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Sporting Kansas City plays the New York Red Bulls in the club’s regular season finale on Sunday night at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

Although both teams have clinched a berth in the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs, the Eastern Conference clash will play a crucial role in determining playoff seeding. The match will be nationally broadcast on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes beginning at 7:30 p.m.

A limited number of tickets may be available and may be purchased at or at the stadium box office on game day.

Sporting KC is currently in third place in the Eastern Conference, tied with the Columbus Crew and two points ahead of the Red Bulls.

With a win on Sunday, Sporting KC would clinch the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference and would avoid the one-game Knockout Round.

If Sporting KC draws or loses on Sunday, it would finish in fourth or fifth in the Eastern Conference, depending on the result of Columbus’ weekend match against the Philadelphia Union.

Sunday’s match features a pair of British strikers who are leading Major League Soccer in goals scored. New York Red Bulls striker Bradley Wright-Phillips has scored 25 goals during the 2014 regular season, while Sporting KC’s Dom Dwyer has scored 22.

Sporting KC and New York have met twice in 2014 and Wright-Phillips has scored a goal on both occasions including the game-tying goal in a 1-1 draw at Sporting Park on May 27. The Red Bulls secured a 2-1 victory at Red Bull Arena on September 6 with Dwyer providing the lone goal for the visitors.

World Cup veteran Graham Zusi will be available for selection by manager Peter Vermes on Sunday after missing Sporting KC’s Thursday night CONCACAF Champions League match against Deportivo Saprissa due to caution accumulation. Zusi has five assists in nine MLS regular season games against New York and has registered at least one assist against the Red Bulls in each of the last four seasons.

Since Kansas City’s MLS Cup winning campaign in 2000, Sporting KC is 8-1-5 in regular season finales and 10-1-3 in home finales. The New York Red Bulls delivered the lone defeat at the end of 2006, a result that eliminated Sporting KC from playoff contention.

New York has the third-fewest road wins in MLS (2-7-7 overall) but lead the Eastern Conference in goals (53) and assists (53). Sporting KC leads the Eastern Conference in fewest shots faced per game in MLS (10.2).

Fans are encouraged to arrive to the stadium early on Sunday. Posters will be given away, honoring Dwyer’s record-breaking goal-scoring campaign, to the first 500 supporters who visit the Blue KC table on the Sprint Plaza. The first 100 fans to claim their posters will get access to a postgame autograph session with Dwyer.

Sporting KC supporters can find in-game updates at or by following @SKCGameday on Twitter.
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Lana Calhoun of the Turner area of Kansas City, Kan., right, showed her photo identification before casting an advance vote this morning at the Election Office, 850 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Lana Calhoun of the Turner area of Kansas City, Kan., right, showed her photo identification before casting an advance vote this morning at the Election Office, 850 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

by Mary Rupert
About 49 people had voted by noon Saturday at the downtown Election Office, casting advance ballots for the general election, according to Wyandotte County Election Commissioner Bruce Newby.

He said more than 200 people voted this morning at the satellite voting site at the Kansas Speedway near 110th and I-70 in Wyandotte County.

There were no lines at the downtown Election Office at 850 State Ave. at midday today, as advance voting expanded to include Saturday hours. Two persons were waiting outside when the doors opened, election workers said. The two voting sites will be open through 3 p.m. today.

The downtown Election Office has been open for advance voting since Tuesday. So far, there have been 691 advance votes cast at the downtown office, he added.

By mail, 4,702 advance ballots have been sent out so far, and 2,163 have already been returned, Newby said.

The two advance voting sites also will be open during weekdays before the election. For the schedule, see the link below.

Newby said he expected voter turnout for the Nov. 4 election to be characteristic of a midterm election. The last two midterm elections were 39.4 percent and 39.9 percent, he said, so his prediction for this election is 40 percent, plus or minus 2 percent.

He’d like to see a higher turnout. “Voters can prove me wrong, and they’re more than welcome to do that,” he said.

Newby said the numbers of people who use the two voting sites for advance voting will be counted, and because of the cost of staffing the office, usage will determine whether it will be offered in the future.

Sen. David Haley, D-4th Dist., who stopped by the Election Office today, said that there are plans to hold a “Get Out the Vote” rally in the downtown area near the Brotherhood Bank parking lot next Saturday. Sen. Haley added there were some things about current elections that he didn’t like, such as more screening of the voters through proving citizenship and showing identification, but he liked the Saturday advance voting hours.

