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  • August 3, 2011
  • • 8:35 PM
  • • Children's Mercy Park, Kansas City, Kansas
  • Referee: H. Grajeda
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MLS Preview: Sporting Kansas City - Real Salt Lake

MLS Preview: Sporting Kansas City - Real Salt Lake

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Sporting, unbeaten at home and on a 13-match unbeaten streak, defends its records against the visiting Real Salt Lake in a midweek clash.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

Sporting Kansas City (4-3-3): Nielsen; Myers, Besler, Cesar, Sinovic; Espinoza, Stojcev, Jeferson; Bravo, Sapong, Kamara.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Korede Aiyegbusi (concussion); MF Davy Arnaud (sports hernia surgery); DF Aurelien Collin (lower back fracture); MF Craig Rocastle (R knee sprain); MF Konrad Warzycha (R knee surgery)

Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Rimando; Beltran, Schuler, Borchers, Wingert; Beckerman, Johnson, Grabavoy, Williams; Saborio, Espindola

INJURY REPORT

OUT: MF Javier Morales (L ankle fracture dislocation); DF Jamison Olave (L knee MCL strain); MF Nelson Gonzalez (broken R foot); GK Kyle Reynish (concussion)

DOUBTFUL: FW Paulo Jr. (L hamstring strain); MF Ned Grabavoy (L hamstring strain)

QUESTIONABLE: DF Tony Beltran (L calf strain)

PROBABLE: FW Fabian Espindola (L hamstring strain), FW Alvaro Saborio (R knee swelling)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Sporting is unbeaten in 13 matches, a club record. The previous record of 12 was set in 2000, when Kansas City won the MLS Cup.

  • That record has come in dramatic fashion. KC has scored in the 89th minute or later in three of the last four matches, including a last-gasp strike by Teal Bunbury to dig out a 1-1 draw against the New England Revolution Saturday.
  • Salt Lake, with 33 points, sits fifth in the West. Sporting is fourth in the East, despite its more modest 27 point haul.
  • RSL is still reeling from two goals in the opening 10 minutes against the 2-0 loss to the Columbus Crew, which gave Columbus its first ever win in Rio Tinto Stadium. It was also only RSL's third loss in Rio Tinto during the MLS regular season.
  • Kansas City has never lost in SPORTING Livestrong Park.
  • Alvaro Saborio is available again, after sitting out the match against Columbus due to suspension. He should shake off a knee injury to feature in Kansas.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Sporting KC

Real Salt Lake

Wins
1
0
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Sporting Kansas City SKC
Sporting Kansas City Sporting KC
Draw
Real Salt Lake RSL
Real Salt Lake Real Salt Lake
29%
29%
42%

Top 3 Predictions

Sporting Kansas City SKC
0 - 0
Real Salt Lake RSL
Sporting Kansas City SKC
3 - 2
Real Salt Lake RSL
Sporting Kansas City SKC
2 - 0
Real Salt Lake RSL

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