Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match for Sporting Kansas City's 4-0 victory over the Montreal Impact at Sporting Park. Voting is open until Sunday evening.
What might Saturday have in store when Sporting Kansas City hosts the Montreal Impact at Sporting Park? MLSsoccer.com's Dan Haiek and Matt Doyle preview the Eastern Conference match-up with two overarching storylines:
- Will Jack McInerney strike again? He scored on his Montreal debut last weekend and scored in his last match against KC (10/26/13). His three career goals in eight appearances against Sporting rank second most among active IMFC players.
- Can Montreal defend Sporting's set pieces? The Impact have conceded 10 times through six games to start the 2014 campaign and three of those goals have come from set pieces. Montreal will be looking for their first MLS shutout since August of 2013, a span of 15 regular season games without a clean sheet.
Secure your seat at Sporting Park for Saturday's showdown -- a limited number of tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.com or on gameday at the box offices. Can't make it to the match? Catch the game live on KMCI 38 the Spot, SKCTV, Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Gran D 1340 AM.
Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer, along with Vancouver Whitecaps FC forward Darren Mattocks, are the latest two Generation adidas graduates featured in MLSsoccer.com's Generations video series. Dwyer is tied for the league lead with two game-winning goals in 2014 and ranks fifth among MLS shot takers with 19 attempts through five matches.
Generation adidas is a youth player development program that identifies and nurtures elite youth soccer talent in the United States to become future stars of MLS and U.S. Soccer. Athletes who participate in Generation adidas receive incentives and unprecedented opportunities to develop their game at the highest level.
Five current Sporting Kansas City players were selected in the MLS SuperDraft through the Generation adidas program:
Jacob Peterson (2006, No. 21 overall)
Chance Myers (2008, No. 1 overall)
Ike Opara (2010, No. 3 overall)
Dom Dwyer (2012, No. 16 overall)
Mikey Lopez (2013, No. 14 overall)
He was a whiz in the Wiz's midfield. For two years, Frank Klopas featured for the Kansas City Wiz (and Wizards) playing 49 games with seven goals and 11 assists.
The U.S. Men's national team veteran helped to usher in a new era of professional soccer in the city of Kansas City before finishing his professional career with the Chicago Fire in 1998 and 1999.
On Saturday, Klopas will return to Kansas City again, but this time as the new head coach of the Montreal Impact.
As manager of the Chicago Fire - where he led the charge from 2011-2013 - Klopas managed against Kansas City seven times and had a 3-2-2 record.
So for today's Throwback Thursday, we're throwing it wayyy back to when Klopas patrolled the midfield at Arrowhead Stadium as a member of the Kansas City Wizards.
Photo by USA Today Sports Images
Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Eric Kronberg joined The Program with Soren Petro on Sports Radio 810 WHB earlier today ahead of the team's Week 7 match-up with the Montreal Impact. Listen to the podcast embedded below for his thoughts on Saturday's Eastern Conference clash -- a 7:30 p.m. CT kickoff at Sporting Park -- and his first season as the club's starter since being drafted in 2006.
Kronberg, who became a father earlier this month, has conceded just four goals in five MLS starts this season (two of the four goals came from the penalty spot) and is tied for the league lead with two shutouts.
Friday night, Sporting KC defender Matt Besler was honored by the Kansas City Sports Commission as the Kansas City Downtown Marriott Sportsman of the Year at an awards banquet at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.
2013 was a standout year for Besler. The Overland Park native made his debut for the U.S. Men's National Team in January, went on to help the USMNT win the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and led Sporting KC to their first MLS Cup championship since 2000.
Additional honorees included Kansas City Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt (Waddell & Reed Executive of the Year), Olympic Gold Medalist Shannon Vreeland (Kansas City Life Sportswoman of the Year), Northwest Missouri State Head Football Coach Adam Dorrel (Burns & McDonnell Coach of the Year) and Shawnee Mission West Football Community (Sprint Community Champion).
Sporting Kansas City captain Matt Besler -- awarded the KC Sports Commission's Sportsman of the Year last week -- was a special guest in studio at Sports Radio 810 WHB this morning with The Border Patrol hosts Steven St. John, Nate Bukaty and Jake Gutierrez. The 22-minute interview, embedded below, touched on a wide variety of topics including his role within the U.S. Men's National Team, new Sporting Style merchandise and his tutelage of 16-year-old centerback Erik Palmer-Brown.
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Besler was also interviewed on last night's Sporting KC Show with Callum Williams, Andy Edwards and Carter Augustine. The hour-long show previews Saturday's match against Montreal, including an on-air discussion with Impact forward Jack McInerney. The 21-year-old scored on his debut for head coach Frank Klopas after being acquired from the Philadelphia Union in a trade earlier this month.
Check out the show below in both audio and video form.
SPORTING KC SHOW
The Sporting Club Network is happy to announce two additional tour stops added to this spring’s #MLSCupTour of the Midwest.
