Los Angeles FC-Sporting Kansas City Preview
The last time Los Angeles FC suffered an MLS loss, it went undefeated in its next eight matches.
LAFC hopes to begin another lengthy run when it tries to rebound from a second league defeat while visiting Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday night.
It has not been often this season that league-leading LAFC (11-2-4) has looked vulnerable. The most recent time that happened, though, came Friday night when it fell 1-0 at surging Colorado. Danny Wilson scored in the 49th minute and the Rapids clamped down to keep LAFC without a goal for just the third time this season and end a 5-0-3 run that dated to a 1-0 loss at Vancouver on April 17.
Though the setback was obviously disappointing, LAFC is not hanging its collective head. In fact, the club seems eager to get back on the pitch for a chance to regain its winning form.
"Having this opportunity to bounce back is great for the whole team," backup goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega, who started Friday with No. 1 choice Tyler Miller away with the U.S. national team, told LAFC's official website. "We really want to show up on Wednesday and kind of get a quick turnaround from that made bad result we got."
L.A. should feel confident this week knowing it's already taken down Sporting Kansas City (4-6-7) once this season. Despite going down 1-0 on Krisztian Nemeth's goal in the 16th minute of the season opener on March 3, LAFC equalized via Diego Rossi in the 47th. Los Angeles then stole the two extra points on Adama Diomande's goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time for a 2-1 home victory.
Kansas City, meanwhile, rebounded by going undefeated in its next five league matches. Sporting was unbeaten in three straight before falling 2-0 at Real Salt Lake on Saturday to conclude a month of June in which it went 1-1-2 while playing all four MLS matches on the road.
SKC was down 2-0 after 29 minutes and struggled to muster much offensively against Salt Lake. Despite holding 52 percent of the possession, it managed just three shots on target.
Kansas City has been bothered by a bevy of injuries this season, but won't use that as an excuse. Returning home could help the cause, even though SKC is just 1-2-3 there since opening with two consecutive wins at Children's Mercy Pk.
"We're excited to be back home in front of our fans who give us a lot of energy," keeper Tim Melia told Sporting's official website. "We're going to have to be on our game. LAFC is a team that is in very good form right now."
Updated July 1, 2019