Sporting KC (8-11-7 SU, 12-6-8 ATS) vs. Minnesota United (12-8-6 SU, 10-15 ATS)
Thursday, August 22 at 9:30 PM ET
Children’s Mercy Park – Kansas City
Coverage: ESPN, MLS LIVE on DAZN in Canada
Free MLS Pick: Draw
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Left for dead in the bottom of the Western Conference standings only a month ago, Sporting KC has clawed their way back within reach of a playoff spot and the top seven teams. They snapped a two-game skid last week in a 2-1 upset at home against the San Jose Earthquakes and now trail the Portland Timbers by just six points with eight regular season games left.
Minnesota United has been one of the pleasant surprises in MLS this season and they enter this match in second place in the West. United is, however, part of the logjam after first place LAFC, where only five points separate them and eighth place FC Dallas. United is coming off a 1-1 draw with Orlando City and will be looking for their first win ever at Sporting KC as they are 0-3-0 at Children’s Mercy Park.
United is 5-6-1 against the spread on the road and Sporting is 5-8. Sporting is 5-5-3 on the over/under at home and Minnesota is 5-3-4 on the road.
With Minnesota United in a dogfight and Sporting KC playing better and clawing their way back into contention, this game has the makings of a tight defensive battle as each team will want as many of those precious points they can grab and will likely clamp down. This will be a low-scoring nail-biter.