Top-seeded Sporting Kansas City's star striker Alan Pulido is not in his team's lineup as a starter or a substitute tonight against Minnesota United in a MLS Western Conference semifinal at Children's Mercy Park.
Pulido missed his team's first-round victory over San Jose in peanlty kicks because of a knee injury, but coach Peter Vermes in a video call with reporters on Monday indicated Pulido -- SKC's record transfer fee last winter at a reported $9.5 million -- would play tonight.
Sporting K.C. has won its last four games and is unbeaten in its last five while the Loons bring a club-record, nine-game unbeaten streak (5-0-4).
The Loons are getting captain and defensive midfielder Ozzie Alonso and starting right back Romain Metanire back in the 11 at a stadium where the club hasn't won in its first five games there, starting with their inaugural 2017 season.
Coach Adrian Heath again with start Robin Lod up top as a "false" striker with Kevin Molino, Emanuel Reynoso and Ethan Finlay attacking behind him.
Versatile Hassani Dotson is available as a sub off the bench.
Here's the Loons lineup:
Kevin Molino Emanuel Reynoso Ethan Finlay
Ozzie Alonso Jan Gregus
Chase Gasper Bakaye Dibassy Michael Boxall Romain Metanire
Dayne St. CLair