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Kansas City holds off San Jose, 2-1

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on May 27, 2012 at 11:19 am with No Comments »
May 27, 2012 4:06 pm

Final: Kansas City beat San Jose, 2-1, leaving the Quakes at 27 points in the MLS standings, three ahead of Seattle.

Pregame: Another interesting MLS match will be broadcast at 1:30 p.m. today on NBCSN, as San Jose visits Sporting Kansas City.

As you can see, the Earthquakes open the day three points ahead of Seattle in the Western Conference standings. After its fast start, Sporting is in third place in the East at 7-3-1.

Here’s a game-day preview from MLSsoccer.com, which will be updated as the game moves along.

Here’s part of a preview from SKC:

Sunday’s match marks the only meeting of the season between Sporting Kansas City and San Jose, with the Western Conference visitors holding a one-game lead in the all-time series (20-19-7). However, Sporting Kansas City have won their last eight home games against the Earthquakes in all competition and are 15-7-1 at home in the regular season all-time series.

Sporting Kansas City enters the contest after snapping a three-game losing streak with 2-2 draw at the Colorado Rapids last week. Forward Teal Bunbury, making his first start since the season opener, scored twice in the game’s opening 14 minutes for his fourth career multi-goal game in MLS play.

The home side will be bolstered by the return of midfielders Roger Espinoza, who served a one-game suspension for a red card received at Chicago, and Graham Zusi, who spent the week with the U.S. Men’s National Team at their training camp in Orlando.

San Jose is coming off a dramatic 3-2 comeback victory at the LA Galaxy on Wednesday that pushed the club into first place in the West. Manager Frank Yallop’s team leads the League in goals (26), assists (28), shots (204) and shots on goal (71).

The Earthquakes will be without forward Chris Wondolowski, the League’s leading scorer this season and each of the last two years, due to international duty and will also be missing forward Steven Lenhart while he serves a mandatory one-game suspension for caution accumulation.

In their absence, forward Alan Gordon is expected to step in and will look to extend his recent run of form with goals in each of his past three appearances.

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