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Open Game Thread: Columbus Crew Vs. Sporting Kansas City - MLS Week 5



Columbus Crew vs. Sporting Kansas City
MLS Week 5 - April 16, 2011
7:30 p.m. ET, 6:30 p.m. CT
Crew Stadium, Columbus, OH
TV: KSMO-TV (Ch. 62) in HD, MLS DirectKick
Last Two Meetings: KC 0-1 CLB, CLB 0-1 KC

After a scheduled bye week from MLS play last week, Sporting Kansas City returns to the field on Saturday night when they take on Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH. The two teams split their pair of 2010 meetings, with each team winning 1-0 on the road. Columbus come into the game touting a 1-1-2 record (5 points) and sitting 5th in the MLS Eastern Conference, while Sporting KC are 1-1-1 (4 points) in 7th the Eastern Conference.

Starting Lineups:

Columbus (4-4-2): Hesmer - Miranda, Marshall, James, Balchan - Duka, Burns, Ekpo, Rogers - Gaven, Renteria

Kansas City (4-3-3):
Nielsen - Harrington, Santos, Besler, Espinoza - Diop, Arnaud, Stojcev - Kamara, Bunbury, Sapong
The big KC Cauldron watch party is at Johnny's Tavern (1310 Grand Blvd.) Power&Light District location in downtown Kansas City, MO. There should be a couple hundred rabid Sporting KC fans there tearing it up for their team's MLS First Kick 2011 kickoff. But, for those of you watching from the comforts of home tonight, come inside and join Andy Edwards of The Daily Wiz, and (hopefully) a few of its readers for what's known around these parts as an Open Game Thread. We'll be discussing tonight's action live, as it happens on the field.

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