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Sporting KC vs. Chicago Fire: Sporks win 2-0, clinch playoff spot

Sporting KC welcomes the Chicago Fire for a battle for No. 1 in the Eastern Conference on Friday.

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Sporting KC remains atop Eastern Conference

Despite only playing to a 1-1 draw on Sunday against the Columbus Crew, Sporting Kansas City remains in first place in the Eastern Conference, as Major League Soccer's regular season slowly comes to an end.

Sporting Kansas City have already clinched a playoff berth, one of just two teams in the Eastern Conference to do so. Sporting KC currently leads the Chicago Fire by three points in the standings, with just two games left to play in the regular season.

Sporting Kansas City head on the road to take on the New York Red Bulls on Oct. 20, and then wrap up the regular season on Oct. 24 at home, against the Philadelphia Union. The Red Bulls currently sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, and have yet to clinch a playoff berth. The Union, meanwhile, are in eighth place, and eliminated from playoff contention.

A full view of Major League Soccer's standings can be found over at the MLS' website.

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Sporting KC looks to clinch berth against Fire

The two teams a top the Eastern Conference standings will face each other on Friday night in a game that will have playoff ramifications, regardless of the result.

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Video highlights from Sporting KC vs. Chicago

Sporting KC is set to host the Chicago Fire on Friday night in a matchup of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. The Fire have defeated Sporting in each of their two previous meetings this season, winning 2-1 in Chicago during the month of May and more recently winning 1-0 at Sporting's LIVESTRONG park on June 29.

During the June matchup, Marco Pappa scored the only goal of the game in the 58th minute of play to send the points Chicago's way. Sporting outshot the Fire by a 27-10 margin the evening, and also managed eight corners to Chicago's one. Sean Johnson was very solid on goal for the Fire, and his five save performance managed to keep Sporting off of the scoresheet.

The lone goal of the night came when the Fire caught Sporting pressing forward, they took advantage of that with a quick counter in which Pappa and Chris Rolfe would combine for the Guatemalan international's fifth goal of the season. Full highlights from the June contest can be found below:


The third and final meeting for the two sides is scheduled to kickoff at 7:30 p.m. CT, and can be seen on the NBC Sports Network.

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