MINNESOTA UNITED FC AT SPORTING KANSAS CITY
WHEN/WHERE: 4 p.m. Saturday, at Children’s Mercy Park
TV/RADIO: ESPN; WHB (810 AM)
ABOUT MINNESOTA (4-7-2, 14 points): Midfielder Sam Cronin was retroactively suspended for Saturday’s match for a tackle last weekend against Orlando City. ... Johan Venegas and captain Francisco Calvo joined the Costa Rica men’s national team and will also miss Saturday’s game. ... After an extremely shaky defensive start, Minnesota has allowed only six goals over its past five matches.
ABOUT SPORTING KC (6-4-4, 22 points): Forward Dom Dwyer is questionable with a left knee injury. ... Defender Graham Zusi (U.S. national team) and midfielder Roger Espinoza (suspension) will miss the match. ... The club is in the midst of its first two-game losing skid of the season, and it has won just one of its past five.
BOTTOM LINE: Sporting KC is riding a 15-match home unbeaten streak, the longest such mark in Major League Soccer. It has not lost an MLS match inside Children’s Mercy Park in more than a year. Minnesota is winless on the road this year.
PREDICTION: Sporting KC 1, Minnesota 0