The Best of the Day preview shoots for the back of the net with MLS tips for Seattle Sounders’ home clash with Sporting Kansas City.
12:00 (AEST) @ CenturyLink Field, Seattle
History: Played 22: Seattle 11 V Sporting Kansas City 7 (4 Draws)
Last meeting: May 27, 2019: Sporting Kansas City 3 d Seattle 2 at Children’s Mercy Park
Final Thoughts: The Best of the Day preview breaks down a Major League Soccer showdown between high-flying Seattle Sounders and struggling Sporting Kansas City.
The Sounders are second in the Western Conference with 11 wins and five draws from their 22 games.
Seattle have won three of their last four MLS games. They bounced back from a disappointing 2-1 home loss to Portland with a 1-0 away victory over Houston last weekend.
Sounders never quit 😤
— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) August 1, 2019
Jordan Morris scored the decisive goal in Houston, while Raul Ruidiaz found the back of the net in the Sounders’ previous two matches.
The club has also been boosted by the extension of Aussie Brad Smith’s loan from AFC Bournemouth.
NEWS | Sounders FC and AFC Bournemouth agree to extend loan of Brad Smith.
We’re glad you’re sticking around, Brad! 💚💙
— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) July 31, 2019
Sporting KC sit 10th in the West, notching six wins and seven draws from 22 outings.
They started making some inroads with back-to-back victories over Chicago Fire (1-0) and Vancouver (3-0), but lost their last two to FC Dallas and NYC FC by two-goal margins.
— Sporting KC (@SportingKC) July 27, 2019
Sporting KC can take some confidence from a 3-2 win over the Sounders in Kansas City earlier this season.
Scottish star Johnny Russell bagged a sensational hat-trick to sink Seattle.
But this rivalry has overwhelmingly favoured the home team in recent years. The Sounders have won their last three at home against Sporting KC and boast a 7-2-2 all-time record in Seattle against the Kansas City outfit.
The Sounders have also lost just one game at home this season. Sporting KC have chalked up only two wins on the road.
3️⃣ Matchups for #SEAvSKC:
— Seattle Sounders FC (@SoundersFC) August 2, 2019
All Best of the Day angles point the Seattle Sounders’ way as they aim to consolidate their lofty ladder position.