Sporting Kansas City have been waiting. They were one of the first teams in the 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs to sweep their opponent and start a very long wait until their Conference Semifinal matchup. As the eight seed, Sporting KC eliminated the first seeded St. Louis City SC to advance after a road win that was quickly followed by a home win to complete the sweep. They had to await their opponent and now are waiting through an international break.
They found out on Saturday that their opponent would be the Houston Dynamo, who defeated Real Salt Lake via penalty kicks in the third game of a three-game series in front of a less than packed house in Texas.
Now, it’s official that Sporting KC will go on the road to Houston on Sunday, November 26th. The broadcast will begin at 6:00 PM CST on FS1, Fox Deportes and TSN. All games are also available on Apple MLS Season Pass.
Sporting KC got the best of the Dynamo in their last meeting. They won 2-1, despite a Johnny Russell red card. That game was in Children’s Mercy Park. The prior meeting this year was in Houston and was a 2-2 draw. The Dynamo did win the other meeting this season in Houston, a 1-0 US Open Cup game back on May 10th when SKC were a far different team. Then again, Houston played less than an ideal lineup.
The winner of this single elimination game will face the winner of the weekend’s final game between LAFC and the Seattle Sounders. Seattle will host LA at 8:30 PM CST that same Sunday ensuring equal rest for all teams involved.
The Eastern Conference games are on Saturday night (November 25th). First, Orlando City will host the winner of the Columbus Crew and Atlanta United three game series at 4:30 PM CST. Then FC Cincinnati will host the Philadelphia Union at 7:00 PM CST.
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