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  • June 29, 2012
  • • 8:00 PM
  • • Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas
  • Referee: B. Toledo
  • • Attendance: 19274
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MLS Preview: Sporting Kansas City - Chicago Fire

Stumbling from a shock blowout against conference straggler Philadelphia, Sporting will attempt to regain its footing and dominance of the Midwest against the Fire.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
Sporting Kansas City (4-3-3): Nielsen; Myers, Besler, Cesar, Sinovic; Nagamura, Zusi, Espinoza; Kamara, Sapong, Bunbury.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Cyprian Hedrick (L fibula fracture); GK Jon Kempin (R ankle fracture); MF Luke Sassano (L knee sprain); DF Shawn Singh (L quad strain)

DOUBTFUL: DF Aurelien Collin (R hamstring strain); MF Paulo Nagamura (R abductor strain)

QUESTIONABLE: MF Korede Aiyegbusi (R knee sprain); FW Bobby Convey (R calf strain)

PROBABLE: FW Kei Kamara (L foot sprain)
Chicago Fire (4-2-3-1): Johnson; Gargan, Anibaba, Berry, Segares; Pause, Pardo; Nyarko, Grazzini, Pappa; Oduro.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Cory Gibbs (R knee meniscus repair); MF Steven Kinney (R Achilles tendinitis)
  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Sporting Kansas City suffered its heaviest defeat of the season last week, going down 4-0 to the Philadelphia Union.
  • Kansas City keeper Jimmy Nielsen is currently tied as the league leader in shutouts with six on the season. The Danish keeper is nearly on pace to break Tony Meola’s single-season club record of 16 shutouts in 2000.
  • Of Chicago Fire midfielder Marco Pappa’s 24 career goals in MLS, 10 have come from outside of the penalty area.
  • Chicago Fire defender Gonzalo Segares will be suspended for this match.
  • Kansas City has not defeated Chicago at home since 2007, and the teams have played to draws in four of their last five meetings in Kansas City.

Players to watch

M. Besler

Position: Defender

Games: 25

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S. Grazzini

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Editor's Prediction

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Sporting KC

Chicago Fire

Wins
2
1
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Sporting Kansas City SKC
Sporting Kansas City Sporting KC
Draw
Chicago Fire FIR
Chicago Fire Chicago Fire
52%
35%

Top 3 Predictions

Sporting Kansas City SKC
2 - 1
Chicago Fire FIR
Sporting Kansas City SKC
1 - 2
Chicago Fire FIR
Sporting Kansas City SKC
4 - 1
Chicago Fire FIR

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