SPORTING KC (4-6-7) VS. LAFC (11-2-4)
8:30 p.m. ET; ESPN+, DAZN, KVMD, FSKC+, FS-M+
Los Angeles FC will face a rare challenge Wednesday night when they hit the road for a match at Sporting Kansas City: Figuring out how to recover from a defeat.
The best team in MLS was humbled in a 1-0 loss at Colorado on Friday and will now pay a visit to the other club tied for last place in the Western Conference.
The loss to the Rapids was just the second defeat all season for LAFC (11-2-4, 37 points). The last time the club dropped a game was by the same 1-0 result at Vancouver on April 17. Los Angeles rebounded by crushing the Seattle Sounders 4-1 four days later and went unbeaten over its next eight contests.
“I think we just weren’t at our best on Friday and I think that our mindset is just going to be to go out there and really put pressure on (Sporting KC) and do what we have been doing all season,” LAFC goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega said after making one save in his MLS debut Friday while regular goalkeeper Tyler Miller is with the U.S. Men’s National team at the Gold Cup.
The Rapids entered Friday’s game having allowed the most goals in MLS and LAFC’s Carlos Vela entered as the league’s leading goal scorer with 16. The improved Colorado defense won out.
Sporting KC (4-6-7, 19 points) are second worst in the Western Conference with 29 goals allowed and have been outscored 7-4 over their last five MLS matches. It is a run that includes just one victory, a 1-0 triumph over the Columbus Crew on June 23.
After a 2-0 defeat at Real Salt Lake on Saturday, SKC will return home where they haven’t won since May 26. The team is just 3-2-3 at home this season, tied for the fewest number of home victories in the conference. Seven of the team’s next 11 matches will take place at home.
“We’re going to have to be on our game,” Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia said. “LAFC is a team that is in very good form right now. We have to make sure we’re on our game because they’re a team that can hurt us. We just have to be ourselves.”
Saturday’s match will mark the 400th across all competitions for Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes. He is the longest-tenured head coach in MLS and joined the franchise in 2009.
–Field Level Media