Photo by Gary Rohman
Prior to a breakthrough season with Sporting Kansas City in 2015, Tim Melia had steadily risen through the ranks over the past 10 years.
NCAA Division III to Division II. USL to MLS. Backup to starter.
Now in the spotlight, his performances in net -- including seven saves in the U.S. Open Cup Final on Wednesday and a six-save shutout in last night's 1-0 win at Portland -- haven't gotten unnoticed.
During Sunday's match between FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo on ESPN2, Taylor Twellman gave his endorsement for Melia's stellar play.
MLSsoccer.com will unveil this year's edition of "24 Under 24" a week from today for the sixth annual recognition of the top young players in Major League Soccer. The rankings are determined by a panel of soccer media members across the United States and Canada based on five criteria:
Technical (first touch, dribbling, shooting, heading, etc.)
Soccer IQ (positioning, reading game, situational understanding, tactical awareness, etc.)
Physical Attributes (balance, agility, speed, endurance, strength, vertical leap, etc.)
Personality (attitude, marketability, media savviness, charisma, intangibles, etc.)
Potential (improvability, ceiling, national team potential, potential future transfer value, etc.)
C.J. Sapong (#2 in 2012, #15 in 2011)
Teal Bunbury (#5 in 2011, #17 in 2010, #20 in 2012)
Ryan Smith (#12 in 2010)
MLS assist leader Benny Feilhaber and Major League Soccer's top goal scorer Kei Kamara went head-to-head in an EA Sports FIFA real-life skills challenge during MLS All-Star Week, the footage of which was released today. The eight-episode series will also feature Sporting KC homegrown defender Erik Palmer-Brown and Sporting Legend Jimmy Conrad as new videos are published each day on MLSsoccer.com and the MLS YouTube channel.
FIFA16, which features the U.S. Women's National Team and CenturyLink Field for the first time, launches Sept. 22 in North America and will be available for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Microsoft Windows and more.
Legends Hospitality will host a job fair from 3-7 p.m. CT on Thursday in the Shield Club at Sporting Park and will be hiring part-time staff for the following positions:
- Suite Attendants
- Utility Workers
All applicants must be 18 years or older. Parking for Thursday's job fair is available on the Sprint Plaza, accessible via Sporting Way on the west side of the stadium.
Saad Abdul-Salaam, who turned 24 on Tuesday, versus Vancouver (USA Today Sports Images)
The Sporting KC Show hit the road on Tuesday, airing live on Sports Radio 810 WHB from Portland ahead of tonight's Western Conference match-up with the Timbers at 9:30 p.m. CT on KMCI-TV 38 the Spot and SKCTV affiliates.
Host Nate Bukaty is first joined by rookie defenders Amadou Dia and Saad Abdul-Salaam to open the show, then welcomes Carter Augustine and Jake Yadrich. Together, the trio discuss the U.S. Men's National Team's friendly against Brazil, the MLS schedule and the Sporting Kansas City storylines surrounding tonight's showdown at Providence Park.
Listen to the full episode embedded below and available each week on 810whb.com's podcast page.
Go behind the scenes with four MLS kit men, including Sporting Kansas City equipment manager Mike Flaherty, in this five-minute video created by Copper Pot Pictures in association with Major League Soccer. Flaherty is in his seventh season with Sporting KC after previously working with U.S. Soccer and Project 40.
Photo courtesy of @USSoccer_YNT on Twitter
Sporting Kansas City defender Erik Palmer-Brown started for the United States Under-20 Men's National Team on Monday in a 2-0 victory over Israel at the 2015 Stevan Vilotic Tournament in Serbia. Palmer-Brown, who wore the captain's armband for the United States, was the only player to start all three matches for the U.S. U-20's at the competition.
The U.S. opened the tournament with back-to-back losses against the last two FIFA U-20 World Cup champions, falling 3-1 to Serbia on Thursday and 6-1 to France on Friday. Led by head coach Tab Ramos, the U-20's will next participate in the Four Nations Tournament held in Germany in October.
Erik Palmer-Brown captained the U.S. U-20's today against France (Courtesy of @USSoccer_YNT)
For the second straight day in Serbia, Sporting Kansas City defender Erik Palmer-Brown started for the United States Under-20 Men's National Team in the 2015 Stevan Vilotic Tournament. The U.S. U-20's dropped a 6-1 decision to France, which won the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup, and will now play Israel in the competition's fifth-place match on Monday.
Sporting Kansas City homegrown defender Erik Palmer-Brown started and played 45 minutes for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team on Thursday in the opening game of the 2015 Stevan Vilotic Tournament at Subotica City Stadium in Subotica, Serbia. The US U-20's fell 3-1 to the hosts Serbia, who won the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup earlier this summer.
The competition, held in honor of former Yugoslavia manager Stevan Cele Vilotic, features six teams in its 22nd edition with Israel, Ukraine, Montenegro and France rounding out the field. The United States will next face France on Friday in Senta, Serbia to set up a final placement match on Monday.
Palmer-Brown, 18, has appeared in nine matches for Sporting Kansas City across all competition since signing as a Homegrown Player in August 2013. He made his MLS debut in May 2014, becoming the youngest player to appear in an MLS match in club history.
The Lee’s Summit, Missouri native attended the prestigious U.S. Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida and has started in the Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game each of the last two years.
Photo by USA Today Sports Images
This week's Sporting KC Show, hosted by Nate Bukaty and Carter Augustine, aired last night on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Among the topics of discussion were Sporting Kansas City's two recent road losses in Columbus and Colorado, as well as the full slate of international action during the FIFA fixture window that sees Sporting KC enjoy a weekend off before embarking on a stretch of seven games in 24 days.
Sporting KC captain Matt Besler is one of the team's four players on international duty and he checked in from the U.S. Men's National Team camp during the second half of the show. Hear the full interview below...