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  • September 17, 2011
  • • 9:00 PM
  • • Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
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MLS Preview: Real Salt Lake - Sporting Kansas City

MLS Preview: Real Salt Lake - Sporting Kansas City

G. Newman Lowrance

RSL still harbors Supporters' Shield ambitions after a tough patch, with Sporting KC jostling for a forgiving playoff matchup.


PROBABLE LINEUPS
Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Rimando; Russell, Borchers, Olave, Wagner; Williams, Beckerman, Gil, Johnson; Espindola, Saborio.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: MF Nelson Gonzalez (R foot fracture); MF Javier Morales (L ankle fracture dislocation); GK Kyle Reynish (R ankle sprain); DF Chris Wingert (L wrist fracture)

QUESTIONABLE: FW Chris Agorsor (R hand fracture)

PROBABLE: DF Robbie Russell (L back spasms); FW Álvaro Saborío (R knee effusion)
Sporting Kansas City (4-3-3): Nielsen; Myers, Collin, Besler, Sinovic; Cesar, Espinoza, Zusi; Bravo, Sapong, Bunbury.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Daneil Cyrus (L foot fracture); MF Luke Sassano (R knee sprain); MF Konrad Warzycha (R knee surgery)

QUESTIONABLE: DF Chance Myers (R foot contusion)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Were Real Salt Lake, on 45 points, to win its two games in hand, it would land second in the Western Conference. Sporting Kansas City is second in the East with 40 points.

  • Sporting KC hasn't played on the road since July 16. Since then the team has posted a 5-2-2 record, climbing into a playoff spot.
  • In the earlier meeting on Aug. 3, Kansas City won 2-0. Roger Espinoza and Teal Bunbury, who now has four goals in eight matches, scored.
  • Salt Lake signed midfielders Nico Muniz and Yordany Alvarez ahead of the roster freeze deadline Thursday.
  • RSL fullback Tony Beltran is suspended for this match. Blake Wagner is expected to deputize with Chris Wingert injured.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Real Salt Lake

Sporting KC

Wins
1
1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Real Salt Lake RSL
Real Salt Lake Real Salt Lake
Draw
Sporting Kansas City SKC
Sporting Kansas City Sporting KC
53%
35%

Top 3 Predictions

Real Salt Lake RSL
3 - 1
Sporting Kansas City SKC
Real Salt Lake RSL
1 - 1
Sporting Kansas City SKC
Real Salt Lake RSL
2 - 2
Sporting Kansas City SKC

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