Sporting KC forward Sal Zizzo | Photo by USA Today Sports Images
With no shortage of talking points, the Sporting KC Show aired on Sports Radio 810 WHB on Tuesday with hosts Callum Williams and Andy Edwards bringing listeners all the latest in Major League Soccer and CONCACAF Champions League action. Last night's episode featured two guests in winger Sal Zizzo, who made his Sporting KC debut in the season opener at Seattle on Saturday, and FutbolMLS.com reporter Diego Pinzon, in town for the signing of Spanish midfielder Antonio Dovale and tonight's CCL quarterfinal against Cruz Azul (7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports 2 and Univision Deportes Network).
Listen to the full podcast below and stay tuned to 810 WHB throughout the day as their coverage will feature Todd Leabo live at Sporting Park from 3-6 p.m. CT during Between the Lines with Kevin Kietzman. Then at 6:30 p.m. CT, the duo of Callum Williams and Jake Gutierrez will begin more than three hours of programming dedicated to Sporting KC's first home match of 2014. The 30-minute pregame show will set the stage for tonight's showdown between the reigning MLS Cup champions and Liga MX leaders, followed by live match commentary and The Final Whistle: Sporting KC Postgame Show.
The Sporting KC Show will air tonight on Sports Radio 810 WHB from 7-8 p.m. CT. Hosts Callum Williams and Andy Edwards will be joined by Sporting KC winger Sal Zizzo and FutbolMLS.com's Diego Pinzon. Both guests will preview Wednesday night's CONCACAF Champions League matchup against Cruz Azul (7 pm, FOX Sports 2, Univision Deportes Network) as well as Saturday's home opener vs. FC Dallas (7:30 p.m., KMCI, SKCtv Network).
Tonight's show will air from 7-8 p.m. CT on 810 AM, online at 810WHB.com, and through the 810 WHB App (Android, iOS). You can join the conversation for tonight's show by calling 913-3-810-810 or tweeting your questions to CalWilliamsSKC and @AndyEdMLS.
On Saturday afternoon at CenturyLink Field, the Major League Soccer season will kick off with Sporting Kansas City traveling to face the Seattle Sounders. It's one of the marquee matches of the weekend which features USMNT stars Matt Besler, Graham Zusi, Clint Dempsey, and Brad Evans.
To get you ready for the match, check out the video below as MLSsoccer.com's Dan Haiek and Scouting Report break down the key factors.
It was cold. It was dramatic. It was heart-stopping. Regardless of the team you supported, the 2013 MLS Cup Final was a rollercoaster of emotions that kept fans on the edge of their seats.
The latest video from MLS Insider captures that emotion perfectly. It includes never-before-seen footage as well as interviews with representatives from both Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake. Check it out and let us know what you think in the comment section below.
It's been 21 months since Sporting KC grabbed a point at Seattle. It's been even longer since they grabbed three points. The last time Sporting KC came away with a result at CenturyLink Field (then called Qwest Field), Jacob Peterson scored an 8th-minute goal in a 1-1 draw.
One could go so far as to say that broke the Sounders' hex, as Sporting KC faced Seattle two months later and dethroned the three-time defending U.S. Open Cup champions in the championship game.
So for today's TBT, we're throwing it back to that Peterson goal (pictured, right).
Will we see more of the same on Saturday? Tune into NBCSN at 2 p.m. CT for Seattle vs. Sporting KC and the first match of the 2014 MLS season.
Major League Soccer's Dan Haiek and Matt Doyle preview Sporting Kansas City's 2014 MLS regular season with great praise.
Doyle proclaims, "I would be shocked if SKC wasn't in contention for all three trophies, the Shield, MLS Cup and the U.S. Open Cup. They're that good. They're that balanced. They're that deep. This is a really really good team."
Watch the full analysis:
Sporting KC opens the 2014 MLS regular season against the Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday. Sounders play-by-play voice, Ross Fletcher breaks down the matchup between the cross conference foes in the CenturyLink scouting report below.
Peter Vermes addresses crowd at Sporting Takeoff on Tuesday | USA Today Sports Images
Manager Peter Vermes and his Sporting Kansas City squad depart for Seattle on Thursday afternoon, 48 hours before taking the field against the Sounders on Saturday live on NBCSN. Prior to leading the team through one last training session in Kansas City at the Swope Soccer Village, Vermes joined Fescoe in the Morning on 610 Sports Radio to share his thoughts on the season opener and the 2014 campaign ahead.
"The big thing in this season is that we have a lot of variables to deal with, moreso than we did last year, when you pick and choose who are going to be the guys playing in the upcoming game. It's definitely not going to be easy from the coaching staff's perspective when you look at league play, you look at Champions League which we start next Wednesday here at home, you have U.S. Open Cup, and then we have Champions League again starting in August...and then we have World Cup with some of our guys. There are going to be so many challenges over the course of this season and there are going to be guys that are getting a lot of playing time...and they're going to have to step up and take advantage of those opportunities. They're going to have to be good. That's going to be the biggest challenge for us this year."
Throughout the 10-minute interview, Vermes continued to comment on the team's goals -- both short term and long term -- and the importance of staying "hungry and motivated" after winning MLS Cup. Listen to the full podcast below...
Sporting KC goalkeeper Jon Kempin at the Disney Pro Soccer Classic | Photo by Joe Petro
Sporting Kansas City homegrown goalkeeper Jon Kempin will make a special appearance from 3-4:30 p.m. CT on Friday in conjunction with Kia's programming at the KC Auto Show. If you're going to the annual event -- held at the Bartle Hall Convention Center (301 West 13th St.) in downtown Kansas City -- stop by Kia, an official partner of Sporting Kansas City, to meet Kempin and get your picture taken with the Major League Soccer and USL PRO champion. The Leawood, Kan. native will be signing personalized autographs so be sure to have your Sporting KC gear in hand.
Kempin, 20, started two games for Sporting Kansas City last month at the 2014 Disney Pro Soccer Classic with a clean sheet against Fluminense FC U-23's in a 3-0 win before adding another victory over the Montreal Impact to clinch the team's first-place finish in Group B. He enters the 2014 season, his fifth with the club since turning pro at age 17, after helping lead affiliate Orlando City SC to the USL PRO title in 2013 while on loan with the Lions.