Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado Rapids | 2019 MLS Match Preview

2019 MLS Regular Season Week 29
Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado Rapids
Children's Mercy Park – Kansas City
September 21 – 8:30 PM ET


Coming off crushing defeats in Week 28, Sporting Kansas City and the Colorado Rapids look to bounce back when the Western Conference foes tangle at Children's Mercy Park Saturday night.

Sporting (10-13-7) are six points below the playoff line in the West with four games to play following a 7-2 defeat at the LA Galaxy Sunday night. SKC actually took the lead on a 24th-minute Felipe Gutierrez goal. But Zlatan Ibrahimovic leveled eight minutes later, pouncing on the rebound of his saved penalty kick. Ibrahimovic added two more goals, Sebastian Lletget netted a brace and Joe Corona and Uriel Antuna added a goal apiece to give the Galaxy a 7-1 lead before Gutierrez struck for his second four minutes from full time.

The Rapids (10-15-6), one point behind Sporting, rallied from an early two-goal deficit, but suffered a 3-2 defeat to Toronto FC at BMO Field Sunday. Keegan Rosenberry and Sam Nicholson canceled out early goals by Tsubasa Endoh and Alejandro Pozuelo. Kei Kamara had his penalty kick saved by Quentin Westberg late in the first half and Jonathan Osorio came off the bench to score the late winner for TFC.

The teams played to a 1-1 draw March 17 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park with Johnny Russell equalizing two minutes from full time after Diego Rubio opened the scoring in the 54th minute. 

Sporting KC
Sporting KC vs. Colorado

Saturday, September 21 at 8:30 PM ET
Children's Mercy Park


Sporting Kansas City

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Rodney Wallace (D) - hip injury
    • OUT: Adrian Zendejas (GK) - back injury
    • OUT: Benny Feilhaber (M) - quad strain
    • OUT: Andreu Fontas (D) - Achilles Injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution:  Roger Espinoza (M), Gerso (M)
  • International duty:  None

Colorado Rapids

Project Starting XI
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Kortne Ford (D) - knee surgery
    • OUT: Deklan Wynne (D) - foot injury
    • OUT: Dillon Serna (M) - throat surgery
    • OUT: Kofi Opare (D) - groin injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Tim Howard (GK) - hamstring injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: Kei Kamara (F)
  • International duty: None

Series Matchup at Sporting Kansas City

  • Sporting Kansas City: 20 wins, 62 goals
  • Rapids: 5 wins, 30 goals
  • 5 draws


  • Referee: Nima Saghafi
  • Assistant Referees: Andrew Bigelow, Eric Boria
  • 4th Official: Joe Dickerson
  • VAR: Geoff Gamble