First place in the Western Conference is on the line at Children's Mercy Park, where surging Sporting KC will look to overtake the first-place Vancouver Whitecaps. Carl Robinson's side is fresh off a 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Seattle, and must now regroup on short rest and take on a rested KC side that is the only unbeaten home team in MLS.
That's a tall order indeed, but the Whitecaps must be aware that they could slide from first place to fourth place with a loss, so they can't afford another flat performance like the one they delivered in Seattle. The Whitecaps attack will need Yordy Reyna at his best to try and unlock Sporting KC's league-best defense, though Ilie Sanchez and Roger Espinoza will do their part to try and keep the Peruvian playmaker quiet.
Offensively, Sporting KC has evolved into a much tougher team to game-plan for since trading away Dom Dwyer. The versatility of its stable of forwards makes things tough, whether it's the speedy Latif Blessing or the excellent movement and well-timed runs of Diego Rubio and Daniel Salloi. The Whitecaps center back tandem of Kendall Waston and Tim Parker is one of the better pairings in the league, but they could find themselves stretched in space by Sporting KC's dynamic forwards.