The Full 90

Three-minute preview: Sporting Kansas City at New England Revolution

Winger Graham Zusi, who has been out since Aug. 27 because of a calf strain, will be available to Sporting KC for Saturday’s game at New England.
Winger Graham Zusi, who has been out since Aug. 27 because of a calf strain, will be available to Sporting KC for Saturday’s game at New England. along@kcstar.com

WHEN/WHERE: 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Mass.

TV/RADIO: KMCI (Ch. 38); KCTE (99.3 FM, 1510 AM), KDTD (1340 AM)

ABOUT SPORTING KC (12-12-7, 43 points): The club ended a 12-game road winless streak with last weekend’s 2-1 victory in San Jose. With three matches left, Sporting KC enters weekend play occupying the fifth of six playoff positions in the Western Conference. It is two points ahead of seventh-place Portland. Sporting KC will have winger Graham Zusi available for the first time since Aug. 27. Zusi has been sidelined because of a calf strain. The teams remains without central defender Lawrence Olum, winger Justin Mapp and defender Chance Myers due to injuries.

ABOUT NEW ENGLAND (9-13-9, 36 points): The Revolution is four points shy of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with only three matches remaining. It has come on stronger a bit of late with three victories over its last four matches. Since being traded to New England in May, former Sporting KC forward Kei Kamara has just one goal in eight MLS appearances.

BOTTOM LINE: The scenario doesn’t bode well for a high-scoring match. New England is third-to-last in MLS in scoring this season, and Sporting KC has netted only 11 goals in its 15 road matches.

PREDICTION: Sporting KC 1, New England 1

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