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Sebastien Le Toux and the Philadelphia Union's 2-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders Saturday night catapulted the Union over Sporting Kansas City for first place in the Eastern Conference. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Sebastien Le Toux and the Philadelphia Union's 2-0 victory over the Seattle Sounders Saturday night catapulted the Union over Sporting Kansas City for first place in the Eastern Conference. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The Union won for the second time in the past three games thanks largely to a defense that stifled the potent Seattle attack and some opportunistic finishing. It marks Philly's third win in their last five games and pushed them to the top of the Eastern Conference with two games left in the season. 

Philly's 2-0 win over Seattle makes Sporting's Saturday match up with NY a must-win via MLSsoccer.com

Growing up in a rough neighborhood in Paris, Collin was raised on a strict regimen of American pop culture. Tupac, Nas, Dr. Dre, and the Notorious B.I.G. dominated the airwaves, and American cinema and television indoctrinated France's younger generations on the way of life in the United States. 

Aurelien Collin living his own American dream via SportingKC.com 

So far this season, KC have dropped 16 points from winning positions (0-4-2). In comparison, they've picked up 10 points from losing positions (1-0-7). the extra 6 points that KC have dropped from winning positions would have KC firmly in the playoffs and on the verge of clinching the Eastern Conference. 

It's solely on Sporting KC to qualify for the playoffs via Downthebyline.com 

When I first heard about the idea behind Sporting Club and the re-branding of the Wizards to Sporting Kansas City, I was really excited about all the potential. So far the front office has done a good job of really concentrating on the team and the stadium, which is very smart since that is the leading brand. But it has also left other people wondering if there is really more to the grand idea of an umbrella athletic organization. Let's look at what Sporting Club has lead out for us so far. 

Christian Sinclair looks at current, and possible future Sporting endeavors via AdAstraSKC.org 

FC Dallas (5-4-0, 15 points) struck first in the 11th minute on a goal from Home Grown player Ruben Luna, who now leads the MLS Reserve League with six goals on the season. Bobby Warshaw added a second goal in the 16th minute to extend the home side's lead before Nick Cardenas scored for Sporting Kansas City (3-3-2, 11 points) in the 30th minute.

Swope Park Rangers fall to the FC Dallas reserves 2-1 in Reserve League action via SportingKC.com

Turner Motorsports has partnered with Sporting Kansas City of Major league Soccer, to allow their driver James Buescher and several of the club's players the chance to experience one another's sports. Buescher will join the club on the field for a practice session on Thursday, October 6th, while the players will join Buescher's team in the pits on Saturday afternoon for the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Kansas Speedway. 

Buescher finished 18th in the Kansas Lottery 300 via SportingKC.com 
View Kansas Lottery 300 results here

The most notable call-ups are usual starters for KC; Kei Kamara was a late addition to the Sierra Leone squad, Teal Bunbury gets his second chance to impress Jurgen Klinsmann and Team USA, and Roger Espinoza will continue seeing the field for Honduras. 

Bunbury's USMNT defeated Espinoza's Honduras 1-0, Kei Kamara's Sierra Leone drew with Bafana Bafana, Peterson Joseph's Haiti defeated the U.S. Virgin Islands 7-0, and Craig Rocastle's Grenada defeated Belize 4-1. 

Information courtesy of The Full 90, and Down the Byline


San Jose was a nice little Californian town, pretty much what I expected, to be honest. The stadium itself(Buck Shaw), was interesting. It kind of reminded me of an old school League 2 ground in England, but either way, it got the job done. 

Read Sporting play-by-play announcer Callum Williams' latest blog post via The Right Side of Offside

The fan base as a whole was optimistic heading into a new season but pessimism wasn't in short supply either. We'd failed to make the playoffs in 2009, made them in 2008 only to be dumped out by Columbus in the first round and there wasn't much to cheer about in between. While CAB was an upgrade over Arrowhead in terms of atmosphere, it still made us a laughing stock around the remainder of MLS. 

James Starritt takes a look back at how his perception and relationship with the Wizards/ SportingKC have changed through the years via SportingTimes.net

He defied things that people said couldn't be done. One company said that the Mac would never live up to expectations of a PC, but now it is one of the leading devices in the market. He was once forced out of running Apple only to return something like 12 years later, when Apple who was starting to fail, bought Steve Jobs company  that he formed after Apple ousted him, and held that until the summer of 2011, when he eventually stepped down as CEO due to health problems, which finally got the better of him in October of 2011 at the age of 56. 

Unrelated to Sporting KC, but still a good piece about Steve Jobs' passing via The Oz Blog

It took just 45 seconds for Kansas City to delivier a response to San Jose's opening salvo, going from dejected to delighted in the blink of an eye via the right foot of Teal Bunbury.

With the ball barely removed from Sporting's net, substitute C.J. Sapong wove his way into the teeth of the Earthquake's defense and fed Bunbury for a simple finish that gave Kansas City a 1-1 draw and yet another valuable point with two regular season games remaining. 

Sporting Kansas City draw with the San Jose Earthquakes 1-1 via SportingKC.com