Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo
2019 Preseason presented by Children's Mercy
Wednesday, Feb. 13 | 5 p.m. CT | Two split-squad matches
Kino Sports Complex | Tucson, Arizona
Live Stream: Facebook, YouTubeSportingKC.com
Twitter Updates: @SportingKC and @SKCmatchday


Sporting Kansas City will battle the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday in a pair of 90-minute split-squad matches to round out the club's 2019 preseason, presented by Children's Mercy. Both contests will kick off concurrently at 5 p.m. CT at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona, as the Western Conference rivals make their final preparations before launching into the 2019 Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League and the 2019 MLS regular season.


One of Wednesday's two matches will stream live on SportingKC.com as well as the club's Facebook and YouTube pages, while the @SportingKC and @SKCmatchday Twitter accounts will provide additional in-game updates.


Sporting and Houston, bitter foes on an annual basis, enter Wednesday with unbeaten preseason records. Manager Peter Vermes' side has won each of its four tune-ups, including a 3-2 decision against Phoenix Rising FC last Thursday that saw Johnny Russell, Graham Zusi and Tyler Freeman find the back of the net. Houston, meanwhile, have two wins each over Rio Grande Valley FC and Seattle Sounders FC to go with last Wednesday's scoreless stalemate with Minnesota United FC.


Given the friendly nature of Wednesday's affair, winning is unlikely to be the paramount objective for either club. However, Sporting and Houston will both seize the opportunity to get most of their players a full 90 minutes ahead of next week's Concacaf Champions League action. Sporting will host Mexican outfit Deportivo Toluca FC on Feb. 21, while Houston will travel to Guatemala two days earlier to face Guastatoya. Both teams punched their Champions League ticket by winning the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, as Sporting's 2017 title was followed by Houston's last September.


Sporting have been dominant throughout their preseason campaign, outscoring opponents 23-2, but Wednesday represents their toughest competition yet. Each of the club's previous four fixtures came versus lower-tier opponents in Rising FC, Sporting Arizona FC and trialist-laden squads from Phoenix and FC Tucson.


The Dynamo, led by fourth-year head coach Wilmer Cabrera failed to reach the MLS Cup Playoffs last season but defeated Sporting in the Open Cup quarterfinals last July en route to the trophy. Houston were catapulted throughout the year by prolific forward Mauro Manotas and dynamic Honduran wingers Alberth Elis and Romell Quioto, who combined for 37 goals in all competitions.


Vermes has distributed playing time evenly over the course of the last month, ensuring that most of Sporting's first-team players have logged 30, 45, 60 and 75 minutes across the four matches. Wednesday represents the final step as several members of the squad will go the full 90.


Tickets for the Concacaf Champions League first leg between Sporting KC and Toluca at Children’s Mercy Park, set for 7 p.m. CT next Thursday, Feb. 21, are now available at SeatGeek.com. It marks the earliest competitive match in club history and the first time a Mexican foe has visited Kansas City since 2014, when Sporting edged Cruz Azul in the first leg of the 2013-14 Champions League quarterfinals.


Sporting KC 2019 Preseason Schedule & Results

<strong>DATE</strong>
<strong>OPPONENT</strong>
<strong>TIME (CT) / RESULT</strong>
<strong>VENUE</strong>
Friday, Jan. 18
Sporting Arizona FC
<strong><a href="https://www.sportingkc.com/post/2019/01/18/recap-sporting-kc-opens-2019-preseason-4-0-victory-over-sporting-az-fc">W 4-0</a></strong>
Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex (Scottsdale)
Wednesday, Jan. 23
Phoenix Rising FC Trialists
<a href="https://www.sportingkc.com/post/2019/01/23/recap-sporting-kc-cruises-7-0-preseason-victory-over-phoenix-rising-fc-trialists"><strong>W 7-0</strong></a>
Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex (Scottsdale)
Wednesday, Jan. 30
FC Tucson Trialists
<strong><a href="https://www.sportingkc.com/post/2019/01/30/recap-sporting-kc-posts-6-0-3-0-and-0-0-scorelines-three-scrimmages-wednesday">W 9-0</a></strong>
Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex (Scottsdale)
Thursday, Feb. 7
Phoenix Rising FC<br> (two 75-minute matches)
<a href="https://www.sportingkc.com/post/2019/02/07/recap-sporting-earns-3-2-aggregate-victory-preseason-showdown-phoenix-rising-fc"><strong>W 3-2</strong></a>
Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex (Scottsdale)
Wednesday, Feb. 13
Houston Dynamo <strong>*</strong>
5pm
Kino Sports Complex (Tucson)
Wednesday, Feb. 13
Houston Dynamo <strong>*</strong>
5pm
Kino Sports Complex (Tucson)

*Matches to be played concurrently


Sporting KC 2019 Preseason Roster (as of Feb. 12)

<strong>NO.</strong>
<strong>PLAYER</strong>
<strong>POSITION</strong>
<strong>AGE</strong>
1
Adrian Zendejas
Goalkeeper
23
2
Botond Barath
Defender
26
4
Andreu Fontas
Defender
29
5
Matt Besler
Defender
32
6
Ilie Sanchez
Midfielder
28
7
Johnny Russell
Forward
28
8
Graham Zusi
Defender
32
9
Krisztian Nemeth
Forward
30
10
Yohan Croizet
Midfielder
26
11
Kelyn Rowe
Midfielder
27
12
Gerso Fernandes
Forward
27
13
Gianluca Busio
Midfielder
16
15
Seth Sinovic
Defender
32
16
Graham Smith
Defender
23
17
Roger Espinoza
Midfielder
32
18
Eric Dick
Goalkeeper
24
19
Erik Hurtado
Forward
28
20
Daniel Salloi
Forward
22
21
Felipe Gutierrez
Midfielder
28
22
Rodney Wallace
Defender
30
23
Tyler Freeman
Forward
16
26
Jaylin Lindsey
Defender
18
29
Tim Melia
Goalkeeper
32
32
Mark Segbers
Defender
22
55
Mo Abualnadi ^
Defender
18
72
Justin Bilyeu *
Defender
25
75
Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal
Midfielder
20
85
Felipe Hernandez *
Midfielder
20
91
Ethan Vanacore-Decker *
Forward
24
94
Jimmy Medranda
Defender
24

* Swope Park Rangers
^ Sporting KC Academy