Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season — Week 17
Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City
Rio Tinto Stadium — Sandy
June 29 — 10:00 PM ET


Real Salt Lake hope to push above the playoff line in the Western Conference when they host Sporting Kansas City Saturday night at Rio Tinto Stadium. 

RSL (6-8-2) are one point out of a playoff spot after a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire at SeatGeek Stadium last Saturday. After falling behind inside five minutes on a goal by Aleksandar Katai, Albert Rusnak leveled from the penalty spot for Salt Lake, who picked up a road point after back-to-back away defeats to Eastern Conference foes. 

For just the second time since April, Sporting Kansas City (4-5-7) picked up three points and moved to within two points of seventh-place Minnesota United with a 1-0 win over Columbus Crew SC at MAPFRE Stadium Saturday. Felipe Gutierrez scored the lone goal in the 48th minute and Sporting kept a clean sheet for just the second time this season. 

Real Salt Lake

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Jordan Allen (M) - knee injury, out for season
    • DOUBTFUL: Tony Beltran (D) - knee injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  Kyle Beckerman (M)
  • International duty:  Jefferson Savarino (F)

Sporting Kansas City

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Roger Espinoza (M) - PCP sprain
    • OUT: Erik Hurtado (F) - right knee surgery
    • OUT: Jaylin Lindsey (D) - torn meniscus
    • OUT: Rodney Wallace (D) - hip injury
    • OUT: Gianluca Busio (M) - head injury
    • OUT: Jimmy Medranda (D) - hamstring injury
    • OUT: Johnny Russell (F) - hamstring injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Graham Zusi (D) - adductor injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  None
  • International duty:  None

Series Matchup at Real Salt Lake

  • Real Salt Lake: 8 wins, 24 goals
  • Sporting: 3 wins, 17 goals
  • 3 draws


  • Referee: Nima Saghafi
  • Assistant Referees: CJ Morgante, TJ Zablocki
  • 4th Official: Kevin Broadley
  • VAR: Alejandro Mariscal

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