Our prediction for this MLS match:
Thursday’s football game at Children’s Mercy Park pits together Sporting Kansas City and Colorado Rapids, the two teams who are almost level on points in the Western Conference. The Wizards aim to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Portland Timbers, where they failed to turn their dominance into more than one goal. Sporting boss Peter Vermes is likely to stick to the 4-3-3 formation, with Alan Pulido up front as a lone forward.
The Rapids, on the other hand, head into the match following back-to-back wins over Dallas and Cincinnati. Colorado have been showing signs of improvement of late, but beating Sporting on the road is easier said than done. A close encounter is on the horizon at Children’s Mercy Park, and we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Both Namli and Beitashour are likely to miss the game with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Johnny Russell):
After spending the greatest part of his career at Derby County, Johnny Russell joined Sporting Kansas City in 2018. Russell was born in Glasgow, the capital of Scotland, on April 8, 1990 and he started his youth career at Dundee United.
The 178-cm tall attacker was producing fine performances for the Scottish side from 2007 to 2013 when he moved to Derby County. The Rams booked their place in the Championship on several occassions, but they eventually failed to secure promotion to the Premier League. As a result, Johnny Russell decided to move to MLS, signing a three-year deal with Sporting Kansas city on January 31, 2018.
The Scotland international made his debut for the Wizards in the opening match of the 2019 season against New York City. Speaking of his debut for the national team, he played his first game for Scotland in November 2014 in a 3-1 loss to England. His main position is left winger, but he is capable of playing as both centre-forward and right winger as well.
Highlighted Team (Colorado Rapids):
Colorado Rapids is a Major League Soccer club and they compete in the USA professional soccer league as a member of the Western Conference. Colorado began their play in MLS back in 1996 and 14 years later they managed to win the MLS Cup trophy. The Rapids recorded a 2-1 win over FC Dallas in the final of the tournament, with George John scoring the winner for Gary Smith’s team in the extra time. Colorado made it to the MLS Cup final in 1997 as well, but D.C. United proved to be a big catch for the club in the title game.
The Rapids play their home games at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and the venue has been Colorado’s home ground since 2007. It has to be noted that the likes of Tim Howard, Carlos Valderama, Claudio Lopez and Jermaine Jones were all part of the club in the past. Colorado’s colors are red, sky blue and white, but they were yellow shirts and blue shorts when playing on the travels.