Sporting KC ends 10-game road trip at Toronto tonight

It’s finally coming to an end. After 10 games, tons of miles and nearly two and a half months, Sporting Kansas City will end its grueling season-opening road trip.

Sporting will travel to Toronto to take on struggling Toronto FC. Kansas City, fresh off a much deserved draw at Colorado last week, looks to ride its confidence down the home stretch. The players should all be pumped up for this match considering they can see the light at the end of what has been a dark, dark tunnel.

Toronto has recorded two victories from 13 games so far this season. They sit in seventh place in their division. In the team’s most recent outing, it conceded six goals to Philadelphia at home. Kansas City is in a similarly terrible position in the conference table, although Sporting’s played four fewer games. Kansas City is currently playing the role of bottom dweller in the entire league with only five points in nine games. They’ve suffered several backbreaking losses in their opening road trip.

Both teams Saturday will be missing a number of players because of national team call-ups. Sporting should have the edge with roster depth and experience, seeing as how many of their games thus far have been played with different starting lineups.

The most notable loss for Toronto is also the most advantageous for Sporting. Adrian Cann, Toronto’s starting central defender, suffered a season-ending injury during training this week. Losing the core of your defense is never easy and I fully expect Sporting to take advantage of Toronto’s adjustments by finding gaps and creating good chances. Ryan Smith should be starting and his speed and creativity should help Sporting break down the defense in Kei Kamara’s absence.

Prediction: Sporting KC takes this one 2-1 with some timely goals.

Less than a week before LIVESTRONG Sporting Park opens.