Sporting Kansas City takes on Real Salt Lake at home on Saturday looking to go 4-0 on the season for the second time in club history. They’ve been around since the league inception in 1996 so a win here is a pretty big deal. Last time they started with four wins, in 2012, they won the Supporters Shield. SKC will be up against a loosely taped together Real Salt Lake side who will be down a few key players for a variety of reasons (how’s ya red card spree last game).
Sporting KC has dominated Real Salt Lake at home, losing only 1 of RSL’s 12 attempts in Kansas, but RSL pulled out two wins last summer in Utah. RSL has also played very well this year, yet to lose, and they’ve beaten Seattle and drew Portland despite losing two players to red cards. But, again, so many players are gone it’s going to be a big upset if they can pull off a draw or win against one of the best sides in the MLS.
Sporting Kansas City vs Real Salt Lake
April 2, 2016, 7:30pm CT
Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kansas
Kansas City is VERY excited about SkyCam, oh yeah and winning.
SKC’s captain and USMNT defender Matt Besler, still out from a concussion from last Thursday, will not be able to experience the glorious fan and player experience known as the SkyCam. Kansas City will be debuting this newfangled contraption, which sounds very technically advanced (“SkyCam, a cable-suspended aerial camera that floats above the playing field“), and they are actually the first MLS club to have something like this set up. Welcome to 2009, MLS.
Graham Zusi, whose pony tail and University of Maryland heroic past I discussed at length during our Podcast, should be back for the squad after making an impact in the second leg of the USMNT matchup with Guatemala earlier this week. He had a goal and just generally played well, so the winger will be all fired up to get some goals in against RSL. He’s also going to have some help on the other side from Brad Davis. The Sporting are going to be missing Roger Espinoza big time though. He picked up a red against Toronto FC last week, and the playmaking midfielder is going to be sitting on the bench remembering the time he scored a goal and had an assist against Brazil in the London Olympics. Or when he started at left back for Wigan FC in an FA Cup final which Wigan won over Manchester City (that really happened).
RSL is salty indeed
RSL is going to be missing a LOT of players. This would be like going to your favorite McDonalds and the usual hashbrown frier is out sick and the fry guy got caught stealing nuggets so he got fired so you’ve got the assistant manager’s nephew putting too much salt on everything and it just ruins the whole day. It’s EXACTLY like that. Starters Jamison Olave (CB), Kyle Beckerman (M), Burrito Martinez (M), and Javier Morales (M) are all out, so it’s going to be a real stretch for RSL manager Jeff Cassar to expect a win from this game. RSL also has about 40 other players out for various reasons so they are drafting people, including the readers of this blog, to show up to the stadium for potential game minutes.
Sporting KC 3-2 Real Salt Lake. Despite missing a ton of players, I think RSL will stay in it due to the play of Joao Plata and the absence of Roger Espinoza on the Sporting KC.
Is this guy’s face in a time warp?