Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado Rapids - Game Preview

Kei Kamara returned to Sporting Kansas City after playing for Norwich City in the English Premier League - John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday, August 31st, the Colorado Rapids will travel to Sporting Park to play Sporting Kansas City in Kansas City, Kansas. Kickoff is expected to be at 7:30 Central Time and the match will be broadcast on Altitude.

The Colorado Rapids are on a nine-game unbeaten streak but have yet to break away from other Western Conference clubs in the playoff race. Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja has instilled confidence in a young side that has recently boasted new attacking additions in Vicente Sanchez and Gabriel Torres. Saturday night will be Colorado's final match against an Eastern Conference club in the regular season.

Colorado (10-7-9) most recently defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park a fortnight ago. Deshorn Brown and Edson Buddle found the scoresheet to propel the Rapids to another positive result against a Western Conference opponent. Due to there being an imbalanced conference-based schedule, the matches within the conference are extremely important, and games against the similarly playoff aspirating 'Caps are doubly so. (They'll play Vancouver twice more before the end of the year.)

Sporting Kansas City (11-9-6) have lost two consecutive league matches. However, the club most recently got back to winning ways after defeating CD Olimpia in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage on Tuesday. Sporting are currently third place in the Eastern Conference and also boast United States national team players Graham Zusi and Matt Besler.

A decent group of Colorado Rapids supporters from the Centennial 38 Supporters Group will be making the roughly 600-mile trip from Denver to Kansas City for the match. Sporting Park is still one of the newest crown jewels in terms of soccer-specific stadiums for MLS, and it also has become a new favorite spot for the United States National team. The final Hexagonal 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier will be played at Sporting Park against Jamaica in October.

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