Coming off an impressive 2-1 road win at Western Conference leaders Seattle Sounders FC that secured Sporting Kansas City's spot in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, Sporting enters the penultimate week of the MLS regular season aiming to close a three-point gap at the top of the table with six points at stake this week.
SKC DOUBLE MATCH WEEK
Sporting KC (16-7-7, 55 points) will first host the LA Galaxy (13-11-7, 46 points) at 7:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday. Tickets for Fan Appreciation Night at Children's Mercy Park are available online at SeatGeek.com and the midweek match, sponsored by Tito's Handmade Vodka, will air live nationally on FS1 and FOX Deportes in addition to local radio broadcasts on Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Grande 1340 AM.
On Sunday, Sporting will renew the team's rivalry with Minnesota United FC (12-10-9, 45 points) with a visit to the Twin Cities for a 12 p.m. CT kick off on Halloween at Allianz Field. The match will be nationally televised on ESPN and ESPN Deportes with local radio coverage available on ESPN 94.5 FM and La Grande 1340 AM. Fans are invited to attend the club's official watch party at International Tap House (403 E. 18th St.) in Kansas City.
GOAL OF THE WEEK
Sporting Kansas City captain Johnny Russell is one of four nominees for the AT&T MLS Goal of the Week. Russell scored in his seventh straight match in Saturday's win in Seattle, capping off a sensational 38-pass sequence for the 79th-minute match winner. Fans can cast their vote for Russell on Twitter until Wednesday.
SPORTING KC SHOW ON TUESDAY
The Sporting KC Show will air on Sports Radio 810 WHB from 6-7 p.m. CT on Tuesday with hosts Nate Bukaty, Aly Trost and Conall McCourt. The Sporting KC Show Podcast is available on Spotify, iTunes and SportingKC.com, giving supporters a weekly destination to catch up on club storylines, player achievements, guest interviews and more.
MOVIES AT THE PARK ON FRIDAY
On Friday, Sporting Club Special Events will continue the Movie in the Park series at Children's Mercy Park with a free outdoor showing of Hocus Pocus. Guests can reserve seats in advance online and gates will open at 6:30 p.m. CT, followed by the film at 7 p.m. CT. The event, presented by Tito's Handmade Vodka, will feature a costume contest and all guests 21 years of age and over are eligible for a prize pack from Tito's.
SPORTING KC II SEASON FINALE
Sporting Kansas City II (4-19-8, 8th place) will conclude their USL Championship campaign with a road match against Oakland Roots SC (10-13-8, 5th place) at 9 p.m. CT on Saturday at Laney College Field. The match-up will stream live on ESPN+ and fans can follow @SportingKCII on Twitter for in-game updates.
ACADEMY CONTINUES CAMPAIGN
The Sporting Kansas City Academy will also be in action on Saturday as the U-17s travel to take on cross-state rivals St. Louis City SC. Kick off is set for 12 p.m. CT and fans can follow @SKCAcademy on Twitter for in-game updates throughout the MLS NEXT season.
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