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Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo | 2020 MLS Match Preview

2020 MLS Regular Season Week 7
Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo
Children's Mercy Park – Kansas City
August 26 – 8:30 PM ET

STREAMING: MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US; MLS LIVE on DAZN in Canada

LOCAL TV: QuestTEXAS Ch. 55, FOX Sports KC Plus

Sitting top of the table in the West after defeating Minnesota United, Sporting KC look to extend their lead when they host a Houston Dynamo team last in the West and still seeking win No. 1 of the 2020 season.  

This is the rare second meeting between the teams at Children's Mercy Park with Alan Pulido leading the way to a comfortable 4-0 win back in March.

Sporting Kansas City

What is Gianluca Busio's best role for Sporting KC? The 18-year-old normally plays further up the field, but was instead deployed as a deep-lying midfielder against Minnesota United and shined in that role. It's not a position Busio has trained in a lot, but the Homegrown star impressed coach Peter Vermes with his play against the Loons.

"I thought actually [he] was excellent today," Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes said after the match. "He gave us something a little different in the game. His work ethic, his ability to win balls. He got out of a lot of stuff."

Project Starting XI
  • Updated team roster
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Felipe Gutierrez (M) - knee injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:None
  • International duty: None

Houston Dynamo

The Dynamo registered their first clean sheet of the season. That's the good news. The bad news is three points weren't attached as Houston battled FC Dallas to a 0-0 draw in the latest edition of the Texas Derby Friday at BBVA Stadium. The chances were there, though, with the Dynamo holding FC Dallas without a shot in the first half and outshooting their rivals 17-7 for the game. 

“I think we did exactly what we wanted to do, which was to take possession away from them. Dallas is a team that usually has possession every game, and we wanted to make sure that we were the ones dictating the game,” Tab Ramos said after the game. “I liked the way the team looked today. I liked how organized the team was defensively, so we solved some issues there. Attacking wise, we spread the field and we made Dallas work for 90 minutes, chasing the ball. So I felt that we’re in a good spot."

Project Starting XI

  • Updated team roster
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Michael Salazar(M) - right knee injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Victor Cabrera (D) - thigh injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Boniek Garcia (M) - thigh injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Mauro Manotas (F) - thigh injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None

Series Matchup at Sporting KC

  • Sporting KC: 2 wins, 5 goals
  • Dynamo: 2 wins, 7 goals
  • 0 draws

Officials

  • Referee: Joseph Dickerson
  • Assistant Referees: Jason White, Diego Blas
  • 4th Official: Lukasz Szpala
  • VAR: Jon Freemon
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Current Form

Sporting KC
W
W
L
W
W
W
Houston
D
L
D
L
D
D

Season Goal Leaders

Season Stats

Sporting Kansas CityHouston Dynamo FC
6Games Played6
5Wins0
1Losses2
0Draws4
15Goals6
6Goals Conceded11
53Shots59
31Shots on Target22
81Fouls committed85
70Fouls suffered68
10Offside6
28Corners27

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
SKC30111152.5
HOU5100061
01234+Avg
SKC200012.7
HOU110000.5
01234+Avg
SKC101102.3
HOU400001.2

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
SKC4200061
HOU41001111.8
01234+Avg
SKC300001.3
HOU110000.5
01234+Avg
SKC120000.7
HOU300012.5
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