Sporting Kansas City v. Seattle Sounders FC
Wednesday, August 8, 21:00 ET
Possible Playoff Preview as Kansas City hosts Seattle
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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 the third place close from the west in Seattle. Through 22 matches, Seattle has 37 points, five back of second place Real Salt Lake, and seven back of San Jose in first place, but with a game in hand on both clubs.
The Sounders have just three wins on the road, but only two losses to go with six draws. They are winners of two straight, and have not lost a match in six straight games, and are unbeaten in their last three.
Kansas City meanwhile is coming off a road victory against New England that helped prevent a second straight loss. Kansas City has struggled to score lately, netting just three goals in their last four matches. At home, they have just one goal in their last four in Kansas City.
Betting lines: At home, Kansas City gets the slight edge, but they have been struggling. Seattle travels well and Kansas City hasn’t been able to score. Look for a tight game that ends in a scoreless draw.