Sports Medicine Report - Sept. 3, 2021

Sports Medicine Report is’s look at the latest health update regarding the team ahead of upcoming matches and is presented by The Sports Medicine Center at Children's Mercy. All health issues listed are from the teams' official player availability reports submitted approximately 48 hours prior to kickoff.

Second-place Sporting Kansas City (11-4-7, 40 pts.) looks to move into first place in the West tonight when the team takes on Los Angeles FC (6-9-6, 24 pts.) at Banc of California Stadium in LA. Sporting could temporarily rise above Seattle into first with a win, as the Sounders are off this weekend.

#LAFCvSKC Sports Medicine Report

Sporting KC

Los Angeles FC

  • OUT: Defender Tristan Blackmon (Adductor), defender Erik Dueñas (Knee), defender Julian Gaines (Pelvic stress fracture), defender Eddie Segura (Knee), midfielder Alvaro Quezada (Chest), forward Mahala Opoku (Knee), forward Carlos Vela (Quad)

In addition, both teams are missing a slew of players due to international call-ups, with Sporting without midfielder Gadi Kinda (Israel) and forward Daniel Salloi (Hungary), while LAFC will be missing Jose Cifuentes (Ecuador), Diego Palacios (Ecuador), Brian Rodriguez (Uruguay), Kim Moon-Hwan (South Korea) and youngsters Tony Leone and Christian Torres who are with the Mexico U-20 team. Sporting KC midfielder Felipe Hernandez remains out for personal reasons.

Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. CT (9:08 p.m. CT actual kick) on Bally Sports KC Plus, while the game will also air nationally in Spanish on TUDN, UniMas and @TUDNUSA on Twitter. ESPN 94.5 FM and La Grande 1340 AM will carry the game locally on the radio.