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Sporting Kansas City vs Real Salt Lake: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Patrick Felts
Jaylin Lindsey, Daniel Salloi and Alan Pulido celebrating a Sporting Kansas City goal
Jaylin Lindsey, Daniel Salloi and Alan Pulido celebrating a Sporting Kansas City goal / Lyndsay Radnedge/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Sporting Kansas City have clinched their bid for the 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs, and will fight for the top spot of the Western Conference table in their last match of the season.

Real Salt Lake are on the outside of the playoff picture, but with a win, can find their way into the postseason fold. It all comes down to this for the 2021 MLS season in this rivalry matchup.

Here’s what you need to know the match..

What TV channel is Sporting Kansas City vs Real Salt Lake on?

When is kick off? Sunday, November 7th, 6:25 p.m. (ET)

Where is the match being played? Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kansas

What TV channel is it on? Bally Sports KC, KMYU, KSL-TV

What streaming is it on? MLS Live on ESPN+, Bally Sports App,, 

Sporting Kansas City team news

Peter Vermes
Sporting Kansas City Peter Vermes expects his side to place atop the Western Conference table / Michael Janosz/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Sporting KC have long had their playoff place secured, but in their final regular season contest, can move up to first place of the Western Conference. In order to get the top spot, it would require a win over Real Salt Lake, as well as a loss from Seattle Sounders. Any other result, and the Sounders are atop.

Real Salt Lake team news

Justen Glad, Andrew Brody
Real Salt Lake player Justen Glad and Andrew Brody are expected on Sunday / Chris Gardner/GettyImages

Following back-to-back losses, Real Salt Lake's chances to make the MLS Cup Playoffs are slim. The team is now two points below the playoff line. In order to make the playoffs, Real Salt Lake have to win in Kansas City. Any other result, and their season is over.

Real Salt Lake have a clean bill of health this week and with the season on the line, it will take an all-out effort from the whole roster. 

Predicted lineups

Kansas City: Melia; Marins, Fontas, Sanchez, Zusi; Espinoza, Walter, Kinda; Salloi, Russell, Shelton

Salt Lake: Ochoa; Holt, Herrera, Glad, Chang; Luiz, Ruiz, Brody; Rusnak, Rubin, Kreilach

Sporting Kansas City vs Real Salt Lake head to head record

In the all-time history of this Western Conference rivalry, Real Salt Lake hold a slight advantage with a 13-12-8 series lead. The teams met in the 2013 MLS Cup Final, with SKC lifting their second MLS Cup in a 1-1 (7-6) home win. In one previous meeting this season, RSL took home a 3-1 win in Utah on May 5th. 

Sporting Kansas City vs Real Salt Lake score prediction

Both sides have something to play for in this rivalry renewal in the final week of the regular season. The usual intensity of this match will only be amplified by the circumstances of the season coming to a close. For Kansas City, a win could put them atop the conference for a second straight year, and for Salt Lake, anything but a win ends their season. But after back-to-back losses, it’s hard to see Salt Lake pulling off a win over a motivated Kansas City side.

Prediction: Sporting Kansas City 1-0 Real Salt Lake