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October 24, 2012 8:40 PM EDT
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Sporting Kansas City 2-1 Philadelphia Union: SKC secures top spot in the Eastern Conference

Sporting Kansas City can watch the last round of fixtures in the MLS regular season at ease after winning the Eastern Conference on Wednesday.

By Keith Hickey

Sporting Kansas City - Philadelphia Union, MLS
Jamie Squire
Sporting Kansas City locked down the top seed in the Eastern Conference with a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union in LIVESTRONG Sporting Park on Wednesday night.

Philadelphia remains in eighth place in the East.

Jack McInerney missed an excellent chance to give the Union the lead and score in his fifth consecutive game when his attempted chip of Jimmy Nielsen in the 35th minute went wide.

Jacob Petersen started the scoring in the 40th minute for Sporting, latching on to a low cross from Kei Kamara and touching the ball past Zac MacMath.

MacMath kept the Union in the game, his best contribution a fantastic double save right on the stroke of halftime.

The Union equalized in the second half. Michael Farfan's penalty was saved by Jimmy Nielsen, but Antoine Hoppenot was on hand to pounce and finish the rebound.

With less than 10 minutes left, SKC scored the winning goal. Kei Kamara wriggled through the entire Philly midfield on a long diagonal run. His measured through ball meant that all C.J. Sapong had to do was one-time a tidy near-post finish.

Kansas City's regular season is over, but the three points guarantee top spot in the East heading into the playoffs.

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Sporting Kansas City

1
Jimmy Nielsen
Goalkeeper
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5
Matt Besler
Defender
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7
Chance Myers
Defender
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15
Seth Sinovic
Defender
50′
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78
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6
Paulo Nagamura
Midfielder
33′
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8
Graham Zusi
Midfielder
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19
Peterson Joseph
Midfielder
58′ 66′
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Julio César
Defender
86′
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17
C.J. Sapong
Striker
82′
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Kei Kamara
Striker
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Philadelphia Union

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18
Zac MacMath
Goalkeeper
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22
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28
Ray Gaddis
Defender
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G. Gómez
Midfielder
46′
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7
Brian Carroll
Midfielder
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13
Michael Lahoud
Midfielder
84′
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14
Amobi Okugo
Defender
3′
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26
Michael Farfan
Midfielder
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26
Keon Daniel
Midfielder
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44
Danny Cruz
Midfielder
73′
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9

Substitutes

18
Eric Kronberg
Goalkeeper
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5
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13
Lawrence Olum
Midfielder
86′
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20
Oriol Rosell
Midfielder
66′
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15
Bobby Convey
Midfielder
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14
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37
Jacob Peterson
Midfielder
33′ 40′
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Substitutes

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1
Chris Konopka
Goalkeeper
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3
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20
Roger Torres
Midfielder
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20
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30
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29
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23

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Results
 
Top Scorers
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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