WHEN/WHERE: 6 p.m. today; at Children's Mercy Park
TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1; WHB (810 AM), KDTD (1340 AM)
ABOUT COLUMBUS CREW (3-5-7, 16 points): The club traded former Sporting KC forward Kei Kamara to New England in May, preventing Kamara from making a return to Children's Mercy Park this season. Columbus has not found the same form that led it to an appearance in the Major League Soccer Cup last season. Much of that has been caused by an inability to perform on the road. It is winless in eight road games this season and ranks last in the MLS in goals per road game.
ABOUT SPORTING KC (6-8-4, 22 points): After five weeks with the United States men's national team, Matt Besler and Graham Zusi are available for their first MLS action since May. They featured in the club's loss in Houston in the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday. Defender Nuno Coelho will likely miss his fifth straight MLS match with a leg muscle strain. Sporting KC has allowed the second fewest goals per match in the league.
BOTTOM LINE: Sporting KC has owned the series between the two clubs recently, posting a 5-1-1 in the last seven matchups.
PREDICTION: Sporting KC 2, Columbus 1