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                === SKC heads to Toyota Park to face Chicago ===
 
 Bridgeview, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Sporting Kansas City will hope to regroup
 on Sunday when it travels to Toyota Park to face the Chicago Fire.
 
 Kansas  City  spurned a chance  to take sole possession  of first place in the
 Eastern  Conference on Wednesday as it suffered a 2-1 home defeat at the hands
 of the Philadelphia Union, a result that snapped a two-game winning streak for
 the reigning MLS Cup champions.
 
 "We  deserved to  lose," SKC  head coach  Peter Vermes  said after  the match.
 "(Philadelphia  was) the  better team. They worked harder than we did and they
 were  hungrier than we  were. They beat us to all the balls. Very seldom do we
 get  outworked playing  against  one  of our  opponents,  but  tonight we  got
 outworked  in our  home stadium.  That doesn't  sit well  with me,  that's for
 sure."
 
 Sporting  enters  the weekend with the  New England Revolution for first place
 with 17 points apiece. In order to stay atop the East for another week, Kansas
 City will need to play with more energy than the team showed against the Union
 and the Montreal Impact in its previous outing.
 
 "Maybe  they  thought we were playing  the same game on Saturday in Montreal,"
 Vermes  said. "We just didn't have the juice we normally have. I'll have to go
 back  and look  at the training that  we've done over the last couple days. We
 lacked  the pop that  we normally have. Again, we got outworked today and they
 deserved to win because they were the better team."
 
 Chicago,  meanwhile, enjoyed its first win of the season last time out, defeat
 Red Bull New York in a thrilling 5-4 affair at Red Bull Arena.
 
 Harry Shipp was the star of the night, scoring a hat trick to lead his side to
 a  much-needed victory. But even while the rookie received the majority of the
 plaudits, he was quick to praise his teammates for their efforts.
 
 "It  was all about the team bonding together, as 11 guys defending the box and
 I  think  we showed  that in  the last 10  minutes there  were some great head
 clearances  and  it was a  roller coaster, but it  was a good roller coaster,"
 Shipp said in a postgame interview.
 
 "I'm  just happy, if  I score three goals and we don't win the game it doesn't
 really  matter. So,  that's what's  important,"  he told  reporters after  the
 match.
 
 While Chicago has managed just one win from its first nine league matches, its
 two defeats leave the club tied for second-fewest in MLS thus far.
 
 A wealth of draws - six, in total - have prevented the club from rising in the
 Eastern  Conference table, but if Shipp can continue his ascendance, a playoff
 berth down the road could be in the cards.
 
 
 
 05/16 17:00:30 ET

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