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.