Friday, August 31, 2012

Sporting KC back in action on Saturday

Sporting Kansas City will look to extend the team's four-game unbeaten streak when they face Toronto FC at 7:30 p.m. CT on Saturday at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Tickets are available at or at the LSP Box Offices.

The first 10,000 fans will receive a commemorative U.S. Open Cup champions poster courtesy of match sponsor Capitol Federal, who will also host a pre-game autograph session with Sporting KC defenders Aurelien Collin and Kevin Ellis in the concourse near sections 112/113 beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early for Saturday's match and general parking will be available at Kansas Speedway's Lot 25 (access from Homestead-Miami off of Village West Parkway). Lots open at 4:30 p.m. CT and will close two hours after the conclusion of the match.

Sporting Kansas City enters tomorrow's match in first place in the Eastern Conference and can draw level with the San Jose Earthquakes for most points in MLS with a victory.

Graham Zusi and Kei Kamara have led the Sporting KC attack with both players earning goals or assists in each of the team's last three games.

Zusi is tied for second in Major League Soccer with 12 assists this season, including four in his last five appearances, and Kamara has matched his single-season career high with 10 goals to lead the team.

Sporting Kansas City will be without central defender Aurelien Collin due to caution accumulation and will play their first match since forward Teal Bunbury suffered a torn ACL and damaged LCL in Sporting Kansas City's 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls last Sunday.

The 22-year-old striker underwent successful knee surgery on Friday.

While the Sporting KC defense leads the League with a 0.88 goals against average this year, Toronto FC have allowed an MLS-high 46 goals in 26 matches.

Summer goalkeeper signing Freddy Hall has featured in each of the club's last three games in all competition and Irish international Darren O'Dea has played every minute in central defense since debuting against Sporting KC last month.

Toronto FC, the last place team in the Eastern Conference, enter coming off a 3-1 loss in CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday against Santos Laguna.

The 2012 Canadian Championship winners, Toronto FC are winless in their last six MLS matches and will conclude a three-game road swing in MLS play on Saturday.

The two opponents meet for the third and final time this season with Sporting KC having earned victories in each of the previous two matches, including a 1-0 win at BMO Field two weeks ago. Sporting Kansas City are unbeaten in their last five matches against Toronto and have the all-time advantage with a 7-3-4 record in the regular season series, including five wins in seven matches as the home side.

Following the match, the documentary KEI will premier in the Shield Club (located on the west side of the stadium on the main level) in a special screening of the film produced by Copper Pot Pictures.

Kamara, who celebrates his 28th birthday on Saturday, will attend the event and a silent auction will be held to raise funds for Schools for Salone.

Saturday's match will air live on KSMO-TV, with pre-game coverage starting at 7 p.m. CT. Radio coverage will also be available for Spanish listeners on La Gran D 1340 AM.

Sporting Kansas City supporters can also follow Saturday's game online via @SKCGameday on Twitter and the MatchCenter, or on mobile devices with Sporting Explore and MLS MatchDay apps.