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2012 MLS Standings: Sporting KC Hangs On To First Place

Sporting KC only has nine games remaining in the regular season for 2012, and so far they are the class of Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference. Sporting KC holds a five-point lead over the New York Red Bulls, but the Red Bulls have a game in hand having only played 24 games to Sporting KC's 25.

In the overall MLS standings, Sporting KC is only a point behind the San Jose Earthquakes for the best overall record in the league. A second-place overall finish would guarantee an appearance in the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League, while a first-place finish guarantees that as well as a place in next season's MLS Supporter's Shield contest against the winner of the playoffs.

Kansas City has a big game this week at home against the New York Red Bulls. A victory would all but lock up the regular season Eastern Conference crown.

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