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28 July 9:06 am

This week's Sporting Spotlight catches up with Sporting Kansas City defender Ike Opara as 38 the Spot host Crystle Lampitt gets the latest on his recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon, his favorite hangout spot in KC and the role his father played early in his soccer career. Check out the video segments below and be sure to tune in to 38 the Spot every Monday morning as the series continues all season long.

20 July 8:27 pm

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber was a guest on today's edition of ExtraTime Radio, joining MLSsoccer.com staffers David Gass, Simon Borg, Arielle Castillo and Ben Baer during the 70-minute show. ExtraTime Radio is the official podcast of Major League Soccer and is available on SiriusXM FC every Tuesday and Friday.

Feilhaber was recently named to the MLS All-Star Fan XI and will take part in his first MLS All-Star Game next week alongside teammates Matt Besler and Graham Zusi. The World Cup veteran is in the midst of a career year, starting all 20 of the club's competitive matches while setting new personal highs in MLS play for both goals (6, T-2nd on SKC) and assists (10, T-2nd in MLS). 

13 July 11:14 am

Crystle Lampitt's Sporting Spotlight series continued today on 38 the Spot with Peter Vermes taking his turn to be showcased in the weekly video segments. The Sporting KC Manager shared his connection to U.S. Women's National Team star Carli Lloyd, his thoughts on the growth of soccer in Kansas City and across the United States, as well as insight into his coaching philosophy.

Check out the interviews below and tune in to 38 the Spot every Monday morning for the latest features on Sporting Kansas City players and staff.

02 July 11:00 am
 
Fourth of July weekend is upon us so what better time to launch the Kansas City Steak Company's Meat and Greet SweepSTEAKS (rules). All month long, Sporting KC fans can enter to win a prize pack that includes dinner for six with a Sporting KC player and a one-year supply of steak products.
 
Visit SportingKC.com/kcsteak to earn up to 105 entries based on the following opportunities:
  • +25 Entries: Submit Form (name, email, address, birthday)
  • +25 Entries: Share the sweepstakes on Twitter
  • +25 Entries: Share the sweepstakes on Facebook
  • +10 Entries: Like the Kansas City Steak Company on Facebook
  • +10 Entries: Follow @KCSteaks on Twitter
  • +10 Entries: Follow @SportingKC on Twitter

The SweepSTEAKS ends on July 31 with a winner to be randomly selected. The Kansas City Steak Company is the presenting sponsor of Sporting Kansas City's official podcast, Snippets of Sporting, which is available three days each week at SportingKC.com and iTunes.

25 June 3:04 pm

Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes joined The Program with Soren Petro on Sports Radio 810 WHB today to discuss the team's late 2-1 loss at Real Salt Lake last weekend, as well a variety of other timely topics that included the play of goalkeeper Tim Melia, the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the use of instant replay in professional soccer. Listen to the ful 25-minutel interview embedded below.

Vermes is one win shy of tying Thomas Rongen (83) for ninth on the list of winningest coaches in MLS history. His next opportunity comes at 7:30 p.m. CT on Saturday at Sporting Park when Sporting KC hosts the Colorado Rapids.

Vermes played three seasons for each team (1997-1999 in Colorado, 2000-2002 in KC) during a seven-year MLS career. Now in his seventh season as Sporting KC's head coach, Vermes is 5-0-5 in MLS competition against the Rapids.

Twenty-five years ago this month, Vermes represented the United States at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy and appeared in all three group stage matches. He also played for the U.S. at the Summer Olympics (1988), FIFA Futsal World Cup (1989) and Confederations Cup (1992). He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2013.

19 June 10:25 pm


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Four causes for cheer this Father's Day:

  1. #RSLvSKC in the MLS Soccer Sunday doubleheader
  2. 20% off the entire Sporting Style men's department
  3. A chance to win a $250 gift card to MLSstore.com
  4. Boulevardia Day 3, featuring craft spirits and cocktails 

Need we say more? Well...

Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake kick off their 2013 MLS Cup rematch at 9 p.m. CT on FOX Sports 1. It's been 16 years since the team took the field on Father's Day in a 6-0 romp over New York at Arrowhead Stadium back in 1999. Might the team's newest dad, Benny Feilhaber, play a starring role on Sunday? His seven assists are second most in MLS to go along with goals in three of his last four MLS matches.

