Sporting Kansas City at Colorado Rapids - 7/17/20 MLS Soccer Picks and Prediction
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Colorado Rapids vs. Sporting Kansas City
MLS Soccer: Friday, July 17th, 2020 at 8:00 PM EST
The Line: COL +250/ SKC -105/ Draw +260 -- Over/Under: 2.5, 3 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Colorado Rapids face Sporting Kansas City on Friday, July 17th at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for an "MLS is Back Tournament" group stage match.
The Colorado Rapids lost their first game of the MLS is Back Tournament to Real Salt Lake by the final score of 2-0. Despite a 53% possession advantage and 11 total shots (with four on target), Colorado was not able to find the back of the net. Real Salt Lake played well overall, as it was a complete effort from the club. Colorado could have lost this game by three goals, as Real Salt Lake was awarded a penalty shot in the 72nd minute. Luckily for Colorado, Clint Irwin was able to save the penalty shot to at least not ruin Colorado's goal differential, which as we know is very important in a group stage tournament like this one.
Sporting Kansas City has to be really disappointed after the club's first match of group stage against Minnesota United FC. Not only did Sporting Kansas City blow a lead, but they also blew it in the very late going. With the score 1-0 Sporting KC, Sporting Kansas City starting goaltender Tim Melia was sent off with a red card in the 74th minute. Richard Sanchez would have to come in to replace Melia, but Sporting KC would still be down a man for the rest of the match. It took a little while for Minnesota United FC to get things going on offense with the man advantage, but finally in the 90+2, Minnesota United cracked the scoreboard. It was an own-goal off of Khiry Shelton, who scored for both teams in the match. With the score 1-1, Kevin Molino (who leads the MLS in scoring so far), found the back of the net again to give Minnesota United the lead in the 90+7 minute. It was a heartbreaker for Sporting Kansas City, and one of the greatest victories in Minnesota United FC history.
The last time Colorado and Sporting Kansas City met was on September 21st of 2019, in which the Colorado Rapids were victorious by the final score of 3-2 on the road.
Sporting Kansas City is a well-experienced club that found a way to lose to Minnesota United on July 12th. I think Sporting KC will bounce-back in a big way, and I have not been impressed with how the Colorado Rapids look. I will take Sporting Kansas City to win on the money-line.