Sporting’s match canceled after Minnesota players test positive for COVID-19

Peter Vermes and Sporting Kansas City will not play their scheduled matchup Sunday with Minnesota United.
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Major League Soccer canceled the Sporting Kansas City game scheduled Sunday night at Children’s Mercy Park after two Minnesota United players tested positive for COVID-19.

Sporting KC (11-6-3) was set to take on Minnesota (8-5-6) in a battle of top-tier Western Conference teams.

The game will not be rescheduled because of a limited number of match dates left in the season. Not all teams will have completed their 23 scheduled matches, and so MLS has determined that qualifications for the playoffs will be based on points per game.

Sporting clinched a playoff berth with a 1-0 win over Cincinnati on Wednesday and leads the Western Conference with 36 points. However, based on points per game, Sporting is in second place with 1.8 points per game, a shade behind Seattle (1.84).

Sporting has one more scheduled regular-season match, Nov. 8 at Real Salt Lake.