In celebration of the holiday, Sporting Style is offering 20% off all men's items at Shop.SportingKC.com through Sunday. As always, free shipping is available on orders over $50 and every purchase is eligible for free returns. Perhaps the newest t-shirt from the Sporting KC and Boulevard Brewing Co. collaboration would make a nice addition to his wardrobe?

Speaking of Boulevard, they're throwing a party in the West Bottoms this weekend that is right up dad's alley. Sporting KC is a proud supporter of Boulevardia, a three-day festival that brings together the best in music, food and beer. Don't miss Sunday's schedule of events from 11am-5pm headlined by musical acts across three stages and the one-day only "Craft Spirits & Cocktails" special experience.

Finally, Major League Soccer is getting the Father's Day fun started early with their annual social media contest. One lucky fan will win a $250 gift card to MLSstore.com and all you have to do to enter is post a pic of you and your pops wearing Sporting KC gear to Twitter or Instagram by 11 p.m. CT on Saturday. Be sure to include @MLS and the hashtag #MLSdad to make your entry official.

Good luck and a happy Father's Day from our Sporting KC family to yours!

16 June 11:51 am
Ten years ago today, Jefferson Roblee led the KC Pace U17 boys to a Missouri State Cup championship -- becoming the state's first representative from outside St. Louis to advance to regionals in the history of the competition. Now the head men's and women's soccer coach at William Jewell College, Roblee reflects back on the milestone in the guest post below as Sporting Kansas City prepares to face St. Louis FC in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tonight at Sporting Park.


J.D. Warman jumps on the back of Brant Bishop with Brian Wurst (#11)
also celebrating the KC Pace's first goal in a 3-1 victory in the Missouri
State Cup U-17 Championship on June 16, 2005 (photo by Dan Peak)

The KC Pace had to win six games in six days to take the title 3-1 over Lou Fusz-Popovic. Park Hill South's Brant Bishop, who later went on to play at Stanford University, scored all three goals in the victory. Prior to that victory, every Missouri State Cup championship -- every year, every age -- had been won by a team from St. Louis.  

The win is considered to be one of the defining moments signaling the shift of the "Soccer Capital of America" title from St. Louis to KC.      
 
St. Louis was and still is a soccer hot-bed. At that point in time, 2005, before MLS teams sponsored youth academies, all youth teams competed for one national title. Club teams from the state of Missouri (St. Louis) had won more youth national championships than any other state, and the defending U17 and U18 boys national champion club teams were both from St. Louis. 
 
St. Louis soccer had produced numerous All Americans, Olympians and World Cup players. St. Louis's soccer reputation had such a national soccer footprint that many KC area youth teams wouldn't event register for Missouri State Cup because winning was thought of as Mission Impossible. When the KC Pace won the Missouri State Cup Championship, a competition that pits one city's best versus another city's best, it shook the St. Louis soccer community and sent a warning around the nation. KC soccer is not only growing...it's thriving.
 
The KC Pace were coached by three Kansas City natives who are now college coaches: Jefferson Roblee (Head Coach of men's and women's soccer at William Jewell College), Lincoln Roblee (Head Coach of women's soccer at Benedictine College) and Burke Slusher (assistant men's coach at KCKCC). The three (of us) grew up playing competitive club soccer while watching the KC Comets professional indoor team play in front of sold out crowds at Kemper Arena in the early and mid 80's. 
 
Back then serious youth players had to go to St. Louis to play in big tournaments, participate in the Olympic Development Program or watch a National Team game in person. Now St. Louis youth players and soccer fans are traveling to Kansas City. The shift has been the result of a progressive soccer community boosted by an abundance of quality professional soccer.
  
"The Comets, Wizards, Sporting Kansas City and now the FC Kansas City women's team have been great for youth players in the area to watch professional soccer up close. Watching the professional game is exciting and educational for players looking to improve," says Lincoln Roblee.    
 
