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Preview: Houston Dynamo at Sporting Kansas City

The Basics

Houston Dynamo at Sporting Kansas City
Saturday, June 23, 2018, 7:30 p.m. CT
Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kansas

Broadcast Information

KUBE 57 – 7:00 p.m. (CHANNEL LISTINGS)
ESPN+ – 7:30 p.m. (out-of-market)
SportsRadio 610 AM – 7:00 p.m.
Univision Radio 1010 AM – 7:00 p.m.

Preview

Sporting Kansas City have a six-game undefeated streak in MLS play and defeated FC Dallas in the U.S. Open Cup Round of 16, while the Houston Dynamo also booked their Quarterfinal berth following a win over Minnesota United FC.

They’ll face each other with a spot in the Semifinals on the line, but first they meet in MLS where Houston is unbeaten in in their last eight games against Sporting Kansas City, (4W-4D). The Dynamo have scored multiple goals in five of the eight matches, per Opta.

Sporting Kansas City    

Sporting (8-2-5) continued defense of their USOC title with a dramatic 3-2 win over Dallas at home Saturday night. Daniel Salloi struck for a brace after Carlos Gruezo gave the visitors a lead. And after Roland Lamah leveled, Yohan Croizet scored a sensational 89th-minute winner as Sporting captured a seventh straight Open Cup win.

“It’s great for us to go onto the next round,” Peter Vermes said. “I think we deserve it. We were good tonight. Don’t get me wrong, Dallas is a great team. They had their full lineup out there. It was a tough match.”

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: OUT: M - Felipe Gutierrez (sports hernia surgery), D - Jimmy Medranda (knee injury), M - Yohan Croizet (hamstring injury), D - Seth Sinovic (hamstring injury), D/M - Brad Evans (thigh injury); QUESTIONABLE: F - Khiry Shelton (thigh injury), D - Matt Besler (undisclosed injury)

Projected Starting XI
(4-3-3, right to left)
GK: Tim Melia — Graham Zusi, Ike Opara, Emillano Amor, Jaylin Lindsey — Roger Espinoza, Ilie Sanchez, Daniel Salloi — Johnny Russell, Diego Rubio, Gerso Fernandes

  • Notes: Roger Espinoza is tied for 10th in both chances created (19) and assists (four) in home matches. … Sporting Kansas City have kept four clean sheets in eight games at home this season, tied for the most in the league. They kept seven clean sheets in 17 home matches in 2017.

Houston Dynamo

For the third time in four years, Houston (6-5-3) has reached the quarterfinals of the USOC following a 1-0 win over Minnesota Monday night at BBVA Compass Stadium. Mauro Manotas scored the winner just after the halftime break, heading in an Adam Lundkvist corner kick.

The Loons had a chance to equalize in the dying minutes, but Darwin Quintero clanged his penalty kick off the post as the Dynamo held on.

“We were a little bit erratic with the ball when passing and with our movements,” Wilmer Cabrera said after the game. “You can consider that normal because some of the guys haven’t been able to play consistently, but they worked hard. In the second half, I think we improved. We came off much better — more energetic, sharper. We created some options.”

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: M - Tomas Martinez, F - Alberth Elis
  • International duty: D - Adolfo Machado
  • Injury Report: OUT: D - A.J. DeLaGarza (torn left ACL), D - Dylan Remick (concussion), D - Jared Watts (concussion), M - Darwin Ceren (leg injury), M - Juan David Cabezas (left quad injury), F - Mac Steeves (left hip injury); QUESTIONABLE: M/D - Andrew Wenger (calf injury)

Projected Starting XI
(4-2-3-1, right to left)
GK: Joe Willis — Kevin Garcia, Alejandro Fuenmayor, Philippe Senderos, DaMarcus Beasley — Eric Alexander, Oscar Boniek Garcia — Alberth Elis, Tomas Martinez, Romell Quito — Mauro Manotas

  • Notes: Houston have won just one game on the road the season, matching their total from last year. They have conceded 1.9 goals per game on the road this season after conceding 1.6 on the road last season.

All-Time Series

  • Overall: Sporting Kansas City 5 wins, 31 goals … Houston Dynamo 10 wins, 38 goals … 12 draws
  • At Kansas City: Sporting 2 wins, 16 goals … Dynamo 4 wins, 17 goals … 7 draws
  • Last meeting at Kansas City: Sporting Kansas City 0, Houston Dynamo 0 (Oct. 15, 2017)

Officials

Referee: Alan Kelly
Assistant Referees: Logan Brown, Brian Dunn
4th Official: Nima Saghafi
VAR: Jon Freemon