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Match preview: Philadelphia Union at Sporting Kansas City

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The Union travel to Kansas City on Thursday to face what could be the league's best team in one of the league's toughest venues. PSP's Dan Walsh previews the match.

Sporting End Their Jinx in San Jose

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For the first time in 16 years, Sporting Kansas City is returning to Kansas City from San Jose with all three points after a 2-1 win at Avaya Stadium last night. Not since 2000 when a lineup mixed with starters and back ups went to San Jose and won 3-0 has Kansas City been able to get a win on the road in San Jose.

Sporting's Defenders Help KC Rescue a Point in Trinidad

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Sporting Kansas City's defenders had their scoring boots on in Trinidad tonight and helped Sporting kick off their CONCACAF Champions League campaign with a 2-2 draw against Trinidad side, Central FC. Fielding a team that featured just one player who started on the weekend against FC Dallas and no Benny Feilhaber and Dom Dwyer in the 18, it was Seth Sinovic and Kevin Ellis who helped fill the scoring gap for Kansas City.

Sunday After Stats

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The goal by Justen Glad for Salt Lake was the 1,000th conceded by Kansas City in all competitions.

At 34 years, 146 days, Brad Davis is the second oldest player in his first start for Kansas City.

Davis is the 10th oldest player to start a game for Kansas City, knocking Alex Bunbury out of the top 20 on that list.

Sporting Punch Their Playoff Ticket

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After some late season struggles, Sporting Kansas City as able to find a way into the playoffs taking out the LA Galaxy to clinch their spot in the playoffs and book a date in Portland on Thursday.

Early on in the game there was a bit of concern as the San Jose Earthquakes Quincy Amarikwa scored against FC Dallas to give them the lead.

A Comeback for the Ages

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For 80 minutes last night against the Vancouver Whitecaps it looked like Sporting KC was on their way to their first home loss of the season. While Sporting had controlled play against Vancouver and created a number of chances the Whitecaps speed on the counter killed Kansas City as Kekuta Manneh ran roughshod over the KC back line.

Short Handed Sporting KC Take All Three Points in Toronto

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Down Dom Dwyer and Roger Espinoza heading into this weekend's game against Toronto FC, KC was already undermanned, but things got worst during warm ups when Graham Zusi went down with a calf injury that required him to be pulled from the lineup. On top of being down three regular starters was the rest of the lineup featuring Jacob Peterson lined up at center forward and Jimmy Medranda playing at left back for KC.

Sporting Grab All Three in Vancouver

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Sporting KC headed into tonight's game sitting in sixth play in the Western Confernce with 27 points, but with anywhere from three to five games in hand on the five teams in front of them, including the Vancouver Whitecaps. On a weekend where teams in front of them were dropping points, KC picked up ground with a 1-0 win at BC Place.

Sporting Roll Past Dallas

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Sporting KC may have learned a thing or two about playing short handed after all the issues last season and over the past few weeks, because they were firing on all cylinders last night against FC Dallas. They were helped by a first half red card to Dallas' Zach Loyd, but KC completely controlled their Western Conference rival and moved into a tie for second place.

KC Escape Seattle with a Point

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It certainly wasn't pretty, and at times it was down right ugly, but for just the third time in the regular season, Sporting KC picked up points against the Seattle Sounders. With another undermanned line up that saw KC forced to scratch Dom Dwyer during warm ups due to a neck injury KC played an ugly, but walked out of Century Link Field with a point.

Ellis Re-Signed, Carrasco Signed

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As expected (considering Ellis' Tweet and both players' appearances in the preseason video) Sporting KC has re-signed homegrown defender Kevin Ellis and signed midfielder Servando Carrasco. The pair of four year veterans bring KC's total number of players under contract to 25 as the team has kicked off preseason in Arizona.

Ellis Re-Signed?

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Only a few days ago, it sounded like Sporting KC's second home grown player, Kevin Ellis was not going to be returning to Sporting KC in 2015. Sporting and the defender had not come to an agreement on a new contract with the club. And outside of that, Sporting looked like there were ready to move on, drafting three outside backs in the 2015 MLS Superdraft.

Sporting KC Re-Sign Peterson

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Sporting Kansas City announced today that forward, Jacob Peterson had re-signed with the club. Peterson had been out of contract after the 2014 season and had been in negotiations with the club about returning. With those negotiations finalized, that leaves just one player, Kevin Ellis, out of contract that still has an offer on the table from the club.

Sporting's Protected and Exposed List for the Expansion Draft

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With all the changes that Sporting KC has made near the end of the season there wasn't a lot of flexibility with who the team would choose to protect in this year's expansion draft. After the automatic protection of Kevin Ellis, Jon Kempin, Mikey Lopez, and Erik Palmer-Brown, there aren't a lot of players left on KC's roster to choose from.

Sporting KC a Number of Roster Moves

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Sporting Kansas City made their first set of offseason moves today, declining options on six players, announcing four others out of contract, and mutually terminating the contract of Lawrence Olum.

The termination of Olum's contract paves the way for his move to Malaysia that came out yesterday.

