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Sporting KC on the road tonight in Portland

A marquee Western Conference matchup awaits on Saturday as unbeaten Sporting Kansas City (2-0-3, 9 points) visits the first-place Portland Timbers (4-1-1, 13 points) at 9:30 p.m.

FOX Sports Kansas City Plus will air three hours of live coverage at Providence Park beginning at 9 p.m., while FOX Sports Kansas City will also broadcast the match upon conclusion of the Kansas City Royals baseball game. Fans can listen live on ESPN 99.3 FM (English) and La Grande 1340 AM (Spanish), and mobile users can follow the action on FOX Sports GO and Sporting KC Uphoria.

This weekend’s showdown at Providence Park pits two teams who have experienced early success via contrasting means.

Sporting Kansas City has stifled opponents with just two goals allowed through five games – both coming in second-half stoppage time – while the Timbers have scored a league-best 16 times behind the formidable likes of Fanendo Adi and Diego Valeri, who are tied for second in MLS with five goals apiece.

Sporting Kansas City alleviated concerns of an offensive draught on Sunday as Seth Sinovic, Gerso and Dom Dwyer found the back of the net during a dominant 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids.

Sinovic’s early strike was the first regular season goal of his eight-year MLS career, highlighting a standout performance in which he also assisted Dwyer’s late tally. Gerso also bagged his first goal in a Sporting Kansas City uniform, the designated player running onto Roger Espinoza’s through ball and poking low past Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard just before the hour mark.

The Timbers are coming off a 3-1 triumph of their own, dispatching the Philadelphia Union as Adi became the club’s all-time leading scorer with his 46th regular season goal. The road win saw Portland erase an early deficit when U.S. international Darlington Nagbe restored parity in the 32nd minute and Roy Miller fired the visitors ahead in the 66th. Adi buried a late penalty to seal the result and rewrite Portland’s record books.

Led by head coach Caleb Porter, the Timbers are off to their best six-game start in team history. The influential Valeri has grabbed headlines with five goals and three assists, while offseason addition Sebastian Blanco has added class to an already impressive midfield. In defense, center back Lawrence Olum – formerly a five-year member of Sporting KC – is off to strong start with his new club, having started all six matches.

Portland is amidst an excellent run of form at hallowed Providence Park, the site of a 110-game sellout streak. Porter’s men have won 15 of their last 21 home fixtures and enter Saturday on an eight-game home unbeaten run (7-0-1). The Timbers have scored in each of those 21 contests, averaging 2.3 goals per game over that stretch.

As potent as Portland has been in recent weeks, Sporting Kansas City has been equally stingy along the backline. In addition to conceding just twice, Peter Vermes’ side has notched three straight road shutouts dating back to last year, one shy of tying the club’s regular season record.

The 2016 head-to-head series produced a pair of home victories: Sporting KC won 1-0 on July 31 at Children’s Mercy Park before Portland prevailed 3-0 seven days later. Prior to the defeat last August, Sporting KC had posted shutouts in three straight regular season visits to Providence Park. Two of those three clean sheets were credited to goalkeeper Tim Melia, whose 0.40 goals against average leads MLS.

Midfielder Benny Feilhaber, who has missed Sporting KC’s last two matches with a thigh strain, was officially removed from the club’s injury report this week and will be available for selection. On the opposite side, Portland center back is questionable as he continues to recover from a foot injury that has sidelined him for five straight games.

Saturday’s meeting is notably a rematch of the epic 2015 Western Conference Knockout Round clash in which Portland won an 11-round penalty shootout – the longest shootout in MLS postseason history – after a gripping 2-2 draw.

– Story from Sporting KC

Sporting KC fans voting on Sporting Legends inductee

Sporting Kansas City fans are voting for the inductee to the 2017 Sporting Legends award this week.

The four nominees for the honor are defender Nick Garcia, midfielder Diego Guterrez, midfielder Mo Johnston and forward Josh Wolff.

Online voting continues through 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 18.

The 2017 inductee will be selected via the fan vote and will be recognized as the newest Sporting Legend on May 17 when Sporting Kansas City plays host to defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC at 7:30 p.m.

The Sporting Legends hall of honor, established in 2013, pays tribute to club icons and provides a platform for inductees to reconnect with the Kansas City soccer community on an annual basis. Eight individuals have been named Sporting Legends for their invaluable contributions to the Sporting Kansas City organization and to the growth of soccer throughout the region.

Previous honorees include:
• 2013: Preki, Tony Meola, Bob Gansler
• 2014: Peter Vermes, Jimmy Conrad, Lamar Hunt
• 2015: Chris Klein
• 2016: Kerry Zavagnin

As the previous eight members of Sporting Legends, this year’s inductee will have his name adorned outside The Victory Suite in the northwest corner of Children’s Mercy Park. The 2017 Sporting Legend will also participate in local activities during the week of May 17 to engage with supporters and leave a philanthropic impact on the Kansas City community.

– Information from Sporting KC

Sporting KC defeats Colorado Rapids, 3-1

Sporting KC forward Gerso Fernandes slipped a shot past Rapids defender Jared Watts and goalkeeper Tim Howard in the second half. Fernandes’s goal made the score 2-0. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

by William Crum

The first goal in the match between Sporting KC and the Colorado Rapids tonight was made by Seth Sinovic, six minutes into the game.

The second goal was made by Gerso Fernandes.

The third goal in tonight’s Sporting KC match with Colorado Rapids was made by Dom Dwyer.

The final goal was made by Kevin Doyle of Colorado late in the match, which was held at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Gerso Fernandes celebrated his goal with teammate Soony Saad. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer added a third goal late in the second half. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Colorado Rapids defender Jared Watts signaled for the trainer when Sporting forward Jimmy Medranda was injured in the second half. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Shane Bryan of Kansas City, Kansas, played the drums in the stands before the game. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

After the game, the Sporting KC goalkeeper gave his jersey to a fan celebrating her birthday. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Sporting KC defender Ike Opara signed a soccer ball for a fan from Children’s Mercy Project Victory. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Fans celebrated a Sporting KC goal by waving flags. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)

Six-year-old Ariana Dos Santos showed off her soccer skills on the field after the game. (Photo copyright 2017 by Brian Turrel)