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MLS Cup 2013 Starting Lineups: Wingert, Saborío in; Sporting unchanged

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MLS Cup 2013’s lineups are surprise free, which is good news for Western Conference Champions Real Salt Lake. With both Chris Wingert and Álvaro Saborío in Jason Kreis’s starting XI, RSL’s two injury doubts have been alleviated. The veteran left back, who missed the conference final’s second leg against Portland, and the Costa Rican international, three games on the sideline, are ready to make their returns.

The only surprise for the visitors: the absence of Devon Sandoval, who started both games of the Western Conference finals. According to Real Salt Lake, Sandoval’s “[exacerbated] the fractured [bone] in his right foot, on which he has played the last month,” keeping him for dressing for today’s game.

For Kansas City, the only mild surprise comes on the bench, but when you’re talking about the difference between Lawrence Olum and Soony Saad, there are only so many jaws that are going to drop. Now healthy after an early postseason injury, Olum returns to the 18, adding depth to midfield. With three other forwards dressing (Jacob Peterson, Teal Bunbury, Claudio Bieler), Saad was deemed redundant, even if the former Michigan attacker offers something slightly different than Peter Vermes’ other forwards.

Sporting’s starting lineup’s the same as we’ve seen through most of the playoffs, with the XI that clinched Kansas City’s return to the title game given a chance to bring home the team’s first title since 2000.

Lineups

Sporting Kansas City: Jimmy Nielsen; Chance Myers, Aurélien Collin, Matt Besler, Seth Sinovic; Oriol Rosell, Paulo Nagamura, Benny Feilhaber; Graham Zusi, Dom Dwyer, C.J. Sapong.

Substitutes: Eric Kronberg, Ike Opara, Federico Bessone, Jacob Peterson, Claudio Bieler, Teal Bunbury, Lawrence Olum

Real Salt Lake: Nick Rimando; Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Chris Schuler, Chris Wingert; Luis Gil, Kyle Beckerman, Ned Grabavoy; Javier Morales; Robbie Findley, Álvaro Saborío.

Substitutes: Jeff Attinella, Lovel Palmer, João Plata, Sebastian Velasquez, Olmes Garcia, Cole Grossman, Brandon McDonald

VIDEO: Alex Morgan scores goal against Costa Rica in 12 seconds

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The United States got off to a historically roaring start in Olympic qualifying. Taking on Costa Rica in Frisco, Texas to begin Group A play, Alex Morgan opened the scoring in just 12 seconds, taking just six passes to complete the masterpiece.

According to the USWNT twitter account, the goal is the fastest in U.S. Soccer history.

According to CONCACAF, the goal is also the quickest in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying, breaking Abby Wambach’s of 35 seconds in a 14-0 domination of the Dominican Republic in 2012.

[ WATCH LIVE: USWNT vs Costa Rica live online on NBC Sports Live Extra ]

The United States scored three goals in the first 15 minutes against Costa Rica tonight. They will take on Mexico and Puerto Rico across the next five days.

Watch Live: USWNT vs Costa Rica in Olympic qualifying

SAN DIEGO, CA - JANUARY 23:  (L-R) Carli Lloyd #10 of the United States is congratulated by teammate Alex Morgan #13 after a goal against Ireland at Qualcomm Stadium on January 23, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)
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The United States women are set to begin Group A play in Olympic qualification, taking on 36th ranked Costa Rica at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas at 8:30 a.m. ET.

The game takes place after a 17-day camp at the national training camp in Carson, California.

[ WATCH LIVE: USWNT vs Costa Rica live online on NBC Sports Live Extra ]

Other teams in the group include Mexico and Puerto Rico. The Mexicans dominated Puerto Rico 6-0 in the first game.

LINEUP

United States: Solo; Krieger, Johnston, Sauerbrunn, Klingenberg; Brian, Horan, Dunn, Lloyd, Heath; Morgan.

Columbus, NYCFC release new kits to mixed results

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Two Major League Soccer clubs have put their kits out there for the 2016 season. They’ve received a mediocre welcome at best.

Columbus was the first, and their kit makes a bold statement moving away from the traditional yellow and black that so often adorns their regular shirts. Instead, the kit incorporates the Columbus flag onto it. The release has seen quite a negative reaction on social media.

The kit was unveiled at the Columbus City Hall on Wednesday, featuring the traditional adidas stripes, although instead of the usual placement on the shoulders, the stripes come down the side of the torso. Recently, adidas has the tendency to copy general jersey patterns across its multiple properties, so look for this design with other clubs in the near future.

The negative reaction to the Columbus release isn’t terribly surprising considering fans often enjoy sticking to tradition, and backlash is common when clubs deviate from the norm. As an additional hurdle, the color contrast between red and yellow is somewhat stark, lending to the difficult reception. Add in the bright pastel blue shorts and…yikes.

While the club didn’t describe how they will utilize this kit during the season, it’s likely to be the primary (at least for now) as the club release says the kit portfolio also includes last year’s black kit, which is traditionally the away kit.

NYCFC’s release of their secondary kit was more positive, receiving a mixed response on social media.

As you can see, adidas again copied their general outline with the stripes down the side of the torso. However, the German clothing manufacturer did much better with the general design of these kits than the Columbus ones. I will give a bit of personal opinion here: I absolutely love these kits. The ripple effect accentuates the crest with a near-3D effect, and the colors mesh perfectly which serves to assuage the eye from being overwhelmed by a busy design. If there’s any criticism, it’s that without an outline, the Etihad logo tends to get in the way a bit, but that’s nitpicking. Well done NYCFC. Columbus…I’ll leave that one to you all.

Men In Blazers podcast: Romelu Lukaku Pod Special

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Rog and Davo break down Leicester City’s 3 – 1 win at Manchester City, marvel at Spurs going second in the table, and talk about the headlines surrounding the mid-table clash between Chelsea and United.

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