One more week until Sporting Kansas City's big game

11/15/2013 9:54 AM

11/15/2013 9:54 AM

It's been a quiet bye week here in Kansas City, with the biggest game of the year still 8 days away.

While the rest has probably been good for the Sporting Kansas City and Houston Dynamo players (many played over 200 minutes in a three-day span), it's been a slow, tense week for fans. I've probably fielded the question "What's with this awkward break"? at least three dozen times. (Most of these have come from people I wouldn't identify as soccer fans, but are interested.)

News out of the Sporting KC camp has been mostly positive. The two-week break has allowed several key players to rest and, according to

The Star's Sam McDowell

, Lawrence Olum might return to the practice field next week despite a displaced fracture in his leg. He hopes to be fit in time for next Saturday! (The injury was suffered in the first leg of the New England series.)

The news on ailing midfielder Peterson Joseph isn't so great. Two weeks after briefly passing out during training,

Steve Brisendine at MLSsoccer.com

reports that the team is still awaiting test results. Until those results are in, Peter Vermes said that Joseph "will not set foot on the field."

On the Dynamo side, key players Will Bruin (undisclosed) and Ricardo Clark ("left leg" injury) were both

absent from a Wednesday training session this week

.

Here are a few other notes to get you through the Sporting-less weekend.

Graham Zuis's "shroos" (part shot, part cross) against the Chicago Fire earlier this year has reached

the semifinals of the MLS Goal of the Year competition

. Give it a vote.

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