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18 September 10:29 pm

Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match from Sporting Kansas City's 3-1 win over Saprissa on Thursday night. Voting is open through Sunday night.

16 September 5:06 pm

Although Sporting Kansas City has off from MLS play this weekend, they will be in action Thursday night when they host Deportivo Saprissa in their second CONCACAF Champions League group stage match. That match will kick off at 7 p.m. CT and can be seen on FOX Sports 1 and Univision Deportes Network. Limited tickets are available and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL.

Across the MLS spectrum, it's a busy week for teams in the League. The first of three separate competitions kicks off tonight when the Philadelphia Union host the Seattle Sounders in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final.

Here are a few nationally-televised games that we'll be keeping an eye on this week.

1. Philadelphia Union vs. Seattle Sounders FC | Tuesday, Sept. 16, 6:30pm CT | GolTV

The Union are searching for their first major trophy since joining MLS. The Sounders are searching for their fourth Open Cup title. Aside from the chance to watch an exciting match between two MLS teams, Sporting KC fans should pay special attention to this match for one particular reason: the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League.

There are four ways for American MLS teams to get into the CONCACAF Champions League: win the Open Cup, win MLS Cup or finish in first place in the regular season in either conference. If the Sounders, who currently lead MLS with 54 points, were to win the Open Cup and the Supporters' Shield, the second spot would go to the team in MLS with the second most points in the regular season. If they won the Open Cup, Supporters' Shield AND MLS Cup, then the two additional spots would go to the teams that finished second and third in the Shield standings. Sporting KC is nine points behind Seattle in the Shield standings, but six points behind the LA Galaxy who are in second place. There is still a lot of soccer to be played, but there are a few teams that will be paying special attention to tonight's match. Click here for complete MLS standings.

2. Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids | Friday, Sept. 19, 9pm CT | NBCSN

The Rapids have struggled of late - their last win came on July 25 - and it doesn't get any easier with a trip to Salt Lake to take on RSL. Jeff Cassar's team is in third place in the Western Conference with 46 points. Sporting KC is currently tied for fifth place in the Shield standings, one point back of RSL.

3. Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Saturday, Sept. 20, 4pm CT | NBCSN

This game has little impact on Sporting KC, but who doesn't love a Cascadia showdown? The two teams are separated by one point in the Western Conference standings, with the Timbers just below the red line in sixth place, so Saturday's match has added importance for the two squads. In addition, Portland and Vancouver have combined for 10 goals in their previous two meetings this season so expect to see plenty of attacking soccer on display at Providence Park on Saturday.

4. New York Red Bulls vs. Seattle Sounders FC | Saturday, Sept. 20, 6:30pm CT | NBCSN

The Red Bulls are fighting for their playoff lives while the Sounders are looking to claim their first MLS Supporters' Shield. With Thierry Henry, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Clinty Dempsey and Obafemi Martins on the pitch together, this match is "Must See TV" for any soccer fan.

5. Toronto FC vs. Chivas USA | Sunday, Sept. 21, 2pm CT | UniMas

The final MLS game of the week features two teams who are looking to regain their footing in the League. Chivas USA is winless in 10 while Toronto FC is winless in six. Three points on Sunday is a must for Greg Vanney's side if they wish to keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

15 September 12:33 pm

Subway and Sporting Kansas City kicked off their partnership with a series of player appearances in August and September at various Subway locations in Kansas City and surrounding areas! The player appearances will continue this week with Eric Kronberg today in Ottawa, KS (902 S Main St, Ottawa, KS 66067) and Chance Myers on Friday, September 19th in Sedalia, MO (2750 S Limit Ave, Sedalia, MO 65301). The player appearances will be 5:00pm-6:30 p.m. CT and one Sporting KC player will attend to meet with fans, take photos and sign autographs. The first one hundred (100) fans will receive a free t-shirt!  

Listed below are the remaining player appearances at local Subway locations. The final player appearance at Subway will be Monday, September 29th in Overland Park (8340 W. 151st St, Overland Park, KS 66223).   

Subway Location

Dates

Time

902 S Main St, Ottawa, KS 66067

Monday, September 15th

5:00-6:30pm

2750 S Limit Ave, Sedalia, MO 65301

Friday, September 19th

5:00-6:30pm

8340 W. 151st St, Overland Park, KS 66223

Monday, September 29th

5:00-6:30pm

 

12 September 11:54 pm

Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match from Sporting Kansas City's 4-0 win over Chivas USA on Friday night. Voting is open through Sunday evening.

10 September 10:12 am

With seven weeks to go in the 2014 regular season, the Major League Soccer standings are as tight as can be. The top three teams in the Western Conference - Seattle Sounders, LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake - are separated by only five points, while teams 4-9 in the Eastern Conference are separated by only seven points.

Sporting Kansas City currently sits nine points back of the Seattle Sounders in the Supporters' Shield race and five points back of D.C. United in the Eastern Conference standings. Sporting KC will conclude their three-game road trip this weekend when they travel to Southern California to take on Chivas USA. That match will kick off Friday night at 9:30pm CT and be seen on KMCI 38 the Spot and across the Midwest on SKCTV.

But thankfully for MLS fans, you don't need to wait until Friday to get your MLS fix. Here are four nationally-televised games that we'll be keeping an eye on this week as they could all have an impact on Sporting KC in the standings over the final stretch of the season.

1. New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United | Wednesday, Sept. 10, 7pm CT | ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

D.C. United is five points clear of Sporting KC in the Eastern Conference standings, but has a game in hand. After tonight, they'll be level on games played. Each team has three CONCACAF Champions League games left and will play their final regular season match against each other on October 3 at RFK Stadium. The Red Bulls are currently below the red line, two points behind the Philadelphia Union for the fifth spot in the conference standings.

2. Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake | Friday, Sept. 12, 9:30pm CT | NBCSN

As you're watching Sporting KC take on Chivas USA on your TV, fire up NBC Sports Live Extra on the computer / tablet and keep an eye on this Western Conference showdown. Seattle has a nine-point lead on Sporting KC in the Shield standings, while Real Salt Lake sits four points ahead of Kansas City.

3. Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls | Saturday, Sept. 13, 2pm CT | NBCSN

Philadelphia has one more match before their U.S. Open Cup final date with Seattle and it comes in a nationally-televised match against a conference rival. The Union sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and are riding a three-game winning streak. New York is coming off a 2-1 win over Sporting KC, but has two games this week starting with tonight's match against D.C. United.

4. San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy | Sunday, Sept. 14, 2pm CT | UniMas

The Galaxy are one of the hottest teams in Major League Soccer with five wins in their last five matches. They have scored 19 goals during that stretch including six in last weekend's 6-0 win over the Colorado Rapids. The Earthquakes are fighting for their playoff lives. They are nine points back of the Portland Timbers for the fifth spot in the Western Conference standings and have played the fewest games in MLS (25). The California Clasico is always must-see TV and there's no reason to think Sunday's showdown on UniMas will be any different.

09 September 8:13 pm

If you've been to a Sporting KC game over the past three years, you are probably familiar with The Cauldron. The supporters' group behind the north goal is one of the more boisterous groups in Major League Soccer, singing, chanting and beating drums from more than an hour before kickoff until well after the final whistle.

They have also earned a reputation as one of the best traveling supporters' groups in MLS with no fewer than 50 members on each road trip as many as 700 attending matches in Colorado and Dallas.

Recently, Major League Soccer had a camera crew at Sporting Park to tell The Cauldron's story. Watch the latest "For Love of the Crest" feature above and click here for the complete series.

Click here to learn more about Sporting KC supporters' groups.