Sporting Kansas City had some really tough luck in their season opener against Los Angeles FC. They let all three points slip but will now have a better shot. They will host another side that lost in the opener, Philadelphia Union, on Sunday. Philadelphia Union will also be feeling frustrated about the way they lost so this might be an explosive match.
Date/Time: 3-10-2019, 14:00 EST
Spread: Philadelphia Union +0.75
Total: 2.75 Goals
Sporting Kansas City (0-1-0) actually started the season on the right foot but it all went wrong. They took the lead with Nemeth at the 16th minute of their away match against Los Angeles FC. It was a really balanced match between the two sides and the hosts pulled even at the 47th minute. It looked like a draw but the hosts scored a late goal in the stoppage time to force Kansas City to a frustrating loss. Sporting Kansas City got a nice result in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals against Indepediente, a 1-2 loss on the road.
On the other hand, Philadelphia Union (0-1-0) also didn’t deserve such a bad 3-1 loss at home against Toronto FC. Philadelphia created a lot more chances than their opponents in both halves. But their opponents were much better in their shot selection. Toronto even missed on a penalty kick but took a two-goal lead. Newly signed midfielder Fabian scored a penalty kick for Philadelphia at the 73rd minute but Toronto scored another goal late to win by 3-1. Philadelphia Union barely made it to the playoffs last season (15-14-5, 6th spot). And that was due to their strong presence on the road (6-8-3).
The two teams meet just once per season and last season Philadelphia Union won by 0-2 at home. They have been great in this match-up lately, losing just once in the last eight (4-1-3). Sporting Kansas City have been pretty solid as hosts against Philadelphia (4-2-2). But they have won just one of the last five matches here (1-2-2).
Kansas City have a the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals coming up. That always complicates things for anyone that is involved. They scored an away goal so they have a nice advantage to reach the semi-finals. But I will have to go with the visitors here who have showed more promise.
MLS Sporting Kansas City vs Philadelphia Union Prediction: Philadelphia Union +0.75 (-120)
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