Two teams with four-game unbeaten streaks meet Sunday at Children's Mercy Park, as Eastern Conference-leading New York City FC makes its first-ever visit to Kansas City to face Sporting Kansas City at 8 p.m.
NYCFC's unbeaten streak actually comprises four straight wins, tied for the longest by any MLS team this season. The streak has the squad on top of the Eastern Conference standings with 30 points. NYCFC had two shutout victories in the past week, defeating the New York Red Bulls 2-0 and the New England Revolution 1-0. They have a 272-minute shutout run that stands as the longest active streak in MLS.
New York City FC is 5-2-1 on the road this season, with two more road wins than any other team. The Sky Blues are unbeaten in four straight road games dating back to mid-May, winning three and posting shutouts in their last two. Overall, they are 8-5-6 (30 points).
David Villa, a World Cup champion with Spain, leads MLS with 12 goals, while Italian World Cup champion Andrea Pirlo ranks among the top five in chances created. Frank Lampard missed the first 2 1/2 months because of injury, but has scored three goals in his last four appearances, including the game-winner in Wednesday's triumph at New England. Read more at SNY.tv . . . .