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Saturday, July 26, 2014 (All times Eastern)

Kansas City (10-5-5) at Toronto FC (7-5-5), 7 p.m.

Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Two Eastern Conference heavyweights will meet at BMO Field on Saturday as Toronto FC gets set to host Sporting Kansas City.

While the two clubs are separated by 11 points in the table, they both remain in good stead for the season as Sporting comes into the match in first place while Toronto occupies third place.

Kansas City is unbeaten in its last six league games and has won five matches over that stretch, but the club suffered a disappointing 4-1 defeat to Premier League champions Manchester City in a friendly match on Wednesday.

"It would be interesting if we got that kind of workout on a weekly basis," Sporting head coach Peter Vermes said after the match. "It's a great team for us to play for a number of reasons. Obviously, for us, our focus is on the league. We are playing a big game on Saturday and that is where our concentration is and was.

"Our biggest thing is we want to make sure to get out of here unscathed, because as you know we have had quite a few injuries over the course of the season. So from that perspective, everyone got out of there with no injuries, which was great. It was a good environment, a good game for us, a good 45 minutes for both groups and now we can get ready for the game we have to get ready for and that is Toronto."

Benny Feilhaber assisted on Sporting's lone goal of the match, and the former United States international insisted that while friendly matches against European sides remain important in the American soccer landscape, it was simply another day of preparation for Saturday's tilt.

"This is a big event individually and obviously for the fans," the midfielder said. "We want to be prepared for the Toronto game on Saturday, and this was essentially another day in the preparation for that game. We got what we wanted out of the game but were unfortunate not to get a better result. We'll move on and be very confident going into Toronto."

Toronto, meanwhile, enters the game with just one league loss in its last 10 outings.

The Reds also tasted defeat in a friendly match on Wednesday, but their 3-2 loss to Tottenham was a bit more respectable.

Toronto came back from a two-goal deficit to level the score only to see Spurs grab a late winner. Dwayne De Rosario was one of the leaders of the second- half resurgence.

"I just told the guys we didn't come here to spectate," De Rosario said. "This is our field, this is our home. We have to take it to them. I think we did that in the second half and we were able to put them under pressure and force them to cough up the balls where we could attack and counter-attack. We started to build confidence from that."

Kansas City and Toronto have met once already this season, playing to a 2-2 draw at Sporting Park on May 23. They will meet once more in regular season play as Sporting will host the Reds on Aug. 16.

07/25 13:15:04 ET

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Local
Final
BRK 91
CHA 115
 
Final
DUKE 94
WAKE 51
 
Final
LOS 4
CWS 6
 
Final
CLE 4
CIN 2
 
Final
TEX 2
KAN 13
 
Final
SFG 2
OAK 9
 
Final
SEA 4
SDP 3
 
Final
MIL 8
WMIL 0
 
Final
COL 3
ARI 6
 
Final
MIN 3
UMIN 1
 
Final
IND 105
NYK 82
 
Final
ORL 100
PHO 105
 
Final
BRK 91
CHA 115
 
Final
TOR 112
CLE 120
 
Final
BOS 85
UTA 84
 
Final
MIN 85
DEN 100
Final
NOP 88
DET 85
 
Final
MIA 100
LAL 94
 
Final
HOU 100
MEM 102
Final
OKC 123
PHI 118
 
Final
SAN 112
SAC 85
 
2nd
GSW 40
MIL 36
 
2nd
LAC 36
POR 38
 
Final
UNCA 80
LIB 70
 
Final
PSU 67
OSU 77
 
Final
USB 62
BING 57
 
Final
FORD 66
DUQ 81
 
Final
GMAS 51
GWU 67
 
Final
UNH 67
HART 63
 
Final
STJOE 55
LAS 50
 
Final
Terriers 79
LIU 70
 
Final
GTDNS 83
MAINE 66
 
Final
LOU 59
ND 71
Final
SHU 66
PROV 79
Final
BRY 91
SHU 85
 
Final
MORE 79
SEMIZ 74
Final
MNTER 58
RFLSH 73
 
Final
LSU 63
TENN 78
Final
SFLA 74
UCF 45
 
Final
VERM 66
UMBC 39
 
Final
RMU 91
WAGN 68
 
Final
UMASS 53
RICH 56
 
Final
TULA 63
HOU 68
 
Final
YALE 71
HOW 62
 
Final
PITT 63
MIAMI 67
 
Final
TXPA 48
NMST 69
 
Final
MSU 72
PURD 66
 
Final
STLU 48
BONA 64
 
Final
DUKE 94
WAKE 51
 
Final
TULSA 47
CIN 56
 
Final
VANDY 66
MSST 56
 
Final
OKST 82
TCU 70
 
Final
UCLA 85
USC 74
 
Final
WYO 76
UTST 53
 
Final
MARQ 51
STJ 67
 
2nd
EILL 78
SIUE 64
 
2nd
FRES 47
AFA 42
 
2nd
NEV 38
COLST 55
 
2nd
ILL 31
NEB 36
 
2nd
SJST 21
BSU 41
 
1st
ORST 12
OREG 13
 
1st
UNLV 7
SDST 10
 
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HAW
UCSB
 
Final
WIN 1
OTT 3
Final
DET 2
NYR 1
2nd
ANA 1
MON 0
 
2nd
COL 1
PIT 0