Sporting KC looks to pull away

[MLS SCHEDULE: Week 22] Sporting Kansas City can pull away from the field in the Eastern Conference with a win at Montreal on Saturday, but it will be without its two all-star center backs Aurelien Collin (suspended) and Matt Besler (away on national team duty). The Impact, which will welcome back Italian star Marco Di Vaio, trails by four points, as do the New York Red Bulls, who host Western Conference leader Real Salt Lake.

-- Sporting Kansas City is unbeaten in its last six games, while the Impact hasn’t won in five games. Montreal played to a 0-0 tie at FC Dallas while Di Vaio was away addressing a family issue.

-- The New York-Real Salt Lake game is the first since Fabian Espindola, Jamison Olave and Jonny Steele joined the Red Bulls from RSL.

-- Chasing teams face key tests if they want to stay in playoff contention. Chicago, which is in seventh place in the Eastern Conference five points behind fifth-place Houston, travels to the Dynamo on Saturday. Colorado, which is in sixth place one point out of the playoff zone in the Western Conference, can overtake the LA Galaxy in third place with a win at home.

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 22:
Saturday, July 27
2 pm ET
Toronto FC vs. Columbus
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. New England
Montreal vs. Sporting KC
New York vs. Real Salt Lake
Vancouver vs. Philadelphia, Univision Dep.
8 pm ET
Houston vs. Chicago, NBCSN
9 pm ET
Colorado vs. LA Galaxy
10:30 pm ET
San Jose vs. Portland

Sunday, July 28

11 pm ET
Seattle vs. Chivas USA, Univision Dep.
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MLS STANDINGS:
Eastern Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

36 Sporting KC 10-5-6 31/20
32 Montreal 9-5-5 31/29
32 New York 9-7-5 29/24
31 Philadelphia 8-6-7 32/30
29 Houston 8-6-5 22/19
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27 New England 7-7-6 25/18
24 Chicago 7-9-3 24/29
23 Columbus 6-9-5 23/25
14 Toronto FC 2-10-8 17/28
10 D.C. United 2-14-4 9/33

Western Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

37 Real Salt Lake 11-6-4 33/20
34 Portland 8-2-10 30/18
33 LA Galaxy 10-8-3 32/25
32 Vancouver 9-6-5 34/28
32 FC Dallas 8-5-8 27/27
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31 Colorado 8-7-7 26/24
25 Seattle 7-7-4 22/21
24 San Jose 6-9-6 21/32
17 Chivas USA 4-11-5 18/35
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MLS LEADING SCORERS:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
13 Camilo (Vancouver)
12 Mike Magee (Los Angeles/Chicago)
11 Marco Di Vaio (Montreal)
10 Jack McInerney (Philadelphia)
9 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)
8 Dominic Oduro (Columbus)
7 Conor Casey (Philadelphia)
7 Thierry Henry (New York)
7 Robbie Keane (Los Angeles)
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