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TFC vs. Sporting Kansas City: The Game Thread

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Cry all you want Teal, we're not gunna hear you tonight.
(CREDIT: Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
Cry all you want Teal, we're not gunna hear you tonight. (CREDIT: Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
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TORONTO FC vs.
SPORTING KC
5-15-6, 10th East
14-7-5, 1st East
LS: Koevermans (9)

LS: Kei Kamara (10)
2012 Major League Soccer Season, Game 27
Livestrong Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas
Saturday, August 28, 2012
8:30 PM EDT (7:30 PM MDT)
TV: Sportsnet ONE
Radio: Sportsnet 590
Referee: Allen Chapman (8 MLS games, 3.4 YC/gm, 1 pen)
Forecast: Rain, 27°C; Wind NNE 18 km/hr

Last Meeting: 8/18//2012, TFC 0-1 SKC

When the Jazzman's signifyin', and the band is windin' low
It's the late night side of morning, in the darkness of his soul
He can fill a room with sadness, as he fills his horn with tears
He can cry like a fallen angel, when risin' time is near
Jazzman, take my blues away, make my pain the same as yours
With every change you play...

- "Jazzman", Carole King

Not much left to play for this season for TFC; the late night side of our morning has yet to arrive for us, as we continue to fill the room with the sadness, as we cry horns of tears. Oh, where is our Jazzman? It seems that he has not arrived yet. But one thing's for sure -- throwing people under the bus won't help. Maybe a bit of music does?

The good news for this game is that both of Kansas City's Canada haters (Teal Bunbury and Jacob Peterson) will likely not feature in this game; Bunbury suffered a season-ending injury, while Peterson is still recovering from a shoulder sprain. Bobby Convey will also not be available, while Aurelien Collin is out due to suspension. That still leaves Graham Zusi, C.J. Sapong, Roger Espinoza and a whole cast of characters.

TFC will likely be without Eric Hassli, but most of the regular cast will be available. There will also be a newish referee in charge of this game, and at around 4 yellow cards a game, Terry Dunfield, Torsten Frings and Ashtone Morgan will have to be on their best behaviour (again) -- as they are one card away from sharing Collin's fate. Either way, as long as we stick it to Kei Kamara, it's all good.

So join us here pre- and in-match for chat and live commentary from your favourite WTR writers, and for those of you still in the running, don't forget to make your "Are You Smarter?" picks before kickoff.

Cue the smooth jazz sounds...