WHEN/WHERE: 10 p.m. Friday; at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.
TV/RADIO: KMCI-TV (Ch. 38), UniMas; KDTD (1340 AM)
ABOUT SPORTING KC (9-3-6, 33 points): The club sits in fourth place in the Western Conference, but it can move into first with its third road victory of the season. Sporting KC is on a three-match winning streak, but it will be working against tired legs, playing its third match in seven days. Graham Zusi remains with the U.S. national team through Saturday.
ABOUT REAL SALT LAKE (6-7-8, 26 points): The team has won only one match since June 21, but it remains a formidable opponent inside Rio Tinto Stadium, where it has lost only once in 11 matches this season. It will have a shorthanded lineup Friday. Defensive midfielder Kyle Beckerman and goalkeeper Nick Rimando are with the U.S. national team, and Demar Phillips is away with the Jamaican national team for the Gold Cup final.
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BOTTOM LINE: The 2013 MLS Cup finalists are meeting for the third time this season. They played to a scoreless draw in April before Real Salt Lake dealt Sporting KC one of its three losses in a heated match last month, courtesy of an extra-time goal.
PREDICTION: Sporting KC 2, Real Salt Lake 1