Colorado Rapids vs. Sporting Kansas City - 7/17/20 MLS Soccer Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado Rapids
MLS Soccer: Friday, July 17, 2020 at 8:00 pm
The Line: Colorado +250 / Draw +270 / Sporting KC -105 -- O/U: 3 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Sporting Kansas City and the Colorado Rapids meet in a group stage soccer matchup as part of the MLS is Back tournament from Orlando, Florida on Friday night.
Sporting Kansas City will look to rebound after starting their tournament with a 2-1 loss to Minnesota United in their last match. In their game against Minnesota, Khiry Shelton put Sporting Kansas City in front in the 43rd minute, and that lead held into the second half. Kansas City would be reduced to ten men in the 74th minute when goalkeeper Tim Mella was sent off for a rough challenge, and even with a backup in, Kansas City looked headed for a win. However, the aforementioned Shelton would put the ball in his own net in the second minute of stoppage time and Minnesota United would take a 2-1 lead on virtually the last kick of the game, stunning Sporting Kansas City and stealing the win.
Colorado Rapids on the other hand, enter this one after succumbing to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Real Salt Lake in their tournament opening match. In the loss to Real Salt Lake, Colorado fell behind in the 27th minute and the lead would hold into the half as Colorado would be unable to muster up a shot on goal in the opening 45 minutes. Colorado would come alive in the second half with 63% possession and 4 shots on target, dodging a bullet in the 72nd minute when RSL missed from the penalty spot, but the Rapids’ luck would run out four minutes later as Real Salt Lake ended up taking a 2-0 lead that they’d ride to the finish line as Colorado just did not have an answer over the course of the second half.
I think a case could be made for either side, as both game into the tournament at 2-0-0, and while KC is probably the better team side-by-side, a collapsing loss like the one against Minnesota isn’t one you just come back from right away. With that said, one thing’s been common between these two sides for the most part in the early going, and that’s goals. KC has had a total of 11 goals across their first three games of the season while Colorado’s had 8 through three games. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a 2-1 game at the very least, so I’ll side with the over 3 goals here.