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  • July 6, 2014
  • • 15:00
  • • Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas
  • Referee: A. Kelly
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MLS Preview: Sporting Kansas City - Chicago Fire

MLS Preview: Sporting Kansas City - Chicago Fire

Larry French

The host will attempt to move into a tie for the top spot in the Eastern Conference, while its guests look to re-enter postseason contention.

Sporting Kansas City hosts the Chicago Fire in the final match on MLS' Fourth of July weekend slate (3 p.m. ET, ESPN).

The Fire haven't been able to provide many fireworks, entering the match on a five-match streak without a win, though a 1-1 draw with Toronto last time out may stoke Frank Yallop's men. The opposite number, Sporting, comes into Sunday's game after consecutive victories and could join D.C. United atop the Eastern Conference with the full three points.

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Sporting has kept its progress up without World Cup stars Matt Besler and Graham Zusi, but both players are reportedly transfer targets for European teams. Manager Peter Vermes said he wasn't sure whether or not the United States internationals will be selected for the match Sunday but did say he was confident the MLS Cup champions could keep the players on their books.

Midfielder Benny Feilhaber has also missed Sporting's most recent matches with a shoulder injury. Chicago will be without forward Quincy Amarikwa because of yellow card accumulation.

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Last Five Matches

Head To Head

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Chicago Fire

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Reader's Predictions

Sporting Kansas City SKC
Sporting Kansas City Sporting KC
Draw
Chicago Fire FIR
Chicago Fire Chicago Fire
49%
38%

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Chicago Fire FIR
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1 - 0
Chicago Fire FIR
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Chicago Fire FIR

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