For an earlier story on advance voting and the hours it is available, see

State Sen. David Haley, D-4th Dist., left, chatted with Election Commissioner Bruce Newby this morning at the Election Office, 850 State Ave. (Staff photo)
State Sen. David Haley, D-4th Dist., left, chatted with Election Commissioner Bruce Newby this morning at the Election Office, 850 State Ave. (Staff photo)

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Catholic Cemeteries of Northeast Kansas will hold special All Souls and Memorial Masses in three of its cemeteries, Saturday, Nov. 8. The Masses commemorate persons who have died in recent months and are buried in the Catholic cemeteries. The observance also gives area Catholics the opportunity to remember their faithful departed family members and friends. Persons are invited to attend the Masses. In Wyandotte County, a Mass will be 9 a.m. Nov. 8 at Holy Redeemer Mausoleum Chapel at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 126th and Parallel, Kansas City, Kan., remembering persons buried between July 14 through Oct. 12.

On Friday, Oct. 31, Friends of Yates, Inc. will hold its 14th Annual Faith Luncheon and Awards Ceremony in observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This event will be held at the Friends of Yates Center located at 1418 Garfield Ave, Kansas City, Kan., from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Special guests will include representatives from the office of the U.S. attorney, district of Kansas, the Kansas City, Kan., Police Department, the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence, the Kansas Governor’s Grants Program along with many other notable officials and advocates who work daily to eradicate domestic violence. To make reservations for the event, contact the Administrative Office at 913-321-1566 by Monday, Oct, 27.

Grinter Chapel United Methodist Church, 7819 Swartz Road, will hold its annual chili dinner – vegetable soup dinner with dessert and drink from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 25. A silent auction, bazaar and bake sale will be included. There will be a donation for the dinner of $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Hot dogs will be available.

“Scripture Study, Bible Sharing and Reflection, Lectio and Journaling,” a regular weekly series facilitated by pastoral minister, Heather Neds, is offered at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesdays. This weekly Bible study group is based on the upcoming scripture readings from the Common Lectionary. There will be time for reflection, sharing and journaling. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will offer “Holy Woman, The Salvadoran Martyrs,” presented by Sister Loretta McGuire, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13. Call 913-906-8990 to register.

Living Water United Methodist Church, 3001 N. 115th St., will hold its annual Trunk or Treat event from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. Activities include trunk or treat, games, hot dogs, s’mores, hayrack rides and more. The community is invited. In case of rain, activities will be moved indoors.

The Kansas City, Kan., Community Orchestra will perform its annual Fall Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, at London Heights Baptist Church, 734 N. 78th St., Kansas City, Kan. The public is invited to attend the family concert. Composers to be featured in the concert include Mozart, Handel, DeBussy and Sibelius.

The 40th annual Wyandotte County Mayors’ Prayer Breakfast will be held Friday, Nov. 7. The cost is $20 per person. Seating begins at 6:45 a.m. and program begins at 7 a.m. This year’s Master of Ceremonies is Superintendent Cindy Lane, superintendent of the Kansas City, Kan., Public School District. All three Wyandotte County mayors are a part of the program along with the featured speaker U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, discussing the importance of faith in the community, and other faith leaders. Tickets are available for purchase at the chamber office, 727 Minnesota Ave. or at the Bonner Springs City Hall, 205 E. Second St. For information, email

Persons of all Christian traditions are invited to participate in Taizé prayer at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in Annunciation Chapel on the campus of the Mother House of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, 4200 S. 4th St., Leavenworth, Kan. Taizé prayer is a meditative, candlelit service that includes simple chants sung repeatedly, silence, and prayers of praise and intercession. These prayer services emerged from an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France. For more information, visit or call 913-680-2342.

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th St., will hold a congregational meeting at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, following the first service.

A fall dance will be held from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at St. Mary-St. Anthony Church basement, 615 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kan. The dance features the Willie Kirst Band. The dance is sponsored by the German-American Edelweiss Society. Admission is $18 for adults; $10 fo ages 12-20; $5 for ages 6-11; and free for under 5. Food, drink and dancing are included.

Members from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., will attend the 155th annual convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25 at the Capitol Hilton Hotel, Maner Convention Center and Grace Cathedral, all in Topeka. St. Paul’s members who will attend will include the Rev. Dixie Roberts Junk, the priest-in-charge, and Rich Lavin, the parish treasurer.

A pancake breakfast is scheduled Sunday, Oct. 26, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in St. Peter’s Parish Center, 425 N. 15th St., Kansas City, Kan., to benefit the Sisters, Servants of Mary. The Sisters, Servants are a religious community that provides in-home nursing care for persons who are dying or terminally ill. They provide these services free of charge. Tickets to the breakfast are available at $6 for adults and $4 for children under 10 years old. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling, 913-371-3423. At the breakfast, Mary Health of the Sick Guild members will host a bake sale and a variety booth featuring Precious Moments figurines, seasonal and other items. All proceeds benefit the charitable work of the Sisters, Servants.