Fresh off one of their most impressive wins in franchise history, the Seattle Sounders will aim for another statement win, this time in the finals of the US Open Cup against Sporting Kansas City.
Right now Kansas City is favored by soccer odds makers at +110 while Seattle can
be had at an attractive offering of +220. The public is pounding the UNDER on a
total of 2.5 goals, with the line getting pushed to -140.
Sporting Kansas City
After failing to get any points in a three-game, 10-day
stretch, the Royals finally stopped the bleeding with a 1-0 road win over the
New England Revolution over the weekend.
In a match where legitimate chances were few and far
between, Kansas City scraped together the necessary quality to get the one goal
and three points. Teal Bunbury scored midway through the first half, and the Royals
defense stood firm from there.
A win is a win - and boy, was it ever an important one. With the New
York Red Bulls losing their match, Kansas City leaped ahead, and the team's now
tied at the top alongside the red-hot Houston Dynamo.
Despite some inconsistency at times, the Royals have to be
ecstatic with their position at the moment. They have more wins (12) than any
other team in the Eastern Conference.
If there's any team even close to the form of the Dynamo
right now, it's the Sounders. They're unbeaten over their previous six games
and have won two straight heading into Wednesday's encounter in KC.
This past weekend was one of the finest ever if you're a
Sounders fan. They humiliated the L.A. Galaxy at home, beating them 4-0 to push
themselves within seven points of the top of the conference.
The goals came from all over the place. Eddie Johnson, Fredy
Montero, Alex Caskey, and Andy Rose all got their names on the score-sheet in
the thrashing at CenturyLink Field, which hosted over 60,000 spectators for the
Such a huge win has to help confidence tremendously, but the
Sounders need not take their collective feet off the gas. They can't afford a
hangover, and you'd be a fool to think the Royals are going to let Seattle waltz
all over them here, especially with a trophy on the line.
Normally, you'd think any team would prefer playing in their
own stadium, but that may not be the case for Kansas City.
The Royals haven't won a match at Livestrong Sporting Park
since June 16, a stretch that spans four games. Along with San Jose, Kansas
City has the best road record (6-2-4) in the MLS, but they'll have to buckle
down and focus on Wednesday to protect their home turf.
Plus, it's not as if the Royals have been dreadful at home.
They might be struggling a little bit right now, but they've still managed six
wins and two draws in 11 matches on their pitch.
The Sounders meanwhile have been making a living out of
getting draws away from Seattle. They have six ties in 11 road matches, along
with three wins and two defeats. Let it also be noted that this team has won
this competition three straight years.
It's hard to ignore what the Sounders were able to do to the
Galaxy, especially with Kansas City not playing at their best right now. As a
result, we think the visitors may just have enough in the tank to win.
City 1 Seattle 2