After a three-month offseason, the games are now coming fast and furious for Sporting Kansas City.
Sporting will host FC Dallas on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET for the club's third game in eight days to kick off 2014, with two more matches looming next week. It's a hectic way to start the new season, and one that could lead coach Peter Vermes to rest some regulars.
Even though Kansas City will want to avoid an 0-2 start in league play following last weekend's last-gasp loss in Seattle, the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal second leg Wednesday at Cruz Azul is the more pivotal match.
One player who should be in the lineup Saturday is All-Star center back Aurelien Collin, who served a suspension Wednesday in the 1-0 first-leg win against Cruz Azul. Forwards C.J. Sapong, Dominic Dwyer and Jacob Peterson could also be poised for starting roles after coming off the bench in that contest.
Whoever lines up for Kansas City should face a stern test from a Dallas side that looked sharp in its first game under new coach Oscar Pareja, triumphing 3-2 against Montreal behind an assertive performance from playmaker Mauro Diaz.
On the injury front, right back Chance Myers (groin) remains a question mark for Kansas City, while goalkeeper Raul Fernandez (sports hernia) and right back Zach Loyd (hip strain) are in doubt for Dallas and center back George John (bone bruise in patella) is out.
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