gm: 3.2; R: 71; pens: 74 SUSPENDED: none

WARNINGS:
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: VAN: Kendall Waston
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: KC: Matt Besler, Dom Dwyer, Lawrence Olum, Jimmy Medranda … VAN: Pa-Modou Kah, Blas Perez, Andrew Jacobson
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

HEAD-TO-HEAD
ALL-TIME (9 meetings): Sporting 5 wins, 17 goals … Whitecaps FC 1 win, 13 goals …Ties 3
AT KC (4 meetings): Sporting 3 wins, 9 goals … Whitecaps FC 0 wins, 6 goals … Ties 1 2016

2016 (MLS)
3/12: KC 2, VAN 1 (Dwyer 5, 41 – Morales 70) 
4/27: VAN 1, KC 1 (Bolanos 14 – Rubio 27)

  • The teams are meeting for the third time this season. Dom Dwyer scored a pair of first-half goals as Sporting took a 2-1 win March 12 at Children’s Mercy Park; the teams reached a 1-1 draw April 27 at BC Place, as Vancouver’s Christian Bolaños and SKC’s Diego Rubio traded first-half goals.
  • Sporting have a four-game undefeated streak alive in the series, with three wins in that span. SKC have never lost to Whitecaps FC at home, winning three times and drawing once there lifetime. The lone Whitecaps FC victory in nine meetings all-time came in 2014, a 2-0 win at BC Place.
  • The teams will meet again on Aug. 23, at BC Place, in the first of two matches in Group C in the CONCACAF Champions League. The return fixture is set for Sept. 13 at Children’s Mercy Park.
  • Coaches record: Peter Vermes vs. VAN: P9 W5 L1 D3… Carl Robinson vs. KC: P5 W1 L3 D1

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Current Form

Sporting KC
L
L
W
W
L
D
Vancouver
W
D
D
L
L
L

Season Goal Leaders

Season Stats

Sporting Kansas CityVancouver Whitecaps FC
26Games Played25
10Wins8
11Losses11
5Draws6
30Goals34
30Goals Conceded41
290Shots255
116Shots on Target135
331Fouls committed344
295Fouls suffered266
53Offside39
160Corners117

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
SKC89630301.2
VAN76921341.4
01234+Avg
SKC163301.6
VAN156101.5
01234+Avg
SKC733000.7
VAN613111.2

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
SKC710720301.2
VAN56932411.6
01234+Avg
SKC453101.1
VAN444101.2
01234+Avg
SKC354101.2
VAN125222.2
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