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Sporting KC Hits The Road To Face The Chicago Fire On Sunday

Posted: 5:55 PM Jul 5, 2013
Reporter: Sporting, posted by Kinch O'Kelley

(July 5, 2013) - Sporting Kansas City is headed to Bridgeview, IL this weekend as they take on the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park on Sunday.

The match will be nationally televised on ESPN with kickoff scheduled for 2 p.m. CT. Sunday's match can also be heard locally on Sports Radio 810 WHB.

Sporting Kansas City and the Chicago Fire meet three times during the 2013 MLS regular season. The first match ended in a 0-0 draw at Sporting Park in Sporting Kansas City's home opener on March 16.
The Chicago Fire have won their last five matches in all-competitions including a defeat of Sporting KC USL-PRO affiliate club, Orlando City SC in the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Sunday's match features two of the Leagues top goalscorers in the Chicago Fire's Mike Magee and Sporting Kansas City's Claudio Bieler. Magee has scored four goals in Chicago's last five matches and added two assists since joining the Fire on May 25. Bieler has scored eight goals this season, fifth best in the League.

Sporting Kansas City has lost only one time in the club's last seven MLS matches and are coming off a 1-1 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps on Wednesday. Aurelien Collin opened the scoring in the 35th minute moving Sporting KC's record when the Frenchman scores to 8-0-2 all-time.

Wednesday's midweek matchup marked the 25th consecutive sellout at Sporting Park. More than 300 Sporting KC supporters will be in attendance for Sunday's match at Chicago.

At halftime of the match on Sunday, Major League Soccer will announce 10 of the XI players selected via fan vote for the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. The ten players announced will have earned the most fan votes from a combination of text, online and Twitter.

The Chicago Fire will be without goalkeeper Sean Johnson, who is with the United States Men's National Team in preparation for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Logan Pause (SI Dysfunction) and Steven Kinney (Right Quad Strain) will not be available due to injury.

Sporting KC's Mechack Jerome and Peterson Joseph are with Haiti preparing for CONCACAF Gold Cup action, as well. Paulo Nagamura is recovering from a left ankle sprain and will also miss the match.
Fans are encouraged to attend the official watch party for the match to be held at Johnny's Tavern on 95th and Antioch. Doors will open at 12 p.m. CT and the viewing party will feature food and drink specials including $3 Shellback Silver and Spiced Rum drinks, $3 New Amsterdam Vodka cocktails and 18-inch specialty pizza's for $12.
Sporting KC supporters can find in-game updates at SportingKC.com/GameOn and by following @SKCGameday on Twitter.
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