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March 2, 2013 4:07 PM EST
PPL Park — Chester, Pennsylvania
Referee:‬ M. Geiger‎
Attendance:‬ 18160‎
 

MLS Preview: Philadelphia Union - Sporting Kansas City

The 2013 Major League Soccer season kicks off at PPL Park, with the Philadelphia Union hosting Sporting Kansas City

By Keith Hickey

Jack McInerney, Philadelphia Union; Jimmy Nielsen, Sporting Kansas City; MLS
Drew Hallowell
  PROBABLE LINEUPS
Philadelphia Union (4-3-3): MacMath; Williams, Parke, Soumare, G. Farfan; Cruz, Carroll, Okugo; M.Farfan, Casey, Le Toux.


Sporting Kansas City (4-3-3): Nielsen; Myers, Belser, Collin, Sinovic; Feilhaber, Nagamura, Joseph; Zusi, Bieler, Sapong.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • This is the first match of the 2013 MLS season, and the first time a season's inaugural match has been played at PPL Park.
  • These teams met twice at PPL Park last season. Philadelphia smashed Sporting KC with a shock 4-0 league victory on June 23, but Sporting took revenge with a 2-0 victory in the U.S. Open Cup semifinal on July 11.
  • Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi led Major League Soccer in assists last season with 15.
  • Philadelphia's all-time leading scorer Sebastien Le Toux returns after a year away. He scored 25 goals and made 20 assists in 62 appearances in his first stint with the Union.
  • Both of these teams added a player with U.S. national team experience in the offseason. The Union grabbed Conor Caser in the Re-Entry Draft. KC traded for Benny Feilhaber.


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Head to Head
USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Oct 26, 2013 Philadelphia Union 1 - Sporting Kansas City 2
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Sep 27, 2013 Sporting Kansas City 0 - Philadelphia Union 1
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Mar 2, 2013 Philadelphia Union 1 - Sporting Kansas City 3
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Oct 24, 2012 Sporting Kansas City 2 - Philadelphia Union 1
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Jun 23, 2012 Philadelphia Union 4 - Sporting Kansas City 0
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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
18Zac MacMathGoalkeeper
-Gabriel FarfánDefender
25Sheanon WilliamsDefender
2Jeff ParkeDefender
28Ray GaddisDefender
7Brian CarrollMidfielder
13Michael LahoudMidfielder
14Amobi OkugoMidfielder
26Michael FarfanMidfielder
26Keon DanielMidfielder
11Sebastien Le TouxMidfielder
1Chris KonopkaGoalkeeper
4Bakary SoumareDefender
20Roger TorresMidfielder
44Danny CruzMidfielder
6Conor CaseyStriker
9Jack McInerneyStriker
29Antoine HoppenotStriker
1Jimmy NielsenGoalkeeper
5Matt BeslerDefender
7Chance MyersDefender
15Seth SinovicDefender
78Aurellien CollinDefender
6Paulo NagamuraMidfielder
8Graham ZusiStriker
10Benny FeilhaberMidfielder
20Oriol RosellStriker
15Bobby ConveyMidfielder
16Claudio BielerStriker
18Eric KronbergGoalkeeper
3Ike OparaDefender
24Meshack JeromeDefender
19Peterson JosephMidfielder
31Josh GardnerMidfielder
17C.J. SapongStriker
22Soony SaadStriker
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
Striker
Sporting KC
4 1