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SPORTING RETURNS TO ACTION NEXT WEEK

Occupying second place in the Supporters' Shield standings, Sporting Kansas City (8-3-2, 26 points) is off this week and will return to competitive action on Wednesday, July 21, when they host the San Jose Earthquakes (3-7-2, 11 points) in a 7:30 p.m. CT kickoff at Children's Mercy Park. Tickets for the game are available at SeatGeek.com and supporters can catch the action live on Bally Sports Kansas City, Bally Sports Midwest Plus, BallySports.com and the Bally Sports app.

GOLD CUP CONTINUES IN KANSAS CITY

The 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup will continue this week as Sporting Kansas City midfielder Gianluca Busio and forward Alan Pulido compete for the United States and Mexico, respectively.

Busio and the United States will conclude their Group B campaign with two matches at Children's Mercy Park, facing Martinique at 9 p.m. CT on Thursday (FS1, FOX Sports app, TUDN and UniMas) and Canada at 4 p.m. CT on Sunday (FOX, FOX Sports app, TUDN and Univision). Thursday's game is the nightcap of a stadium doubleheader as Canada and Haiti square off at 6:30 p.m. CT (FS1, FOX Sports app, TUDN). Tickets for Gold Cup matches at Children's Mercy Park begin at $40 and are available at SeatGeek.com.

NOTABLE CONCACAF GOLD CUP MATCHES THIS WEEK

  • Wednesday, July 14: Mexico (Alan Pulido) vs. Guatemala (9 p.m. CT on FS1, FOX Sports app, TUDN and Univision)
  • Thursday, July 15: USA (Gianluca Busio) vs. Martinique at Children's Mercy Park (9 p.m. CT on FS1, FOX Sports app, TUDN and UniMas) | GET TICKETS
  • Sunday, July 18: USA (Gianluca Busio) vs. Canada at Children's Mercy Park (4 p.m. CT on FOX, FOX Sports app, TUDN and Univision) | GET TICKETS
  • Sunday, July 18: Mexico (Alan Pulido) vs. El Salvador (9 p.m. CT on FS1, FOX Sports app, TUDN and Univision)

Pulido and Mexico will finish Group A with two matches at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, meeting Guatemala at 9 p.m. CT on Wednesday and El Salvador at 9 p.m. CT on Sunday. Both contests will be shown live on FS1, FOX Sports app, TUDN and Univision. Should they finish in the top two of their respective four-team groups, the U.S. and Mexico will advance to the Gold Cup knockout stage, with the quarterfinals scheduled for July 24-25.

SPORTING KC SHOW PODCAST ON WEDNESDAY

A new episode of the Sporting KC Show Podcast will debut at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Hosts Nate Bukaty, Aly Trost and Conall McCourt will hear from a guest, recap an exciting week of international soccer and look ahead to the United States' remaining two Gold Cup group stage matches at Children's Mercy Park. The Sporting KC Show Podcast is available on Spotify, iTunes and SportingKC.com , giving supporters a weekly destination to catch up on club storylines, player achievements, guest interviews and more.

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