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New England Revolution vs. Sporting Kansas City: Live Game Thread

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FOXBORO, MA - APRIL 23:  Kevin Alston #30 of the New England Revolution  battles for the ball with Ryan Smith  #11 of the Sporting Kansas City at Gillette Stadium on April 23, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - APRIL 23: Kevin Alston #30 of the New England Revolution battles for the ball with Ryan Smith #11 of the Sporting Kansas City at Gillette Stadium on April 23, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Welcome to the New England Revolution vs. Kansas City Wizards live game thread! I would like to open with a personal apology for the lack of activity in the last few weeks, including the absence of a "Know Thy Enemy" segment for this match. The truth is that I've been busy with my day job but I'm also struggling with writer's block and sheer laziness. It's unacceptable, and it will not continue, starting this week.

The Revs are coming off of a road trip where they pulled an unexpected four of six points after trips to the nation's capitol and Colorado. They will look to bring that momentum into LIVESTRONG Sporting Park during their first visit to the new stadium and are taking on a Sporting KC side that is 5-0-5 since opening the new arena in June.

For the Revolution, like last week, the key will be to take their chances. New England played a pretty good game against them earlier this season but haven't looked nearly as dangerous since then, whereas SKC is getting better and better with time. If a scoring chance appears, the Revs must take it, and they need to remain predatory and opportunistic on set pieces.

The injury report this week features Kheli Dube and Alan Koger as definite outs with whiplash and a heel contusion, respectively. Kevin Alston is probable with something called "Left Hallux Rigidus," while Zak Boggs and Ryan Cochrane are both probable.

Lineups and your comments after the jump.

Lineups

Revolution: Reis; Barnes, Soares, Coria, Alston; McCarthy, Joseph, Phelan; Feilhaber, Lekic, Schilawski

Bench: Shuttleworth, Fagundez, Nyassi, Mansally, Guy, Cochrane, Boggs

Sporting: Nielsen; Sinovic, Cyrus, Besler, Myers; Espinoza, Cesar, Jeferson; Zusi, Sapong, Kamara

Bench: Kronberg, Harrington, Diop, Stojcev, Saad, Bunbury, Bravo