Diego Rubio 2018 preseason training shot
Olivia Brestal

Preview: Sporting KC duels Colorado Rapids on Saturday to close out first leg of preseason

Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado Rapids
2018 Preseason presented by Children's Mercy
Saturday, Feb. 3 | 11:30 a.m. CT
Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex | Scottsdale, Arizona
Live Updates: @SportingKC and @SKCMatchday on Twitter

Sporting Kansas City will go head-to-head with the Colorado Rapids on Saturday to close out the first leg of the club's 2018 preseason, presented by Children's Mercy. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. CT at Phoenix Rising FC Soccer Complex in Tempe, Arizona, and live updates will be available via Twitter at @SportingKC and @SKCMatchday.

Manager Peter Vermes' men have collected victories in each of their first two tune-ups, dispatching a group of Phoenix Rising FC trialists 2-1 last weekend before posting a 4-0 win over UPSL side Sporting Arizona on Wednesday. Saturday's battle against Colorado marks the first time Sporting KC faces Major League Soccer opposition in 2018.

Six different players have scored Sporting KC's six goals during the preseason campaign, including strikes from Homegrown products Daniel Salloi and Gianluca Busio as well as forward Gerso and midfielder Cristian Lobato. Vermes has dispersed minutes evenly over the first two contests, both of which have unfolded in three 30-minute periods.

Saturday's game in Tempe will run 120 minutes, with two 45-minute periods followed by a 30-minute period. While Sporting KC are looking for their third consecutive preseason triumph, the Rapids are three days removed from a 2-1 defeat to Columbus Crew SC in their first friendly of the year. Olathe, Kansas-born defender Kortne Ford scored Colorado's lone goal in a match that took place in Casa Grande, Arizona.

Sporting KC will return to Kansas City on Saturday night prior to the second phase of preseason training, which will run from Feb. 9-25 in Tucson, Arizona. Vermes' side is slated to play four games in the Mobile Mini Sun Cup, a preseason tournament that features 11 MLS clubs plus Phoenix Rising FC (USL), San Antonio FC (USL) and Sporting Arizona (UPSL).

Sporting KC 2018 Preseason Schedule

Saturday, Jan. 27 Phoenix Rising FC trialists W 2-1 Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex
Scottsdale, AZ
Wednesday, Jan. 31 Sporting Arizona W 4-0 Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex
Scottsdale, AZ
Saturday, Feb. 3 Colorado Rapids 11:30am Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex
Scottsdale, AZ
Wednesday, Feb. 14 New York Red Bulls 12pm Kino Sports Complex
Tucson, AZ
Saturday, Feb. 17 Phoenix Rising FC (tickets) 4pm Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex
Scottsdale, AZ
Wednesday, Feb. 21 New England Revolution 12pm Kino Sports Complex
Tucson, AZ
Saturday, Feb. 24 TBD (tickets) 3, 5 or 7:15pm Kino Sports Complex
Tucson, AZ

Sporting KC 2018 Preseason Roster

1 Adrian Zendejas Goalkeeper 22
3 Ike Opara Defender 28
4 Kevin Ellis Defender 26
5 Matt Besler Defender 30
6 Ilie Midfielder 27
7 Gerso Forward 26
8 Graham Zusi Defender 31
11 Diego Rubio Forward 24
14 Khiry Shelton Forward 24
15 Seth Sinovic Defender 30
19 Cristian Lobato Midfielder 28
20 Gianluca Busio Forward 15
21 Andrew Dykstra Goalkeeper 32
22 Soony Saad Forward 25
23 Colton Storm Defender 23
26 Jaylin Lindsey Defender 17
27 Roger Espinoza Midfielder 31
29 Tim Melia Goalkeeper 31
30 Daniel Salloi Forward 21
41 James Musa Midfielder 25
55 Amer Didic Defender 23
90 Kharlton Belmar Forward 25
92 Yohan Croizet Midfielder 25
94 Jimmy Medranda Midfielder 24
  Emiliano Amor Defender 22
  Matt Lewis Defender 21
  Zach Wright Forward 22
  Will Bagrou ^ Forward 21
  Hadji Barry * Forward 25
  Sebastian Cruz ** Midfielder 17
  Eric Dick ^ Goalkeeper 23
  Cameron Duke ** Defender 16
  Felipe Hernandez * Midfielder 19
  Rodrigo Saravia Defender 24
  Graham Smith ^ Defender 22
  Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal * Midfielder 19
  Wilfred Williams ^ Defender 21

Bold: Under contract with Sporting KC
^ Unsigned MLS SuperDraft pick
* Swope Park Rangers
** Sporting KC Academy