Sporting KC welcomes LA Galaxy with top seed in in-game conference
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – As the weekend’s game with the Seattle Sounders approached, the stars had to line up for Sporting Kansas City to be crowned No.1 seed in the Western Conference. Fast forward to the middle of the week, and it looks like the stars are starting to fall into place.
Second-placed Sporting KC host the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday with two games in hand against the Seattle Sounders, first and just three points behind.
Seattle lost a game to LAFC on Tuesday night, giving Sporting the perfect opportunity to tie the Sounders on points with a win and still have a game in hand.
It won’t be easy. Los Angeles is battling for the MLS Cup playoff standings with just four games left in the regular season.
A victory over the Galaxy would secure a Top-4 seed and ensure Sporting’s first playoff opponent would have to make it to Children’s Mercy Park.
The Galaxy are currently fifth in the conference, tied on points with the Portland Timbers in fourth, but may lose in the first tiebreaker.
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|If two more clubs are tied – Coin Toss WHERE If 3+ clubs are still tied – Draw|
Javier “Chicharito” Hernández leads his team with 14 goals this season while Hungarian winger Dániel Sallói leads Sporting KC with 16.
His 16 goals tie him for second in the Golden Boot race and his eight assists bring his total of goals and assists to 24, which is tied for first with New England Revolution’s Gustavo Bou.
Sallói did not play against the Sounders on Saturday as he recovers from an ankle injury. He is listed as questionable to play along with midfielder Jose Mauri.
Jaylin Lindsey and Alan Pulido will not be available to play.
Wednesday’s game will be the second time the two teams meet this season. Kansas City traveled to Los Angeles on July 4 and took all three points with a 2-0 victory with goals from Johnny Russell and Khiry Shelton.
Russell is in great shape after scoring in seven straight games, overtaking Kansas City Wizards legend Preki for the longest streak in franchise history.
Sporting KC are in the top 10 for goals against this season, thanks in large part to veteran goalkeeper Tim Melia.
Melia was given a one-game suspension after knocking Sounders forward Cristian Roldan to the ground by the shoulders in Saturday’s game.
The referee gave Melia a yellow card, but the MLS Disciplinary Board voted unanimously that it should have been a red card and implemented the suspension.
Goalkeeper John Pulskamp will be Sporting KC’s likely replacement in goals, having already appeared in 7 games this season.
The game will be the penultimate home game of the season for Sporting KC as they prepare for a thorough playoff run to avenge their loss in the conference semi-finals last season.
The match will start at 7:30 p.m. Children’s Mercy Park and on FS1.
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