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Sporting Kansas City Game Notes | June 29th, 2012 vs Chicago Fire | www.SportingKC.com

Sporting Kansas City News, Notes and headlines Results | Sporting Kansas City currently sit in third place of the Eastern Conference with a record of 9-4-2 (29 points) one point behind D.C. United and New York Red Bulls. The team had a historic start to 2012, garnering seven straight wins to begin the season. However, Kansas City experienced a slight decrease in their momentum losing three games in a row before earning a draw against Western Conference foe Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The momentum was back in Kansas City’s favor as the team won two Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup games against Orlando City SC and Colorado Rapids and added two MLS victories against the San Jose Earthquakes and Toronto FC. Sporting KC then went on the road and earned a tie at CenturyLink Field against Western Conference foe Seattle Sounders. The club has nine wins this season after just 15 matches. It took them 25 games in 2011 until they got their ninth win on August 21, 2011. However, in their most recent MLS match Sporting Kansas City weren’t so fortunate, suffering a 4-0 defeat to the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. The club recovered quickly when they returned to LIVESTRONG Sporting Park to face the Dayton Dutch Lions in Open Cup competition, earning a 3-0 victory on Tuesday. Physical Play | Sporting Kansas City has received a red card in the last three consecutive matches against Chicago Fire, which brings the club’s total to 10 in the series, most of any MLS opponent. In addition to the red card received by Roger Espinoza in the two teams last meeting, six yellow cards were distributed in the match. The following day in Reserve League action, two soft red cards were issued and an additional seven yellow cards. 22 Days | Sporting Kansas City is in the midst of a seven-game stretch in just 22 days. The club plays six MLS games in the span and one Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarter final. In this stretch Sporting Kansas City’s depth has been tested significantly especially in their 1-1 draw at CenturyLink Field against Seattle Sounders FC when Vermes started a line-up comprised of many new faces in efforts to rest some bodies. Six for All-Star | Sporting KC has six players up for the AT&T MLS All-Star Game of 2012. Nominated players are goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, defender Aurelien Collin, midfielders Roger Espinoza and

Graham Zusi, and forwards Kei Kamara and C.J. Sapong. Fan voting continues until Monday, July 2nd online at www.MLSsoccer.com and also by texting the player’s last name to 22442. Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup | Sporting Kansas City advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup after garnering victories against Orlando City SC and the Colorado Rapids in the third and fourth rounds respectively. Sporting KC hosted Orlando City SC at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park on May 29th earning the 3-2 victory on a goal from Paulo Nagamura followed by two more from Michigan native Soony Saad. A week later Kansas City was home again in the fortress that is LIVESTRONG Sporting Park as they defeated a familiar MLS foe, the Colorado Rapids 2-0. Sporting KC defender Aurelien Collin was able to get on the end of a Graham Zusi free kick. Collin’s header was initially blocked by Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens, but his slight touch only guided the ball into the post before bouncing off the back of his head and into the back of the net to give Sporting KC the 1-0 lead. Teal Bunbury added an insurance goal in the 79th minute to boost Sporting KC’s lead to two, where it would stand at the final whistle. The quarterfinals were held on June 26th against the Dayton Dutch Lions at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Sporting Kansas City earned the early lead when C.J. Sapong was able to redirect a shot by Seth Sinovic. The scoring continued early in the second half when Graham Zusi hammered a shot from 20 yards out to beat Dayton goalkeeper Matt Williams. It was Sapong again on the third tally as he headed home a Soony Saad corner kick. With the win, Sporting Kansas City advance to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinals and will face the Philadelphia Union on July 11th at PPL Park.

2012 Major Events at Livestrong sporting park

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International Friendly: Montpellier HSC (July 24, 2012) International Friendly: Stoke City FC (August 1, 2012) Concert: Journey with Pat Benatar (August 31, 2012) Concert: Y’allapalooza (September 8, 2012) World Cup Qualifier: USMNT versus Guatemala (October 16, 2012)

CONSTRUCTING SPORTING KANSAS CITY YEAR MLS SUPERDRAFT 2006 Eric Kronberg (40th)

MLS SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT

SIGNINGS

TRADES

HOMEGROWN MLS LOTTERY PLAYERS DRAFT

2007 Michael Harrington (3rd) 2008 Chance Myers (1st) Roger Espinoza (11th) 2009 Matt Besler (8th) Graham Zusi (23rd) 2010 Teal Bunbury (10th) 2011 C.J. Sapong (10th) Konrad Warzycha (46th)

2012 Dom Dwyer (16th) Cyprian Hedrick (30th)

Kei Kamara (Sept. 15 from HOU) Korede Aiyegbusi (20th)

Jimmy Nielsen (Feb. 15)

Luke Sassano (Dec. 15 from LA) Julio Cesar (Mar. 14) Seth Sinovic (Nov. 28 Aurelien Collin from MON, originally (Apr. 15) signed on May 10) Peterson Joseph (Sept. 1) Paulo Nagamura (Nov. Lawrence Olum 29 from CHV) (Sept. 15) Bobby Convey (Dec. 2 from SJ)

Shawn Singh (16th) Jacob Peterson Kyle Miller (54th) (Jan. 19)

Michael Thomas (Jan. 18 from SJ)

Jon Kempin (Aug. 31) Kevin Ellis Soony Saad (Feb. 18) (Jul 5, MLS Lottery Draft)

Chicago vs. Sporting KC  
Chicago vs. Sporting KC  

Chicago vs. Sporting KC

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