Competition: Major League Soccer – Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado Rapids
Venue: Children’s Mercy Park – Sunday, April 9 – 19:00 ET (00:00 BST)
Match Odds: Sporting KC 3/4 – Draw 5/2 – Colorado 7/2
Sporting Kansas City host Colorado Rapids in an important Western Conference clash on Sunday night in the final fixture of what will be an action-packed Week 6 in MLS.
Sporting KC remain unbeaten through four games after last week’s 0-0 draw at Toronto. However, they have only managed to score two goals so far this season but have done well to only concede once.
All those goals came in the 2-1 win at home to San Jose. Three 0-0 draws on the road isn’t ideal but SKC will need to be a little more adventurous if they are going to challenge for the Supporters’ Shield this season.
Pete Vermes will expect his side to win on home soil yet again but Colorado will offer a stern test as they are a tough unit to break down themselves.
The Rapids have had three full weeks to prepare for this game. Their game with FC Dallas last weekend was postponed following the international break and it’s unclear how that length of time off will affect them.
On one hand they’ve had a long time to prepare for the trip to Children’s Mercy Park, but on the other it means they are lacking match sharpness that SKC have been able to build upon.
The Rapids lost 1-0 at the Red Bulls in their only away game of the season so far and have now suffered defeats in their last four MLS away games in total.
These two sides met three times last season with Colorado winning all three clashes, conceding just one goal in the process.
Sporting Kansas City will remain without Diego Rubio, who is out with a torn ACL, while Benny Feilhaber is set to miss out with a thigh strain that kept him out of last week’s draw in Toronto.
Colorado Rapids head coach Paolo Mastroeni has had three full weeks to prepare for this game but he will be without John Berner and Axel Sjoberg, who remain injured. Marlon Hairston and Eric Miller are listed as doubtful. Sam Cronin and Eric Burch have been sent to Minnesota United in a trade that has seen Mohammed Saeid and Josh Gatt head the opposite way, so both will be in contention to start.
Sporting KC’s form: D/D/W/D
Colorado Rapids’ form: W/L/D
Key Stat: Colorado Rapids have won their last five games against Sporting KC in MLS, scoring eight and conceding only two in that time.
Key Player: Dom Dwyer – The SKC striker has yet to get off the mark for the season but has looked lively through his side’s opening games. If he can get in behind the Rapids defence on Sunday he’ll undoubtedly cause them all kinds of problems.
Sporting Kansas City 1-0 Colorado Rapids – It doesn’t look like there will be a flurry of goals in Sunday’s meeting. Both sides are strong defensively and won’t want to allow any space in behind. But with the pressure on Sporting KC to win the game, they will be expected to attack more and could be rewarded with a narrow victory against a Rapids side that might be a little rusty after three weeks off.