WHEN/WHERE: 6 p.m. Saturday; Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, Pa.
TV/RADIO: KMCI-TV (Ch. 38); WHB (810 AM), KDTD (1340 AM)
ABOUT SPORTING KC (11-11-5, 38 points): The club will end its stretch of five matches in 15 days — four of them on the road — when it visits the Union on Saturday. It made a 3,000-mile trek to Pennsylvania after losing at Vancouver in the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday. Sporting KC is winless over its past 11 MLS road matches and will have a shorthanded lineup, with goalkeeper Tim Melia, center back Nuno Coelho, defender Lawrence Olum, defender Kevin Ellis, fullback Chance Myers, fullback Seth Sinovic and winger Justin Mapp out. Central defender Ike Opara is questionable. Sporting KC enters the weekend in fifth place in the Western Conference standings. The top six teams will make the postseason.
ABOUT PHILADELPHIA (10-9-7, 37 points): The Union is coming off a 2-1 midweek victory against the Columbus Crew on Wednesday, a match in which it equaled last season's point total with eight games left in the regular season. The team averages 1.73 goals per game, tied for the best in MLS. Three players have scored at least seven goals this year, with former Sporting KC forward C.J. Sapong accounting for seven of those.
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BOTTOM LINE: The two teams will meet for the first time since Sporting KC defeated Philadelphia last September in the U.S. Open Cup championship.
PREDICTION: Sporting KC 1, Philadelphia 1