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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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Scoreboard
Local
2nd
ORL 24
CHA 30
 
Final
PHI 2
UTA 6
 
Final
CHI 86
LAC 96
Final
HOU 105
CLE 103
 
2nd
ORL 24
CHA 30
 
2nd
BOS 45
GSW 28
 
1st
IND 25
PHI 22
 
2nd
SAC 23
POR 34
 
6:30pm Tonight
LAL
OKC
8:00pm Tonight
DEN
NOP
Final
NIAG 57
FAIR 56
 
Final
PETE 68
IONA 60
 
Final
RIDE 59
MAR 49
 
Final
MAN 69
QUIN 65
 
Final
UCONN 81
SMU 73
Final
CAL 73
ORST 56
Final
HOU 72
SFLA 55
Final
PROV 77
MARQ 66
Final
WISC 68
MSU 61
Final
MON 63
SIENA 57
 
1st
WAKE 13
PITT 7
 
7:00pm Tonight
STAN
OREG
7:30pm Tonight
OSU
PURD
8:30pm Tonight
COL
ARST
9:30pm Tonight
UCLA
WASU
Final
WIN 5
LOS 2
 
2nd
PIT 3
CLB 1
 
2nd
FLA 3
TAM 1
 
7:00pm Tonight
WAS
TOR
8:00pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
9:30pm Tonight
VAN
STL