Our prediction for this MLS match:
Following a 1-1 draw with Vancouver Whitecaps, Dallas will look to get back on course when they take on Sporting Kansas City on Sunday. The Toros have been having their ups and downs at the start of the season, but they are still seen as favourites to beat the Wizards on home soil. There are no fresh injury worries in the home team, but both Martinez and Obrian are pushing for recalls to the starting XI.
Meanwhile, the visitors have yet to find the net in the new MLS campaign, and seeing that Dallas have turned their Toyota Stadium into a real fortress, home win should be considered. The likes of Tim Melia, Johnny Russell, Gadi Kinda, Logan Ndenbe, and Kortne Thompson-Ford are injured for the visiting side. In their last meeting at the venue Dallas defeated Sporting Kansas City 2-1, and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Matt Hedges):
Matthew Hedges is a 193-cm tall centre back who was born in Rochester, New York on April 1, 1990. At the age of 18 he started his college career at Butler Bulldogs and in 2011 he moved to North Carolina Tar Heels. After scoring 18 goals in total in college football, Matt played for Reading United before joining MLS club FC Dallas.
The American footballer has been playing for FC Dallas since 2012 and in 2016 he won both US Open Cup and Supporters’ Shield with the Toros. Matthew Hedges made his debut for USA national soccer team on February 8, 2015, coming as a substittute in the 72nd minute in a friendly against Panama.
2017 was the most successful year of his career as he won the CONCACAF Gold Cup with the Yenks. USA defeated Jamaica 2-1 in the title game, but Matt Hedges was not given an opportunity to play in the final. His preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Sporting Kansas City):
Sporting Kansas City have been competing in Major League Soccer since 1996 and they won their first MLS Cup trophy in 2000. The club faced Chicago Fire at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington in the play-offs final and Miklos Jon Molnar scored the winner for Bob Gansler’s team. 13 years later Sporting Kansas City met with Solt Lake in the title game and they were fortunate to defeat the Royals on penalties.
The Wizards welcome their rivals at Children’s Mercy Park, but they used to play some games at Blue Valley Sports Complex, Julian Field, Hermann Stadium and Durwood Soccer Stadium in the past as well. Sporting Kansas City were founded in 1995 and the club’s original name was Kansas City Wiz.
The Wizards wear navy blue shirts and dark blue shorts when playing at home, while the colour of their away kit is blue. Former Wigan Athletic man Roger Espinosa is regarded as one of the club’s most notable players and he has been playing for the Children’s Mercy Park outfit since 2015.