Fire v Sporting KC match preview

The Fire appear to be catching Sporting Kansas City at a good time. The defending MLS Cup champions will be missing several important players due to international call-up and various injuries. Last year's defender of the year Matt Besler and Graham Zusi (the key to SKC's attack) are both away with the USMNT in preparation for the World Cup. Center back Aurelien Collin injured his hamstring on Wednesday and is expected to miss the match. Making matters worse for Peter Vermes, Collin's replacement Lawrence Olum was called up by Kenya on Thursday ruling him out of this game.

Vermes could be forced to go with 17 year home grown center back Erik Palmer-Brown in his MLS debut but he is also listed as questionable in Sporting's latest injury report. The choices at center back are limited from there with right back Chance Myers and Uri Rosell as potential candidates. Myers is coming off of an injury and Rosell is also listed as questionable.

Frank Yallop will have most of his attacking options at his disposal with Alex and Dilly Duka available for selection after recovering from injuries of their own. One player who won't be in the 18 is Bakary Soumare. Yallop ruled him out for this match during an interview on Fire Weekly this morning.

Projected line ups

Fire

Johnson; Cochrane, Iannni, Hurtado, Palmer; Shipp, Larentowicz, Joya, Nyarko; Magee, Amarikwa

Top subs: Segares, Duka, Alex, Anangono

Sporting KC

Kronberg; Sinovic, Palmer-Brown, Myers, Juliao; Nagamura, Rosell, Feilhaber; Zizzo, Dwyer, Sapong

Top subs: Bieler, Martinez, Saad

Yallop noted that Segares is still experiencing soreness in his ankle which probably means that Greg Cochrane will continue to start although his last two outings have been less than stellar.

Vermes started 19 year Brazilian right back Igor Juliao on Wednesday night in Philadelphia. He didn't do badly and the back line shuffle will probably see him in the line up again. SKC will have their hands full with Shipp and Nyarko on the outside and Magee and Amarikwa working against potentially inexperienced half backs.

The combinations for SKC will be interesting depending on who is available at kick off.

Injury report

Fire

QUESTIONABLE: Bakary Soumare (L calf tightness)

SKC

OUT: Jacob Peterson (illness), Ike Opara (R ankle surgery); QUESTIONABLE: CJ Sapong (neck strain), Aurelien Collin (R hamstring strain), Erik Palmer-Brown (sesamoiditis R foot), Uri Rosell (R quad strain)

Referee

David Gantar

Prediction

This seems too easy, right?

The Fire need to press early and grab the lead to avoid the trap.

Fire 2 Sporting KC 1

The rest of the league

Toronto FC 2 New York 2

Philadelphia 1 New England 2

DC United 1 Montreal 0

FC Dallas 3 Chivas USA 2

Houston 1 Los Angeles 1

Real Salt Lake 2 Colorado 0

Seattle 2 San Jose 1

Portland 2 Columbus 0

Record 35 of 93

US Open Cup round 4

The Fire will face either local amateur club RWB Adria or Collins John and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in round 4 of this year's US Open Cup tournament. The match will take place at Toyota Park on either June 11 or June 18 depending on the winner of the third round game.

Jeff Crandall breaks down the draw process here.

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  • Tor-NY Tie
    Phi-NE NE
    DC-Mon DC
    Hou-LA tie
    Dal-Chv Chv
    RSL-Col RSL
    Sea-SJ Sea
    Por-Clb Tie
    Chi-KC Chi

  • Starting line ups

    Fire

    GK Johnson
    D Palmer, Hurtado, Ianni, Cochrane
    M Nyarko, Larentowicz, Joya, Shipp
    F Magee, Amarikwa

    bench: Reynish, Kinney, Segares, Duka, Pause, Watson, Anangono

    SKC

    GK Kronberg
    D Sinovic, Palmer-Brown, Myers
    M Feilhaber, Nagamura, Dovale, Peterson, Juliao
    F Bieler, Dwyer

    bench: Gruenebaum, Ellis, Martinez, Munoz, Saad, Sapong, Zizzo

  • shipp and amerikwa - those two have been the highlights of the Fire this season

  • I will bet we don't see Baky in a Fire uniform again. Just a gut feeling, but you know, I'm ok with that. Just wondering who they will bring in his stead. Any whispers?

  • In reply to FireRog:

    Not to fuel any rumor-mill fires, there was a defender from a certain EPL team that was close to coming to the Fire last year and would give us another reason to play Duran Duran at Toyota Park:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2545833/Manchester-Uniteds-Rio-Ferdinand-offered-chance-career-swansong-MLS-contract-end-season.html

  • In reply to c0quito18:

    Ferdinand was never close to coming to the Fire last year. Don't believe everything you read on the internet. ;)

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    Is Soumare actually injured, or just in the doghouse? I know last week he left practice due to migraines, but the timing seems odd coming right after a few performances and some thinly-veiled public criticism from Yallop. Has Baky had a documented history of migraines, or did this just happen to pop up at an oddly convenient time?

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