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13 November 11:28 am

Who can resist Chipotle and soccer? Our point exactly!

The Sporting Kansas City Academy has teamed up with Chipotle to raise money for the 2014-15 season. Sporting KC fans are encouraged to join Academy midfielder and Chipotle Youth Homegrown athlete winner Roman Knox at the Chipotle on 135th & Metcalf in Overland Park, Kansas on Monday, November 17 from 4-9 p.m. CT. Chipotle will donate 50% of proceeds to the Sporting KC Academy when customers show the cashier this flyer.

Bring your friends. Let's make this a party.

The Sporting KC Academy program has proven valuable in recent years for Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes, who has added talent to his senior roster with the homegrown signings of Kevin Ellis, Jon Kempin and Erik Palmer-Brown. Ellis was consistently seen in the starting lineup for Sporting KC this season, appearing in 20 MLS matches, while Kempin and Palmer-Brown made their MLS debuts. The 21-year-old goalkeeper earned MLS Save of the Week honors in his first two appearances for Sporting Kansas City and 17-year-old Palmer-Brown was the youngest player to appear in an MLS match this season.

07 October 12:53 pm

This weekend of October 10-13, Sporting KC and Swope Soccer Village will host the U17, U14 & U12 Central Region MLS Generation adidas Cup featuring Six MLS Academy clubs, including Sporting KC, Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo.

U17 Division: All six MLS Academies will compete in the U17 division featuring two MLS GA cup games on Friday and Sunday with one Friendly on Monday. The schedule can be found online at www.mlssoccer.com/generationadidascup/2015.

U14 Division: Sporting KC, Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids & Columbus Crew will play in the U14 division. Games will be held on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. The schedule can be found online at www.sportingkc.com/academy/mlsgacup-u14-2014.

U12 Division: Sporting KC, Chicago Fire, & Houston Dynamo will play in the U12 division. Multiple games will be held on Saturday (7v7) & Sunday (11v11). The schedule can be found online at www.sportingkc.com/academy/mlsgacup-u12-2014.

For more information on Swope Soccer Village including a map of the fields, please visit www.sportingkc.com/swope-park-training-center.

You can also get updates by following @SKCAcademy on Twitter!

 

30 May 11:36 am

Two years ago this month, two of the most successful clubs in Kansas City, Blue Valley Soccer Club and Kansas City Football Club, completed a major merger that saw both clubs’ membership come together to form Sporting Blue Valley. This was the first instance of an Academy Affiliate in the Sporting Club Network taking on the “Sporting” name and for some time it was considered one of the main local feeder clubs for the Sporting KC Academy teams. Times have changed since then with the Academy Affiliate program growing immensely, now including 11 different affiliates across the Midwest, spanning as far as Minneapolis, Minnesota to Nashville, Tennessee.
 
As Sporting KC Academy tryouts returned this May, the influence of these Academy Affiliates was certainly apparent with trialists coming from at least seven different cities and five different states. Among the represented affiliates were Omaha FC, Sporting Wichita Rojos, Sporting StL Rangers, Sporting Nashville Heroes, Sporting Kaw Valley, Sporting Iowa, Sporting Columbia SC, and Sporting Blue Valley, with a number of these players receiving roster or developmental player spots across the four Academy age groups for the 2014-15 season.
 
A major goal of the Sporting Club Network and its Academy Affiliate program is to better scout and develop the youth talent throughout this region in hopes of providing a clear path for these players to strive for a place on the Sporting KC senior team. Seeing growth like this is a testament to this program and hopefully a sign of the club getting closer to having its first Academy Affiliate player starting in a competitive match at Sporting Park.
 
To keep up with the Sporting Club Network and the Academy Affiliate program, be sure to follow on Twitter and like on Facebook.
30 May 9:26 am
With upcoming plans to replace the pitch at Sporting Park during the World Cup break in MLS play, Sporting Kansas City offered up a unique opportunity to its partners: a chance to reserve 3-hour time slots to host events on the very field that the 2013 MLS Cup was won on. Academy Affiliate Sporting Kaw Valley took advantage of this occasion & will be hosting what they are calling “Party on the Pitch” on Saturday.
 
