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June 23, 2012 7:00 PM EDT
PPL Park — Chester, Pennsylvania
Referee:‬ T. Vaughn‎
Attendance:‬ 18207‎
80′ (PG) L. Pajoy

MLS Preview: Philadelphia Union - Sporting Kansas City

The post-Nowak rebuilding project continues in Philly, but visiting Sporting is eying up the top spot in the East.

By Keith Hickey

Jack McInerney, Philadelphia Union, MLS
Hunter Martin
Philadelphia Union (4-4-2): MacMath; Williams, Okugo, Valdes, G. Farfan; Adu, Carroll, Gomez, M. Farfan; Pajoy, McInerney.


OUT: FW Krystian Witkowski (concussion symptoms)

DOUBTFUL: DF Sheanon Williams (R big toe sprain)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Gabriel Gomez (L knee patellar tendonitis); MF Cristhian Hernandez (R knee sprain);

PROBABLE: MF Keon Daniel (L ankle sprain)
Sporting Kansas City (4-3-3): Nielsen; Myers, Colin, Olum, Harrington; Zusi, Joseph, Espinoza; Kamara, Bunbury, Saad.


OUT: MF Korede Aiyegbusi (R knee sprain); DF Matt Besler (appendicitis); FW Bobby Convey (R calf strain); DF Cyprian Hedrick (L fibula fracture); GK Jon Kempin (R ankle fracture); MF Paulo Nagamura (R abductor strain); MF Luke Sassano (L knee sprain); DF Shawn Singh (L quad strain)
  • After scoring 14 times in his first two MLS seasons, Sporting striker Teal Bunbury started the 2012 campaign with zero goals in his first seven league matches played. However, Bunbury has seemingly turned his luck around with three goals over the last five games in all competitions.
  • Philadelphia interim head coach John Hackworth displayed his background as a youth national team coach in his first game in charge. Against D.C. United, the Union's starting lineup had an average age of just over 23.
  • In his first game in charge, Hackworth gave 19-year-old Jack McInerney his first start of the season, playing as a lone striker. McInerney last made Philly’s first XI on Aug.13, 2011.
  • Philadelphia is in a six-game winless rut, its last victory coming over Chivas USA on April 21.
  • An away victory could see Sporting Kansas City end the weekend in first place in the East. The team formerly known as the Wizards currently sits just a point behind D.C. with two games in hand.

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Reader's Predictions
Top 3 Predictions
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
Team News
Available Squads
18Zac MacMathGoalkeeper
22Carlos Enrique ValdesDefender
-Gabriel FarfánDefender
28Ray GaddisDefender
7Brian CarrollMidfielder
30Freddy AduStriker
13Michael LahoudMidfielder
14Amobi OkugoMidfielder
26Michael FarfanMidfielder
9Jack McInerneyStriker
-L. PajoyStriker
1Chris KonopkaGoalkeeper
-P. LópezDefender
20Roger TorresMidfielder
26Keon DanielMidfielder
9J. PerlazaStriker
17 Josué MartínezStriker
29Antoine HoppenotStriker
1Jimmy NielsenGoalkeeper
7Chance MyersDefender
13Lawrence OlumMidfielder
15Seth SinovicDefender
78Aurellien CollinDefender
8Graham ZusiStriker
-R. EspinozaMidfielder
-Julio CésarMidfielder
10Teal BunburyStriker
17C.J. SapongStriker
-Kei KamaraStriker
18Eric KronbergGoalkeeper
5Michael HarringtonDefender
-Konrad WarzychaMidfielder
19Peterson JosephMidfielder
-Michael ThomasMidfielder
22Soony SaadStriker
37Jacob PetersonMidfielder
Players to Watch
Michael Farfan
Michael Farfan
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 26
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Teal Bunbury
Teal Bunbury
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
6 0 0 0
Editor's Prediction
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Columbus Crew
4 2
Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
Sporting KC
4 1