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June 29, 2012 8:00 PM EDT
Sporting Park — Kansas City, Kansas
Referee:‬ B. Toledo‎
Attendance:‬ 19274‎
M. Pappa 58′

MLS Preview: Sporting Kansas City - Chicago Fire

Stumbling from a shock blowout against conference straggler Philadelphia, Sporting will attempt to regain its footing and dominance of the Midwest against the Fire.

By Keith Hickey

Sporting Kansas City (4-3-3): Nielsen; Myers, Besler, Cesar, Sinovic; Nagamura, Zusi, Espinoza; Kamara, Sapong, Bunbury.


OUT: DF Cyprian Hedrick (L fibula fracture); GK Jon Kempin (R ankle fracture); MF Luke Sassano (L knee sprain); DF Shawn Singh (L quad strain)

DOUBTFUL: DF Aurelien Collin (R hamstring strain); MF Paulo Nagamura (R abductor strain)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Korede Aiyegbusi (R knee sprain); FW Bobby Convey (R calf strain)

PROBABLE: FW Kei Kamara (L foot sprain)
Chicago Fire (4-2-3-1): Johnson; Gargan, Anibaba, Berry, Segares; Pause, Pardo; Nyarko, Grazzini, Pappa; Oduro.


OUT: DF Cory Gibbs (R knee meniscus repair); MF Steven Kinney (R Achilles tendinitis)
  • Sporting Kansas City suffered its heaviest defeat of the season last week, going down 4-0 to the Philadelphia Union.
  • Kansas City keeper Jimmy Nielsen is currently tied as the league leader in shutouts with six on the season. The Danish keeper is nearly on pace to break Tony Meola’s single-season club record of 16 shutouts in 2000.
  • Of Chicago Fire midfielder Marco Pappa’s 24 career goals in MLS, 10 have come from outside of the penalty area.
  • Chicago Fire defender Gonzalo Segares will be suspended for this match.
  • Kansas City has not defeated Chicago at home since 2007, and the teams have played to draws in four of their last five meetings in Kansas City.

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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Mar 16, 2013 Sporting Kansas City 0 - Chicago Fire 0
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Sep 28, 2012 Sporting Kansas City 2 - Chicago Fire 0
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Jun 29, 2012 Sporting Kansas City 0 - Chicago Fire 1
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Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
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
5Matt BeslerDefender
19Peterson JosephMidfielder
-Michael ThomasMidfielder
22Soony SaadStriker
37Jacob PetersonMidfielder
25Sean JohnsonGoalkeeper
33Dan GarganDefender
4Jalil AnibabaDefender
4Austin BerryDefender
3Arne FriedrichDefender
12Logan PauseMidfielder
-Pavel PardoMidfielder
8Dominic OduroStriker
14Patrick NyarkoStriker
-M. PappaStriker
-Chris RolfeStriker
18Jay NollyGoalkeeper
3Hunter JumperDefender
11Daniel PaladiniMidfielder
19Corben BoneMidfielder
8R. RobayoMidfielder
15Orr BarouchStriker
Players to Watch
Matt Besler
Matt Besler
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 5
Games Goals YC RC
5 0 0 0
Sebastián Grazzini
Sebastián Grazzini
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 0
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
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