Attending SKV club members will get to come out to Sporting Park and participate in a variety of activities on the field, but the fun doesn’t end there with Sporting KC player appearances, autographs, music, giveaways and much more being included in the overall event. While on-field, participating youth players can compete in various skill-based games and will each be given a “passport” to travel through the different activities.
 
Upon completion of said activities, players will receive a stamp showing their accomplishment and completed passports will earn players the chance to win different SKC prizes including autographed merchandise. Following these on-field challenges from 3-6 p.m., members are welcome to stick around the stadium in the Boulevard Members Club for an additional player appearance during a Sporting KC watch party for the team's road match against D.C. United at 6 p.m.
 
For your chance to be a part of this exclusive event, register today at www.sportingkv.com/registration. And to stay up to date on all things Sporting Club Network, be sure to follow the program on Twitter and like it on Facebook.
28 April 11:53 am

Sporting Kaw Valley has made an exciting addition to their coaching staff. Former Sporting KC midfielder and Grenada international Craig Rocastle is the newest member of Sporting Kaw Valley’s premier coaching staff and will fulfill a variety of roles within the club. Rocastle currently holds a National “C” Coaching License and will now serve as an Assistant Age Group Director in their Premier Division.
 
"Rocastle will bring with him a wealth of individual soccer related knowledge and experience," said Marcus Dudley, Sporting Kaw Valley’s Executive Director. "He truly understands what we're trying to build here at Sporting Kaw Valley.”

Sporting Kaw Valley partnered with Sporting Kansas City through the Sporting Club Network as an Academy Affiliate in 2013. Sporting Kaw Valley is dedicated to providing opportunities for fun and development in a family-friendly environment. Their goal is to enable youth players to enjoy the game of soccer, while realizing their full potential as a player. Today, they serve more than 2,200 players between the ages of 3-19, primarily in the Lawrence and Topeka areas.
 
To read more about this announcement, please click here. To stay informed on all things Sporting Club Network, follow the SCN on Twitter & like them on Facebook.

03 April 2:14 pm

In August of 2013, during the Academy Affiliate Weekend, the Sporting Club Network named the very first Academy Affiliate All-Star Team with representatives from over seven different cities throughout the Midwest. During their time in Kansas City, this select group of young players received training from SKC senior team coaches at the team's training facility and competed in an exhibition game against Sporting KC's very own U14 Academy team.

With the success of the first Academy Affiliate All-Star Team, the program has been expanded in 2014. Now, the Sporting Club Network hosts two Academy Affiliate All-Star Experiences each year with the first one having taken place in late March. Eight Academy Affiliate clubs had the opportunity to select their top U14 and U12 male players to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Over 40 All-Stars were selected from over 10 major Midwestern cities to come to Kansas City to participate in a unique and exclusive opportunity.
 
To view pictures from the 2014 Spring Academy Affiliate All-Star Experience and learn about what these players got to be a part of, view the Storify below. Additionally, to stay up to date on all things Sporting Club Network, be sure to follow them on Twitter (@SportingKC_SCN) and like them on Facebook.

21 March 11:59 am

This weekend marks the start of the Spring Academy Affiliate All-Star Experience, hosted by the Sporting Club Network. Over the course of this weekend, players from eight of the nine SCN Academy Affiliate clubs will be represented as they train at Swope Soccer Village under the guidance of the Sporting KC Academy coaching staff, which has recently made some significant additions to their team. In addition to experiencing training at the same facilities as SKC’s Academy and senior teams, these players will even get a chance to compete against the Sporting Kansas City Academy teams in a series of exhibition games Sunday morning.
 
These U12 and U14 Academy Affiliate All-Star teams will be drawing players from over 10 major cities throughout the Midwest, spanning as far as Nashville, Tenn. to Minneapolis, Minn. And if the training opportunities and a chance to test themselves against Sporting KC’s Academy players wasn’t enough, these two teams will get to have a number of special game day experiences as Sporting KC takes on San Jose Earthquakes tomorrow night.
 
