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Preview: Sporting Kansas City vs. Minnesota United | MLS is Back Tournament, Group D

2020 MLS is Back Tournament – Group D, Matchday 5
Sporting Kansas City vs. Minnesota United
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Sun., July 12 – 8:00 PM ET

TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes; TSN in Canada

STREAMING: ESPN App in USA; TSN App in Canada

It's a matchup between two of the hottest teams out of the gate in 2020, as Sporting Kansas City take on Minnesota United in Group D play on July 12.

SKC and Minnesota each looked dominant through Weeks 1 and 2, with Sporting thumping the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 at BC Place before shredding the Houston Dynamo 4-0 at home in their next match. A pair of newcomers led the way, as Liga MX import Alan Pulido and midfielder Gadi Kinda each shined, with Peter Vermes' group looking like a flat-out scary attacking force.

The Loons, meanwhile, took a convincing 3-1 victory over the Portland Timbers at the always hostile Providence Park on March 1, before running all over the San Jose Earthquakes in a 5-2 road victory on March 7. 

It was a small sample size to be sure, but both of these teams played some of the prettiest attacking soccer of the opening two games of the season, making this one of the most potentially entertaining and goal-filled matches in group play.

Project Starting XI
  • Updated team roster
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Felipe Gutierrez (M) - knee surgery
    • OUT: Andreu Fontas (D) - quad strain
    • QUESTIONABLE: Ilie Sanchez (M) - thigh injury
  • Suspended: Brent Kallman (D)
  • Suspended after next caution:  None
  • International duty:  None
Project Starting XI
  • Updated team roster
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Ike Opara (D) - undisclosed
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None

Series Matchup

  • Sporting KC: 4 wins, 13 goals
  • Minnesota United: 2 wins, 7 goals
  • 2 draws

Officials

  • Referee: Joseph Dickerson
  • Assistant Referees: Jeremy Hanson, Michael Barwegen
  • 4th Official: Dave Gantar
  • VAR: Armando Villarreal
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Current Form

Sporting KC
L
L
D
L
W
W
Minnesota
W
D
L
L
W
W

Season Stats

Sporting Kansas CityMinnesota United FC
2Games Played2
2Wins2
0Losses0
0Draws0
7Goals8
1Goals Conceded3
19Shots23
11Shots on Target14
25Fouls committed32
23Fouls suffered19
3Offside3
8Corners15

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
SKC0001173.5
MIN0001184
01234+Avg
SKC000014
MIN000000
01234+Avg
SKC000103
MIN000114

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
SKC1100010.5
MIN0110031.5
01234+Avg
SKC100000
MIN000000
01234+Avg
SKC010001
MIN011001.5
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