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Sporting Kansas City vs. Minnesota United | 2020 MLS Match Preview

2020 MLS Regular Season Week 11
Sporting Kansas City vs. Minnesota United
Children's Mercy Park – Kansas City
September 12 – 8:30 PM ET

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

LOCAL TV: FOX Sports North, FOX Sports KC

After splitting a pair of 2-1 wins, Sporting Kansas City host Minnesota United in the rubber match, a top of the Western Conference table clash Sunday night at Children's Mercy Park.

SKC (5W-3L-2D) are winless in their last four after falling on the road to the Houston Dynamo 2-1 last Saturday, while Minnesota United (5W-3L-2D) have scored seven goals in consecutive home wins, including a 3-2 triumph against FC Dallas at Allianz Field Wednesday night. 

The Loons won the first meeting this season, with Kevin Molino scoring the stoppage-time winner against 10-man SKC. Peter Vermes' squad earned a measure of revenge at Allianz Field August 21 in a match that saw both teams score an own goal.

Sporting Kansas City

Erik Hurtado gave the visitors a 1-0 lead on the half-hour mark, but goals by Alberth Elis and Mauro Manotas off the substitute's bench sunk SKC last Saturday night at BBVA Stadium. Sporting are 0W-2L-2D in their last four. 

"I thought for 60 minutes of the game, we were pretty organized," Vermes said. "Obviously, we got the goal and that took a little pressure off. I would state that we started to probably get a little tired. I tried to make some subs. I tried to change the team around. We went to five in the back to try to deal with (Houston's attack). We knew what was going to happen. We knew they were going to come forward with a lot of people. We couldn't close the game out unfortunately."

Project Starting XI
  • Updated team roster
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Felipe Gutierrez (M) - knee injury
    • OUT: Roger Espinoza (M) - undisclosed injury
    • OUT: Daniel Salloi (F) - undisclosed injury
    • OUT: Alan Pulido (F) - undisclosed injury
    • OUT: Winston Reid (D) - undisclosed injury
    • OUT: Erik Hurtado (F) - undisclosed injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Gadi Kinda (M)
  • International duty: None

Minnesota United

Molino scored twice and Mason Toye added another goal for Minnesota United in a 3-2 win over FC Dallas at Allianz Field. Minnesota had to play with 10 men for the final eight minutes (plus stoppage time) after Romain Metanire was sent off in the 82nd minute, but they managed to hang on. The goal by Toye was especially huge with Luis Amarilla and Aaron Schoenfeld not available through injuries. 

“Hopefully, it will help his confidence. I think he’s overthinking things a little bit at times. But, obviously, for front men, goals mean an awful lot," Loons coach Adrian Heath said. "So, he’s got a good opportunity, because, you know, Luis has had his injection and we still think he’s going to be two or three weeks. And, Schoenfeld is showing a lot more signs of being fit, but we still think he’s maybe a week, two weeks away. So, Mason has got an opportunity to show everybody what he can do."

Project Starting XI
  • Updated team roster
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Tyler Miller (GK) - hip injury
    • OUT: Ike Opara (D) - undisclosed injury
    • OUT: Ethan Finlay (M) - undisclosed injury
    • OUT: Osvaldo Alonso (M) - undisclosed injury
    • OUT: Greg Ranjitsingh (GK) - undisclosed injury
    • OUT: Aaron Schoenfeld (F) - undisclosed injury
    • OUT: Luis Amarilla (F) - undisclosed injury
  • Suspended: Romain Metanire (D)
  • Suspended after next caution: Jose Aja (D)
  • International duty: None

Series Matchup at Sporting KC

  • Sporting KC: 4 wins, 10 goals
  • Minnesota United: 0 wins, 1 goal
  • 0 draws

Officials

  • Referee: Kevin Stott
  • Assistant Referees: Kyle Atkins, Brian Poeschel
  • 4th Official: Malik Badawi
  • VAR: Jorge Gonzalez
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Sporting KC
W
W
L
D
D
L
Minnesota
D
L
L
L
W
W

Season Stats

Sporting Kansas CityMinnesota United FC
10Games Played10
5Wins5
3Losses3
2Draws2
20Goals21
15Goals Conceded16
91Shots108
45Shots on Target50
128Fouls committed137
103Fouls suffered123
14Offside10
60Corners48

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
SKC33211202
MIN42022212.1
01234+Avg
SKC211012.2
MIN010112.7
01234+Avg
SKC121101.8
MIN410111.9

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
SKC44101151.5
MIN41320161.6
01234+Avg
SKC310012
MIN102001.3
01234+Avg
SKC131001
MIN311201.7
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