Any and all Sporting Club Network members are invited to attend the exhibition games, which will be kicking off on the championship field of Swope Soccer Village at 9 a.m. (U14) and 10:30 a.m. (U12). And as these players compete on the field, all fans in attendance will have the opportunity to take their picture with the MLS Cup, as part of the SCN’s #MLSCupTour. It will be on display from 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the same location of the fields. Admission is free and open to public and games will be played on the Academy Champion Field in Swope Soccer Village.
 
We encourage everyone to come out, take a picture with the Cup, and support some of the best youth players from all over the Midwest. For additional 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.

12 December 2:02 pm

J.B. Marine Soccer Club of St. Louis, Missouri has officially joined forces with Sporting Kansas City and Sporting Club as the newest Academy Affiliate in the Sporting Club Network. Rebranded as Sporting J.B. Marine, they join Sporting StL Rangers and Sporting Columbia SC as the third Academy Affiliate in the state of Missouri and the Sporting Club Network’s seventh total Academy Affiliate.

"We're excited to welcome Sporting J.B. Marine as an Academy Affiliate and the first all-girls club in the Sporting Club Network," Sporting Kansas City Academy Director of Coaching Jon Parry said. "Their history of player development speaks for itself and their teams have represented our region at the highest levels."

Sporting J.B. Marine has produced players of the highest pedigree and the club has accounted for six of the eight national championships won by any girls program in the state of Missouri. They have also amassed an astounding 76 Missouri state championships, 22 regional championships and 17 Final Four appearances since being established in 1978.

Sporting J.B. Marine coaches will have the ability to take advantage of coaching lectures and premium coaching clinics at the Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo., as well as at other locations in the metropolitan area and throughout the Midwest. The partnership will also include numerous added benefits for exclusive access to Sporting Kansas City as an official Academy Affiliate.

In addition to becoming an Academy Affiliate in the Sporting Club Network, Sporting J.B. Marine has partnered with Sporting StL Rangers to provide even more opportunities to the coaches and players involved in their respective programs. Through this partnership, training, events, and other player opportunities can be provided to members more efficiently, economically, and productively for both players and their families. Both clubs are looking forward to working together and sharing resources to allow the area’s most qualified coaches and clinicians to continue producing the area’s most outstanding players.  

Players that participate and compete through the Academy Affiliate program will be directly connected to Sporting Kansas City’s Academy and youth development initiatives. In turn, they will have the opportunity to gain experience while receiving heightened levels of training and development. Beyond this, all Sporting J.B. Marine players will now be invited to partake in the annual Academy Affiliate Tournament, an event that brings together some of the most competitive and talented youth soccer players from across the Midwest, all under the Sporting Club umbrella.
 

22 November 9:00 am

Sporting KC Academy midfielder Andrew Brown tallied two assists last night as Bradley University advanced to the second round of the NCAA men's soccer tournament with a 3-2 win over Northwestern.

The sophomore midfielder, from Overland Park, put Bradley ahead 2-1 when Wojciech Wojcik headed home his corner kick in the 27th minute. Northwestern leveled the match late in the second half, but Wojcik's header off a Brown long ball in the seventh minute of overtime pushed the Braves to the second round of the tournament for the third time in school history.

Bradley will now take travel to the west coast to take on the University of California - Berkeley. The two teams will square off Sunday at 3:30 p.m. CT.

13 November 11:09 am


UMKC forward Jordan Rideout (Courtesy: UMKC Athletics/MSH Photography)

College soccer programs across the country are into the postseason stages and more than 30 Sporting KC Academy alums are playing a part for their respective schools. Check out the list below for updates on several of the players representing the Sporting KC Academy...

