Colorado Rapids Vs. Sporting Kansas City, MLS Cup Playoffs 2011: Sporting Take Down 10-Man Rapids, 2-0

Sporting Kansas City will look to keep their incredible surge going in the first round of the playoffs when they take on the defending champion Colorado Rapids

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Colorado Rapids Vs. Sporting Kansas City, 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs: Lineups

The final MLS Cup Playoffs quarterfinal matchup of the day, closing out a Sunday tripleheader is the top seed in the Eastern Conference, Sporting Kansas City and the Colorado Rapids, who defeated the Columbus Crew earlier this week to earn their way to this stage by getting through the Wild Card round. Once again, things are going to be nice and cold at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, but the Sporks should, in theory, be the more fit and rested team. They should have a numbers advantage in the midfield to go along with that, though Jeff Larentowicz often nullifies that 3 v 2 numerical advantage in the center. Here are the lineups.

Sporting Kansas City Lineup (4-3-3): Nielsen; Myers, Collin, Besler, Sinovic; Espinoza, Julio Cesar, Zusi; Kamara, Bunbury, Sapong    

Substitutes from: Kronberg, Arnaud, Bravo, Harrington, Jeferson, Olum, Saad 

Colorado Rapids Lineup (4-4-2): Pickens; Kimura, Wynne, Moor, Comminges; Mullan, Larentowicz, Thompson, Nyassi; Folan, Cummings

Substitutes from: Ceus, Palguta, Marshall, LaBauex, Nane, Akpan, Kandji

Kickoff is at 7:30 pm ET, 5:30 pm local time from Commerce, Colorado. The game can be seen on FOX Soccer Channel in the USA.

For more on the two teams, check out Colorado Rapids blog Burgundy Wave and Sporting KC blog The Daily Wiz. We'll have live coverage of the match in our Rapids vs. Sporting KC StoryStream. For more on the entire world of soccer and the rest of the MLS Cup Playoffs, visit SB Nation Soccer.

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MLS Cup Playoffs, 2011: How Sporting KC Got Here

The Daily Wiz's Justin Mayhugh walks us through Sporting KC's turnaround from 1-6-1 start to the top of the Eastern Conference.

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MLS Cup Playoffs, 2011: Sporting KC's Season Defined By Recovery From Monstrous Road Trip

Sporting KC made a deal with the devil when they agreed to open with a 10-game road trip in order to have all their home games at Livestrong Sporting Park, but they are the ones having the last laugh.

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