Preview: Sporting KC’s Last Chance

Revolution forward Diego Fagundez (14) controls the ball as Sporting KC forward Jacob Peterson (37) defends during the second half of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Gillette Stadium. (Stew Milne, USA TODAY Sports)

Revolution forward Diego Fagundez (14) controls the ball as Sporting KC forward Jacob Peterson (37) defends during the second half of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at Gillette Stadium. (Stew Milne, USA TODAY Sports)

Sporting Kansas City plays the New England Revolution tonight in the last game of this two-legged series. If Sporting wants to continue in the MLS Cup Playoffs they must win the game by two goals or win in overtime.

The playoff format in the MLS works with a two game series. Whoever has the most goals after both games moves on to the next round. The Revolution won the first game 2-1, last Saturday night.

So, if Sporting KC is leading by one goal at the end of 90 minutes then there will be two extra periods, each 15 minutes long. If the overtime periods fail to produce a lead, then the game moves to penalty kick shootouts.

Since the Revolution won the first game, they will be able to play with an extremely defensive scheme, trying to prevent a KC goal at all cost. New England’s plan of attack will be to pull most of there players into the defensive part of the pitch and counterattack when the chances arise. The good news for Sporting is that their defensive line can stop most of those chances; there is no better defense than Sporting in the MLS, having only 30 goals scored against.

These teams played twice during the regular season, a draw and a 3-0 win for Sporting. The win came with two Kei Kamara goals, who is no longer with the team. Kansas City will attack from either side, sending in deep crosses hoping one of their young strikers can send it home. If Sporting scores in the first 30 minutes, I have no doubt that they can move on to the next round.

The game is not being played on national television. If you have a subscription to MLS Live you will be one of the few who gets to watch.

Topics: Sporting KC

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