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Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013 (All times Eastern)

Colorado (10-7-9) at Kansas City (11-9-6), 8:30 p.m.

Kansas City, KS (Sports Network) - Sporting Kansas City and the Colorado Rapids are headed in opposite directions as the two sides collide at Sporting Park on Saturday.

The Rapids are currently riding a franchise record nine-game unbeaten streak that has seen the club jump into the top half of the Western Conference table.

Sporting, meanwhile, has lost four of its last five games, including a pair of 1-0 defeats in its most recent league outings.

"We're not putting our chances away," Sporting head coach Peter Vermes told MLSsoccer.com after his team's recent 1-0 defeat to the Chicago Fire. "I don't know what else to say. We're creating them, even on set pieces. We had an unbelievable throw-in in the first half, and it goes right through their six- yard box. You've got to be hungry and you've got to be there to finish off the ball."

Vermes saw his side bounce back in Honduras on Tuesday with a 2-0 win over Olimpia in CONCACAF Champions League play, and he will be hopeful that the team can carry that momentum back into the league.

Kansas City has been held without a goal in three of its last five games, but part of the reason could be the absence of forward Kei Kamara, who has missed the last two games with an ankle injury.

Since Kamara's absence, Sporting has gone 180 minutes without scoring, meaning that someone else must step up and assume some of the scoring load.

The Rapids, meanwhile, have a number of options up top who can find the net at the moment, with new additions Gabriel Torres and Vicente Sanchez adding to the rotation.

Both players made their home debut in a 2-0 win over Vancouver two weeks ago, but it was fellow forwards Deshorn Brown and Edson Buddle who tallied the goals.

Brown has now scored seven times in his rookie season for the Rapids, making him a leading contender for MLS Rookie of the Year.

Buddle is no stranger to coming off the bench from his time with Los Angeles, and he is just happy to contribute and make the decision process a little tougher on head coach Oscar Pareja.

"Everyone wants to make Oscar's job tough," Buddle said. "We're all fighting for a spot and it's a good atmosphere right now.

08/30 19:20:55 ET

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Local
Final
CAR 1
BOS 2
Final
DUKE 66
GONZ 52
Final
PHI 4
DET 4
Final
WAS 11
MIA 7
Final
BAL 5
MIN 6
Final
STL 2
NYM 3
Final
HOU 0
NYY 7
Final
ATL 2
PIT 4
Final
BOS 3
TAM 2
Final
TOR 2
BAL 4
Final
ANA 6
CIN 8
Final
KAN 0
CHC 7
Final
CLE 1
CWS 4
Final
SFG 11
LOS 9
Final
OAK 7
MIL 0
Final
SDP 8
SEA 5
Final
LOS 10
TEX 5
Final
COL 2
ARI 1
Final
ARI 10
COL 11
Final
WAS 91
HOU 99
Final
BRK 107
LAL 99
Final
NOP 110
MIN 88
Final
CLE 87
PHI 86
Final
MIA 109
DET 102
Final
BOS 106
LAC 119
4th
IND 102
DAL 97
 
Final
SAN 103
MEM 89
 
1st
PHO 21
OKC 12
 
Final
LOU 70
MSU 76
Final
DUKE 66
GONZ 52
Final
NYR 2
WAS 5
Final
CAR 1
BOS 2
Final
NAS 2
CAL 5
Final
NYI 5
DET 4
Final
OTT 2
FLA 4
3rd
NJD 1
ANA 2
 
2nd Intermission
WIN 3
CHI 2
 
2nd Intermission
PIT 2
SJS 2