Sporting Kansas City midfielder Gadi Kinda earned his third career cap for the Israel Men's National Team on Tuesday, playing the final 10 minutes of a 5-0 loss to Denmark in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Kinda landed his first World Cup qualifying appearance by replacing teammate Eli Dasa in the 80th minute of a one-sided affair that saw Denmark strike through Yussuf Poulsen, Simon Kjaer, Andreas Skov Olsen, Thomas Delaney and Andreas Cornelius.
The result drops Israel from second place to third place in Group F of 2022 World Cup qualifying in the UEFA region. Denmark sit atop the table with a perfect 6-0-0 record, while Scotland sit a point ahead of Israel with four qualifying matches still to play between now and mid-November. The first-place finisher will punch their ticket to next year's FIFA World Cup in Qatar, while the second-place side will advance to a World Cup playoff slated for next March.
Kinda has recorded 10 goals and seven assists in 38 appearances for Sporting since joining the club ahead of the 2020 campaign. He has started 15 of 17 MLS matches this season, tallying four goals and three assists for a Sporting Kansas City side that sits in third place in the Western Conference with an 11-5-7 record. Sporting are a perfect 7-0-0 when Kinda scores or assists this year.
Two points out of first place in the Western Conference, Sporting will return to world-class Children's Mercy Park on Saturday to host Chicago Fire FC (6-11-5, 23 points) at 7:30 p.m. CT. Tickets for Saturday's match are available at SeatGeek.com, including Coca-Cola Family Four Packs consisting of four general admission tickets in the South Stand, four Coca-Cola products and four Domino's pizzas.
Bally Sports Kansas City Plus, Bally Sports Midwest Plus, BallySports.com and the Bally Sports app will provide three hours of live coverage on Saturday starting at 7 p.m. CT, while listeners can follow the action live on Sports Radio 810 WHB (English) and La Grande 1340 AM (Spanish).