Teams: Sporting Kansas City vs Montreal Impact
Kick-off: 5:30 AM, Children’s Mercy Park – Kansas City, Kan.
Where to Watch: Catch live action on DSPORT, this Sunday
Last Game Played: Jun 26, 2016; MTL 2 – 2 SKC
Season Goal leaders: Sporting Kansas City- Dominic Dwyer (5 goals), Montreal Impact- Ignacio Piatti (6 goals)
On Sunday, Sporting Kansas City will welcome the Montreal Impact to Chidren’s Mercy Park. The match kicks off at 05:30am on Sunday and will be televised live on DSport.
The Western Conference leaders have been dominant at home, winning each of their last six on their own turf and drawing their only other home game this season.
Montreal on the other hand were not so impressive outside their home, only collecting six points from a possible 18.
Coach Peter Vermes’ squad currently boasts a formidable 6-0-1 mark at home, where Sporting have outscored opponents 16-2 and preserved five consecutive shutouts. That streak will be put to the test with Matt Besler returning to US national team camp after being released to participate in Sporting’s Saturday game. With defender Kevin Ellis likely missing out through injury, Erik Palmer-Brown – fresh off a quarterfinal run with the US at the Under-20 World Cup – will likely partner Ike Opara in the middle of defense.
Midfielder Roger Espinoza remains out, this time with international duty after serving a suspension last weekend, and US international Graham Zusi is also off on qualifying duty.
The Impact have to play through the weekend and are in need of points as they begin the weekend second from bottom in the Eastern Conference.
Add to that, midfielders Hernan Bernardello and Ballou Tabla have joined the ranks of the Impact’s injured, and it will take quite an effort from coach Mauro Biello to field a competitive starting XI.
Sporting Kansas City
- Suspended: None
- Int’l duty: Roger Espinoza (Honduras), Tyler Pasher (Canada), Graham Zusi (US), Matt Besler (US)
- Injury report: OUT – F Diego Rubio (torn ACL), D Kevin Ellis (quad strain)
- Projected Starting Lineup (4-3-3): Tim Melia – Seth Sinovic, Ike Opara, Erik Palmer-Brown, Saad Abdul-Salaam – Benny Feilhaber, Ilie Sanchez, Jimmy Medranda – Latif Blessing, Dominic Dwyer, Gerso Fernandes
NOTES: Sporting are 13-0-3 in their last 16 home games dating back to June 19th of 2016. They have only conceded 10 goals on that run. Their 0.63 goals against average on that run is only bettered by Colorado’s 0.59 since June 19th.
- Suspended: None
- Int’l duty: Patrice Bernier (Canada), Laurent Ciman (Belgium), Maxime Crepeau (Canada), Blerim Dzemaili (Switzerland), Anthony Jackson-Hamel (Canada), Wandrille Lefevre (Canada), Ambroise Oyongo (Cameroon)
- Injury report: OUT – M Andres Romero (hamstring), F Matteo Mancosu (thigh 4/29, out 6-8 weeks REPORT), M – Hernan Bernardello (undisclosed injury), M – Ballou Tabla (undisclosed injury), Louis Beland-Goyette (undisclosed injury)
- Projected Starting Lineup (4-3-3): Eric Kronberg – Daniel Lovitz, Hassoun Camara, Kyle Fisher, Chris Duvall – Calum Mallace, Ignacio Piatti, Adrian Arregui – David Choiniere, Dominic Oduro, Nick DePuy
NOTES: Chris Duvall was credited with nine tackles last week against the Red Bulls. This is just the fourth time this season a player has had nine or more tackles in a match. There has been just five instances in Montreal MLS history that a player has had nine or more tackles (10 twice, Karl Ouimette in 2014 and Patrice Bernier in 2013).
This is the 12th overall meeting between the clubs who were once Eastern Conference rivals, and the sixth to be played in Kansas City
- Overall: Sporting KC 6 wins (19 goals), Montreal 3 wins (10 goals), 2 draws
- At Kansas City: Sporting KC 3 wins (9 goals), Montreal 2 wins (5 goals), 0 draws
Teams: Portland Timbers vs FC Dallas
Kick-off: 8:00 AM, Providence Park – Portland, Oregon
Where to Watch: Catch live action on DSport, this Sunday
Last Game Played: Apr 30, 2017 ; DAL 2 – 2 POR
Season Goal leaders: Portland Timbers- Diego Valeri (8 goals), FC Dallas- Maximiliano Urruti (7 goals)
After starting the season as one of the strongest teams in the league, the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas hit rough patches over the past month, with both carrying lengthy winless streaks into Week 14.
Portland produced an impressive game in the first matchup with FCD, holding a late 2-1 lead at Toyota Stadium before Tesho Akindele scored in the 80th minute to give Dallas a 2-2 draw on April 29.
Portland will be missing a few key players on Saturday, but Dallas are dealing with an even tougher hand. FCD will be without regulars Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges, Maynor Figueroa and Tesho Akindele due to international duty and will be missing star Walker Zimmerman due to injury.
- Suspended: None
- Int’l Absences: David Guzman (Costa Rica), Darlington Nagbe (USA)
- Injury Report: OUT: D Gbenga Arokoyo (Achilles), M Jack Barmby (ankle), D Chance Myers (hamstring); QUESTIONABLE: F Darren Mattocks (adductor)
- Projected Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): Jake Gleeson – Zarek Valentin, Liam Ridgewell, Roy Miller, Vytas – Diego Chara, Amobi Okugo – Dairon Asprilla, Diego Valeri, Sebastian Blanco – Fanendo Adi
Notes: Portland enter Saturday’s match on a five-game winless streak against FC Dallas (0-4-1) … The Timbers have lost just once in their last 12 regular season home games, posting a 9-1-2 record and outscoring their opponents 26-10 in that span.
- Suspended: None
- Int’l Absences: Kellyn Acosta (USA), Tesho Akindele (Canada), Maynor Figueroa (Honduras), Matt Hedges (USA)
- Injury Report: OUT: D Walker Zimmerman (left MCL strain), M Paxton Pomykal (knee surgery)
- Projected Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): Jesse Gonzalez – Hernan Grana, Atiba Harris, Walker Hume, Aaron Guillen – Carlos Gruezo, Victor Ulloa – Michael Barrios, Mauro Diaz, Roland Lamah – Maxi Urruti
Notes: FC Dallas’ loss at Chicago on May 25 snapped an eight-game road unbeaten run for FCD. The 2-1 defeat was only the second time FC Dallas have conceded multiple goals in their last 11 away matches.
Dallas holds a very slight edge on the Timbers in the all-time series between the clubs.
- Overall: Portland 5 wins (23 goals), Dallas 7 wins (34 goals), 5 draws
- At Portland: Portland 4 wins (13 goals), Dallas 1 win (10 goals), 2 draws