Seven weeks from today, the 2014 FIFA World Cup will kick off in Brazil with the first of 64 matches in 32 days. The U.S. Men's National Team will be one of 32 teams representing their countries at the world's most widely viewed sporting event and was featured this week by FIFATV in their World Cup Team Profile video series. Highlighted in the 10-minute piece are interviews with Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes and local BBC commentator Sean Wheelock, as well as sights and sounds from the American Outlaws - Kansas City chapter and the U.S. Men's National Team's appearance in Kansas City last October.
Kansas City’s official 2014 FIFA World Cup watch parties will once again be hosted at KC Live! in the Power & Light District as part of Sporting KC's Summer in the Soccer Capital series, presented by Sprint.
Homegrown goalkeeper Jon Kempin started for the United States Under-21 Men's National Team on Wednesday in a 2-1 victory against Club Tijuana (MEX) Under-20's at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The 21-year-old Leawood, Kan. native kept a clean sheet for the opening 45 minutes before head coach Tab Ramos made mass changes at halftime and Kempin was replaced by Kendall McIntosh for the second half.
Wednesday's scrimmage was the highlight of the training camp, the first for the U.S. U21's with an eye toward qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Kempin now returns to OKC Energy FC ahead of their home opener against Orlando City SC on Saturday. Kempin has started three games during the team's inaugural USL PRO season with one shutout and 10 saves, and was named an honorable mention on the USL PRO Team of the Week yesterday.
This week's edition of The Sporting KC Show aired last night on Sports Radio 810 WHB, featuring interviews with Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber and New England Revolution defender Andrew Farrell. The two sides will meet at 6:30 p.m. CT on Saturday at Gillette Stadium as Feilhaber faces his former club and Farrell anchors a Revs backline that will likely be missing Kevin Alston (suspended) and Jose Goncalves (injury).
Watch last night's show above -- streamed live via 810whbtv.com -- or listen to the archived podcast below, along with audio from Sporting Kansas City captain Matt Besler's appearance on The Border Patrol with Sports Radio 810 WHB hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty earlier this morning.
Sporting KC Show feat. Benny Feilhaber and Andrew Farrell
The Border Patrol feat. Matt Besler
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)
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.
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.
THE BORDER PATROL
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
Photo courtesy of Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup
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
Major League's Soccer opening month delivered no shortage of drama -- we highly recommend MLSsoccer.com's 90+ videos to capture all the sights and sounds week after week -- but the best of the best proved to be Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer's game-winning goal in stoppage time of a 3-2 victory at Colorado on March 29. The strike won MLS Goal of the Week for Week 4 and now it's been named the No. 1 play for the entire month of March.
Check out the video above as MLS Digital Director of Video Content Jason Saghini counts down the Top 5 Plays of March in their Fast & Fluid series.
The Digital Crawl, circa 1996, with Mark Chung, Vitalis Takawira and Diego Gutierrez
This Sunday marks the 18th anniversary of Sporting Kansas City's inaugural match, a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids at Arrowhead Stadium on April 13, 1996 and what better way to commemorate the occasion than with a Throwback Thursday of the Digital Crawl celebration. We'll let the Kansas City Star match recap, written by Bob Luder, set the scene...
Kansas City soccer fans - 21,141 of them - got to see the "Digital Crawl." Vitalis "Digital" Takawira scored the first goal in Kansas City Wiz history in the 71st minute Saturday night, and the Wiz went on to a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids in the Major League Soccer debut for both teams.
Takawira, the leading goal scorer in Africa in 1994, broke a scoreless tie when he caught a rebound of a shot by Mark Chung directly in front of the Colorado goal and shot the ball by Rapids goalkeeper Dusty Huddock. Tommy Reasoner started the sequence with a centering pass from the left corner to Chung.
Upon scoring, Takawira went into his famous crawl. He sprinted to the near corner flag, his teammates right behind, and they all got down on all fours and crawled along the sideline.
Takawira scored twice on the night en route to 14 goals in his first MLS season while Frank Klopas -- who returns to KC next Saturday as head coach of the Montreal Impact -- added another. Visit the SportingKC.com archives for a full box score and return to the site on Sunday for a look back at the game that kicked off the Major League Soccer era in Kansas City.