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Sports Medicine Report is SportingKC.com’s look at the latest health update regarding the team ahead of upcoming matches and is presented by The Sports Medicine Center at Children's Mercy. All health issues listed are from the teams' official player availability reports submitted approximately 48 hours prior to kickoff.

Sporting Kansas City (14-6-7, 49 pts.) continues the race for first place in the Western Conference today at 3 p.m. CT against Houston Dynamo FC (5-11-12, 27 pts.) at Children's Mercy Park.

With seven games remaining in the regular season, Manager Peter Vermes' squad is boosted by the return of forward Alan Pulido. After missing two matches while hampered by a sore knee, the Designated Player was back in action for Sporting on Wednesday as a second-half substitute in the club’s 3-1 victory in Dallas and is no longer listed on the team's sports medicine report.

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Houston Dynamo FC

  • OUT: Forward Nico Lemoine (Right groin injury), defender Adam Lundkvist (Lower body injury)
  • QUESTIONABLE: Goalkeeper Marko Maric (Left leg injury), midfielder Adalberto Carrasquilla (Lower body injury)

Sporting KC midfielder Felipe Hernandez remains out for personal reasons, however veteran defender Graham Zusi is once again available for Sporting after serving a one-game suspension on Wednesday for caution accumulation.

Tickets for today's match, which kicks off a critical five-game slate for Sporting in October, are available at SeatGeek.com and the Western Conference clash has been picked up for a national television audience on UniMas and TUDN in addition to local coverage on Bally Sports KC Plus, Bally Sports Midwest Plus, ESPN 94.5 FM and La Grande 1340 AM.