Take a moment to look at the title of this post… Notice anything? It never mentions who Sporting KC is playing. That’s done intentionally. When writing a title for a post, there needs to be something that will grab the reader’s attention, and playing DC United sure isn’t going to do it for most people: DC is the worst team in the MLS, by far. But Sporting is still fighting for the Supporter’s Shield, the award given to the team with the best record in the regular season. With the new Mexican hero, Graham Zusi, back in a Sporting jersey, this should be a very winnable game for the Kansas City team.
Friday night’s match will be broadcast nationally on the NBC Sports Network for all of America to see at 7 pm Central. Sporting has only two games left during the regular season, this game against the United and one in Philadelphia next Saturday, which is also on the NBC Sports Network. So if you want to get to watch the team and get to know them before the playoffs start, now’s your chance.
There are two games left for every team; some are fighting for playoff berths, some are fighting for rites to the Supporter’s Shield, some are fighting for both. For instance, the Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, the Seattle Sounders, and the LA Galaxy are all within three points of the Supporter’s Shield, yet none have technically clinched a playoff spot, although they will all probably qualify.
Sporting is the second best team in the Eastern Conference right now, and is one of two teams that qualified for the playoffs. They’re fourth in the entire MLS, only one point separating them with the league-leading New York Red Bulls. Yes, four teams are all within one point of winning the Supporter’s Shield. When you have several teams this close at the end of the season, it makes for drama galore. So if you’re looking for more excitement in your sports-watching life, then just pay attention to the MLS over the next few weeks. It could be quite captivating.