Defender Aurelien Collin will miss Sporting Kansas City’s next game, a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday against Toronto FC at Livestrong Sporting Park, after picking up his sixth yellow card of the season.
Collin, 26, also missed the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final after racking up too many yellow cards during tournament play. He led Sporting KC with 10 yellow cards in 2011, his first season with the club.
Collin drew the caution in a 35th-minute collision with New York Red Bulls defender Heath Pearce near the top of the visitor’s penalty box, leaping for a 50/50 ball.
All things being equal, Sporting KC probably would prefer to lose a starting center back against a Toronto FC team it just played (and shut out) as opposed to its next games — versus Houston on Sept. 14 or at Montreal Sept. 22.
• Roger Espinoza went to high school in Aurora, Colo., outside Denver after immigrating from Honduras at age 12, so when a gunman went on a rampage July 19 during the midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” the news shocked Espinoza.
“I used to go to that movie theater when I was little,” he said. “I was in France when I heard about the shootings in Aurora getting ready for the Olympics. I couldn’t believe it, because I used to go there all the time with my dad. It’s was tough to hear that, and obviously I was hoping nobody I knew had been hurt.”
Espinoza, who graduated from Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, is grateful that none of his family or friends were among the 70 wounded or killed in the attack.
• It was 15 years ago Tuesday that Sporting KC set a club record with its seventh consecutive win, a 1-0 victory against the Colorado Rapids at Arrowhead Stadium.
Preki scored the game’s only goal for the then-Wizards, who won three games in that span via shootout. Sporting KC matched the record at the beginning the 2012 season.
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