MLS midweek preview: Atlanta, Sporting KC clash, TFC faces Sounders
Only a select few teams will be in action on Wednesday night, but MLS’ slate of matches are sure to be an exciting bunch.
A clash of top teams in their respective conferences highlights the start to Week 11, as Atlanta United hosts Sporting KC at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Gerardo Martino’s Five Stripes have been the hottest team in MLS since their opening weekend defeat to the Houston Dynamo, with Atlanta unbeaten in their last seven matches and having climbed to the top of the East.
Atlanta boasts the top attack in MLS thus far, with Josef Martinez and Miguel Almiron combining for 13 goals in their first nine games -- which is equal to or greater than the output of 14 clubs.
Meanwhile, Sporting KC has looked rejuvenated in 2018 under manager Peter Vermes, who has added a number of talents into the fold such as Johnny Russell and Felipe Gutierrez. The West leaders are unbeaten in eight of their last nine matches, with the lone defeat coming at New England.
Elsewhere, the 2017 MLS Cup finalists will meet once again at BMO Field as Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders square off north of the border.
Both sides have struggled early on in league play, largely due to injuries, although Greg Vanney and TFC have appeared to be closer to their regular selves the last few matches.
Expansion side Los Angeles FC aims to keep its unbeaten home record intact on Wednesday, as Minnesota United comes to town.
LA FC currently sits second in the Western Conference with 16 points, while a win for the Loons could pull Minnesota within a point of Bob Bradley’s team.
Atlanta United vs. Sporting KC -- 7:30 p.m. ET
Columbus Crew vs. Philadelphia Union -- 7:30 p.m. ET
Toronto FC vs. Seattle Sounders -- 7:30 p.m. ET
Chicago Fire vs. Montreal Impact -- 8:30 p.m. ET
Los Angeles FC vs. Minnesota United -- 10 p.m. ET