Preview: Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Monday’s Major League Soccer clash between Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City, including predictions, team news and potential lineups.

real salt lake will test their unbeaten streak at Rio Tinto Stadium on Sunday when they host Sporting Kansas City.

Claret and Cobalt are one of only two MLS teams not to lose a home game this year, while SKC matched their longest unbeaten streak of the season on Wednesday, drawing Minnesota United 1-1.

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A pair of defensive errors cost Salt Lake midweek as Atlanta United defeated them 2-1 and fell to fourth place in the Western Conference table.

Pablo MastroeniThe team has been a bit sluggish in recent weeks, conceding the first goal in two of its last three games while wasting two points between those losses against their main rivals, the Colorado Rapids (2-2).

Although the last few games haven’t been good, overall this team has had a solid campaign to date, racking up 30 points after 20 games, its best start to the regular season since 2017.

In his first full season as head coach, Mastroeni deserves a lot of praise for the way this team has collectively played after losing Alberto Rusnak to the Seattle Sounders in the off-season and without their top scorer of 2021, Damir Kreilachwho has been out of action for much of the season with a back injury.

Those two players alone accounted for almost half of their goals in the 2021 regular season campaign, scoring 27 of their 55 goals, and even that barely got them to the playoffs as they claimed the final position in the West thanks to some late heroics on numerous occasions.

So far in 2022, Mastroeni has put in place a system designed for the betterment of the entire team, as 13 different players have scored at least once, while they have been accurate at the back at home, registering five sheets. clean.

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi (8) celebrates with teammates after scoring during the second half against Nashville SC at Geodis Park on June 19, 2022.©Reuters

The 2022 campaign in Kansas City has been disappointing, to say the least, as this generally reliable team ranks last in the Western Conference with 20 points.

Off to their worst start since rebranding under the Sporting Kansas City name, Peter Vermesthe longest-tenured boss in the league, has been racking his brains for solutions to his problems.

While their recent form has been far from a masterclass performance, we’re seeing them take baby steps forward, claiming four points from consecutive away games, including their first victory of the year last Saturday, 2-1 over CF Montreal. .

Since suffering a humiliating 7-2 loss to the Portland Timbers at Providence Park in mid-May, they have played some of their best football away from home, scoring eight points in their last five away games.

In addition to significant injuries to their designated players, KC has struggled to replace the star defensive midfielder. Lie Sanchezas they have been a much easier team to penetrate in the middle of the field, conceding the second most goals in the Western Conference (35).

They sit seven points behind a playoff spot, though they look a lot like the RSL team we saw a year ago, with most of their attacks and chances coming from a couple of sources.

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Real Salt Lake head coach Pablo Mastroeni during the second half against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on April 3, 2022.©Reuters

justin meram captained RSL for the first time on Wednesday, notching his fourth assist of the season to move into a tie for first place on the team alongside Pablo Ruiz Y maikel changweather Johan Kappelhof he scored the first goal of his MLS career in the loss.

july anderson Y bobby wood scored in the final 20 minutes of their playoff meeting with SKC last season, when they stunned the home team 2-1 to advance to the Western Conference Final.

Five players are tied for first place on the team in terms of goals scored this season including Meram, Wood, jefferson savarino, just happy Y Sergio Cordova they have scored three times in 2022, though three of those players are out with injury, including Savarino (hip flexor), Glad (hamstring) and Wood (groin).

Zack Farnsworth has a problem in the right ankle, and scott caldwell may not be available again due to health and safety protocols.

Anderson Julio remains a question mark with a quadriceps injury, and the club transferred him louis everton to SK Beveren of the Belgian second division.

Kansas City scored twice at Minnesota this week, although one counted for the opposition when the goalkeeper John Pulskamp he was credited with an own goal, but redeemed himself when his top scorer johnny russell He put his sixth of the campaign at home.

daniel salloi he is the second of the team in goals with four, Philip Hernandez has the most assists for them with three, while kayden-pierre stood out in their win over Montreal last weekend, finishing with a team record in touches (60), passing accuracy (92%), duels won (seven), steals (six), tackles won (three) and fouls suffered (three).

remi walter remains a workhorse for KC in midfield as they lead the league in covered distance while roger espinoza he missed his midweek meeting due to the accumulation of yellow cards.

Ozzie Cisneros he’s out with a hamstring problem, Gadi a little Y Alan Pulido are gone for the season after both had knee surgery, while erik tommy Y William Agada they are still waiting for their work visas to be approved.

There are also some questionable players heading into this weekend like graham zusi have quadriceps pain, kortne ford missed his match on Wednesday due to concussion protocol and Tim Melia he is listed as questionable with a shoulder injury.

Potential Real Salt Lake starting lineup:
MacMath; Kablan, Kappelhof, Holt, Herrera; Julio, Besler, Ruiz, Chang; Rubin, Meram

Possible starting lineup for Sporting Kansas City:
Pulskamp; Sweat, Fontas, Isimat-Mirin, Pierre; prickly; Hernandez, Walter, Duke; Russell, Salloy

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We Say: Real Salt Lake 2-0 Sporting Kansas City

As a unit, RSL has more consistency across all facets of the game, while their backline will likely be centered around Johnny Russell, and they should be able to find a way through what has been, for the most part, a backline. of leaking KC.

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