First and second in the East meet in Kansas City, with New York capable of leapfrogging Sporting with a win.
|Sporting Kansas City (4-3-3): Nielsen; Myers, Collin, Besler, Sinovic; Cesar, Espinoza, Nagamura; Zusi, Bunbury, Kamara.
OUT: DF Cyprian Hedrick (L fibula fracture)
DOUBTFUL: GK Jon Kempin (R ankle fracture); FW Jacob Peterson (R shoulder sprain)
QUESTIONABLE: MF Bobby Convey (R hamstring strain)
|New York Red Bulls (4-4-2): Gaudette; Lade, Holgersson, Conde, Pearce; Le Toux, McCarty, Cahill, Lindpere; Cooper, Henry.
OUT: DF Rafa Marquez (L calf strain); GK Ryan Meara (hip injury)
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- These teams are first and second in the Eastern Conference. Sporting KC (46) is one point off the MLS lead. New York is two behind SKC.
- Graham Zusi notched his third assist in four games, setting up Kei Kamara's winner over Toronto FC last week. Zusi is in a three-way tie for the assist lead in MLS, with 11.
- Kansas City concedes 0.46 goals per game at home, the second best record in MLS.
- Tim Cahill, the Red Bulls' third Designated Player, scored his first league goal last week. He has one goal and two assists in three MLS appearances.
- Ryan Meara will miss the rest of the season after undergoing hip surgery.