RSL still harbors Supporters' Shield ambitions after a tough patch, with Sporting KC jostling for a forgiving playoff matchup.
|Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Rimando; Russell, Borchers, Olave, Wagner; Williams, Beckerman, Gil, Johnson; Espindola, Saborio.||
OUT: MF Nelson Gonzalez (R foot fracture); MF Javier Morales (L ankle fracture dislocation); GK Kyle Reynish (R ankle sprain); DF Chris Wingert (L wrist fracture)
QUESTIONABLE: FW Chris Agorsor (R hand fracture)
PROBABLE: DF Robbie Russell (L back spasms); FW Álvaro Saborío (R knee effusion)
|Sporting Kansas City (4-3-3): Nielsen; Myers, Collin, Besler, Sinovic; Cesar, Espinoza, Zusi; Bravo, Sapong, Bunbury.||
OUT: DF Daneil Cyrus (L foot fracture); MF Luke Sassano (R knee sprain); MF Konrad Warzycha (R knee surgery)
QUESTIONABLE: DF Chance Myers (R foot contusion)
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Were Real Salt Lake, on 45 points, to win its two games in hand, it would land second in the Western Conference. Sporting Kansas City is second in the East with 40 points.
- Sporting KC hasn't played on the road since July 16. Since then the team has posted a 5-2-2 record, climbing into a playoff spot.
- In the earlier meeting on Aug. 3, Kansas City won 2-0. Roger Espinoza and Teal Bunbury, who now has four goals in eight matches, scored.
- Salt Lake signed midfielders Nico Muniz and Yordany Alvarez ahead of the roster freeze deadline Thursday.
- RSL fullback Tony Beltran is suspended for this match. Blake Wagner is expected to deputize with Chris Wingert injured.