Sporting KC visits Philadelphia Union on Saturday

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Sporting Kansas City wraps up its regular season road slate when it faces the Philadelphia Union Saturday at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.

The 6 p.m. contest will be televised locally on KMCI 38 and across the Midwest on SKCTV with pre-game coverage beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Sporting KC (14-11-7, 49 points) clinched a spot in the MLS Cup playoffs for a fourth straight campaign after beating the Chicago Fire 2-0 on Oct. 10.

The team is currently tied with the New England Revolution for second place in the Eastern Conference, six points behind D.C. United, two ahead of fourth place New York and three ahead of fifth place Columbus. The top five teams in each conference will qualify for the postseason.

Peter Vermes’ men have tasted recent success at PPL Park, notching a pair of victories to bookend the 2013 regular season. No team boasts more road wins this year than Sporting KC’s eight (8-7-1 overall).

Conversely, Philadelphia has struggled to obtain maximum points at home, winning five of 16 contests in Chester, Pennsylvania (5-3-8 overall). The home team is winless in the last five meetings between the clubs.

Philadelphia (9-11-12, 39 points) was eliminated from postseason contention last Saturday after suffering a 3-2 defeat to the Columbus Crew. However, the Union has earned two positive road results against the reigning MLS champions this year, winning 2-1 on May 14 and earning a 1-1 draw on Aug 1.
– Story from Sporting KC

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