  • Tom Adams (junior forward at Oral Roberts): Has made 11 appearances, including three starts with one goal on the year (Aug. 30 at St. Louis). The Golden Eagles (6-7-4) will have the two-seed in this weekend’s Summit League Tournament in Macomb, Ill. and face No. 3 Western Illinois on Friday.
  • Joe Amico (freshman defender at Central Florida): Has made 14 appearances, including eight starts with one assist on the year. The Knights (8-4-5) have the No. 3 seed in the American Athletic Conference Championship and play No. 2. seed UConn in the semifinals on Friday in Frisco, Texas.
  • Chris Arce (freshman midfielder at Neosho CC): Has made 15 appearances, including nine starts with one goal (Oct. 11 vs. Pratt) and one assist. The Panthers (11-6-1) season ended earlier this month in the Region 6 playoffs.
  • Jovanny Bonilla (sophomore midfielder at Barton County CC): Has made 15 appearances, including 14 starts with one goal (Sept. 22 vs. Allen) and two assists. The Cougars (11-5-1) season ended earlier this month in the Region VI semifinals.
  • Andrew Brown (sophomore midfielder at Bradley): Has made 18 appearances with two assists. The third-seeded Braves (10-6-2) host the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Soccer Championship beginning today and will face sixth-seeded Evansville.
  • Paul Dean (freshman defender at Rockhurst): Has made 20 appearances, including eight starts with four assists. The Hawks (15-3-2) captured the Great Lakes Valley Championship and earned the third seed in Midwest Region of the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championships. Rockhurst will play at second-seeded Tiffin (Ohio) in a second-round game on Saturday.
  • Eric DeJulio (sophomore defender at Creighton): Has made 11 appearances, including seven starts with two goals (Oct. 30 vs. Drake, Nov. 12 at Providence). The Jays (9-8-2) fell to Providence 2-1 in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals on Tuesday.
  • Brandon Fricke (junior defender at Butler): Has made 19 appearances, including 18 starts with three goals (Sept. 22 vs Brown, Oct. 1 vs Evansville, Nov. 8 vs Xavier). Fricke recently earned Capital One Academic All-District V University Division Men's Soccer Team honors and on Monday was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week. The Bulldogs (11-7-1) face No. 2 seed Marquette on Friday at PPL Park in Philadelphia in the second round of the BIG EAST Tournament.
  • Daniel Hare (sophomore defender at Loyola): Has made 15 appearances on the year. The fifth-seeded Ramblers (6-10-2) open the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament against No. 4 seed SIUE today on the campus of Bradley Unviersity in Peoria, Ill.
  • Eric Hymer (junior defender at Fort Hays St.): Has started all 19 games on the year. For the second straight year, Hymer was named to the All-MIAA Men's Soccer First Team and the Capital One Academic All-District Team. The No. 20 ranked Tigers (12-4-3) will play No. 1 ranked Lindenwood in the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championships on either Nov. 21 or 22 at a site to be determined.
  • Seo-In Kim (freshman midfielder at Duke): Has made 19 appearances, including nine starts with four assists. The Blue Devils (8-5-6) fell to Notre Dame 1-0 in the ACC Men’s Soccer Tournament Quarterfinals on Tuesday.
  • Raymond Lee (junior midfielder at Saint Louis): Has made 16 appearances with four goals (Sept. 11 vs Evansville, Oct. 19 vs Dayton, Oct. 27 vs Duquesne, Nov. 3 vs St. Joseph's) and one assist. The Billikens (12-4-2) won the Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season title and have the No. 1 seed at this week’s A-10 Championship in Dayton, Ohio where they will face No. 8 seed UMassin the quarterfinal round on Thursday.
  • Adam Lightner (freshman defender at Northern Illinois): Has made 15 appearances, including six starts on the year. The Huskies (4-13-1) season ended on Friday with a 3-3 draw against Buffalo.
