Sports Medicine Report - Nov. 20, 2021

Sports Medicine Report is SportingKC.com’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.

Sporting Kansas City (17-10-7, 3rd Seed) is set to open the 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs this afternoon when the team hosts Vancouver Whitecaps FC (12-9-13, 6th Seed) at Children’s Mercy Park in Round One. It’s the first-ever postseason encounter between the two teams and the winner will go on to take on either Seattle Sounders FC or Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference Semifinals.

#SKCvVAN Sports Medicine Report

Sporting KC

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

  • OUT: Midfielder Caio Alexandre (Left foot, fifth metatarsal fracture)
  • QUESTIONABLE: Defender Cristian Gutierrez (Left hamstring strain)

In addition, Sporting KC midfielder Felipe Hernandez is suspended for the remainder of the 2021 season.

Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. CT (4:08 p.m. CT actual kick) on UniMas and TUDN nationally, as well as Bally Sports KC locally while a stream will also be available on MLSSoccer.com. ESPN 94.5 FM (English) and La Grande 1340 AM (Spanish) will carry the game on the radio.