FRISCO — FC Dallas and Sporting Kansas will meet for the second time in the regular season and third time overall in 2018 on Sunday.
Dallas won the last match between the two, a 3-2 win in Kansas City. This time, the match is in Frisco and it is Dallas' last home game of the regular season.
Sunday's match could provide a big shake up in how the top three teams in the Western Conference are seeded. With a win and some help around the league, Dallas could clinch the No. 1 seed with a week remaining.
Sporting is coming into the match on short rest after playing in Vancouver on Wednesday night.
Struggle Finding the Net
SKC has been able to pick up eight points in its last six matches, but it has had a problem scoring goals. Sporting has only scored more than one goal one time in that span, an explosion of five goals against San Jose, who has given up the most goals in the Western Conference. Discounting the San Jose game, Sporting only recorded one first half goal in its previous five matches.
Marquinhos Pedroso vs. Johnny Russell — Russell leads the team with nine goals and is tied for the team-lead with nine assists. He is very dangerous near the goal and has recorded a goal and an assist in the team's past two matches.
Maxi Urruti vs. Matt Besler — In his first 148 MLS appearances, Maxi Urruti recorded 16 assists. Since moving into a CAM role, he has assisted on nine goals in his last 12 matches. A large part of his newfound success in the assist column has been the opportunity to be Dallas' guy on set pieces.
Projected Starting XI
Sporting Kansas City (4-3-3): Melia; Sinovic, Besler, Opara, Zusi; Gutiérrez, Sánchez, Espinoza; Sallói, Rubio, Russell
Keys to Three Points
FCD must not be trailing at the half. Sporting KC is one of the best teams in the league in the second half with a plus-15 goal differential and has only allowed 19 goals in the final 45 minutes this season. Sporting is one of two teams in the league to win every match that it is leading at halftime, it is 8-0-0 on these occasions.