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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."

Players to watch

A. Collin

Position: Defender

Games: 24

  • 2
  • 1
  • 2

K. Beckerman

Position: Midfielder

Games: 24

  • 2
  • 3
  • 0

Editor's Prediction

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Sporting KC

Real Salt Lake

Wins
3
1
1
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
41%
23%
36%

Top 3 Predictions

Sporting Kansas City SKC
2 - 1
Real Salt Lake RSL
Sporting Kansas City SKC
1 - 2
Real Salt Lake RSL
Sporting Kansas City SKC
1 - 1
Real Salt Lake RSL

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