Preview: Sporting host RSL in massive early-season showdown

Sporting KC vs. Real Salt Lake, April 14

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SPORTING KANSAS CITY vs REAL SALT LAKE
LIVESTRONG SPORTING PARK, Kansas City, Kan.
April 14, 2012 (WEEK 6, MLS Game #50)
7:30 p.m. CT (KSMO; KTVX-ABC4)

A mouthwatering early-season clash is in the offing on Saturday night at Livestrong Sporting Park when Eastern Conference-leading Sporting Kansas City play host to the Western Conference leaders, Real Salt Lake. Sporting are the first team in more than a decade to open an MLS season with five wins in five games, after a 1-0 home win vs. the LA Galaxy. Real have won five times in six outings after their 2-0 home win vs. Colorado last weekend.

REFEREE: Kevin Stott. SAR (bench): Adam Wienckowski; JAR (opposite): Brian Poeschel; 4th: Tyler Ploeger
MLS Career: 216 games; FC/gm: 25.8; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 58; pens: 44

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INJURY REPORT:

INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none

SUSPENDED: none

WARNINGS:

SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: none
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: RSL: Kyle Beckerman

HEAD-TO-HEAD

ALL-TIME (14 meetings): Sporting 6 wins, 20 goals ... Real 5 wins, 19 goals ... Ties 3
AT KC (7 meetings): Sporting 4 wins, 11 goals ... Real 1 win, 7 goals ... Ties 2

LAST YEAR (MLS):

8/3: KC 2, RSL 0 (Espinoza 29; Bunbury 34)
9/17: RSL 1, KC 0 (Borchers 54)

SPORTING KANSAS CITY

Sporting Kansas City became the first team in more than a decade to open a Major League Soccer season with five wins on the trot, defeating the LA Galaxy 1-0 at Livestrong Sporting Park. Sporting have 15 points from 5 matches to lead the Eastern Conference.

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REAL SALT LAKE

Real Salt Lake won for the second time in a week at their Rio Tinto Stadium home, defeating the Colorado Rapids 2-0 on Saturday evening in the first Rocky Mountain Cup match of the year. Real lead the Western Conference with 15 points from 6 games.

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