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  • March 25, 2012
  • • 7:10 PM
  • • Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas
  • Referee: A. Okujala
  • • Attendance: 15161

MLS Preview: Sporting Kansas City - FC Dallas

FCD goes in search of a first-ever win at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Neither team has tasted defeat in 2012 yet.

Sporting Kansas City (4-3-3): Nielsen; Myers, Collin, Besler, Sinovic; Cesar, Zusi, Espinoza; Kamara, Sapong, Convey.


OUT: GK Eric Kronberg (lower back injury)

PROBABLE: MF Paulo Nagamura (L calf strain); MF Graham Zusi (R knee strain); FW Bobby Convey (L abdominal strain); DF Aurelien Collin (R hamstring strain)

FC Dallas (4-1-4-1): Hartman; Loyd, John, Ihemelu, Pertuz; Hernandez; Benitez, Jacobson, Villar, Rodriguez; Perez.


OUT: MF Fabian Castillo (L knee); FW Scott Sealy (R knee)

DOUBTFUL: MF David Ferreira (R ankle)

  • Following up on his five goals and Rookie of the Year honors in 2011, C.J. Sapong has scored in each of Sporting KC's first two games in 2012 to lead the club to a perfect record.
  • Blas Perez is in similarly effective form. He set up two goals in FCD's first match and scored his first MLS goal last week against the Portland Timbers. However, Portland equalized, leaving Dallas with four points after two games.
  • Bryan Leyva, 20, made his first start for Dallas in that match. The Home Grown Player has been with the club since 2009 and he marked the long-awaited occasion with an assist.
  • Dallas has never won in LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Kansas City won both matches there against FCD last season.
  • A clean sheet in this match would give Sporting KC its best defensive start to a season in club history.
  • Both Brek Shea and Teal Bunbury will miss this game after playing for the USA U-23 team in Olympic qualifying Thursday.


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Available Squads
1Jimmy NielsenGoalkeeper
5Matt BeslerDefender
7Chance MyersDefender
78Aurellien CollinDefender
15Seth SinovicDefender
8Graham ZusiStriker
-Julio CésarMidfielder
-R. EspinozaMidfielder
15Bobby ConveyMidfielder
17C.J. SapongStriker
-Kei KamaraStriker
21Jon KempinGoalkeeper
5Michael HarringtonDefender
13Lawrence OlumMidfielder
6Paulo NagamuraMidfielder
32Luke SassanoMidfielder
14Dominic DwyerStriker
37Jacob PetersonMidfielder
-Kevin HartmanGoalkeeper
-Ugo IhemeluGoalkeeper
5Jair BenítezDefender
-H. PertúzDefender
17Zach LoydDefender
14George JohnDefender
-Daniel HernándezMidfielder
4Andrew JacobsonMidfielder
10Ricardo VillarMidfielder
-B. LeyvaMidfielder
7B. PérezStriker
18Chris SeitzGoalkeeper
24Matt HedgesDefender
-Alexander LeeDefender
-Bruno GuardaMidfielder
16Bobby WarshawDefender
-L. PereaStriker
32Andrew WiedemanStriker

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