Toronto had a midweek game this week against Santos Laguna in the CONCACAF Champions' League, which Toronto lost 3-1 on two late stoppage time goals. Toronto played quite a few starters in that game, including Torsten Frings, Darren O'Dea, and Terry Dunfield. Lots of players that would be expected to play on Saturday will be playing their 3rd game in a little over a week. KC has dealt with that themselves and the tired legs from TFC could play a factor in the game.
Sporting will be forced to make 2 changes to their starting 11 from last Sunday against New York. Teal Bunbury is out for the season after his ACL tear and Aurelien Collin, who picked up a yellow card and is suspended for one game will both miss the game tomorrow. CJ Sapong and Lawrence Olum seem the most likely players to replace Bunbury and Collin in the starting 11. With Roger Espinoza not leaving during the transfer window, the midfield should remain unchanged from the midfield that helped shut down the New York midfield last week.
Myers - Olum - Besler- Sinovic
Cesar - Nagamura
Zusi - Sapong - Kamara
Number to Remember - 77 - That's the number of days since CJ Sapong has scored a league goal for Sporting KC, in KC's last home game against Toronto FC. With Bunbury out for the season, Sapong has to pick up some of the scoring slack. Also another number, 28, that's how old Kei Kamara turns tomorrow, would be great way to celebrate his birthday with a goal.
Key Match Up - Matt Besler vs Eric Hassli - With Collin out due to yellow card suspension, shutdown the big Frenchman will probably fall on Besler. Hassli is going to be a handful for Besler to keep in check tomorrow.
PREDICTION - As I said, if KC wants to be considered a candidate for the Supporters' Shield this game shouldn't even be a question. Even without Bunbury and Collin, KC should be able to take card of business. At home this is a game KC has no business losing or drawing. Anything less than a win tomorrow is disappointing.
SKC - 2 (Sapong, Zusi)
TFC - 0