Sporting Kansas City’s 0-3 loss to D.C. United marks the team’s second home game defeat this season, but the reigning MLS Champions have managed to stay at the top of the table.
Sporting Park’s attendance on Saturday totaled 19,963, which meant the 49th consecutive sellout.
Sporting KC, led by Head Coach and Sporting legend Peter Vermes, has scored 42 points this season, and the team stands 2nd in the Eastern Conference, trailing D.C. United by one point with an overall record of 12-7-6.
Sporting KC will participate in the CONCACAF Champions League, which is a tournament featuring teams from North and Central America.
Kansas City is located in Group 2, along with Deportivo Saprissa (Costa Rica) and Real Estelí FC (Nicaragua). Sporting KC tied 1-1 against Real Estelí FC last week, and Saprissa will visit Sporting Park on September 18th.
Sporting KC has suffered many player injuries this season, which has prevented the team from using the same starting lineup for more than two consecutive games. Chance Myers and Ike Opara are out for the season due to injuries.
Sporting KC players Matt Besler and Graham Zusi played on the US National Team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, hosted by Brazil.
With only nine games left in the MLS regular season, Kansas City has a chance to make the playoffs and to secure the team’s third championship and its second Supporters Shield.
Next up, Sporting Kansas City will face the Houston Dynamo at home in an Eastern Conference final rematch this Friday at 7 pm.