Sporting Kansas Metropolis vs. Austin FC
2021 MLS Common Season | Match 9
Saturday, June 12, 2021 | 2 p.m. CT
Kids’s Mercy Park | Kansas Metropolis, Kansas
English TV | Bally Sports activities Kansas Metropolis Plus
English TV | Bally Sports activities Midwest Plus
Streaming | BallySports.com and Bally Sports activities app
English Radio | Sports activities Radio 810 WHB
Spanish Radio | La Grande 1340 AM
The lone MLS matchup of the weekend will see Sporting Kansas Metropolis (5-2-1, 16 factors) play for first place within the Supporters’ Protect standings when enlargement aspect Austin FC (2-4-1, 7 factors) visits Saturday for a 2 p.m. CT kickoff at world-class Kids’s Mercy Park. Tickets for the Western Convention encounter can be found at SeatGeek.com as Peter Vermes presides over his 450th aggressive match as Sporting’s supervisor.
Supporters can catch Saturday’s showdown reside on Bally Sports activities Kansas Metropolis Plus, Bally Sports activities Midwest Plus, BallySports.com and the Bally Sports activities app, with three hours of reside programming beginning at 1:30 p.m. CT. Sports activities Radio 810 WHB (English) and La Grande 1340 AM (Spanish) will carry native radio broadcasts, whereas the Sporting KC app will present extra in-game updates and unique gives—together with a digital coupon totally free breakfast bars at Worth Chopper areas within the Kansas Metropolis space.
When Sporting and Austin lock horns on Saturday, ticket holders can have the chance to buy Sporting Kansas Metropolis’s new commemorative e book. “One Membership: The First 25 Years of Main League Soccer in Kansas Metropolis” shall be out there in any respect SportingStyle areas inside Kids’s Mercy Park. Moreover, The Victory Undertaking and Charlie Hustle have partnered to create a limited-edition shirt that shall be out there whereas provides final on the stadium’s new Charlie Hustle pop-up retailer on the south aspect of the Mazuma Plaza. SportingStyle will even supply a buy-one-get-one 50% off deal for all headwear.
Sporting enters the weekend on a blistering run of kind, having received 4 of their final 5 matches and every of their final three. In Sporting’s current fixture on Could 29, the hosts erased a first-half deficit to assert an exciting 3-2 victory over Houston Dynamo FC within the first fill-capacity contest at Kids’s Mercy Park since March 7, 2020. The outcome gave Sporting their fourth comeback win of the 2021 marketing campaign, three greater than every other MLS group and already one shy of tying the single-season membership report set in 1996 and 2007.
The momentous triumph in opposition to Houston noticed 19-year-old midfielder Gianluca Busio bury a world-class free kick to degree the rating at 1-1 within the 51st minute earlier than Alan Pulido transformed a 61st-minute penalty and Gadi Kinda dispatched the game-winner 4 minutes later. Sporting has now scored three objectives in three consecutive common season video games for the primary time in group historical past and leads MLS in each objectives scored (15) and objectives per sport (1.88). The membership’s attacking depth shall be examined this weekend as Pulido is ready to overlook out because of nationwide group commitments with Mexico.
A win on Saturday would give Sporting 4 straight common season victories for the primary time since August 2018 and vault the aspect forward of unbeaten Seattle Sounders FC for first place within the Supporters’ Protect race. Goalkeeper Tim Melia can also be in search of his seven successive common season win courting again to October 2020.
On the reverse finish of the desk, Austin FC occupies eleventh place within the 13-team West. They started their maiden MLS season by profitable two of their first three video games, together with a 3-1 outcome on the Colorado Rapids on April 24 and a 1-0 shutout of Minnesota United FC on Could 1. Los Verdes have gone dry since then, going 0-3-1 of their final 4 and carrying a 353-minute scoreless drought into Saturday’s matchup. The enlargement outfit might be turning the tide, nonetheless, as they snapped a three-match dropping skid with a well-earned scoreless draw at Seattle on Could 30.
Saturday will function the ultimate fixture of an eight-game highway swing to kick off the season for Austin FC, which is scheduled to open its new Q2 Stadium on June 19 in opposition to the San Jose Earthquakes. Designated Participant Cecilio Dominguez and MLS veteran Diego Fagundez lead the group with two objectives apiece, goalkeeper Brad Stuver is third within the league with 29 saves, and midfielder Alex Ring ranks among the many MLS leaders in duels received and passes accomplished.
Sporting and Austin waged their inaugural battle on Could 9 as Vermes’ aspect fought again to prevail 2-1 in a dramatic affair at Kids’s Mercy Park. After Jon Gallagher gave the guests an early 1-0 cushion—the latest purpose Austin has scored this season—Ilie Sanchez nodded residence a late equalizer and Kinda struck within the ninetieth minute to mark the seventh time that Kansas Metropolis has overturned a deficit after the eightieth minute to win an MLS match.
A Sporting reunion that first befell Could 9 will repeat on Saturday when three membership legends return to Kansas Metropolis as opponents. Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff, assistant Davy Arnaud and defender Matt Besler, three of essentially the most completed MLS gamers in group historical past, will descend on Kids’s Mercy Park in white and inexperienced. All three people left indelible marks as Kansas Metropolis gamers, combining for 784 aggressive appearances and 7 MLS All-Star choices.