Sporting KC Look To Rebound Against The Houston Dynamo


Sporting KC look to get back to their winning ways against the Houston Dynamo at 7:30 PM on Saturday. Sporting saw their four game unbeaten streak end in the dying moments of last weeks game against the defending champions LA Galaxy.

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Sporting KC looked to be heading towards a hard earned point on the road against the LA Galaxy as the score was tied headed into extra time, but LA earned a corner in the last minute and Omar Gonzalez was able to get to the ball and direct it into goal giving LA the 2-1 victory.

Sporting KC and the Houston Dynamo are old rivals and are having very similar seasons thus far in 2015. Both teams have nine points in seven games played with exact 2-2-3 records.

Houston has the advantage with six goals for to only four goals against giving them a plus two goal differential compared to Sporting KC’s seven goals scored with eight goals against giving them a minus one goal differential.

The middle of the Western Conference standings are crowded with five teams sitting on nine points. Four of the five teams having seven games played with Real Salt Lake being the lone team on nine points with only six games played giving them a game in hand.

Sporting KC and Houston have a very recent history that gives them a very good reason to be rivals. They met three straight years in the Eastern Conference playoffs from 2011-2013. Houston knocked Sporting KC out of the playoffs in 2011 and 2012 before advancing to the MLS Cup finals and losing to the LA Galaxy both years.

Sporting KC got their revenge in 2013 when they knocked Houston out of the playoffs before meeting and ultimately defeating Real Salt Lake for an MLS Cup Championship.

Sporting KC has had the advantage on Houston recently having only one loss in their last seven meetings. Sporting KC has also not lost in Houston in their last four trips there with two wins and two draws.

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Sporting KC will be without Erik Palmer-Brown who is away on international duty. The injury report is relatively crowded for Sporting KC most notably with Krisztian Nemeth (right hip bursitis) and Chance Myers (left Achilles) listed as questionable.

Nemeth was Sporting’s lone goal scorer against LA and is tied with Ike Opara for the Sporting KC lead for goals scored with two. Myers was upgraded on the injury report from out to questionable for the first time since suffering the torn Achilles last season.

The Houston Dynamo should be at full strength with only Boniek Garcia listed on their injury report and he is listed as questionable.

Sporting KC will be desperate for at least a point on the road in Houston but will be going all out for a win. They can’t afford to fall too far behind in the Western Conference and expect to make a run in the second half of the season.

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