MLS Countdown: SKC and Rapids stage anniversary match

As was the case last weekend when San Jose and D.C. United re-created the first game ever played in MLS, Sporting Kansas City and Colorado on Wednesday are commemorating their inaugural meeting 20 years ago.

On April 13, 1996, the Kansas City Wiz beat Colorado, 3-0, at Arrowhead Stadium. On Wednesday at Children’s Mercy Stadium the teams will face off for the 70th time (in all competitions). Retro merchandise will be available while supplies last. Graphics that were used in 1996 as well as accompanying music from the era will be shown on the scoreboard and pumped through the sound system.

Aside from the nostalgia, the game features SKC as the holder of the best overall record (4-1-0) in MLS after a solid 2-0 defeat of the Red Bulls last weekend. Colorado (2-2-1) lost to RSL, 1-0, at Rio Tinto Stadium and in three road games this season has lost twice and tied once.

The season is barely a month old yet both teams are banged up.

Defender Matt Besler has completed the league’s concussion protocol after suffering a head injury training with the U.S. in late March but his availability for this game is unknown. SKC is already thin in the back with Kevin Ellis and Chance Myers – as well as midfielders Justin Mapp and Soni Mustivar -- ruled out.

The Rapids are also defender-challenged. Sean St. Ledger, Jared Watts, and Marlon Hairston will not play, nor will Kevin Doyle.

Wednesday, April 13
8:30 pm:
Sporting KC vs. Colorado
10:30 pm:
San Jose vs. NY Red Bulls
Portland vs. FC Dallas
Friday, April 15
7:00 pm:
Houston vs. LA Galaxy UniMas
Saturday, April 16
5:00 pm:
Chicago vs. Montreal
D.C. United vs. Toronto FC
7:30 pm:
Columbus vs. New York City
9:00 pm:
Colorado vs. NY Red Bulls
10:00 pm:
Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver
Seattle vs. Philadelphia
10:30 pm:
Portland vs. San Jose
Sunday, April 17
3:30 pm:
Orlando City vs. New England ESPN, ESPN Deportes
7:00 pm:
FC Dallas vs. Sporting KC FS1, Fox Deportes

MLS Standings:
9 Montreal 3-2-0 8/5
9 Philadelphia 3-2-0 7/5
8 Orlando City 2-1-2 9/6
6 New York City 1-1-3 7/7
6 Chicago 1-1-3 5/5
6 D.C. United 1-2-3 7/9
6 New England 1-1-4 6/8
5 Toronto FC 1-2-2 5/5
3 NY Red Bulls 1-4-0 4/11
2 Columbus 0-3-2 3/7

12 Sporting KC 4-1-0 7/3
11 FC Dallas 3-1-2 10/8
11 Real Salt Lake 3-0-2 9/6
8 San Jose 2-1-2 7/7
8 LA Galaxy 2-1-2 8/4
7 Colorado 2-2-1 3/3
7 Vancouver 2-3-1 6/10
5 Houston 1-2-2 12/9
5 Portland 1-2-2 7/10
4 Seattle 1-3-1 4/6

Leading Scorers:
4 Fanendo Adi (Portland)
4 Pedro Morales (Vancouver)
4 Joao Plata (Real Salt Lake)
4 Chris Wondolowski (San Jose)
3 Will Bruin (Houston)
3 Ignacio Piatti (Montreal)
3 Cyle Larin (Orlando City)
3 Maximiliano Urruti (FC Dallas)

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