THE BASICSKickoff is 6 p.m. from Empire Field in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. WHERE CAN I FIND KSMO-TV?
Time Warner: 10/1471 HD || Comcast: 10/231 HD || AT U-Verse: 62/1062 HD || DirecTV: 62/
THREE QUESTIONS FOR SKC?1. Who’s replacing Omar?
I think we’ll see CJ Sapong and Kei Kamara joined by Teal Bunbury up top. Which is a very young, very athletic, very flexible front four. But none of them have the experience of Omar Bravo. 2. What’s the defense going to look like?
The team is sorta healthy, but not completely. Roger Espinoza and Matt Besler are certainly starters (and in their normal positions). Is Julio Cesar fit enough to start centrally? Or does Shavar Thomas get his first start this season for Sporting KC? And, will Luke Sassano or Michael Harrington get the nod at rightback. 3. How much can Teal Bunbury and Michael Harrington play?
The sooner they are 90-minutes fit, the better.
FACT!Sporting Kansas City have scored a league-high five goals (along with Real Salt Lake). However... Sporting KC have allowed a league-high 5 goals (which is tied with Los Angeles and Portland).
VANCOUVER SCOUTING REPORTThe ‘Caps press the ball and like to play open soccer out of a 4-4-2. Vancouver has its own selection issues with two promising youngsters Omar Salgado and Russell Teibert are both away for international duty. The ‘Caps best scoring threat is designated player Eric Hassli, who is suspended for this game. The creative force is Davide Chiumiento, who is nursing a hamstring issue. The speed of Atiba Harris could be an issue for slow-footed defenders like Shavar Thomas. Joe Cannon is a dependable goalkeeper, who KC fans should know well from his days with San Jose. U.S. defender Jay DeMerit picked up a groin injury on international leave and is questionable today. The most familiar face today should be Jonathan Leathers, who spent three seasons in Kansas City has a reserve defender. He starts at rightback for Vancouver.
HISTORY VS. VANCOUVERThere is none. However, in the 1968 North American Soccer League, the short-lived Vancouver Royals played Kansas City Spurs three times.
INJURY REPORTVANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC -- OUT: MF Michael Nanchoff (groin strain); QUESTIONABLE: MF Davide Chiumiento (R hamstring strain); GK Jay Nolly (L shoulder sprain); MF Shea Salinas (R knee sprain); MF John Thorrington (R quad strain) SPORTING KANSAS CITY -- OUT: MF Ryan Smith (L knee inflamation); FW Konrad Warzycha (R knee surgery); QUESTIONABLE: DF Julio Cesar (R lower leg laceration); PROBABLE: MF Luke Sassano (R ankle sprain); DF Michael Harrington (L groin strain); GK Jon Kempin (R quadricep strain)
SUSPENSIONS/INTERNATIONAL ABSENCESSUSPENDED -- VAN: Eric Hassli (through April 3) KC: Omar Bravo (through April 3) INTERNATIONAL ABSENCE: VAN -- Russell Teibert (Canada U-20); Omar Salgado (USA U-20)
REFEREE:Silviu Petrescu. In 27 MLS games, has issued 29.2 fouls per game, 4.0 yellow cards per game, 5 red cards and 4 penalties.
Nielsen-Sassano-Thomas-Besler-Espinoza-Auvray-Arnaud-Stojcev-Bunbury-Sapong-Kamara SUBS: Kronberg-Harrington-Lorenz-Cesar-Rocastle-Zusi-Diop