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2012 MLS Standings: Sporting KC Leads Eastern Conference With 51 Points

With just over one month left in the 2012 MLS regular season, Sporting Kansas City currently sits in an enviable position in first place atop the Eastern Conference standings with 51 total points.

After pulling off a stunning comeback in stoppage time with a CJ Sapong goal against Houston on Sept. 14, Sporting KC moved to 15-7-6 on the year through 28 games. No other club has been able to match Kansas City's MLS-best 0.89 goals-per game average on the back end, even though the team's 35 total goals are only good enough to tie for 12th-best in the league.

Next up for Sporting Kansas City is a tricky road tilt with the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday in a game where first place will definitely be on the line. The high-scoring Red Bulls will enter just two points behind Sporting KC in the standings, so it's imperative that Kansas City is able to find the net early on if they want to remain atop the East.

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