Another Western Conference road test awaits Sporting Kansas City as they face the Seattle Sounders at Lumen Field in a Saturday afternoon showdown at 2 p.m. CT. Coverage of the match will be on ABC and ESPN Deportes as Sporting looks to keep their hot streak in Seattle rolling.
After a 6-0 offensive clinic Wednesday night in the Open Cup Quarterfinals, Sporting has won back-to-back matches. In MLS play they snapped Nashville’s 25-straight home unbeaten run with a 2-1 win at GEODIS Park last Sunday. Now the attention turns to one of the best in the west in Seattle.
Here are five storylines to have an eye on as Sporting Kansas City takes on the Seattle Sounders.
Coming off FIFA’s international break, Sporting Kansas City, and Kansas City as a whole have been red hot. FIFA named Kansas City one of 16 host cities for the FIFA World Cup 2026 last Thursday, and the side has advanced to the Open Cup semifinals where they will face Sacramento Republic FC for a right to go to the finals. The side appears to be rounding into form as they have now won back-to-back, high-stakes matches.
On Sunday, June 19, Sporting played their first MLS match in Nashville ever, also becoming one of the first teams to play at brand-new GEODIS Park. Sporting promptly handed Nashville their first home loss in their new stadium and first home loss since Nov. 2020. Felipe Hernandez struck in the 41st with a 38-yard free kick he skipped past Joe Willis, and Graham Zusi blasted a wonder strike into the top corner to give Sporting two goals which they would use to win 2-1. The club followed that performance up with a six-goal thrashing of Union Omaha. Hernandez and Daniel Salloi bagged braces, while Khiry Shelton and Kortne Ford each added a goal of their own.