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Sporting Kansas City vs. Philadelphia Union Preview and Predictions

Two of the remaining MLS is Back Tournament favorites meet when the Philadelphia Union play Sporting Kansas City in a quarterfinal on Thursday night near Orlando. For Philadelphia, it may represent a last chance to win hardware with some of the current young talent in the fold. The Union's 19-year-old creative midfielder Brenden Aaronson and 21-year-old defender Mark McKenzie are among those rumored to be attracting attention from European clubs. Aaronson has started every game of the tournament, and he has two assists. With most European leagues starting new seasons later this summer or early in the fall, it's possible the Union could receive an offer for one or both that would be too good to pass up. "The hype around our players is real," Philadelphia coach Jim Curtin said. "It's always flattering to have interest in your young players. It's no secret that our (goal) is to sell our first player to Europe. "Keeping Aaron and Mark humble and hungry is the job of our entire technical staff. The talent is certainly there, and if they continue to play the way they do, I'm sure some concrete offers will come in for them." Sporting Kansas City have their own prized young prospect in 18-year-old dual national U.S./Italy midfielder Gianluca Busio, but in general coach Peter Vermes' club is a bit more mature. Offseason acquisition Alan Pulido is making an early MVP bid, with the 29-year-old Mexican contributing three goals and four assists through five games. Tim Melia proved at age 34 he is still the league's best penalty stopper, saving two during a penalty-kick shootout to help SKC advance beyond Vancouver following a scoreless draw in the round of 16. Experience that also includes seasoned vets such defender Matt Besler, midfielder Ilie Sanchez and winger Johnny Russell perhaps has helped Kansas City weather some rough breaks. "For us against

Paris Saint Germain vs. Atalanta Preview and Predictions

Atalanta (4-1-3) are the biggest surprise in the Champions League knockout stage. After a rough start in group play, Atalanta have turned up the...

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Hurricanes vs. Bruins Preview and Predictions

The Boston Bruins didn't fare well in their tune-ups for the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Cubs vs. Indians Preview and Predictions

Following an unintended break, the Chicago Cubs are ready for a return to the diamond. When they do, the Cleveland Indians will be waiting.

Royals vs. Reds Preview and Predictions

The suddenly hot Kansas City Royals have won their last four games, all against teams currently in first place in their respective divisions.

Marlins vs. Blue Jays Preview and Predictions

The Toronto Blue Jays will finally play a "home" game Tuesday when they take on the surprising Miami Marlins at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, N.Y.

Flames vs. Stars Preview and Predictions

On the surface, ending the round-robin with a victory would seem to mean little for the Dallas Stars.

Blue Jackets vs. Lightning Preview and Predictions

While revenge surely is on the minds of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the status of defenseman Victor Hedman is the bigger issue heading into Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday afternoon in Toronto.

Rockets vs. Spurs Preview and Predictions

If the San Antonio Spurs are going to continue their impressive string of playoff appearances, they likely will need to win their final two games of the NBA's reworked regular season.

Nets vs. Magic Preview and Predictions

The Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic entered the NBA bubble as the teams likely to secure the seventh and eighth seeds in the Eastern Conference.

Athletics vs. Angels Preview and Predictions

Julio Teheran will be on the mound for the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night against the Oakland A's in Anaheim, Calif., hoping that he can improve on his only other start this season.

Padres vs. Dodgers Preview and Predictions

The San Diego Padres will look to make more noise in the National League West when they arrive in Los Angeles on Monday night for the opener of a four-game series.

Giants vs. Astros Preview and Predictions

The Houston Astros, the three-time defending American League West champions, appear as vulnerable as any point since 2016, the last time Houston failed to qualify for the postseason.

Mariners vs. Rangers Preview and Predictions

It seems the Texas Rangers are quickly becoming accustomed to their new ballpark.

Nuggets vs. Lakers Preview and Predictions

Since clinching the top seed in the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Lakers have lost their last three games. The Lakers will try to end their skid Monday when they clash with the Denver Nuggets near Orlando.

Diamondbacks vs. Rockies Preview and Predictions

The Colorado Rockies are heading home after a loss, but hardly hanging their heads.

Twins vs. Brewers Preview and Predictions

Minnesota's Randy Dobnak and Milwaukee's Adrian Houser might not necessarily be household names throughout the big leagues, but they happen to be two of the better pitchers on the young 2020 season.

Pacers vs. Heat Preview and Predictions

The Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers, tied for fourth place in the Eastern Conference at 43-27, will meet on Monday night near Orlando.

Rays vs. Red Sox Preview and Predictions

The Tampa Bay Rays hope their second road trip of the season turns out better than the first.

Nationals vs. Mets Preview and Predictions

The New York Mets, coming off their first series win of the season, will play host to the reeling Washington Nationals on Monday night.