WHEN/WHERE: 3 p.m. Sunday at Children’s Mercy Park
TV/RADIO: KMCI-TV (Ch. 38); 99.3 FM, KDTD (1340 AM)
ABOUT SAN JOSE (8-11-14, 38 points): The Earthquakes have been eliminated from playoff consideration. The postseason absence can largely be attributed to their road form. They have won only once in 16 road matches this season. San Jose is also last in MLS with 32 goals this season, though forward Chris Wondolowski has burned Sporting KC for eight goals in 12 appearances.
ABOUT SPORTING KC (12-13-8, 44 points): The club can clinch its sixth straight postseason berth with a victory in Sunday’s regular season finale, and it still has an opportunity to move into the fourth seed in the Western Conference. After early-season struggles at Children’s Mercy Park, Sporting KC is unbeaten across its last eight home games, and it’s scoring 2.4 goals per game during the streak. The club is nearing full health with its starting lineup, though forward Jacob Peterson (thigh) is questionable.
BOTTOM LINE: The match is significantly more vital for Sporting KC, whose playoff hopes rest on the match. Since 2004, the home team in this matchup is 18-2-2.
PREDICTION: Sporting KC 3, San Jose 1