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Blue Links 8/22

How have Sporting continued to stay on top? Is Tim Howard's international career finished? Can the Tiny Puma keep it up against United on Saturday?

Things got a little spicy last time around.
Things got a little spicy last time around.
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Let's just accept the point from Real Esteli on Wednesday and forget about it all together because SKC are flying high in MLS right now. Despite all the roster issues throughout the year, they remain on top of the East, they are number 1 in several power rankings, and they are in a good spot to compete for the Supporter's Shield in the final months.

Benjamin Baer of MLSSoccer.com poses the question about Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City"How have they stayed on top of MLS?" The article is a great reminder for Sporting fans to not take for granted what we have in this organization.

Possible superhero Tim Howard is taking a break from international soccer until September 2015. Say it ain't so Timmy! There is no way this is the end of his international career... right?

Several SKC players received accolades for their play against Toronto last week. Kempin, Dwyer, and Sinovic made MLS Team of the Week. Seth Sinovic is always solid and rarely gets noticed so it is good to see him get rewarded. He handled the dangerous Dominic Oduro very well all night. At one point he just straight tackled him and got away with it!

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Not only did Jon Kempin make that team of the week list, but he also earned his second straight MLS Save of the Week! He is set to start again this week and Peter Vermes is confident in his young goalkeeper. How high is the ceiling for this Tiny Puma?

The newest installment of The Benny Feilhaber Show is out and featuring none other than Jimmy Conrad. Yes, it is everything you are imagining it to be.

Sporting will look to keep rolling along as D.C. come to town tomorrow. HUGE match for Sporting as they look to effectively erase the game in hand that United hold. After training on Friday, Peter Vermes of course down played the extra importance of the match. But Soony Saad and Matt Besler spoke about what is at stake tomorrow.

"It's a massive game, in terms of the table," forward Soony Saad said during the club's weekly news conference on Friday. "It could go either way after the weekend's over. But we know we are playing at home, and we'll have the whole stadium behind us. We have our style of football that we play over here, and we're looking forward to possession-oriented, attacking football, and we want to score goals."

Sporting Park is going to be LOUD... who all is going out there tomorrow?