Columbus Crew SC’s tough road stretch continues as they head west to face Sporting Kansas City, a team that has lost only twice on the season. The hosts have raced to a table topping 7-2-3 record, earning 24 points.
The home side is in fine form, going 3-1-1 in their last five games. The sole loss at Children’s Mercy Park was on opening day as New York City FC escaped with all three points. Lead by the goal scoring exploits of Johnny Russell, SKC have scored 24 while only letting in 13.
The visitors are in fine form as well. The offense may not be as sharp as in seasons past, tallying 18 — the least of any current playoff team — but the 10 goals allowed is best in Major League Soccer so far. This team is hard to break down.
FT: Crew SC 0 SKC 0
90’+ Yellow card to Besler for taking out Artur on the break.
90’+ Sauro deflects behind. It’s an #SKC corner.
Five minutes of stoppage time.
88’ Lalas deflects a SKC shot over the goal. Kansas City corner.
71’ Croizet gets in behind the #CrewSC defense and fires a shot, but it’s into the side netting.
70’ Zardes with another headed effort from the corner. But it’s right at Melia.
69’ Afful pulls it back for Martinez just inside the penalty area. He slips, but Crew SC still get a corner.
67’ Luis Argudo coming on for Grella.
63’ Steffen stands up Salloi. Makes the save from the effort from the top of the box.
60’ Ball played into the penalty area, but Melia gets there before Zardes.
51’ Shelton fires one from a tight angle that Steffen saves. His follow up attempt is over the post. Close for SKC.
48’ Yellow card to Afful.
46’ The second half is underway.
HT: Crew SC 0 SKC 0. Black & Gold missed a PK and are playing the second half down a man.
50’+ Red card to Higuain after VAR. Cleats up tackle.
43’ Melia makes the save. Not a great PK by Zardes.
41’ This time Zardes is taken down by Melia after he touches the ball by him. Crew SC will have a penalty attempt.
39’ Zardes in behind, gets bumped and goes down. No call. What saw you Crew SC fans?
33’ Afful lets one fly from the top of the box, but it hits of Zardes.
30’ A good big of possession around the Crew SC penalty area leads to an Espinoza shot from the top of the box. It goes just wide of Steffen’s goal.
24’ Zardes’ header from inside the box is saved by Melia. Crew SC corner.
22’ A shot from close range by SKC is blocked by Valenzuela. A big block too as Steffen was still getting up from making the initial save.
21’ Afful pops it up to Zardes in the box. He flicks it over a defender but can’t get a shot on goal.
12’ Martinez does a good job to win the ball but plays it too far in front of Zardes in the box. Then he goes down. Then Artur fires a shot that goes just wide.
3’ Lalas makes the block after a bad giveaway in midfield by Afful.
Injuries & Suspensions:
Crew SC: Pedro Santos is out with a right thigh strain and is out. Jonathan Mensah has a left thigh strain and is a gamete decision. Head coach Gregg Berhalter usually holds out players who aren’t ready in the days leading up to the game, so he’s likely out.
Sporting Kansas City: Defender Jimmy Medranda has a knee injury and forward Diego Rubio has a back injury. Both are questionable. Midfielder Felipe Gutierrez is out with a sports hernia.
How to watch:
Date: Sunday, May 27, 2018, 6:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Children’s Mercy Park (Kansas City, Kansas)
TV: FS1, FOX Deportes