KANSAS CITY, Mo.
7:30 pm CT (no TV)
It's another top-of-the-table clash at Arrowhead Stadium, but the three points on offer are perhaps more valuable to the visiting Colorado Rapids, who have one fewer game remaining than the remainder of the Western Conference. The home-standing Kansas City Wizards lead the West and the race for the Supporters Shield, having on Wednesday claimed another honor in winning the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the first time in club history. The Wizards can also guarantee a playoff berth with a victory, along with a tie or loss by either Dallas or San Jose.
REFEREE: Abbey Okulaja. SAR (bench): Kermit Quisenberry; JAR (opposite): Favio Tovar; 4th: Erich Simmons
MLS Career: 22 games; FC/gm: 32.1; Y/gm: 3.8; R: 2; pens: 8
Games involving Wizards: P3 W1 L1 T1; FC/gm: 31.0; Y/gm: 2.7; R: 1; pens: 0
Games involving Rapids: P4 W1 L2 T1; FC/gm: 32.3; Y/gm: 4.5; R: 0; pens: 2
INJURY REPORT: KANSAS CITY WIZARDS - OUT: MD Chris Klein (L knee torn ACL); MD Preki (L ankle surgery): QUESTIONABLE: FW Igor Simutenkov (L hamstring strain); PROBABLE: GK Tony Meola (R Achilles tendon strain) ... COLORADO RAPIDS - OUT: MD Darryl Powell (R knee sprain); DF Jeff Stewart (R knee); FW Zizi Roberts (R knee swelling); DF Gary Sullivan (L lower leg); DOUBTFUL: DF Joey DiGiamarino (L groin); QUESTIONABLE: FW Jean-Philippe Peguero (abdominal strain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
YELLOW PERIL: COL: Nat Borchers (20 CP); Antonio de la Torre (20 CP); Kyle Beckerman (17 CP); Pablo Mastroeni (16 CP)
ALL-TIME (34 meetings): Wizards 15 wins (1 shootout), 62 goals ... Rapids 13 wins (3 shootout), 46 goals ... 6 draws IN KANSAS CITY (16 meetings): Wizards 11 wins (0 shootout), 38 goals ... Rapids 3 wins (1 shootout), 16 goals ... 2 draws
KANSAS CITY WIZARDS
The Kansas City Wizards continued their recent up-and-down form, this time on the up as they answered a loss with a victory for the third consecutive time, a late goal giving them a 1-0 victory against the San Jose Earthquakes. The Wizards took over the lead in the Western Conference and in the race for the MLS Supporters Shield, now with 41 points from 26 matches, two ahead of the Colorado Rapids and three ahead of Los Angeles Galaxy.
The Colorado Rapids suffered their heaviest defeat in more than four years, hammered 6-1 by the New England Revolution on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. The loss dropped the Rapids out of the top spot in the Western Conference, now two points behind the Kansas City Wizards with 39 points from 27 matches, just a point ahead of third-place Los Angeles Galaxy.