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Champions meet as Man City visits Sporting KC on TSN

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TSN.ca Staff
7/23/2014 9:49:07 AM
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It's a meeting of champions when the defending BPL champions Manchester City pay a visit to MLS Cup holders Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park in Kansas.

You can catch all of the action live on TSN at 9pm et/6pm et.

For defending BPL champion City, Wednesday night's match with Sporting will be the first action of their North American tour. After Wednesday, City will compete in the Guinness International Champions Cup where they will play Liverpool, Milan and Olympiacos over the next 10 days.

Though, City brings with them a strong team for the tour including new signing Fernando, Samir Nasri and Aleks Kolarov, they will be without the services of striker Alvaro Negredo. The Spanish international suffered a foot injury on Sunday in a 2-1 friendly victory over Hearts. He's expected to be out for several months.

“I want to let you know that it's going to be hard for the next few months,” Negredo wrote on Instagram on Monday. “I fractured my fifth metatarsal and will be out a few months. “I will be back stronger than ever.”

Sporting Kansas City, who currently sit atop the Eastern Conference, see their date with the English champions as a chance to prove their own championship mettle, but also share Defoe's sentiments about having this fixture in the middle of a long season.

“It's always important to make sure when we're playing any international match that we perform well and continue to raise the profile of the league,” coach Peter Vermes told the Kansas City Star. “All of these games have a certain significance, but I don't want to over play it from the point of view that we're in the running for our league at the moment. And playing an exhibition in the middle of the season — as much as it's good for an event for all these other things — is not the focus.”

Even with the fixture-strain these games put on MLS sides, Sporting's American international midfielder Benny Feilhaber sees the importance for Sporting to test its skill against a European giant.

“They're a great team obviously,” Feilhaber said. “It's their preseason game. We don't know how fit they're going to be and how much they're going to put into it, but for us, I think it's a good test. It will be fun for the fans. ... It's always exciting to test yourself against a top club and top players.”

Samir Nasri (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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