  • Andrew Lightner (sophomore defender at Dayton): Has made 15 appearances, including 13 starts with one assist. The Flyers (14-2-2) play La Salle in the opening round of the A-10 Championship on Thursday.
  • Andrew Miller (sophomore defender at Baker): Has made 11 appearances, including six starts with two assists. The No. 3 seed Wildcats (13-5-2) will take on No. 1 seed MidAmerica Nazarene on Friday in Olathe, Kan. for the HAAC Conference Tournament championship.
  • Michael Oakley (junior defender at UMKC): Has started all 18 games on the year and was named to the Capital One Academic All-district team. The No. 7 seed Roos (4-10-4) will face No. 2 seed Bakersfield on Thursday in the WAC Men's Soccer Championship.
  • Paul Oliver (junior midfielder at Cal Baptist): Has made 15 appearances, including 14 starts with two assists. The fifth-seed Lancers (10-5-1) take on fourth-seed Simon Fraser on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championships.
  • Nate Opperman (sophomore forward at Evansville): Has made 17 appearances with two goals (Oct. 1 vs Butler, Oct. 8 vs Kentucky) and one assist. The No. 6 seed Aces (10-7-1) open the Missouri Valley Conference Men's Soccer Championship on Wednesday against No. 3 seed Bradley in Peoria, Ill.
  • Jordan Rideout (junior forward at UMKC): Has started all 18 games with a team-high seven goals (Sept. 21 vs Incarnate Word, Sept. 24 at Omaha, Oct. 5 vs Houston Baptist, two goals on Oct. 13 at Grand Canyon, Oct. 18 vs Air Force, Nov. 1 vs SJSU). For the third straight season, Rideout was named first team all-conference and moved into a tie for second place on the UMKC all-time goal scoring chart with 21 in his career. The No. 7 seed Roos (4-10-4) will face No. 2 seed Bakersfield on Thursday in the WAC Men's Soccer Championship.
  • Derek Schrick (sophomore midfielder at UMKC): Has made 17 appearances, including 12 starts with one goal (Aug. 31 vs Wisconsin) and two assists. The No. 7 seed Roos (4-10-4) will face No. 2 seed Bakersfield on Thursday in the WAC Men's Soccer Championship.
  • Alex Sweetin (senior midfielder at Saint Louis): Has made 18 appearances with seven goals (Sept. 21 vs Connecticut, Sept. 28 vs Central Arkansas, Oct. 2 vs Creighton, Oct. 13 vs George Washington, Oct. 27 vs Duquesne and two goals on Nov. 8 vs Rhode Island) and seven assists. The Billikens (12-4-2) won the Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season title and have the No. 1 seed at this week’s A-10 Championship in Dayton, Ohio where they will face No. 8 seed UMass in the quarterfinal round on Thursday.
  • Chris Tuso (sophomore midfielder at Baker): Has made 20 appearances, including 14 starts with two goals (Sept. 24 vs Ottawa, Oct. 12 vs Benedictine) and two assists. The No. 3 seed Wildcats (13-5-2) will take on No. 1 seed MidAmerica Nazarene on Friday in Olathe, Kan. for the HAAC Conference Tournament championship.
  • Taylor Vinnage (junior goalkeeper at Benedictine): Has played all 16 games with a 1.24 goals against average, 60 saves and 0.759 save percentage. The No. 9 ranked Ravens (11-4-1) fell 2-1 in overtime to Baker University of the HAAC Tournament Semifinals on Tuesday.
  • Austin Wilcox (freshman midfielder at UMKC): Has made 13 appearances, including three starts on the year. The No. 7 seed Roos (4-10-4) will face No. 2 seed Bakersfield on Thursday in the WAC Men's Soccer Championship.
  • Drew Wilson (freshman defender at Fort Hays State): Has started all 19 games on the year. The No. 20 ranked Tigers (12-4-3) will play No. 1 ranked Lindenwood in the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championships on either Nov. 21 or 22 at a site to be determined.
  • Shane Woods (sophomore forward at Drury): Has made 20 appearances, including 11 starts with one goal (Sept. 17 vs Southwest Baptist). The Panthers (13-7-0) fell 3-2 to Indianapolis in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship men's soccer tournament semifinals on Friday.