On June 16, 2006, exactly one year after making history, the KC Pace repeated as Missouri State Cup champions, winning the U18 boys division. However, on that June 16th, the KC Pace weren't the only KC team to take home the elusive Missouri State Cup title. The U13 Rockets boys team and the U13 KC Scream girls team also were crowned champions. The Western side of Missouri's soccer scene wasn't backing down and soccer around KC's metro has continued to grow.
 
This year, on June 16, a USL team from St. Louis will travel as the underdog to play at Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City in Cup competition, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Players, coaches and parents from the KC Pace team are planning a reunion at the game at Sporting Park to not only celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their historic victory but also for another reason.
 
"We'll all be cheering for another Kansas City soccer win," said Slusher. 
10 June 7:42 am


Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes during 1-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC (photo by Mike Gunnoe)

A new episode of The Sporting KC Show aired on Sports Radio 810 WHB last night featuring an extended interview with Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes, who moved into the top 10 on Major League Soccer's career wins chart with a 1-0 victory on Saturday over the first-place Seattle Sounders FC -- coincidentally led by the winningest coach in MLS history.

  1. Sigi Schmid 215
  2. Bruce Arena 181
  3. Dominic Kinnear 144
  4. Frank Yallop 127
  5. Bob Bradley 124
  6. Steve Nicol 112
  7. Jason Kreis 92
  8. Bob Gansler 86
  9. Thomas Rongen 83
  10. Peter Vermes 82

Vermes shared his thoughts on the team's recent seven-game unbeaten run, as well as recent additions to his technical staff and the upcoming match against St. Louis FC in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Listen to the full show embedded below, highlighted by these comments from Vermes:

We have a lot of young guys that are getting experience and performing well. They're getting a good taste of what it's like to play in some big games and at the same time find results. I think we're getting better defensively. I think Tim (Melia) is finding a real form in goal. At the same time, I think we have found a way to get on the scoresheet quite often as a team. I think that is a strong point no matter how you look at it.

We're very interested in the trophy of the U.S. Open Cup. It's another competition that is extremly important to us and it gives us the opportunity to win something. As much as we won in 2012, we haven't gone far enough the last two years. It's time for us to make a good run at this thing. We're going to do the best we can in that game in making sure that we put a team out there that is going to be very competitive and that helps us get the result. We know that when teams come to play us -- whether it's in regular season or Open Cup -- they're coming into an environment that is very exciting and it's not hard for teams to get up to play us. So we're going to have to be on our best game to make sure that we can get a result.

02 June 10:04 pm

Fresh off his first MLS start and first professional assist -- a clever backheel for Graham Zusi in Sporting Kansas City's 4-0 win over FC Dallas last Friday -- rookie Connor Hallisey was a guest on The Sporting KC Show tonight with hosts Nate Bukaty, Andy Gruenebaum and Carter Augustine on Sports Radio 810 WHB.

"(It was an) awesome result, 4-0 against Dallas which everybody was saying was the best team in the League," Hallisey said. "I think we really showed them what we're doing even though we're depleted with injuries. We're showing how deep we are and the guys that are getting their opportunities are taking it. We're playing really well right now."

Ahead of Sporting Kansas City's showdown with the Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday at Sporting Park, tonight's show also featured an interview with three-time MLS Defender of the Year Chad Marshall. Listen to the full episode embedded below, as well as separate Sports Radio 810 WHB segments with Sporting KC's Kevin Ellis (The Program) and Benny Feilhaber (Sports Night) from the past 24 hours.

SPORTING KC SHOW - 6/2/15

KEVIN ELLIS - 6/2/15

BENNY FEILHABER - 6/1/15

01 June 2:58 pm

Entering the month of May, goalkeeper Tim Melia had made five starts in his five-year MLS career. All came with Chivas USA, which by and large explains the resulting stat line: zero wins, zero shutouts and a 2.95 goals against average.

Now with Sporting KC, the 29-year-old has stepped into the starting lineup for each of the past five matches to earn three straight home wins to go along with back-to-back road draws against each conference's top team. His stats this time around? Three wins, three shutouts and a 0.60 goals against average that ranks best in MLS among goalkeepers with a minimum of 45 minutes played.

Crystle Lampitt caught up with Melia earlier this month for the latest segment in the "Sporting Spotlight" series, which aired earlier today on 38 the Spot. Check out the video playlist below and follow Sporting Kansas City's flagship station on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.