KANSAS CiITY, Kan. — A rash of absences because of national team duty, injury and suspension have forced Minnesota United to field an altered starting 11 against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday. Here's how the Loons will line up:
Jerome Thiesson, Brent Kallman, Jermaine Taylor, Marc Burch
Collen Warner, Ibson,
Kevin Molino, Ish Jome, Miguel Ibarra
Bench: John Alvbage, Joe Greenspan, Rasmus Schuller, Kevin Venegas, Justin Davis, Bashkim Kadrii, Collin Martin
Jome gets his second-straight start while Molino comes back into the lineup after an illness kept him out last week. Taylor takes Francisco Calvo's (on duty with Costa Rica) spot. Warner slots in for a suspended Sam Cronin.
Schuller returns to the bench after once again recovering from a lingering hip flexor injury. Kadrii does as well. He was sick last week like Molino but hadn't made the match-day squad prior to that for several matches.
Also, Kallman is named captain with Calvo gone.
And here's how KC is lining up while it deals with the same national team duty/injury/suspension absences as United. Notably, forward Dom Dwyer on the bench after rehabbing a knee injury: