Sporting KC Look To Extend Win Streak On Saturday


Second place in the Western Conference standings will be on the line when Sporting KC takes on rival Real Salt Lake at 7:30 PM Central time on Saturday.

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The game is a rematch of the 2013 MLS Cup final in which Sporting KC defeated Real Salt Lake to capture their first championship since the re-brand from the Wizards to Sporting Kansas City. It will also be the first time the two teams meet up after Sporting KC moved to the Western Conference this year.

Sporting KC is currently riding a two game winning streak with wins against New York City FC, and then last week a dramatic late come from behind win against the Philadelphia Union.

Sporting KC trailed Philadelphia 2-1 heading into extra time, but they had six minutes of added time to mount a comeback. Defender Jalil Anibaba scored in the first minute of added time to draw even, and then newcomer Krisztian Nemeth scored the winner in the fourth minute of added time.

Not only was Nemeth’s goal the winner, but it was also the 1,000th goal scored in franchise history. Graham Zusi scored the 900th goal, and former Sporting KC forward Kei Kamara scored the 800th. Hopefully Nemeth can live up to the standard that those guys set.

Real Salt Lake is also coming in to the game riding a two game win streak with victories over with victories over Toronto FC and the San Jose Earthquakes. Real Salt Lake has yet to lose this year with two draws and two wins on the season.

Real Salt Lake has not had much luck when traveling to Sporting Park as they have not won a game in four attempts, and has only scored one goal total at Sporting Park.

Sporting KC has been fortunate by some mistakes from the opposing goalkeeper in recent weeks, but they can’t expect to have the same luck this week as they will face United States Men’s National Team veteran Nick Rimando.

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After a shaky start to the season Dom Dwyer will look to continue the momentum started when he captured his first goal of the season last week against Philadelphia.

Sporting KC will likely be without Graham Zusi as he is still making his way back from the hamstring injury suffered against New York City FC, and Seth Sinovic is questionable with a groin injury.

Marcel de Jong will likely step in for Sinovic, and Jacob Peterson or Bernardo Anor will fill in for Zusi.

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