KANSAS CITY, Mo.
7:30 pm CT (FSN-NY)
It's another potential top-of-the-table in the heartland, as the Kansas City Wizards have a chance to take over the lead of the Western Conference against the Eastern Conference-leading MetroStars. The Wizards had a chance to take over the West at the weekend, but even though they extended their unbeaten run to nine games, still look upon their 2-2 draw with the leading Los Angeles Galaxy almost as a loss. The MetroStars guaranteed they'll lead the East at the All-Star break with their first win against Chicago in more than two years, running their unbeaten run to three games as Bob Bradley became the first MLS coach to reach the 100-win mark.
REFEREE: Michael Kennedy. SAR (bench): Steven Taylor; JAR (opposite): Ken Kaplan; 4th: Bronson Broockerd
MLS Career: 52 games; FC/gm: 33.9; Y/gm: 4.3; R: 9; pens: 20
Games involving Wizards: P13 W6 L5 T2; FC/gm: 34.6; Y/gm: 4.5; R: 0; pens: 5
Games involving MetroStars: P13 W5 L6 T2; FC/gm: 34.1; Y/gm: 5.0; R: 3; pens: 4
INJURY REPORT: KANSAS CITY WIZARDS - OUT: MD Preki (L fractured fibula/L dislocated ankle); FW Igor Simutenkov (L torn Achilles tendon); PROBABLE: FW Josh Wolff (R knee inflammation); DF Vuk Rasovic (R knee bone bruise) ... METROSTARS - OUT: MD Michael Bradley (R foot stress fracture); MD Gilberto Flores (L ankle ruptured tendon); DF Craig Ziadie (L knee LCL sprain); MD Ricardo Clark (L quadriceps contusion); DOUBTFUL: MD Mark Lisi (L ankle sprain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
SUSPENDED: KC: Diego Gutierrez (through July 28)
YELLOW PERIL: KC: Alex Zotinca (19 CP) ... MET: Ricardo Clark (18 CP); Amado Guevara (18 CP)
ALL-TIME (22 meetings): Wizards 10 wins (2 shootout), 30 goals ... MetroStars 9 wins (2 shootout), 26 goals ... 3 draws
AT ARROWHEAD STADIUM (12 meetings): Wizards 8 wins (2 shootout), 22 goals ... MetroStars 4 wins (1 shootout), 13 goals ... 0 draws
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS
The Kansas City Wizards extended their unbeaten streak to nine games, but looked at their result Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium as two points lost, a late goal giving the Los Angeles Galaxy a 2-2 come-from-behind draw in the top-of-the-table clash. The Wizards still trail the Galaxy by a point in the Western Conference but have two games in hand, with 32 points from 18 matches.
The MetroStars ran their modest unbeaten streak to three games after a three-game losing streak, ending more than two years of frustration against the Chicago Fire and giving head coach Bob Bradley his 100th career victory in a 2-1 victory at Giants Stadium on Saturday. The Metros extended their lead in the Eastern Conference to five points ahead of the Columbus Crew and D.C. United, now on 26 points from 18 matches.