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  • October 20, 2012
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MLS Preview: New York Red Bulls - Sporting Kansas City

MLS Preview: New York Red Bulls - Sporting Kansas City

Ed Zurga

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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
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 RuthvenMidfielder
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
-Oriol RosellStriker
15Bobby ConveyMidfielder
14Dominic DwyerStriker

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