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October 20, 2012 7:08 PM EDT
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MLS Preview: New York Red Bulls - Sporting Kansas City

Sporting needs a win to maintain its outside chance at the Supporters' Shield, and losing could put New York's playoff spot in jeopardy.

By Keith Hickey

Graham Zusi, Sporting Kansas City, MLS
Ed Zurga
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New York Red Bulls (4-4-2): Gaudette; Solli, Holgersson, Pearce, Conde; McCarty, Marquez, Lindpere, Lade; Henry, Cahill.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Brandon Barklage (L plantar fascia injury); GK Ryan Meara (L hip surgery)
Spoorting Kansas City (4-3-3): Nielsen, Myers, Olum, Besler, Sinovic; Nagamura, Cesar, Convey; Kamara, Sapong, Zusi.

INJURY REPORT

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

DOUBTFUL: MF Roger Espinoza (R ankle sprain)
  DID YOU KNOW?
  • The teams are meeting for the third time this year, all coming over the final three months of the season. A month ago, C.J. Sapong and Kei Kamara scored as Sporting ended the Red Bulls' long home unbeaten streak with a 2-0 victory at Red Bull Arena. The teams played to a 1-1 draw on Aug. 26 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, as Kamara scored at both ends, giving KC an early lead then scoring into his own net for the equalizer.
  • Graham Zusi regained the league lead with his 15th assist, setting up Sporting’s goal in their 1-1 draw with Columbus on Oct. 7.
  • SKC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen has 14 shutouts this season, tied for second-most in a single season in MLS history. If he posts shutouts in the final two games of the season, he will equal the all-time MLS record set in 2000 by Kansas City’s Tony Meola.
  • New York currently sits in fourth, four points ahead of outside-chancer Columbus, but the Red Bulls have won just won of their last four games, against dead-last Toronto FC.
  • First-place Kansas City has now gone 10 games without defeat, last capitulating to the Columbus Crew on July 28.


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31L. RoblesGoalkeeper
44Heath PearceDefender
4Rafa MárquezDefender
-Marcus HolgerssonDefender
16Connor LadeDefender
28Teemu TainioMidfielder
10Lloyd SamMidfielder
11Dax McCartyMidfielder
17Tim CahillMidfielder
14Thierry HenryStriker
33Kenny CooperStriker
-Bill GaudetteGoalkeeper
7R. MillerDefender
-Jan Gunnar SolliMidfielder
22Stephen KeelDefender
-Joel LindpereMidfielder
15Tyler RuthvenDefender
11Sebastien Le TouxMidfielder
1Jimmy NielsenGoalkeeper
78Aurellien CollinDefender
5Matt BeslerDefender
7Chance MyersDefender
15Seth SinovicDefender
-Julio CésarMidfielder
6Paulo NagamuraMidfielder
8Graham ZusiStriker
37Jacob PetersonMidfielder
17C.J. SapongStriker
-Kei KamaraStriker
18Eric KronbergGoalkeeper
5Michael HarringtonDefender
13Lawrence OlumMidfielder
19Peterson JosephMidfielder
20Oriol RosellStriker
15Bobby ConveyMidfielder
14Dominic DwyerStriker
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Colorado
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