The 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs kick off on Saturday because the sixth seed Vancouver Whitecaps head to Kids’s Mercy Park to tackle Sporting Kansas Metropolis for the primary match of the Western Convention postseason.
The Whitecaps fought their approach into clinching on Resolution Day, whereas KC have been one of many prime groups within the West all season, simply barely lacking out on the highest spot.
Right here’s what it is advisable to know concerning the opening spherical playoff fixture within the Western Convention…
When is kick off? Saturday, November twentieth, 5:00 p.m. (ET)
The place is the match being performed? Kids’s Mercy Park, Kansas Metropolis, Kansas
What TV channel is it on? UniMás, TUDN, Bally Sports activities KC, Bally Sports activities Midwest Plus
What streaming is it on? MLSsoccer.com & App
After a shocking season, SKC completed third within the West due to a Resolution Day loss to rival Actual Salt Lake. Head coach Peter Vermes introduced out the perfect in striker Daniel Salloi, main him to change into an MVP finalist and staff Golden Boot winner.
Regardless of the robust end to the season, Sporting Kansas Metropolis is prepared for the challenges that postseason play present.
“Every thing else that occurred previous to that is over, so it’s accomplished. You’ve both been lucky sufficient to qualify for the playoffs or you have not,” head coach Peter Varmes mentioned. “We’ve got, and my expertise over time has been that the playoffs tackle a very totally different face, it’s extremely intensive.”
The Whitecaps had a gradual begin to the season, successful simply two video games out of of the primary 12. The staff managed to realize a late momentum , qualifying to the playoffs for the primary time since 2017.
With the matchup set, the Whitecaps are decided headed into Kansas Metropolis. Interim head coach Vanni Sartini, in typical vogue, is assured that his staff can safe a playoff win in a tricky street setting, in opposition to one of many league’s premier groups.
“We’ll beat Sporting Kansas Metropolis,” Sartini mentioned in a post-match press convention after the staff’s 1-1 Decison Day tie with Seattle Sounders.
Kansas Metropolis: Melia; Martins, Fontas, Sanchez, Zusi; Espinoza, Walter, Kinda; Salloi, Russell, Shelton
Vancouver: Crepeau; Nerwinski, Jungwirth, Brown, Owusu; Teibert, Gaspar, Gauld; Dajome, White
SKC leads the all-time sequence between the 2 groups 11-4-4, with the edges by no means having performed within the MLS Cup Playoffs in opposition to one another. Within the common season, the groups break up the sequence with the house staff successful each. Kansas Metropolis received 3-0 on Could sixteenth, and Vancouver received 2-1 on October tenth.
Regardless of not being in prime type to finish the common season, dropping three consecutive matches, Sporting KC are nonetheless one of many prime groups in MLS. Kansas Metropolis understands the stakes and depth required for the playoffs, and this skilled group ought to be capable of get it accomplished on residence subject.
Prediction: Sporting KC 1-0 Vancouver Whitecaps