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Sporting Kansas City vs. LA Galaxy | 2017 MLS Match Preview

Sporting Kansas City vs. LA Galaxy
2017 MLS Regular Season - Week 29
Children's Mercy Park – Kansas City, Kan.
Sunday, September 24 – 2 pm ET
WATCH: FOX, FOX Deportes in USA; MLS LIVE in Canada

Who saw this coming this year? The LA Galaxy, who have qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs every season since 2009 (currently tied for the second longest streak in MLS history), are on the brink of being eliminated from playoff contention before October. A loss or tie against Sporting KC on Sunday, while not dealing the Galaxy the definitive blow, will move them closer to seeing their fate sealed next week. 

LA and Sporting are two teams heading in distinctly different directions. The Galaxy are coming off back-to-back 4-0 shutout losses and superstar Giovani Dos Santos is feeling the heat. Meanwhile, Sporting KC just won the 2017 U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday and site four points removed from first place in the West. 

Although LA have the second best road record in MLS (5W-7L-2D), expecting them to beat Sporting KC on the road for the first time in nearly a decade (2007) is a big ask. Sporting KC are not only the lone remaining undefeated team at home this year, but they're also riding a club-record 23-game home unbeaten run (16W-0L-7D) which is the longest active streak in MLS. 

Sporting Kansas City

  • Suspended: DF Kevin Ellis (team suspension)
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International Duty: None
  • On Loan: None
  • Injury Report: OUT — MF Soni Mustivar (hamstring strain), FW Cameron Porter (broken fibula); QUESTIONABLE — FW Latif Blessing (thigh injury), FW Gerso (shoulder injury)

Projected Starting XI (4-3-3, left to right): Tim Melia — Seth Sinovic, Matt Besler, Ike Opara, Graham Zusi — Benny Feilhaber, Ilie Sanchez, Roger Espinoza — Daniel Salloi, Diego Rubio, Cristian Lobato

LA Galaxy

  • Suspended: MF Jermaine Jones (red card suspension)
  • Suspended after next caution: DF Bradley Diallo, DF Nathan Smith
  • International Duty: None
  • On Loan: None
  • Injury Report: OUT – MF Baggio Husidic (fractured fibula), MF Sebastian Lletget (foot surgery), DF Robbie Rogers (ankle injury), DF Daniel Steres (L2-4 transverse process fracture), DF Pele van Anholt (torn ACL/meniscus); QUESTIONABLE – DF Bradley Diallo (right hamstring)

Projected Starting XI (4-2-3-1, right to left): Jon Kempin — Bradley Diallo, Dave Romney, Michael Ciani, Ashley Cole — Jonathan Dos Santos, Joao Pedro — Romain Alessandrini, Giovani Dos Santos, Emmanuel Boateng — Gyasi Zardes

All-Time Series

Sunday marks the second and final meeting of the season between the two clubs. Their first match on June 24 was one of the LA Galaxy's nine home losses of the season thus far, as SKC emerged 2-1 winners on goals by Roger Espinoza and Ike Opara.

  • Overall: Sporting KC 21W-24L-14D (71 GF, 88 GA) … LA Galaxy 24W-21L-14D (88 GF, 71 GA)
  • At SKC: Sporting KC 15W-8L-7D (43 GF, 39 GA) … LA Galaxy 8W-15L-7D (39 GF, 43 GA)

Officials

Referee: Mark Geiger
Assistant Referees: Nick Uranga, CJ Morgante
4th Official: Armando Villarreal
Video Assistant Referee (VAR): Alex Chilowicz

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Current Form

Sporting KC
D
L
W
L
D
W
LA Galaxy
L
L
W
D
L
L

Season Stats

Sporting Kansas CityLA Galaxy
28Games Played29
11Wins7
6Losses16
11Draws6
35Goals36
22Goals Conceded56
311Shots271
137Shots on Target109
308Fouls committed359
331Fouls suffered322
60Offside39
134Corners155

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
SKC107560351.2
LA116741361.2
01234+Avg
SKC143602
LA824100.9
01234+Avg
SKC932000.5
LA343311.6

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
SKC1014400220.8
LA57935561.9
01234+Avg
SKC671000.6
LA425221.9
01234+Avg
SKC473000.9
LA154132
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