WHEN/WHERE: 8 p.m. Sunday; at BC Place, Vancouver
TV/RADIO: KMCI-TV (Ch. 38); WHB (810 AM), KDTD (1340 AM)
ABOUT SPORTING KC (7-3-6, 27 points): While the club is in sixth place in the Western Conference with 27 points, it actually leads MLS in points per match. It has played at least two fewer games than all five teams it trails in the standings. ... Graham Zusi and Marcel de Jong will miss the match as they continue Gold Cup stints with their respective national teams. Zusi played the full 90 minutes in the U.S. men's national team's win against Haiti on Friday. ... Defender Jalil Anibaba is set to miss six weeks with a quadriceps strain. Seth Sinovic remains out with a concussion. Midfielder Paulo Nagamura (back) and forward Jacob Peterson (ankle) are likely to be available.
ABOUT VANCOUVER (10-7-2, 32 points): The club is tied with Seattle for first place in the Western Conference, even though it's coming off a five-game road swing. It has not played a home match since May 30. ... Russell Teibert and Darren Mattocks will miss the match with Gold Cup duty. ... Octavio Rivero leads Vancouver with seven goals.
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BOTTOM LINE: Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes referred to Vancouver as the toughest team in MLS over the first half of the season. Only one player on the Sporting KC roster (Servando Carrasco) has scored a regular season goal against Vancouver, which leads MLS with eight one-goal victories this season.
PREDICTION: Vancouver 2, Sporting KC 1