Competition: Major League Soccer – Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas
Venue: Sporting Park – Friday, May 29 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST – Saturday, May 30)
Match Odds: Sporting Kansas City 11/10 – Draw 23/10 – FC Dallas 23/10
The hosts are currently sixth in the Western Conference and have recorded some impressive results in recent weeks, with a 4-2 win at home to New England Revolution, followed by a 0-0 draw away at Seattle in their double gameweek.
If you had offered SKC head coach Peter Vermes four points from those two games beforehand, he would’ve almost definitely been happy with that outcome.
The two good results last week extended SKC’s unbeaten run to five games in a period where they also picked up a valuable point away at DC United. They’ve now lost just one of their last ten (W4, D5).Embed from Getty Images
FC Dallas are second in the Western Conference and come into this game off the back of a disappointing 2-1 defeat away at Montreal Impact which marked their third loss of the season.
This will be the second of five consecutive games on the road for Oscar Pareja‘s side as they look to get through this tough period of the season.
Dallas will be slightly concerned over Fabian Castillo‘s availability after he missed training on Wednesday and will be hoping he’s fit enough for action come kickoff time.Embed from Getty Images
These two sides met on week two of this season in a game that saw FC Dallas run out 3-1 winners at Toyota Stadium thanks to two goals from Blas Perez and a Fabian Castillo strike.
That win for Dallas was the first time they’d beaten SKC in four attempts, drawing two and losing one of the previous three meetings.
Sporting Kansas City defenders Ike Opara, Seth Sinovic and Chance Myers are all out injured. Roger Espinoza, Bernardo Anor, Marcel de Jong and Dom Dwyer are also doubts in an SKC squad that continues to look slightly depleted.Embed from Getty Images
FC Dallas will continue to be without defender Stephen Keel, while, as mentioned, Fabian Castillo is a slight doubt.
Sporting Kansas City’s last five: D/W/D/W/D
FC Dallas’ last five: D/W/W/D/L
Key Stat: There have been 32 goals in games involving Sporting Kansas City – that’s the same number of goals in games involving FC Dallas and is higher than any other teams in the Western Conference, so we can hope for more of the same.
Key Player: Benny Feilhaber – With more assists (7) than any other player in MLS this season, as well as chipping in with three goals, stopping Feilhaber from pulling the strings is going to be a tough task for FC Dallas.Embed from Getty Images
Sporting Kansas City 1-1 FC Dallas – It’s tough to separate these two sides coming into this. If Dwyer isn’t fit for SKC then it will be a big blow and equally for FC Dallas if Castillo misses out. The hosts are in good form but Dallas will need to recover from their poor result in Montreal.