Later today, the Cup will be making an appearance at the Sporting Blue Valley Benefit Game at the Overland Park Soccer Complex from 7-8:30 p.m. CT. Each spring, Sporting Blue Valley holds this annual benefit game where the premier coaches play one of the top teams in the club to raise money for the Sporting Blue Valley Scholarship Fund. Admission is free to the game with donations highly encouraged. The event is open to the public and fans are invited to stop by and support the local community while also having the opportunity to take their picture with the MLS Cup and see Sporting KC players, Matt Besler and Chance Myers. The Cup will be on display by the Fieldhouse pavilion near Field 1 where the exhibition game will be played.
On Tuesday, April 29th the Cup will continue its trek across the Midwest, as it will be taken to Columbia, Mo. for a Sporting Club Network Mini Clinic in conjunction with Sporting Columbia SC. The clinic will be taking place at Pride Park from 5:30-7 p.m. CT and the Cup will be on display for pictures. All are welcome to come take a picture with the Cup during this time!
For other MLS Cup Tour dates and locations, click here and to follow all of the adventures of the Cup, visit the Tour Storify page and include #MLSCupTour for your chance to be featured! Beyond that, be sure to follow the Sporting Club Network on Facebook and Twitter.
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U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Club Atletico River Plate
April 13, 2014 | Cotton Bowl | Dallas Cup
USA - Ben Spencer (Jordan Allen) 15
CARP - Alan Arario 18
CARP - Braian Molina (Juan Kaprof) 34
USA - Rubio Rubin (Jordan Allen) 74
USA - Ben Spencer 79
USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 2-Shaquell Moore, 21-Jesus Vazquez (13-Erik Palmer Brown, 46), 5-Sullaiman Dainkeh, 3-Michael Amick (15-John Requejo Jr, 77), 6-Kellyn Acosta, 16-Lynden Gooch, 10-Romain Gall (14-Amando Moreno, 77), 11-Rubio Rubin (17-Luis Felipe, 85), 9-Ben Spencer, 23-Jordan Allen (20-Benji Lopez, 88)
Subs Not Used: 12-Santiago Castano, 24-Zach Pfeffer
Head Coach: Tab Ramos
CARP: 1-Barga Batalla; 4-Pablo Carreras, 2-Braian Molina, 6-Leandro Vega, 3-Franco Federico, 20-Lucas Martinez Quarta, 17-Alan Arario (7-Claudio Salto, 62), 8-Matias Sanchez (14-Nicolas Fittaioli, 71), 11-Julio Zuniga (18-Joaquin Serrago, 80), 10-Juan Kaprof, 9-Lucas Boye
Subs Not Used: 19-Tomas Andrade, 13-Ullua Barboza, 5-Braian Musarella, 12-Ramon Velazco
Head Coach: Claudio Vagliente
|Shots on Goal||3||4|
CARP - Lucas Martinez (caution) 27
USA - Jesus Vazquez (caution) 33
CARP - Leandro Vega (caution) 78
USA - John Requejo (caution) 85
CARP - Nicolas Fittaioli (caution) 86
USA - Lynden Gooch (caution) 90+2
CARP - Claudio Salto (caution) 90+3
CARP - Pablo Carrera (ejection) 90+4
CARP - Barga Batalla (caution) 90+5
U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
April 14, 2014 | Richland College Field #10 | Dallas Cup
USA - Benji Lopez (Zach Pfeffer) 43
USA - Zach Pfeffer (Lynden Gooch) 48
USA - Romain Gall (Paul Arriola) 87
USA: 12-Santiago Castano; 2-Shaquell Moore (6-Kellyn Acosta, 46), 13-Erik Palmer Brown, 18-Trevor Haberkorn, 15-John Requejo Jr, 16-Lynden Gooch (11-Rubio Rubin, 56), 17-Luis Felipe (23-Jordan Allen, 76), 14-Amando Moreno, (10-Romain Gall), 7-Paul Arriola, 20-Benji Lopez, 24-Zach Pfeffer
Subs Not Used:, 1-Zack Steffen; 5-Sullaiman Dainkeh, 9-Ben Spencer
Head Coach: Tab Ramos
EIN: 22-Julian Bibleka; 2-Marco Meyerhoefer, 5-Ozgur Ozdemir, 13-Moussa Ouattara, 3-Niclas Mohr, 6-Hermann Dorner, 7-Eray Eren, 8-Illia Azouaghi, 10-Joel Gerezgiher, 18-Raffael Grigorian (20-Clay Verkaj, 17), 11-Marvin Helm
Subs Not Used: 1-Yannick Zummack, 4-Viktor Talevski, 9-Noah Michel, 12-Yannick Wolf, 14-Miklas Kunzel, 15-David Roesler, 16-Manuel Konate Lueken, 17-Loris Weiss, 19-Fabian Lifka, 21-Dominik Reining
Head Coach: Daniyel Cimen
|Shots on Goal||6||2|
EIN - Clay Verkaj (caution) 57
USA - Benji Lopez (caution) 77
USA - Amando Moreno (caution) 70
EIN - Julian Bibleka (caution) 84
USA - Erik Palmer-Brown (caution) 90+4