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  • April 14, 2012
  • • 8:30 PM
  • • Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas
  • Referee: K. Stott
  • • Attendance: 19422
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MLS Preview: Sporting Kansas City - Real Salt Lake

The two hottest teams in MLS clash at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in what some predict could preview this year's MLS Cup.


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

INJURY REPORT

OUT: GK Eric Kronberg (lower back injury)

PROBABLE: DF Cyprian Hedrick (R Achilles tendinitis)
Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Rimando; Beltran, Borchers, Olave, Wingert; Beckerman, Johnson, Velasquez, Gil; Espindola, Saborio.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: MF Nico Muñiz (R MCL sprain)

DOUBTFUL: FW Cody Arnoux (L adductor strain); MF Ned Grabavoy (L rib cage dislocation); MF Enzo Martinez (lower back spasms); MF Javier Morales (R hamstring strain)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • This game features the top two teams in MLS, each with 15 points - the only teams with five wins thus far. Sporting KC boasts the only perfect record left in MLS. The other two times a team started with a 5-0-0 record (the LA Galaxy in 1996 and 1998), it made it to the MSL Cup final.
  • SKC 'keeper Jimmy Nielsen has strung four shutouts together. Kansas City has conceded just once all season for the stingiest defensive record in the league.
  • These teams traded home wins last season.
  • Fabian Espindola's goal in the 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids last week brought him up to 29 for Salt Lake, tied with Robbie Findley for the club record.
  • Cosmopolitan named RSL fullback Tony Beltran one of its "Hot Soccer Players We Can't Resist."

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Last Five Matches
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Jimmy NielsenGoalkeeper
5Matt BeslerDefender
7Chance MyersDefender
15Seth SinovicDefender
78Aurellien CollinDefender
8Graham ZusiStriker
-R. EspinozaMidfielder
-Julio CésarMidfielder
15Bobby ConveyMidfielder
17C.J. SapongStriker
-Kei KamaraStriker
21Jon KempinGoalkeeper
5Michael HarringtonDefender
13Lawrence OlumMidfielder
6Paulo NagamuraMidfielder
32Luke SassanoMidfielder
10Teal BunburyStriker
37Jacob PetersonMidfielder
18Nick RimandoGoalkeeper
2Tony Beltran Defender
4Jamison OlaveDefender
6Nat BorchersDefender
17Chris WingertDefender
4Will JohnsonStriker
5Kyle BeckermanMidfielder
21Luis GilMidfielder
26Juan Sebastián VelásquezMidfielder
9Fabian EspindolaStriker
15A. SaboríoStriker
28Kyle ReynishGoalkeeper
28Chris SchulerDefender
-Yordany Alvarez OropezaMidfielder
22Jonathan SteeleMidfielder
23Paulo Jr.Midfielder
21Terukazu TanakaDefender
-Emiliano Nicolas BonfigliStriker
Players to Watch
Aurellien Collin
Aurellien Collin
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 78
Games Goals YC RC
22 2 1 2
Kyle Beckerman
Kyle Beckerman
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 5
Games Goals YC RC
20 2 3 0
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