Sporting KC missed a huge opportunity on Saturday night to beat an Inter Miami side which was without their best player, the greatest soccer player of all time, Lionel Messi. The dramatic 3-2 loss came down to just two moments of lapses in judgement, for which they were punished. With razor thin margins, SKC’s hunt for the MLS Cup Playoffs has become more complicated.
Right now, they sit in 12th place with 32 points and six games remaining.
So… can Sporting KC still make the playoffs? Yes.
Let’s take a look at what else happened around the league over the weekend.
The Bad News
- Every single “team to watch” earned at least one point.
- Portland Timbers leapfrogged SKC with a massive 2-0 win vs LAFC.
- Dallas holds the ninth and final playoff spot two points ahead of SKC… with two games in hand.
The Good News
- SKC are just five points behind Minnesota United with two head-to-head matches remaining.
- There are still five teams within reach of SKC.
This is an absolutely crazy league. So while it may seem grim right now, so much is going to change and shift in the final month of the season. There are still 18 points on the table for Sporting KC and they absolutely can still sneak in above the line.
SKC travel to Minnesota on Saturday for what is essentially a must-win game against one of the teams they can leapfrog into a playoff spot. Here are the other matches to keep an eye on this weekend.
- Seattle @ Dallas – Saturday at 7:30pm
- Salt Lake @ San Jose – Saturday at 9:30pm
- Portland @ Austin – Sunday at 7:30pm
Keep an eye out later in the week for more on what we want to happen across the league.
This week’s Shade of Blue has the full conversation about the implications from Sporting KC’s loss to Miami, plus a breakdown of what went wrong in Ft. Lauderdale.
You’ll also get the Top 5 MLS Teams You Forget About and we try to find all the remaining soccer-y club names left for MLS teams to claim.
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We also cover the US Men’s National Team’s 3-0 win over Uzbekistan, Bruce Arena, and Gregg Berhalter.