Sporting KC To Face Colorado Rapids At Sporting Park


Sporting KC return to action on Saturday as they are set to face the Colorado Rapids in the teams 100th match at Sporting Park at 7:30 PM CT.

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Sporting KC is in the midst of a three game unbeaten streak after last weeks 1-1 draw against the Eastern Conference leaders D.C. United. Jairo Arrieta was the lone goal scorer for D.C. United while Dom Dwyer moved into a tie with Krisztian Nemeth for the team goal scoring lead with three goals on the season after scoring the lone Sporting KC goal.

Colorado is one up on Sporting KC as they are on a four game unbeaten run with four straight 1-1 draws. The latest 1-1 draw came last week when they were matched up against San Jose. Chris Wondolowski had San Jose’s lone goal of the match while James Riley was able to pull Colorado even in the 93rd minute with Colorado’s lone goal.

Sporting KC are unbeaten in their last ten match-ups against Colorado dating back to 2002. The most recent match up came last season and saw goals from Graham Zusi, Benny Feilhaber, and a dramatic late game winner from Dom Dwyer in the 92nd minute to give Sporting KC the 3-2 victory. The goal from Dwyer was also voted as the MLS goal of the week last season.

Sporting KC is currently battling some injury problems and will be without Chance Myers as he is still recovering from the ACL injury, Graham Zusi who is battling concussion symptoms suffered last week, and Marcel de Jong who is battling a left hip muscle strain. Paulo Nagamura is also listed as questionable for the second consecutive week with a lower back strain.

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Sporting KC is fortunate that they will have young defender Erik Palmer-Brown for the game against Colorado before he leaves to join the US Under 20 National Team for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Colorado is relatively healthy missing only Marcelo Sarvas who is recovering from knee surgery.

Immediately following the match Sporting KC will host a soccer match-up between Special Olympics Kansas and Special Olympics Colorado and invite fans to stay to watch and cheer.

Sporting KC is at the start of a four game in 13 days stretch that includes May 16th against Colorado, May 20th against New England Revolution, May 23rd against the Seattle Sounders, and May 29th against FC Dallas.

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