Sporting Kansas City will take on Columbus Crew at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kan.
It will be the first of two meetings in a one-month span. The match will be broadcast by KSMO-TV. A limited number of tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com and the Sporting Park box offices.
With seven games remaining in the regular season, Sporting Kansas City currently sits atop the Eastern Conference in a three-way tie with the Montreal Impact and New York Red Bulls. Columbus is five points out of playoff position and is seeking the team's first road victory since May in a 1-0 win at Toronto FC.
Both teams earned victories in their most recent matches. Sporting Kansas City defeated the Colorado Rapids 2-1 with goals from Benny Feilhaber and Graham Zusi last Saturday, while Crew interim head coach Brian Bliss led Columbus to a 2-0 victory over the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday in his first match at the helm of the club. Bliss formerly played (1998) and coached in Kansas City (2000-2006), including a period as the interim head coach for 14 matches at the end of the 2006 season
Saturday's match features three players who have scored nine goals this season in Sporting KC's Claudio Bieler and the Crew's Federico Higuain and Dominic Oduro. Bieler and Oduro each tallied a goal in the clubs last meeting, a 3-2 victory for Sporting Kansas City in June, while Hiquain returns on Saturday after missing the Crew's last two matches due to suspension.
Sporting Park will hold its annual Scout Night, recognizing over 2,500 Heart of America Council scouts prior to the match on Saturday. The first 1,000 Scouts to arrive in uniform will receive a commemorative badge.