Sporting Loss Sees them Drop to the Fifth Seed

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Sporting Kansas City's late season form continued to hurt them on Sunday at home against the New York Red Bulls as Sporting fell 2-0 at home to New York, dropping them from the third seed to the fifth seed, meaning a trip to New York on Thursday in an attempt to make the conference semifinals.

Kansas City came out with some fire looking to strike early.

GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City

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Playing for pride and draft picks.

UNION GAME #33
VS
PPL Park, Chester, PA
October 18, 2014
7:00 PM ET
TCN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas
Know Thy Enemy: The Blue Testament
Starting XI
Brian Brown Forward Soony Saad, Dominic Dwyer, Sal Zizzo

Andrew Wenger, Cristian Maidana, Danny Cruz

Vincent Nogueira, Amobi Okugo

Midfield Benny Feilhaber, Lawrence Olum, Paulo Nagamura
Ray Gaddis, Maurice Edu, Carlos Valdes, Sheanon Williams Defense Seth Sinovic, Kevin Ellis, Aurelien Collin, Igor Juliao
Zac MacMath Goalkeeper Eric Kronberg
Andre Blake, Fabinho, Brian Carroll, Zach Pfeffer, Jimmy McLaughlin, Pedro Ribeiro, Richie Marquez Bench [Players]
Stats (Explained Here)
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GAME THREAD: Sporting Kansas City vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Philadelphia Union hope to continue their 3-match unbeaten streak in MLS play with a huge win on the road at Sporting Kansas City.

UNION GAME #22
VS
Sporting Park, Kansas City, KS
August 1, 2014
8:00 PM ET
NBCSN - Steve Cangialosi and Shep Messing, Reporter: Rob Carlin
Know Thy Enemy: The Blue Testament
Starting XI
Antonio Dovale, Dom Dwyer, Graham Zusi Forward Conor Casey
Jorge Claros, Mikey Lopez, Benny Feilhaber Midfield

Danny Cruz, Vincent Nogueira, Sebastien Le Toux

Brian Carroll, Amobi Okugo

Igor Juliao, Aurelien Collin, Kevin Ellis, Jacob Peterson Defense Ray Gaddis, Maurice Edu, Ethan White, Sheanon Williams
Andy Gruenebaum Goalkeeper Zac MacMath
Jon Kempin, Erik Palmer-Brown, Martin Steuble, C.

Olum Called Up by Kenya

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Sporting KC announced today that Lawrence Olum has been recalled to the Kenyan national team for their upcoming African Cup of Nations qualifier against Lesotho. The game on August 3rd is the second game of their home and away series against Lesotho. Kenya lost the first leg on July 20th 1-0. Meaning they need to win to even have the chance to advance.

Smash and Grab

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It wasn't a pretty game, not even close. Sporting KC, dressing only 16 players for the game, was able to take all three points on the road at Providence Park beating the Portland Timbers 1-0 in a classic smash and grab operation.

Portland had the better of play throughout most of the game.

Sporting Kansas City use physical play & Olum goal to outlast Portland Timbers 1 to 0 at Providence Park

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The Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City met for the second time within the week as the teams resumed the MLS regular season. While Portland won the battle in the U.S. Open Cup midweek with an attacking style and different lineup, they couldn't overcome an overly physical tone set by Sporting and that approach allowed Lawrence Olum's 24th minute goal to hold up under furious pressure from the Timbers offense.

It Wasn't Pretty but Sporting Gets the Job Done

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It wasn't the prettiest games tonight in Houston, but it was arguably one of the guttiest performances of the season by Sporting KC. Already playing with a depleted lineup, KC started the game with their eighth different starting center back partnership against the Houston Dynamo. Then proceeded to have a midfielder go down hurt, lose another player to a red card, and lose two more players to injuries that led KC to use all three subs before the second half had even began.

Sporting Fall Again, Now Winless in Five

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The winless run has hit five games. It's not the team's longest run without a win since they went 10 without a win at the beginning of the 2011 season. This time it was a 1-0 loss to DC United on a goal by Fabian Espindola.

Things started out extremely poorly for Sporting as in just the 9th minute, Aurelien Collin pulled up lame after winning the ball off of Espindola.

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Sporting Sign Three to New Contracts, Lose One in Expansion Draft

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Sporting Kansas City continued their work with their roster ahead of the 2017 MLS season. Today the club announced that they had signed three players to new contracts, but then lost one of those three players in the expansion draft.
First today the club announced that they had agreed to new contracts with homegrown defender Kevin Ellis, back up goalkeeper Alec Kann, and midfielder/defender Jimmy Medranda.

Sporting Sign Three to New Contracts, Lose One in Expansion Draft

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Sporting Kansas City continued their work with their roster ahead of the 2017 MLS season. Today the club announced that they had signed three players to new contracts, but then lost one of those three players in the expansion draft.
First today the club announced that they had agreed to new contracts with homegrown defender Kevin Ellis, back up goalkeeper Alec Kann, and midfielder/defender Jimmy Medranda.

