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Scouting Report: An unsporting fit Kansas City

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A bit of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for this year’s Sporting KC

Max Aquino / Sounder at Heart

What You’ll Watch

The Seattle Sounders return home after a one-game road trip to take on Sporting Kansas City. This will be the second of two meeting this season. KC won the precious meeting 3-2. The Sounders will look to bounce back from their first loss at home two weeks ago against the Portland Timbers.

Sporting Kansas City currently sits in 10th place in the Western Conference with a record of 6-9-7 (25 points in 22 games played; 1.14 ppg) and the Sounders remain in second place in the West with a record of 11-6-5 (38 points in 22 games played; 1.73 ppg). Last time out, Seattle came away with a 1-0 victory on the road against Houston and Sporting KC lost 3-1 on the road against New York City.

This will be the 19th all-time regular season meeting between these two clubs. Overall, Seattle is 9-5-4 with 19 goals scored and 18 conceded. At home, Seattle is 5-2-2 with eight goals scored and four conceded.

Tale of the Tape

Seattle

Last Five: L-W-W-L-W

Leading Goal Scorer: Raul Ruidiaz, eight goals

Assist Leader: Nicolas Lodeiro, nine assists

Sporting Kansas City

Last Five: L-W-W-L-L

Leading Goal Scorer: Felipe Gutierrez, eight goals

Assist Leader: Johnny Russell, five assists

Injury Report, Suspensions and International Duty

Sporting KC

  • OUT: D - Rodney Wallace (hip surgery 4/23, out 4-6 months)
  • OUT: M - Cameron Duke (hamstring injury)
  • QUESTIONABLE: D - Botond Barath (back injury)
  • QUESTIONABLE: F - Krisztian Nemeth (abdominal injury)

Seattle

Out: Will Bruin (torn ACL) and Gustav Svennson (left hamstring strain)

Questionable: Raul Ruidiaz (concussion), Victor Rodriguez (left hamstring strain) and Brad Smith (right adductor pain)

Suspensions: N/A

International Duty: N/A

Match Officials

REFEREE: Ismail Elfath

AR1: Frank Anderson

AR2: Mike Rottersman

4th: Baldomero Toledo

VAR: Kevin Stott

AVAR: Rene Parra

What to Watch

  • Sporting KC are having an incredibly difficult first 2/3rds of the season, much like the Sounders have experienced in recent years. They’ve been riddled with injuries and suspensions. They boast a 6-9-7 record and currently sit six points out of 7th place with 25 points. Their biggest problem is that they can’t defend and can’t score goals. Only Vancouver, Colorado, and Cincinnati have allowed more goals this season. Leaky.
  • One of the root causes to Sporting’s lack of success is that they’ve been unable to get all of their best attackers on the field at once. They’ve had to rely heavily on Yohan Croizet in the attack. Originally, Croizet was brought in as a DP winger/attacking mid, but has failed to live up to his price tag. He’s played just about every position on the field for SKC besides goalkeeper and centerback. In theory, a front three with Daniel Salloli, Krisztián Németh, and Johnny Russell is really good, but they just haven’t seen a ton of minutes together this season.
  • The home team has won 4 of the last 5 in this matchup. Seattle’s won their last 3 home matches against SKC. Sporting is 2-5-4 on the road. You can see where I’m going with this. Peter Vermes is a good coach, but at times he’s stubborn. He should come to Seattle and try to bunker, but I don’t think he will. An open game could spell a disaster for SKC. The Sounders have scored at least 2 goals in the last 3 against SKC.

How to Watch

Date/Time: Sunday, August 4 @ 7:00 PM

Location: CenturyLink Field — Seattle, WA

TV: FOX Sports 1

Streaming: YouTube TV, ESPN+ (out of market, affiliate-link)

Radio: 950 KJR AM (English), El Rey 1360AM (Spanish)

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