Minnesota United are the current occupants of a Western Conference play-off place, although there are many clubs desperate to dislodge them.
The Loons had suffered three successive defeats without scoring following last Saturday’s 1-0 reverse at Portland Timbers.
But, on Tuesday night, Adrian Heath’s side managed to stop the rot, holding the west’s leaders LAFC to a 1-1 draw in St. Paul.
Brent Kallman the hosts’ scorer at Allianz Field.
So, Minnesota remain fifth in the west and, with their final two games against San Jose and Vancouver, look well-placed to, at least, remain there.
But, having not won on the road since 14 August, the Loons will be taking nothing for granted.
Meanwhile, Sporting Kansas City were the best in the west in 2018 and 2020, but will almost certainly see their play-off dreams end this weekend.
Peter Vermes’ team have found form in recent weeks but, unfortunately for them, it’s too little too late.
On Tuesday, SKC demolished D.C. United 3-0, with Khiry Shelton, Robert Voloder and Dániel Sallói all scoring.
So, the Wizards have collected 14 points from their last seven outings, but this has only seen them rise up to 12th.
This clash at Children’s Mercy Park could go either-way.