It doesn't have to be pretty. It doesn't have to be an impressive, attractive masterpiece. It doesn't have to be by a big scoreline. It doesn't even have to be a regulation win — if the match ends in a draw, two 15-minute halves of extra time will be played with penalty kicks to follow.
But, thanks to the 0-0 scoreline in Houston way back on Nov. 9, a simple win tonight at Sporting Park over the Houston Dynamo means Sporting KC will make its third MLS Cup final and its first since 2004. It would also be the first time for Kansas City to host the Cup finals.
Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. (But as you've likely heard by now, you should make sure you're in your seat by 6:20. Maybe there are more fireworks in store. Maybe the ownership group is rigging up a massive over-the-roof space heater to keep the frost from forming on the seats.)
So, how can Kansas City win tonight?1. Peter Vermes must get his forward rotation right.