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Revolution-Sporting Kansas City Preview
As the injuries continue to mount, Sporting Kansas City must find a way to end their current stretch without a victory. Facing the struggling New England Revolution could help.
Sporting looks to avoid extending its winless rut to four games Saturday night while trying to keep the visiting Revolution without a victory on the road.
Last weekend's 4-1 loss at San Jose ended a run for Kansas City (2-2-3) of five straight games with at least one point. However, it's 0-1-2 since blowing out Montreal 7-1 at home on March 30.
As Kansas City attempts to bounce back from that defeat and get back into the win column, it is dealing with a bevy of injuries that could possibly pose a challenge going forward. Captain Matt Besler, stalwarts Roger Espinoza (knee), Rodney Wallace (hip), Jimmy Medranda, Jaylin Lindsey and forward Erik Hurtado are all expected to be out for a lengthy period of time.
"This is an opportunity for other guys to step up and be leaders, make plays and get more minutes than they previously would have," Besler, who is dealing with a hamstring issue, told Sports Radio 810 WHB via Kansas City's official website.
Playing at home, where Kansas City is 2-0-1 this season, could help ease the pain of those injuries and instill some confidence in the club.
"We got to get back to our ways," Sporting midfielder Kelyn Rowe said. "To the Sporting way of keeping the ball and closing things down and making sure that teams just can't break on us."
Kansas City appears to be facing New England (2-6-1) at the right time. The Revolution are 0-2-1 on the road to open the season and have managed just one goal while losing three of their last four matches overall.
Things got ugly late Wednesday as New England conceded three goals from the 79th minute on in a 3-0 home loss to Montreal. It was perhaps even more disturbing for the Revolution considering the Impact didn't arrive into the New England area until the afternoon of the match because of weather issues.
"We have to be better and we have to pick this up together," defender Jalil Anibaba told the Revolution's official website. "It's not hard to keep optimistic and positive, but sometimes that can be a little bit dangerous. I think at this point in time we need to be more critical of ourselves than just blanket positivity."
Playing at Kansas City has not been a pleasant experience for New England, which is 1-8-2 there since October 2008. However, the Revs won the only 2018 meeting between the sides, 1-0 at home.
Updated April 25, 2019