WHEN/WHERE: 9 p.m. Saturday at Children’s Mercy Park
TV/RADIO: KMCI-TV (Ch. 38); 99.3 FM, KDTD (1340 AM)
ABOUT VANCOUVER (8-11-6, 30 points): The Whitecaps have stumbled recently, losing three straight and falling to eighth place in the Western Conference. They have not scored in four straight road games. Vancouver’s defense allows a bevy of shots and has given up 1.64 goals per match this season, despite goalkeeper David Ousted leading MLS with 90 saves.
ABOUT SPORTING KC (10-11-5, 35 points): The home woes are a thing of the past for Sporting KC, which has won five straight games inside Children’s Mercy Park — only the third time the club has accomplished that feat. It has outscored opponents 12-3 over that time frame, and it will take a 256-minute shutout streak into Saturday’s match. Sporting KC enters the weekend in fifth place in the Western Conference. The top six will qualify for the playoffs.
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BOTTOM LINE: Sporting KC has dominated the series between the two teams, losing only once in nine all-time meetings.
PREDICTION: Sporting KC 2, Vancouver 1