Preview: Sporting KC opens two-game road trip at StubHub Center against LA Galaxy

Sporting KC at LA Galaxy
Saturday, April 18 – 9:30 p.m. CT
StubHub Center | Carson, CA

Broadcast Schedule:
English TV: 38 the Spot and SKCTV
English Radio: Sports Radio 810 WHB
Spanish Radio: La Grande 1340 AM

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Sporting Kansas City faces the LA Galaxy in Carson, California on Saturday in their first of a two-game road trip. The reigning MLS Cup champions are in the midst of a 25-game unbeaten streak at StubHub Center including their 2-1 victory over the New England Revolution in the MLS Cup final last December.

Saturday’s match is scheduled to kick off at 9:30 p.m. CT and can be seen locally on KMCI’s 38 the Spot and SKCTV across the Midwest with coverage beginning at 9 p.m. CT. The match will also be available on Sports Radio 810 WHB (English) and La Grande 1340 AM (Spanish).

Sporting Kansas City leads MLS with 30 road wins since the beginning of 2011 but has lost their previous two road matches against LA, last beating the Galaxy at StubHub Center on August 28, 2010. Sporting KC earned a 2-1 victory against the Galaxy in the lone meeting of 2014 and Peter Vermes maintains a 3-2-2 head-to-head advantage against LA Galaxy manager Bruce Arena.

The Galaxy enter Saturday’s contest with some momentum after defeating the Seattle Sounders 1-0 in their last outing courtesy of an Alan Gordon header in the 23rd minute and 10 saves from goalkeeper Jaime Penedo. The performance earned Penedo MLS Player of the Week honors. The Galaxy also feature Ireland international striker Robbie Keane who has scored 55 regular season goals in 88 games since joining LA after a 15-year career in Europe. Keane is questionable on the club's injury report after missing last Sunday's victory with a groin injury.

With the victory, LA moved to 2-2-2 this season and sits just one point behind Sporting KC (9) in the Western Conference standings. Sporting KC are coming off a scoreless draw against Real Salt Lake at Sporting Park and are riding a four-game unbeaten streak, the second longest active streak in MLS. Sporting Kansas City centerback Ike Opara suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in the 84th minute of last week's match against Salt Lake and will be unavailable this weekend. Seth Sinovic (left groin strain), Chance Myers (left Achilles) and James Ansu Rogers (left knee strain) are also listed as questionable on the injury report for this weekend's match.

In-game updates will be available at SportingKC.com/GameOn and via Twitter at @SKCGameday (English) and @SoySporting  (Spanish).

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