Sporting KC vs. Manchester City: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 11:  The Manchester City players celebrate with the Premier League trophy at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium on May 11, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Manchester City begin their preparation for the International Champions Cup with a friendly against MLS outfit Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday, looking to build some momentum ahead of the star-studded tournament around the U.S.

Currently sitting top of the MLS Eastern Conference, Sporting KC are the ideal opponents for City to kick off their U.S. tour, and they’ll fancy their chances of producing a scalp against the Premier League champions.

Here, we look ahead to what’s set to be a mouth-watering affair at Sporting Park, as the champions of America and the champions of England lock horns.

 

Venue: Sporting Park, Kansas

Date: Thursday, July 24 (UK) / Wednesday, July 23 (US)

Time: 2 a.m. BST/9 p.m. ET

TV Info: ESPN (U.S. only)

Live Stream: ESPN Player (U.S. only)

 

World Cup Stars Won’t be Shining at Sporting Park

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 27:  Yaya Toure of Manchester City celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester City at Selhurst Park on April 27, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Jami
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Though City harbour one of the best squads in world football, some of their best and brightest won’t be featuring against Sporting on Wednesday.

As the club’s official website revealed, players that took part in the World Cup in Brazil won’t be touching down in the States until July 24, leaving City to field a weakened side against the MLS champions.

The most notable absentees include City’s Argentinian contingent, Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Martin Demichelis. Additionally, Brazil midfielder Fernandinho, new signing Bacary Sagna and captain Vincent Kompany will be absent throughout City’s entire time in America.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 09:  Lionel Messi, Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Marcos Rojo, Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Rodrigo Palacio, Ezequiel Garay and Sergio Aguero of Argentina celebrate defeating the Netherlands in a penalty shootout during th
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Those that exited the World Cup at the group stage—Joe Hart, James Milner, David Silva, Yaya Toure and Edin Dzeko—will join up with City on tour, but it won’t be until after Wednesday’s friendly.

However, manager Manuel Pellegrini still has a star-studded squad at his disposal at Sporting Park, with the likes of Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas and summer signings Fernando and Willy Caballero all set to play a part. 

One man that won’t be flying stateside, though, is striker Alvaro Negredo, who faces time on the sidelines with a broken foot, according to BBC Sport.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JANUARY 12:  Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo celebrates after scoring the second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James' Park on January 12, 2014 in Newc
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The Spaniard took to Instagram to deliver a message to City fans regarding his injury, saying:

"I want to let you know that its going to be hard for the next few months. I fractured my 5th metatarsal and will be out a few months. I will be back stronger than ever."

With Negredo out and City’s firepower incredibly limited, Sporting KC can really go for it on Wednesday, and they’ll be sure to do just that.

They’re certainly coming into the match in the right form to do so, too, with SoccerWay revealing that Kansas City have lost just one of their last eight matches, winning six during that spell.

Victory over LA Galaxy on Saturday rather summed up how SKC have been playing lately, holding firm to win 2-1 in a closely fought encounter.

May 23, 2014; Kansas City, KS, USA; Sporting KC celebrate their second goal during the match between Toronto FC and Sporting KC at Sporting Park. The final score of the game was a tie Toronto FC 2 - Sporting KC 2. Mandatory Credit: Gary Rohman/Sporting KC
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Midfielder Benny Feilhaber was the star of the show against the Galaxy, scoring the opening goal and putting together a sublime performance to boot.

After winning the MLS’ Player of the Week award for his exploits, Feilhaber spoke to Sporting KC’s official website and reflected on both his and the team’s strong form:

“It is exciting, because the recipients of the award usually means their team won that week. Obviously it is more important that almost all of our players are back and healthy. We are in good form and it feels great to contribute to the team.”

Jul 19, 2014; Kansas City, KS, USA; Sporting KC mid-fielder Benny Feilhaber (10) celebrates with teammates Graham Zusi (8) and Soony Saad (22) after scoring a goal off a free kick against the Los Angeles Galaxy during the first half at Sporting Park. Mand
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Feilhaber and Co. will be looking to continue their promising run at Sporting Park on Wednesday, and it would be far from surprising to see them do the business against a weakened City side.

If they do find a way past Pellegrini’s men, they’ll claim the Champions’ Shield, giving them the momentum and confidence they need to push for domestic silverware in the MLS.