Benny Feilhaber

Sunday After Stats

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Dom Dwyer's goal was his 15th of the season, tying Eddie Johnson in 2007 as the third most in a single season for KC.

Benny Feilhaber's two assists gave him 35 for his career for KC in league play, tying him with Davy Arnaud for 4th all time.

Feilhaber made his 130th start in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with Aurelien Collin for 20th all time on that list.

Fantasy Focus: Just when you think you have all the answers, I change the Kljestans

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Gross

A score of 85 points led this week, as !n It Toux Wynne It crept closer to 2nd place in the table. Benny Feilhaber (SKC, $10.4) wore the armband and scored 18 points over two games with an assist. Bobby Burling (COL, $4.9) scored a goal and 13 points, while the KC duo of Tim Melia ($5.

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Union top Crew, league results, Solo suspended, Pulisic!, more

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Rookies lead the way in win over Crew. Midweek match results. Hope Solo suspended for 6 months. Stoke reportedly wants Christian Pulisic. More.

Notes from camp, Mbolhi on to ACN quarterfinals, Academy callups for US U-18s, big trades, USA-Chile, more

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Notes from Union training camp. Algeria tops Senegal, advances to Africa Cup of Nations knockout round. Academy's Elney and Wilson get US U-18 callup. Tuesday's trades. USA-Chile today. More.

First preseason game announced, on the Academy, Valdes, Sony to end FIFA sponsorship, more

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Union announce preseason game in Jacksonville. On the Union Academy. Millonarios boss acknowledges interest in Valdes and others. More.

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S.A.S. Wednesday After Stats

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Ever Alvarado and Cameron Porter made their first starts for Sporting KC.

Ualefi made his debut for Sporting KC.

Paulo Nagamura has now played 570 minutes in international competitions for KC, putting him into 15th place on that list.

Kevin Ellis has now played 540 minutes in international competitions, tying him with Aurelien Collin and Oriol Rosell for 16th on that list.

S.A.S. Wednesday After Stats

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Amer Didic and Ever Alvarado made their debuts for Sporting KC.

At 33 years, 167 days, Paulo Nagamura moved past Mark Santel and became the 17th oldest player to start a game for Kansas City in all competitions.

Kevin Ellis' goal was his second in international competitions for KC, tying him with Claudio Bieler, Dom Dwyer, Soony Saad, and Onandi Lower for 4th all time on that list.

Youngest/Oldest Goal Scorers for Sporting KC

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More statistics, this time I'm updating my list of the youngest and oldest goal scorers for Kansas City in league play and in all competitions.

In league play, no new players joined the list in 2014. A number of Kansas City's draft picks could join this list should they score in the 2015 season though, so there could be some shake up here.

Chance Myers

Sporting KC Season Preview - Defenders

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Today on the preview of Sporting KC's roster ahead of the 2016 MLS season we'll take a look at the defenders. With today's announcement about the mutual termination of Marcel de Jong's contract there is one fewer defender on the roster for Sporting KC. The loss of de Jong though doesn't appear to be too big as the team is still two deep at each position along the back line at this time.

Season Review - Defenders - Once Again Injuries Plague the Back Line

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Continuing to work up from the back on our review of the Sporting Kansas City season, we reach the defense. You can read my review of the goalkeeper position here. Sporting's defense in 2015 suffered one of the main issues that plagued the team during their 2014 run. Injuries were a big issue for the team with Chance Myers, Ike Opara, and Seth Sinovic, all three considered starters, missed considerable time due to different injuries.

S.A.S. Saturday After Stats

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Benny Feilhaber's two goals gave him 10 on the season, he's the first player since Josh Wolff in 2005 to hit double digits in both goals and assists in league play for KC.

Feilhaber's two goals give him 17 in league play for his KC career, tying him with Eddie Johnson and Jimmy Conrad for 14th all time on that list.

S.A.S. Thursday After Stats

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Benny Feilhaber's goal was his 10th goal in all competitions this season, combined with Dom Dwyer and Krisztian Nemeth, it is the first time in club history that three players have his double digit goals in a season.

Feilhaber's goal was his 18th in all competitions for KC, tying him with Matt McKeon for 16th on that list.

What Happened and Where Do We Go From Here - Defenders

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Yesterday I looked at Sporting KC's goalkeeping play in the 2014 season and what to look ahead to in the 2015 season. Now I'm going to look at Kansas City's defense.

The stories written about Kansas City's 2014 season will always talk about the bulk of injuries that Kansas City suffered through in the 2014 season.

The Rest

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Four men share the lead.

Two teams tied for the high score this round, with Poor Man's Porales and Leister City FC scoring 75 points. Leister City FC featured David Villa (NYC, $11.4) with an armband-aided 20 points on a goal and an assist., followed by Kevin Ellis (SKC, $6.6) who scored a goal on the way to 9 points, and Matt Miazga (NYR, $6.

With the 12th Pick Sporting KC Select

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Saad Abdul-Salaam. From the University of Akron. The kid is big for an outside back at 6'3" and plays mainly on the right hand side. With Chance Myers coming off his injury and the return of Kevin Ellis and Igor Juliao still in question this is a smart pick.