As the stretch run and final two months of the regular season commence two of the hottest teams in Major League Soccer are the Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City. However Sporting Kansas City has been much more consistent over the long haul which has put them in second place in the Western Conference behind FC Dallas.
Meanwhile Seattle is in knockout round position with its fifth place standing in the Western Conference. Seattle boasts one of the best home field advantages in any sport which make Sporting Kansas City’s task and pressure even more daunting.
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2018 MLS Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City
Date and Time: Saturday, September 1, 2018, 4 p.m. ET
Location: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
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CenturyLink Field is home of the Sounders and the NFL Seattle Seahawks. Seattle fans give the Sounders a level of support that is the envy of most other MLS teams. In addition to their passionate and loud fans Seattle boasts an actual marching band known as the Sound Wave which is 53 members strong. The band actually leads fans to a “March to the Match.” In all the Sounders offer one of the most unique sporting experiences in the United States.
Seattle enters this match with a record of 11 wins, nine losses, and five draws with a goal differential of plus-six. Seattle ranks seventh for goal differential. The Sounders are one of the lowest scoring teams in the MLS with a ranking of 22nd. However, their air tight defense ranks best in the MLS for goals against. At home this season Seattle is an impressive six wins, two draws, and four losses. The Sounders over under record in home games is an even 6-6.
Seattle is one of the hottest teams in the MLS with seven consecutive wins. This has been quite a recovery for the Sounders who lost seven of their first 11 games of the season. After stumbling out of the gate in the first four months Seattle has gone undefeated for July and August.
Sporting Kansas City started strong this year but slumped badly in July before recovering in August and now is riding a four-game winning streak heading into this match at Seattle. Overall Sporting Kansas City has a record of 13 wins, six draws, and six losses. Their road record is five wins, three draws, and four losses. Eight of their 13 away games have gone over the total.
Sporting Kansas City is a strong offensive club that ranks sixth in the MLS for goals allowed. Defensively they are even better with a ranking of third best in the MLS. As such they are one of the most balanced teams in the league. In fact, Sporting Kansas City’s goal differential of +17 ranks third best in the MLS.
Top Players to Watch
For Sporting Kansas City balance is indeed the team strength. They have a diversified attack that keeps defenses honest. Forward Johnny Russell leads with eight goals while Daniel Salloi and Diego Rubio have seven goals each. Goalkeeper Tim Melia has allowed 30 goals in 25 appearances while facing 80 shots. For Seattle they are led by Will Bruin and Nicolas Lodeiro with six goals each.
Head to Head
Sporting Kansas City and Seattle played to a 2-2 draw on April 15 in their only meeting so far this season. Seattle has posted back to back 1-0 wins over Sporting Kansas City in their last two head to head meetings at home.
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With both teams playing well, home field is the deciding factor. Seattle has controlled this series at CenturyLink Field.
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Seattle Sounders vs. Sporting Kansas City Score Prediction: Seattle 1, Sporting Kansas City 0
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