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Sporting notebook: Sinovic injures other hand

Sinovic injures other hand

If it weren’t for bad luck, well, you know the rest.

Sporting KC starting defender Seth Sinovic, who already was playing with a cast on his right hand after breaking it last month in Portland, left Sunday’s game early after slicing his left hand open.

“I can’t remember the last time I missed a practice, let alone a game up until the hamstring last year,” Sinovic said. “It’s unfortunate, but it can always be worse.”

Jockeying with San Jose midfielder Brad Ring for a ball approaching the end line, Sinovic tumbled over the LED boards that ring the field and gashed his hand on the metal support brace behind the advertising boards.

“It was a bad touch by me, so it was my fault,” Sinovic said. “If I had played it better, it wouldn’t have happened.”

The wound, which runs from the inside of his thumb diagonal across the bottom of his palm, required 20 stitches to close, leaving Sinovic with two heavily bandages hands.

“He doesn’t need his hands in soccer, so that’s a good thing,” fellow defender Chance Myers said.

Michael Harrington, who started two games at left back in place of Sinovic after he broke his hand against Portland, came on in the 23rd minute.

• Kei Kamara and Roger Espinoza definitely won’t be available Tuesday for Sporting KC’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup opener at 7:30 p.m. against Orlando City SC at Livestrong Sporting Park.

“It’s better when you can leave like this on a win,” said Kamara, who is set to join the Sierra Leone national team for World Cup qualifying. “I have maybe a 64-hour flight, so I won’t be that sad on the plane. I get to travel over there with a little bit of a smile on my face.”

Meanwhile, Espinoza flew to Dallas this morning to meet the Honduran national team in Dallas for training camp.

“Every time I get called up, I get very excited,” Espinoza said. “It’s very special every time. You feel the pressure through the people, because you want to win and make your country happy.”

• Every home match, Sporting KC honors a military family with a serviceman or servicewoman currently deployed overseas.

For the Memorial Day weekend battle against San Jose, the Cope family from Pittsburg, Kan., was honored.

U.S. Army National Guard Sgt. Steven Cope, who currently is deployed in Afghanistan, was recognized, and his wife, Lacy, and daughter, Katelyn, were cheered on the field before the game.

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