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Played
September 28, 2012 8:50 PM EDT
Sporting Park — Kansas City, Kansas
Referee:‬ C. Penso‎
Attendance:‬ 21010‎
 
11′ Graham Zusi
 
90+5′ Graham Zusi
 

MLS Preview: Sporting Kansas City - Chicago Fire

The top two teams in the East meet up in Kansas City, with Chicago hoping to capitalize on form and history.

By Zac Lee Rigg

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

INJURY REPORT

OUT: FW Teal Bunbury (L knee ACL tear); DF Cyprian Hedrick (L fibula fracture)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Paulo Nagamura (R foot contusion)
Chicago Fire (4-2-3-1): Johnson; Anibaba, Berry, Friedrich, Segares; Pause, Alex; Nyarko, Rolfe, Fernandez; MacDonald.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Cory Gibbs (R knee meniscus repair)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Pavel Pardo (L calf tightness)
  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Chicago won the first two meetings between these teams this season and dominates the all-time fixture. The Fire have beaten Kansas City 23 times, losing 10 and drawing nine.
  • Kansas City hasn't defeated Chicago at home since 2007. Last year's meeting, a draw, marked the opening of LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.
  • These teams are first and second in the Eastern Conference. Sporting is unbeaten in eight and Chicago has won four games in a row.
  • Jimmy Nielsen recorded a 13th clean sheet in the draw against the Montreal Impact, an MLS high in 2012.
  • Jacob Peterson is suspended for this match.


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Head to Head
USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Aug 23, 2013 Chicago Fire 1 - Sporting Kansas City 0
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USA - Major League Soccer ‎(MLS)‎ Jul 7, 2013 Chicago Fire 1 - Sporting Kansas City 2
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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
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Jimmy NielsenGoalkeeper
5Matt BeslerDefender
7Chance MyersDefender
13Lawrence OlumMidfielder
15Seth SinovicDefender
6Paulo NagamuraMidfielder
8Graham ZusiStriker
-Julio CésarMidfielder
-R. EspinozaMidfielder
17C.J. SapongStriker
-Kei KamaraStriker
18Eric KronbergGoalkeeper
5Michael HarringtonDefender
78Aurellien CollinDefender
19Peterson JosephMidfielder
20Oriol RosellStriker
14Dominic DwyerStriker
22Soony SaadStriker
25Sean JohnsonGoalkeeper
4Jalil AnibabaDefender
13Gonzalo SegaresDefender
4Austin BerryDefender
3Arne FriedrichDefender
20Á. FernándezDefender
12Logan PauseMidfielder
7AlexMidfielder
15Sherjill MacDonaldStriker
14Patrick NyarkoStriker
-Chris RolfeStriker
70Paolo TornaghiGoalkeeper
33Dan GarganDefender
-W. ThompsonMidfielder
11Daniel PaladiniMidfielder
19Corben BoneMidfielder
8Dominic OduroStriker
9G. FrancoStriker
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
5 2
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Kenny Miller Kenny Miller
Striker
Rangers
3 2