Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting Kansas City
MLS Soccer: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 9:00 am
The Line: RSL +205 / KC +121 / Draw +235 -- Over/Under: 3 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City meet Wednesday morning in the MLS is Back Tournament soccer action at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Real Salt Lake produced win a win over the Colorado Rapids and is coming off a 0-0 draw against Minnesota United. In its last effort, Real Salt Lake controlled the ball for 55.6 percent of the match and saved all three shots on target. Real Salt Lake has allowed a combined one goal in its last four games and has come away with saves on all seven shots on goal. Real Salt Lake is looking like one of the best defensive teams in this tournament. Damir Kreilach leads Real Salt Lake with two goals, Corey Baird has one assist and Albert Rusnak has two shots on goal. Defensively, Zac MacMath has allowed one goal on 11 shots faced.
Sporting Kansas City lost to Minnesota United but is coming off a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rapids. In its last effort, Sporting Kansas City controlled the ball for 59.7 percent of the match and got nine of its 19 shots on goal. Khiry Shelton, Alan Pulido and Graham Zusi all found the back of the net to keep Sporting Kansas City alive in this tournament. Sporting Kansas City is averaging 2.75 goals per game through four MLS matches, making them a scary offensive club heading into this crucial spot. Alan Pulido leads Sporting Kansas City with three goals, Gadi Kinda has two assists and Khiry Shelton has seven shots on goal. Defensively, Tim Melia has allowed one goal on seven shots faced and Richard Sanchez has given up four goals on five shots.
Real Salt Lake is 2-1-2 in the last five meetings against Sporting Kansas City, which includes victories in the last two meetings. Each of the last five meetings between these two clubs have produced at least two goals.
This is a massive game for both of these teams that hope to make it out of Group D, and part of me leans toward Real Salt Lake because of their ability to slow games down and get after it defensively. Real Salt Lake also beat up on KC in the last two meetings. Still, I'm going to side with Sporting Kansas City, an explosive offensive team that's averaging nearly three goals per game this season and just showed how aggressive they can be in their last outing. KC also needs a win to increase its chances of advancing, so I do expect them to push the pace a little.
Give me Sporting Kansas City and the plus money.