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  • May 12, 2012
  • • 8:37 PM
  • • Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois
  • Referee: J. Rivero
  • • Attendance: 14159

MLS Preview: Chicago Fire - Sporting Kansas City

Fire coach Frank Klopas has history with both of these clubs, having played two years for each team.

Chicago Fire (4-4-2): Johnson; Gargan, Friedrich, Berry, Segares; Pause, Pardo, Grazzini, Pappa; Nyarko, Oduro.


OUT: MF Steven Kinney (R posterior tibialis tendinitis); DF Cory Gibbs (R knee meniscus repair)

QUESTIONABLE: FW Chris Rolfe (L ankle sprain)
Sporting Kansas City (4-3-3): Nielsen; Myers, Besler, Collin, Sinovic; Julio Cesar, Zusi, Espinoza; Kamara, Sapong, Peterson.


OUT: GK Eric Kronberg (lower back strain)

PROBABLE: DF Shawn Singh (R hamstring strain); DF Seth Sinovic (R hand fracture); MF Luke Sassano (R knee sprain)
  • Sporting KC is first in the East with 21 points in nine games. Seven straight wins to begin the season may have bled into two consecutive losses, but no one in the East has caught up, despite many teams playing more games.
  • One club to play less games is Chicago. The Fire have 12 points from eight games.
  • Frank Klopas spent half of his MLS career in Kansas City, scoring seven goals and adding 11 assists in 49 appearances with the then-Wizards.
  • Peter Vermes was Klopas' teammate on the U.S. national team. They played eight games together from 1988-1994, with a 3-3-2 record on those matches. Klopas scored three goals.
  • Toyota Park was in action as recently as Wednesday, with the Fire drawing 0-0 with Real Salt Lake.


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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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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
25Sean JohnsonGoalkeeper
4Jalil AnibabaDefender
13Gonzalo SegaresDefender
4Austin BerryDefender
3Arne FriedrichDefender
-Sebastián GrazziniMidfielder
12Logan PauseMidfielder
-Pavel PardoMidfielder
-Dominic OduroStriker
14Patrick NyarkoStriker
10M. PappaStriker
70Paolo TornaghiGoalkeeper
33Dan GarganDefender
3Hunter JumperDefender
11Daniel PaladiniMidfielder
8R. RobayoMidfielder
-F. PuppoStriker
-Orr BarouchStriker
1Jimmy NielsenGoalkeeper
5Michael HarringtonDefender
5Matt BeslerDefender
7Chance MyersDefender
78Aurellien CollinDefender
8Graham ZusiStriker
-R. EspinozaMidfielder
-Julio CésarMidfielder
15Bobby ConveyMidfielder
17C.J. SapongStriker
-Kei KamaraStriker
21Jon KempinGoalkeeper
3Olukorede AiyegbusiDefender
13Lawrence OlumMidfielder
6Paulo NagamuraMidfielder
10Teal BunburyStriker
14Dominic DwyerStriker
37Jacob PetersonMidfielder
Players to Watch
M. Pappa
M. Pappa
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
23 3 1 0
C.J. Sapong
C.J. Sapong
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
17 2 1 0
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