Projected starting XI for Sporting Kansas City;
One minor change from my projected line up from earlier this week. Chance Myers is now listed as probable for Friday's match. I would imagine if Myers is ready to go, he gets the start at the right back position over Michael Harrington, who filled in admirably for Myers last week against Real Salt Lake.
I also have a sense that we could be seeing Davy Arnaud in the starting line up. The only question was whether Davy's fitness level was where it needed to be, but the fact that Arnaud played 90 minutes in reserve team match this past Sunday signals that perhaps Davy is ready to wear the captain's armband once again.
Prediction- Sporting Kansas City 2, Philadelphia 1
There's no reason that Sporting shouldn't be able to come away with three points on Friday. They're at home, and with what I would have to imagine will be a near sell out crowd, a more offensive minded Sporting Kansas City squad should be able to seal the victory. If they can do that, Sporting will sit atop the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of Columbus. With a loss, Sporting will fall to third, and only one point in front of a somewhat resurgent Houston Dynamo team.
They don't come much more "must-win" than this.
Sporting Kansas City- OUT: DF Daneil Cyrus (L foot fracture); MF Konrad Warzycha (R knee surgery); QUESTIONABLE; MF Birahim Diop (lower back strain); MF Luke Sassano (R knee sprain); PROBABLE; DF Chance Myers (R foot contusion)
Philadelphia Union- OUT; GK Faryd Mondragon (R ring finger fracture); GK Thorne Holder (concussion); DF Sheanon Williams (concussion); MF Levi Houapeau (L ankle strain); DOUBTFUL; MF Justin Mapp (L quad strain); PROBABLE; FW Veljko Paunovic (L calf strain)