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  • July 6, 2011
  • • 8:37 PM
  • • Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas
  • Referee: N. Bratsis
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MLS Preview: Sporting Kansas City - Colorado Rapids

MLS Preview: Sporting Kansas City - Colorado Rapids

Colorado hasn't won in Kansas City since 2002 and Sporting hasn't lost in eight, but the streaks won't matter when these sides square off in a midweek matchup.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

Sporting Kansas City (4-3-3): Nielsen; Myers, Besler, Collin, Harrington; Espinoza, Cesar, Stojcev; Zusi, Sapong, Bravo.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: FW Konrad Warzycha (R knee surgery); MF Craig Rocastle (R knee sprain); MF Davy Arnaud (sports hernia)

DOUBTFUL: DF Seth Sinovic (R hamstring strain)

Colorado Rapids (4-4-2): Pickens; Kimura, Marshall, Wynne, Moor; Mullan, Mastroeni, Larentowicz, Smith; Casey, Cummings

INJURY REPORT

QUESTIONABLE: FW Macoumba Kandji (L knee ACL tear)

PROBABLE: GK Matt Pickens (R groin strain); MF Joseph Nane (R shoulder strain); FW Omar Cummings (R ankle sprain); MF Jamie Smith (R calf strain); MF Brian Mullan (lower back spasms); DF Anthony Wallace (R quad strain)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Colorado has not won at Kansas City since 2002, losing seven and drawing three since then.

  • A 2-1 win over the Portland Timbers this weekend extended Sporting's unbeaten run to eight in the league and 10 in all competitions.
  • Quincy Amarikwa is suspended for this match after earning a bizarre second yellow after the final whistle against the Houston Dynamo last weekend for comments he made to the referee.
  • That scoreless draw with the Houston Dynamo was the six consecutive home game Colorado has failed to win. The last time the Rapids won at Dick's Sporting Goods Park was April 3.
  • Conor Casey should return to the starting lineup after missing the Houston game through suspension. The hulking striker has four goals in his last five appearances. However, Casey and Cummings, the devastating front pair that led Colorado to the MLS Cup in 2010, hasn't started together since the opening day of the season, a win over Portland.
  • Casey scored when these two sides met earlier in the season. Ryan Smith notched for KC in the 1-1 draw. The Englishman has since returned to his home nation for family reasons and will not feature in MLS again this season.
  • Two weeks ago Sporting anchored the Western Conference table. With two wins this week and a few other favorable results, Kansas City could sit one point off the top in the West. A large portion of credit for the turnaround must go to the opening of LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, the club's brand new stadium, meaning the team has brought an end to its league-record 10-game road stint.
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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1Jimmy NielsenGoalkeeper
5Matt BeslerDefender
7Chance MyersDefender
78Aurellien CollinDefender
5Michael HarringtonDefender
-Julio CésarMidfielder
-R. EspinozaMidfielder
8Graham ZusiStriker
-O. BravoStriker
10Teal BunburyStriker
-Kei KamaraStriker
18Eric KronbergGoalkeeper
34Scott LorenzDefender
27Birahim DiopMidfielder
-Shavar ThomasDefender
-Miloš StojčevMidfielder
32Luke SassanoMidfielder
17C.J. SapongStriker
-Matt PickensGoalkeeper
22Marvell WynneDefender
3Drew MoorDefender
-Tyrone MarshallDefender
27Kosuke KimuraDefender
-W. ThompsonMidfielder
25Pablo MastroeniMidfielder
16Ross LaBauexMidfielder
20Jeff LarentowiczMidfielder
7Omar CummingsStriker
6Conor CaseyStriker
-Steward CeusGoalkeeper
2Danny EarlsDefender
-Scott PalgutaDefender
-Joseph NaneMidfielder
-Sanna NyassiMidfielder
9Andre AkpanStriker
18Caleb FolanStriker
Players to Watch
C.J. Sapong
C.J. Sapong
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 17
Games Goals YC RC
13 2 1 0
Conor Casey
Conor Casey
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 6
Games Goals YC RC
19 6 1 0
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