Sporting KC to host Actual Salt Lake on Sunday at Youngsters’s Mercy Park in MLS Cup Playoffs

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Sporting Kansas City opened the postseason with a 3-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday with goals from Khiry Shelton, Nicolas Isimat-Mirin and Graham Zusi in front of a sold-out crowd at Children’s Mercy Park.

In the MLS Cup playoffs for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons and with a third appearance in the Conference semi-finals in the last four years, Sporting KC will meet Real in a rematch of the MLS Cup 2013 and the Western Conference semi-finals 2018 Salt Lake. Sporting prevailed every time, but fell to RSL in two regular season games in 2021: a 3-1 defeat at the Rio Tinto Stadium on May 1st and a controversial 1-0 home defeat on November 7th on the last matchday of the regular season the MLS.

Real Salt Lake, led by interim head coach Pablo Mastroeni, is aiming for a second championship after winning the MLS Cup in 2009. Peter Vermes has helped Kansas City win two MLS Cup championships in the club’s history, first as a player in 2000 and MLS Defending Champion of the Year and again as manager in 2013, after Sporting won a thrilling penalty shoot-out at Children’s Mercy Park had prevailed.

In the game on Sunday, the two best attacking duos of Major League Soccer this season will play. Sporting KC captain Johnny Russell and MLS MVP finalist Daniel Salloi together scored 47 goals and assists in 2021, as did Real Salt Lake captain Albert Rusnak and MLS All-Star Damir Kreilach.

The winner between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake will advance to the final of the Western Conference to play against either the No. 1 seeded Colorado Rapids or the No. 4 seeded Portland Timbers, which will meet on Thanksgiving Day at 3:30 p.m. CT at Dick’s Sporting Goods meet Park. Visit MLSsoccer.com for the official Audi 2021 MLS Cup playoffs and schedule, as well as the latest postseason news and videos.

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