Sporting Kansas City v. DC United
Saturday, August 11, 20:30 ET
Top Teams Battle Atop Eastern Table
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Soccer action is Europe has wrapped up for the season, with the European Cup over and the top leagues in their offseason. However, in North America, the second half of the Major League Soccer season is underway, with plenty of exciting matches this week as teams fight for positioning.
Two of the top teams in the league face off Wednesday night in a possible playoff preview as the season moves closer to the end, as Sporting Kansas City of the eastern conference hosts the Seattle Sounders FC from the west.
In second place in the east, Sporting Kansas City has 12 victories through 23 matches and has earned 40 points, the same as the Houston Dynamo in first place- a three-goal differential is the only thing separating the two. Close behind though are the New York Red Bulls with 38 points, and DC United in fourth with 36 points and a pair of games in hand.
Kansas City will look to use their home field advantage to gain another three points this week, as they have won six matches at home and have only lost three all season. While they have only scored 12 goals at home, compared to 16 on the road, they have only allowed seven against.
They will host a conference foe that sits in fourth position in DC United. With 11 wins on the season and three draws, DC United have earned 36 points, but have a pair of games in hand on the three teams ahead of them in the standings. Still, their road play has been questionable, winning just three times all season, scoring 11 goals on the road while allowing 18.
Kansas City will look to build on a 1-0 road win and try to generate more offense. They have scored just two goals at home in their last four matches, winning just one of those matches. Though scoring just 12 goals in 11 home matches, Kansas City has only allowed seven.
Betting lines: At home Kansas City is the favourite and rightly so. They play tight defense, and DC United has trouble scoring away from home. Look for a very even match, with Sporting Kansas City getting a late goal to win the game, 1-0.