MLS Preview: Sporting Kansas City - Seattle Sounders FC

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

Injury Report:

OUT: Teal Bunbury (L knee sprain), Bobby Convey (R achilles strain)

QUESTIONABLE: Matt Besler (R knee sprain), Benny Feilhaber (R thigh contusion), Paulo Nagamura (R ankle sprain)

Seattle Sounders FC (4-4-2): Gspurning; Evans, Traore, Hurtado, Gonzalez; Rosales, Alonso, Carrasco, Caskey; Johnson, Martins.

Injury Report:

OUT: Josh Ford (R patella fracture)

QUESTIONABLE: Marc Burch (pubic sprain), Shalrie Joseph (R hamstring strain), Obafemi Martins (R leg tendon injury), Steve Zakuani (abdominal strain)



  • Sporting KC beat Seattle in the first-ever league meeting between the two teams and hasn't won any of the six since. Seattle has won all three games in Kansas City.

  • However, when the sides met in the 2012 U.S. Open Cup final, SKC won on penalties after a 1-1 result. The Sounders had won the tournament the three years prior.

  • Kansas City beat Chivas USA 4-0 last weekend to move tied for first in the East with 17 points from 10 games. Seattle is bottom of the West with six points from seven games.

  • Kei Kamara returned from a loan at Norwich City this week and is available for the first time in the 2013 season.

  • Lamar Neagle and DeAndre Yedlin are suspended for Seattle. Paulo Nagamura will miss the match for Sporting.