What's at stake? (sarc) Not much (/sarc)
- A Sporting KC win brings MLS Cup to Sporting Park on Saturday, December 6. This would be the first major-sports title match in Kansas City since game 7 of the 1985 World Series
- A Sporting KC win puts SKC in the 2014-2015 CCL.
(Correction, SKC needs to win MLS Cup, or have Portland win MLS Cup to get in)
- A Sporting KC win gets the can't-beat-Houston-jinx off our backs.
This is the 6th time Kansas City's MLS team has reached this step - one match away from the MLS Cup Final. So far, we're 2-3, having beaten LA in 2000 and 2004 to advance to MLS Cup; and losing to San Jose in 2003, and Houston in 2007 and 2011. (And, Houston is actually - conspiratorial glance - the old SJ team that beat us... kinda like the Browns/Ravens thing.)
On November 9, SKC and Houston played to a scoreless draw. This time, there will be a winner. If not in 90 minutes, then in 30 minutes of overtime. If not in 120 minutes, then in penalty kicks.