Sporting Kansas City will return to Children’s Mercy Park to face the Portland Timbers in a Major League Soccer showdown on Sunday night. Kickoff is set for 6:30 PM (CT) on the national broadcast provided by FS1.
Sporting KC faced Portland once this season, losing at Providence Park on May 14th. Sunday was an important game for Portland, where he sits ninth in the West despite three clubs scoring points, but missing the winning tiebreaker. The MLS season is over and every point counts in the playoff battle.
Here are five things to know about Sporting Kansas City’s game against the Portland Timbers at Children’s Marcy Park on Sunday, August 21.
In the last two games, Sporting Kansas City’s offense has come alive, scoring seven goals in 180 minutes of football. Coming into games this weekend, no other MLS club has scored seven goals in his last two games. In the last two contests Sporting have scored three goals in the first half each. This is the first time in the history of the club.
This spark of attack comes from the broad cast of Sporting KC characters. Midfielder Eric Tommy kicked off the party in style with a 18th Jonathan volley from the inside of his bond, earning him an AT&T Goal of the Week nomination. Forward Willy Agada scored his two goals in the first half, adding to his two memorable celebrations. Forward Daniel Saroj capped off his 4-2 victory over LA with a goal in injury time for Sporting. Against Austin, Andrew Fontas rebounded from a Tommy free-kick, Agada matched Roger Espinoza’s shot for the third goal, and Jonny Russell sunk the penalty. Sporting’s offense has come from all three of his lines on the field in the last two games.