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MLS Preview: Sporting Kansas City - Portland Timbers


Sporting Kansas City (4-3-3): Nielsen; Myers, Collin, Besler, Sinovic; Nagamura, Rosell, Feilhaber; Zusi, Bieler, Sapong.

Injury Report:

OUT: Teal Bunbury (L knee sprain), Jacob Peterson (R shoulder sprain) 

Portland Timbers (4-4-2): Ricketts; Jewsbury, Danso, Silvestre, Harrington; W. Johnson, Chara, Valeri; Nagbe, R. Johnson, Wallace.

Injury Report:

OUT: Bright Dike (L ACL surgery), David Horst (R tibia plateau surgery), Brent Richards (L ACL surgery)


  • Sporting Kansas City lost 2-0 to LA Galaxy last week, halting a five-game shutout streak and three-game winning run.

  • Kansas City's shutout streak ended at 545 minutes, the fifth-longest in MLS history.

  • Portland drew 1-1 with the San Jose Earthquakes last week to extend its unbeaten run to five games, tying a franchise record.

  • These teams met once last season, with the Timbers claiming a 1-0 win at home on April 21. SKC won the two meetings in 2011.

  • Sporting KC tops the Eastern Conference with 14 points from eight games. Portland has 10 points from seven, landing it fifth in the West.
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