Competition: Major League Soccer – Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City
Venue: CenturyLink Field – Saturday May 23rd – 22:00 ET (03:00 BST)
Match Odds: Seattle 1/1 – Draw 12/5 – Sporting Kansas City11/4
This is the first of three home games for Sounders and Sigi Schmid’s side come into the game off the back of an away win against Vancouver Whitecaps.
Seattle are sitting third in the Western Conference having played 10, winning six, drawing one and losing three games.Embed from Getty Images
Obafemi Martins could miss this one. His lethal partnership with Clint Dempsey is proving to be unplayable and the pressure is on Dempsey to provide.
Sporting Kansas City come into this one after an impressive 4-2 over New England Revolution on Wednesday.
Peter Vermes will be delighted with the way his side’s has started the season and will be hoping for a positive result here to show they’re capable of maintaining a push for the playoffs.Embed from Getty Images
Benny Feilhaber has been in inspired form this season and is pushing for a call-up for the Gold Cup. He has scored three and created six already.
Seattle Sounders will probably be without Obafemi Martins which is a huge blow as he has scored six goals this season and Chad Marshall is a doubt.
Sporting Kansas City are littered with injuries. Ike Opara, Seth Sinovic and Chance Myers are all out. Roger Espinoza, Paulo Nagamura and Bernardo Anor are all doubts while Marcel de Jong and Graham Zusi will be pushing for a start.
Seattle Sounders’ last five: W/W/W/D/W
Sporting Kansas City’s last five: L/D/W/D/W
Key Stat: Seattle have won 7 of their last 8 matches against Kansas City in all competitions.
Key Player: Clint Dempsey – the prolific number two will be expected to step-up in the absence of his strike partner.
Seattle Sounders 2-1 Sporting Kansas City – Sounders to edge a tough tie against a good Kansas City side struggling with injuries.