Preview: Sporting KC back home to face LA Galaxy on Sunday

Sporting Kansas City vs. LA Galaxy
Sunday, May 1 — 7 p.m. CT
Children's Mercy Park | Kansas City, KS

Broadcast Schedule:
English TV | FS1
Spanish TV | FOX Deportes
English Radio | Sports Radio 810 WHB
Spanish Radio | La Grande 1340 AM

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Sporting Kansas City (4-4-1, 13 points) returns to Children’s Mercy Park on Sunday for its third match in eight days against LA Galaxy (4-1-2, 14 points) at 7 p.m. CT. The game will be nationally televised on FS1 and FOX Deportes, with live radio broadcasts airing on Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Grande 1340 AM. The Final Whistle: Sporting KC Postgame Show will also air after the match on 810 AM.

A limited number of tickets for Sunday's Western Conference clash are still available on Ticketmaster.com or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL, and the first 10,000 fans through the gates will receive free sunglasses courtesy of Sabates Eye Centers.

Sporting KC’s tie against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday snapped the team's three-game losing streak. Trailing 1-0 after a Whitecaps goal on a corner kick in the 14th minute, Peter Vermes' men secured an equalizer only 13 minutes later with a goal from Diego Rubio — his first in his Major League Soccer career. Sporting KC later went up a man in the second half when Vancouver center back Kendall Waston received his second yellow card. Despite the man advantage and recording twice as many shots as Vancouver, Sporting KC was unable to pull ahead to secure three points on the road. 

Wednesday night's game may have broken Sporting KC's three-game skid, but the tie still leaves Kanas City winless in its past four games. But with three of those contests on the road, Kansas City look to regain its foothold at home on Sunday night. LA Galaxy is winless in four all-time trips to Children’s Mercy, including losses in each of their past three visits, and the last time Sporting KC fell to LA at home came almost a decade ago in September 2007. Though LA Galaxy leads the series with an all-time record of 24-20-11, Bruce Arena’s side has an 8-15-5 record in Kansas City.

LA enters Sunday’s match riding a five-game unbeaten streak. The five-time MLS Cup champions currently sit atop the league with 17 goals and earned decisive victories over Houston Dynamo (4-1) and Real Salt Lake (5-2) in their previous two matchups. LA Galaxy’s sole loss in the 2016 regular season came from its trip to the Colorado Rapids, where the team fell 1-0 after conceding a goal in the 95th minute.

Injuries

  • Out for Sporting KC: Defender Kevin Ellis (groin)

  • Questionable for Sporting KC: Midfielders Justin Mapp (toe) and Soni Mustivar (hamstring)

  • Questionable for LA Galaxy: Forwards Alan Gordon (groin) and Robbie Keane (leg), Midfielder Sebastian Lletget (groin), Defender Leonardo (leg)

In-game updates for the marquee matchup will be available online at SportingKC.com/gameon, on Twitter @SKCgameday and on the club's official mobile app Sporting KC UphoriaFans who submit their photos to Sporting KC using Uphoria's MySKC Cam during the match can see their photos appear in the app and on the video boards during the game. MySKC Cam is a camera that allows users to capture their favorite match day moments, add Sporting-themed overlays and instantly share photos on a variety of social networks including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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