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.
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber was a guest a Monday's edition of MLSsoccer.com's ExtraTime Radio. Feilhaber discussed his time with U.S. Men's National Team during the January camp, winning MLS Cup, his time at UCLA, and the upcoming 2014 season. Monday's episode also features an interview with Columbus defender Michael Parkhurst and discussion of the USMNT's roster for Brazil.
You can listen to Benny's interview on ExtraTime Radio below, which starts around 21:15 of the episode.
Who are the top 20 goalscorers of all-time in MLS and how many can you name in one minute? During preseason, MLSsoccer.com caught up with several players and coaches to test their knowledge on MLS history. One of these players is Matt Belser, who correctly answered nine of the 20 in one minute.
Check out the video below as the Sporting KC defender takes the MLS goalscorer quiz.
Sporting Kansas City will kick off the 2014 Disney Pro Soccer Classic on Wednesday afternoon against the New York Red Bulls. Ahead of today's match, Sports Radio 810 WHB's Nate Bukaty caught up with several Sporting KC players and coaches to get their thoughts on preseason. Later on 810 WHB, Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman was a guest on "Between The Lines" to discuss winning MLS Cup and looking ahead to the upcoming season.
Check out podcasts of all the interviews below.
Registration is now open for MLS Fantasy Soccer Manager for the upcoming 2014 season. This year's game is free to sign up with over $10,000 in prizes available. Full details and registration is available on MLSsoccer.com.
In 2013, it was a great year in fantasy for several Sporting KC players. Aurelien Collin led all players with 220 points and Graham Zusi was tied for second with 205 points. Players are awarded points for a variety of actions such as goals, assists, clean sheets, saves, and minutes played (full breakdown is available here).
Each manager is allotted $120 million (each player is valued between $3 million and $11 million) to spend on their team of 18 players. This includes at least two goalkeepers, six defenders, six midfielders, and four forwards along with a maximum of four players from one club. A full list of the rules can be found on MLSsoccer.com.
Who's committed the most fouls in the history of Major League Soccer? Just ask Matt Besler. The Sporting Kansas City defender was correctly able to answer the question in the video below which features a variety of MLS coaches and players (including manager Peter Vermes and forward C.J. Sapong) answering the question.
Both of Sporting Kansas City's USL Pro Affiliates for the 2014 season, OKC Energy FC and Orlando City SC, have announced their schedules.
Sporting KC will loan a minimum of two players to each club during the 2014 USL Pro season. Orlando City won the 2013 USL Pro Championship and will be will joining Major League Soccer in 2015. Oklahoma City Energy FC, led by head coach Jimmy Nielsen, are a new club that have recently announced signings of former Sporting KC players Michael Thomas, Kyle Miller, and Cyprian Hedrick.
The two affiliates will meet on April 26 in Oklahoma City and on May 4 in Orlando.
Full schedules for both teams can be found at the links below
On Sunday, millions of people will be tuned into Super Bowl XLVIII as the Denver Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks. As Sporting KC continues their pre-season in Arizona, we caught up with some of the players and staff to get their predictions and thoughts on the game.
Carolina Panthers…Cam Newton, baby.
San Francisco 49ers…niners all the way, baby. Oh this year? Broncos. Richard Sherman is going to mess up.
Denver Broncos by 3…Peyton Manning is pretty motivated. Doesn't have very many years left, I think he's going to have a very good game.
Do I watch football? Just joking. Denver will win. I'm a Manning fan.
Don't know, don't care. I'll probably be hiking during the Super Bowl.
Omaha, Omaha! Peyton Manning, Denver.
Broncos. I played in Denver for four years so I like the Broncos. And being an Indiana guy, I want Peyton to win.
Seattle. Richard Sherman is my kind of player. With a defender that like and that mentality, to win you need a good defense. Sporting KC proved that. Defense wins championship.
What is the Super Bowl? The Cowboys are going to win, probably. Romo. He can throw the ball pretty well.
Seattle Seahawks, because of Russell Wilson. Beast mode.
The Detroit Lions. Detroit's a winner.
I think the Seattle Seahawks are going to win because Russell Wilson is a great quarterback.
Broncos…Manning is a mastermind. I had him, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas in fantasy this year. And gotta go for the AFC West.
Denver Broncos, Peyton Manning is unbelievable -- a student of the game.
Sporting Kansas City official kicked off the 2014 preseason today as players arrived players headed out to Tucscon, Arizona. The team will play three matches in Arizona before participating in the 2014 Disney Pro Soccer Classic. The 2014 season begins on March 8 at Sporting KC heads to CenturyLink Field to face the Seattle Sounders.
Check out the video below at Sporting KC Manager Vermes spoke with SI.com's Grant Wahl. In the interview, Verme discusses MLS Cup 2013 and looks ahead to the 2014 season.
The guys will be joined by SKC manager Peter Vermes who will discuss the team's recent SuperDraft picks, pre-season, and the upcoming 2014 season. Tonight's show will air from 7-8 p.m. CT on WHB, online at 810WHB.com, and through the 810 WHB App (Android, iOS).