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Sporting Kansas City have beaten the New England Revolution just once in their last five meetings. That win came in the league fixture back in 2017, and it was a 3-1 win that night.
Teal Bunbury gave New England an early lead in the 4th minute, but Krisztián Németh’s red card in the 11th minute changed the game. Gerso Fernandes and Diego Rubio scored in the first half to give Sporting the lead, and the latter notched another in the second half to seal the win.
When these two teams last met in the league, it was a 4-4 thriller. Sporting Kansas City had 75% of the ball, but New England Revolution were clinical in front of the goal and were able to get past the home side’s defense easily. Juan Fernando Caicedo scored the game’s opening goal in the 18th minute for New England, but the lead lasted just 15 minutes as Krisztián Németh equalized. Caicedo got another for New England just two minutes later, and Juan Agudelo doubled their lead right before halftime.
Sporting came out stronger after the restart, and Brandon Bye’s red card for New England helped them get a better grip on the game. They pulled one back via Felipe Gutiérrez’s penalty in the 60th minute, before Carles Gil had his penalty saved for the away side five minutes later. DeJuan Jones ensured the penalty miss was not an issue as he tapped in the rebound.
Felipe Gutiérrez got on the scoresheet again in the 70th minute to give the home side another chance to make a comeback in the game, and Krisztián Németh completed it with a header in the 83rd minute. The game was tied at 4-4 with 7 minutes left, but both sides failed to make the most of it.
After a winless pre-season, Sporting Kansas City were not expected to take the league by storm this season. They were one of the sides everyone expected to do well in bits and pieces, which is precisely what they have been doing. They started the season with a loss at Atlanta United but managed to win their first home game when they hosted Houston Dynamo in gameweek two.
Defeats to Colorado Rapids and Chicago Fire followed, and it looked like Peter Joseph Vermes’s men were just able to do well away from home. The win over Real Salt Lake proved the fan theory right, but that too went down the drain like Sporting’s form.
The away defeat at Vancouver Whitecaps was followed by the first home loss of the season. They were beaten 2-1 by Nashville SC, and LAFC made things worse in the following gameweek. Sporting were beaten 3-1, leaving them with just six points from the opening eight games.
They steadied the ship with three draws in a row, coming against Columbus Crew, FC Dallas, and New York City FC. They faced FC Dallas once again in May and defeated them in the US Open Cup easily. The 4-2 win proved to be a much-needed confidence booster for them.
Their last five matches in all competitions have seen them win twice and lose twice, drawing the other. The issue for them is that the loss to Portland Timbers was a heavy one – a 7-2 thrashing despite having more possession. The other loss came last weekend when they faced Vancouver Whitecaps at home. They once again had more possession, made better chances, and took more shots, but ended up losing 1-0 thanks to Lucas Cavallini’s penalty in the 24th minute.
The wins, on the other hand, were nothing big. They edged out a 2-1 win over Colorado Rapids in a game that saw four red cards towards the end. The other win was in the US Open Cup, where they once again edged out a 2-1 win, this time over Houston Dynamo. Johnny Russell scored both goals for Sporting after Corey Baird gave the away side a lead before halftime.
Marinos Tzionis, Daniel Salloi, Johnny Russell, Logan Ndenbe, Ozzie Cisneros, Nikola Vujnovic, Khiry Shelton, Graham Zusi, and Alan Pulido are on the injury list at the club.
New England Revolution made a decent start to the season but were sloppy in the middle. They drew with Portland Timbers in the opening game week and followed it up with a win over FC Dallas.
However, they switched their concentration to the CONCACAF Champions League and ended up losing four MLS matches in a row. They were humbled by Real Salt Lake, Charlotte FC, New York Red Bulls, and Inter Miami in the matches played from mid-March to early April. To make things worse, they were knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League as well during this poor run of form.
They ended their losing run when they faced Charlotte at home and managed to pull out a 2-1 win. Adam Buksa and Matt Polster scored for the home side, while Christian Ortíz pulled one back for the away side late in the game.
However, they were unable to carry the momentum into the next game and were defeated by FC Dallas. Since then, things have changed, and New England have been doing well. They have lost just once in their last seven matches in all competitions, and that came in the US Open Cup against New York City FC. Santiago Rodríguez scored the lone goal of the match that went into extra time and it was not a match New England would want to remember for long. They were outplayed throughout the game and had to defend well to keep their chances alive until the very end of the match.
In the league, they defeated Inter Miami CF and FC Cincinnati while drawing against Columbus Crew, Atlanta United, and Philadelphia Union. The other win in the last seven matches was a thumping 5-1 win over FC Cincinnati in the US Open Cup. Carles Gil got a hattrick, while Adam Buksa scored the other two goals as New England fought back hard after Álvaro Barreal’s early goal for Cincinnati to win the game in fine fashion. If New England Revolution keep their heads high and keep this good run going, they could easily end up in the top half of the table soon.
Matt Turner is on international duty, while Henry Kessler is doubtful.
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|Teams||Sporting Kansas City vs New England Revolution|
|Location||Children’s Mercy Park|
|Time||Sunday, June 12 at 8pm EST|
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