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Open Game Thread: New England Revolution Vs. Sporting KC - Week 6

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New England Revolution vs. Sporting Kansas City
MLS Week 6 - April 23, 2011
7:30 p.m. ET, 6:30 p.m. CT
Gillette Stadium, Foxboro, MA
TV: KSMO-TV (Ch. 62) in HD, MLS DirectKick
Last Two Meetings: KC 4-1 NE, NE 1-0 KC

When you look up the phrase "must-win game" in the dictionary, "New England Revolution vs. Sporting Kansas City, April 23, 2011" is the exact text that you see listed as the definition. In many ways, this is a huge game for both teams. Sporting KC are looking to end a three-game winless streak that has seen the team pick up two very disappointing performances in a row. Columbus have lost two in a row and are quickly sliding down the league standings, as are SKC.

New England welcome in new additions Benny Feilhaber and Rajko Lekic, who both figure to add to the Revs' floundering attack of late. KC welcome back playmaking forward Ryan Smith, likely as a second half substitution option. Throw that on top of a game with serious implications for each team and we're set for a real cracker in Foxboro.

Starting Lineups

New England (4-3-3): Reis - Domi, Soares, Coria, Alston - Feilhaber, Joseph, McCarthy - Lekic, Perovic, Boggs

Kansas City (4-3-3): Nielsen - Espinoza, Besler, Collin, Harrington - Diop, Arnaud, Stojcev - Sapong, Bunbury, Kamara

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. Also, we'll (tenatively) be streaming a postgame episode of The Daily Wiz's podcast, "Ted And Trent Talkin' Touches" after the game.

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