The Union come into the game hanging on for dear life in the playoff race. Philadelphia needs a win over Kansas City and help from Columbus and DC to book a spot in the playoffs. If that doesn't happen they'll be watching the playoffs from their couch. Their strike force of Conor Casey and Jack McInerney have combined to score 21 goals this season and will be a handful for Sporting KC to deal with. The Union will have a hole in their midfield tomorrow though. Team captain, Brian Carroll is suspended for the game due to yellow card suspension. That'll leave a hole in hole in Philadelphia's midfield, in a position that Graham Zusi/Benny Feilhaber could exploit.
As I mentioned earlier, Sporting KC really needs to start finding the net heading into the playoffs. None of KC's forwards are in anything that you could call "in form" without breaking into fits of laughter. In fact over the last two months, CJ Sapong is the leading scorer for KC with three goals, and he hasn't scored since KC's 2-1 win over Toronto on 9/21. On Wednesday, Peter Vermes threw a number of first team players out in the 0-0 draw against Olimpia. Even with that, I'd expect KC's best eleven to be on the field when the game starts tomorrow. The only question is whether Vermes will go with more of a two defensive midfielder set up with Peterson Joseph next to Oriol Rosell, or start Feilhaber alongside Zusi.
Myers - Collin - Besler - Sinovic
Feilhaber - Zusi
Saad - Dwyer - Sapong
Number to Remember - 3 - Three points, get three points, force New York to get all three of them on Sunday.
Key Match Up - Aurelien Collin/Matt Besler vs Conor Casey/Jack McInerney - As I mentioned earlier, Philly's forwards have a combined 21 goals this season. Sporting has yet to allow one this month and to continue that, Sporting's central defenders will have to shut down the Philadelphia attackers.
PREDICTION - Sporting can only take care of their own game. Just win tomorrow and on Sunday sit back and hope the Fire can steal a point or three on the road. But the key is to put the pressure right back on the Red Bulls. KC also has to have a little bit of revenge on their minds after Philadelphia's 1-0 win in KC a month ago. KC controlled that game, but a goal against the run of play saw Philly claim all three points. Hopefully KC can return that favor tomorrow, but I don't feel confident about it with the recent goal scoring woes.
SKC - 0
PHI - 0