The street fights of Rapids
While Sporting KC were successful at home, Wednesday night’s opponents struggled away. The Rapids are yet to find a win outside of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in 2022, drawing in regular-season play away from home. In all competitions, the Rapids are 0-6-1, with a loss to Comunicaciones (Guatemala) in the Concacaf Champions League and a loss in the Open Cup in Minnesota.
The Rapids’ only result away from home was a 1-1 draw at the Houston Dynamo, who beat Sporting 1-0 at home on March 5. Colorado was a different beast at home and has a 4-0-2 record in the High City mile. Off the high, they’ve only scored three goals in MLS play.
Sporting KC and Children’s Mercy Park will host a midweek game for the second of three straight weeks. Last Tuesday Sporting hosted Dallas in an exciting Open Cup comeback win, this Wednesday Colorado is coming to town and next Wednesday Sporting will host Dynamo for the Open Cup Round of 16. Due to the crowded schedule, Sporting will play seven competitive games in just 22 days. Between Wednesday games, Sporting have an away game with the San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday, May 22nd.
Central defender Kortne Ford has improved a lot for Sporting KC this season. His performance in a goalless draw with Columbus Crew on April 23 earned him a spot in the MLS Team of the Week and he has started seven straight defenses in all competitions. Ford is very familiar with the Rapids, having gone through their academy system and signing for the first team as a homegrown player in 2017. He started 33 of 35 appearances for the Rapids, including his debut appearance which came at Children’s Mercy Park against Sporting KC. On Wednesday night, Ford meets his former club at the stadium where he made his MLS debut.