MLS Preview: Sporting Kansas City - New York Red Bulls

Keith Hickey
MLS Preview: Sporting Kansas City - New York Red Bulls



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


OUT: Paulo Nagamura (L ankle sprain), Josh Gardner (L hamstring strain)

New York Red Bulls (4-4-2): Robles; Barklage, Olave, Holgersson, Miller; Alexander, Cahill, McCarty, Steele; Espindola Henry.


OUT: Connor Lade (Knee Injury), Heath Pearce (Hip Surgery)



  • Sporting Kansas City sits proudly atop the Eastern Conference, with 36 points from 22 matches.

  • New York is just behind in second, breathing down KC's neck with 35 points.

  • Kansas City hosted the 2013 Major League All-Star game on Wednesday. The MLS representative side went down 3-1 to AS Roma. Three Sporting players - Matt Besler, Aurelien Collin, and Graham Zusi - took part in the game, while two New York players were on the roster (Thierry Henry was the team captain, while Tim Cahill was withdrawn due to an injury),

  • These teams have already met once this season. Collin scored the only goal in a 1-0 Sporting victory at Red Bull Arena on April 17.

  • Collin leads all MLS players in yellow cards. He has eight.