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  • October 20, 2012
  • • 7:08 PM
  • • Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey
  • Referee: S. Petrescu
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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.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

New York RB

Sporting KC

Wins
4
1
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

New York Red Bulls NY
New York Red Bulls New York RB
Draw
Sporting Kansas City SKC
Sporting Kansas City Sporting KC
58%
29%

Top 3 Predictions

New York Red Bulls NY
3 - 1
Sporting Kansas City SKC
New York Red Bulls NY
1 - 0
Sporting Kansas City SKC
New York Red Bulls NY
1 - 2
Sporting Kansas City SKC

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