The Sporting Kansas City vs Cruz Azul CONCACAF Champions League match will take place this Wednesday, March 12, 2014 (5:00 PM Pacific) at the Sporting Park. Sporting KC is ready to receive which is possibly the best team in the Concachampions. Cruz Azul, who leads the Liga MX in all aspects, will also have the challenge to defeat the reigning MLS 2013 champions. Considering the factors, this first-leg quarterfinal has the ingredients to become a memorable series.
The team coached by Peter Vermes faces a difficult challenge this Wednesday when they host Cruz Azul. Sporting KC will attempt to hold-off the best current offense in Mexico, even as their playing form is not in the best shape considering they barely began their season last weekend with a 1-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders.
In order to win the series, it will be crucial for Sporting KC to win the first-leg at home. Although it will be very difficult, Sporting has kept the vast majority of their players from the 2013 championship team.
Although Cruz Azul lost during the weekend 3-0 against UANL Tigres, they have been the best team throughout the Clausura 2014 season. The team coached by Luis Fernando Tena had been undefeated for the first nine games before their loss against Tigres, while they also lead the league in goals (18), and have the second best defense (6).
The ‘cementeros’ will play the best team in the MLS, and the game will not be an easy one as they will play against the stadium support. Nonetheless, Cruz Azul is in great playing form, in good morale, and in need of an international title. With all those factors, the Mexican side will go into Sporting Park in great spirit and attitude to leave Kansas City with the win.
Sporting KC vs Cruz Azul Prediction
The Sporting Kansas City vs Cruz Azul CCL quarterfinal firstleg match will be a wonderful game between the reigning MLS champs, and the current best team in the Liga MX. Both sides have a great midfield, as well as solid defenses. However, this match will be decided on the offensive threat, and considering Cruz Azul is in better playing form, the Liga MX side goes into the game as clear favorites. In a close match, the Sporting Kansas City vs Cruz Azul game will end in a 1-2 win for the visitors.
Sporting Kansas City vs Cruz Azul TV Schedule
The Sporting KC vs Cruz Azul game will be televised on FOX Sports 2 and Univision Deportes at 5:00 PM Pacific.
Sporting Kansas City vs Cruz Azul Highlights
The Sporting KC vs Cruz Azul video highlights will be uploaded soon after the end of the match.