Sporting Kansas City vs. LAFC | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season — Week 18
Sporting Kansas City vs. LAFC
 Children's Mercy Park — Kansas City
July 3 - 8:30 PM ET


After their second loss of the season, LAFC look to get back to their winning ways when they face Sporting Kansas City at Children's Mercy Park Wednesday night. 

Sporting (4-6-7) will attempt to climb out of last place in the Western Conference and rebound from 2-0 loss to Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium Saturday night. Sam Johnson struck for a brace inside the opening 30 minutes to lift RSL. 

LAFC (11-2-4) had an eight-match unbeaten streak snapped with a 1-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids Friday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. LAFC have two losses on the season, both 1-0 on the road. Danny Wilson scored the game's lone goal four minutes into the second half, rising high to latch onto a Jack Price corner and heading past Pablo Sisniega. Already without Tyler Miller, Mark-Anthony Kaye and Walker Zimmerman to international duty, LAFC also rested Christian Ramirez and Eduard Atuesta. 

This is the second regular season meeting, with LAFC winning 2-1 at Banc of California Stadium March 3. Krisztian Nemeth opened the scoring in the 16th minute before Diego Rossi leveled two minutes into the second half and Adama Diomande scored the winner in second-half stoppage time. 

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
    • QUESTIONABLE: Botond Barath (D) - chest injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Jimmy Medranda (D) - hamstring injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Johnny Russell (F) - hamstring injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Graham Zusi (D) - adductor injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  Benny Feilhaber (M)
  • International duty:  None

Los Angeles Football Club

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Danilo Silva (D) - left hamstring strain
    • OUT: Javier Perez (M) - left ACL tear
    • QUESTIONABLE: Alejandro Guido (M) - right quad strain
    • QUESTIONABLE: Adrien Perez (F) - right ankle sprain
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  None
  • International duty:  Tyler Miller (GK), Walker Zimmerman (D), Peter Lee-Vassell (M)

Series Matchup at Sporting

  • Sporting: 1 win, 2 goals
  • LAFC: 0 wins, 1 goal
  • 0 draws


  • Referee: Kevin Stott
  • Assistant Referees: Adam Garner, Jeremy Kieso
  • 4th Official: Ted Unkel
  • VAR: Jose Carlos Rivero

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