Four causes for cheer this Father's Day:
- #RSLvSKC in the MLS Soccer Sunday doubleheader
- 20% off the entire Sporting Style men's department
- A chance to win a $250 gift card to MLSstore.com
- 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!
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.
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.
Sigi Schmid 215
Bruce Arena 181
Dominic Kinnear 144
Frank Yallop 127
Bob Bradley 124
Steve Nicol 112
Jason Kreis 92
Bob Gansler 86
Thomas Rongen 83
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.
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
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.
Sporting KC's training facility is less than a mile from the Kansas City Zoo and on Sunday, the two Swope Park destinations teamed up for "Sporting KC Day at the Zoo." Benny Feilhaber, Roger Espinoza, Tim Melia and Chance Myers were all in attendance to interact with fans and zoo animals alike.
In addition, The Victory Project's portable futsal court was set up behind Tropics for free use by guests of all ages. Check out a photo slideshow above, as well as video for sights and sounds below.
All eyes in Major League Soccer will be on #SKCvDAL on Friday night at Sporting Park in the Week 13 "Viernes de Futbol" match-up. It kicks off a three-game homestand for Sporting Kansas City featuring back-to-back matches against the top two teams in the MLS power rankings followed by a highly-anticipated I-70 showdown with St. Louis FC in the U.S. Open Cup.
The best place to see all the action? Sporting Park of course. Standing Room Only tickets are available for tomorrow night's rematch with FC Dallas and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or at the stadium box offices on gameday.
But if you can't make it to the match, take advantage of the guide below so you don't miss a moment thanks to television, radio and online coverage.
Local TV: KMCI-TV 38 the Spot
Local Radio: Sports Radio 810 WHB (English) | La Grande 1340 AM (Spanish)
Sporting Kansas City's flagship station KMCI-TV 38 the Spot will be providing a live three-hour broadcast for local viewers with the commentary from Nate Bukaty, Andy Gruenebaum, Jake Yadrich and Kacie McDonnell available throughout the duration of the match. Tune in at 7:30 p.m. CT for a 30-minute pre-game show leading up to kick off at Sporting Park.
Sports Radio 810 WHB will simulcast the KMCI-TV call on 810 AM, 810whb.com and through the station's free mobile app before going live from the Boulevard Members Club with The Final Whistle postgame show hosted by Dave Borchardt and Carter Augustine. In addition, La Grande 1340 AM will air the match live for Spanish listeners through the voices of Enrique Morales, Raul Villegas and Alejandro Cabero.
National TV: UniMas and Unvision Deportes
National Radio: SiriusXM FC (Channel 94)
Online: MLS LIVE, UnivisionDeportes.com
Friday's match is the first of three Sporting KC matches in 2015 to be nationally televised on UniMas/UDN -- and streamed online at UnivisionDeportes.com -- as part of the new "Viernes de Futbol" national TV window. Raul Guzman (play-by-play), Marcelo Balboa (analyst) and Jorge Calvo (sideline reporter) will be on-site at Sporting Park for live Spanish commentary, while Paul Caligiuri and Ramsés Sandoval will be the talent for the English-language broadcast available through SAP functionality.
In addition, SiriusXM FC (Channel 94) will carry #SKCvDAL coast-to-coast on Friday for satellite radio subscribers in the U.S. and MLS LIVE users in Canada or Mexico will also have access to the broadcast in real-time on all supported devices. Please note: Friday's match will be blacked out for MLS LIVE users in the United States and made available in the archives 48 hours after the match.
Finally, Friday's encounter will be broadcast well beyond North American borders through the following MLS rights holders:
The Sporting KC Show cast of Nate Bukaty, Andy Gruenebaum and Carter Augustine was joined by ESPN commentator Taylor Twellman for tonight's hour-long episode on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Twellman, who was once offered a contract by the Kansas City Royals as a high school shortstop, will be in the broadcast booth at Sporting Park on Wednesday night alongside Glenn Davis when Sporting Kansas City hosts 2014 MLS Cup runners-up New England Revolution at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
Twellman ranks seventh on Major League Soccer's all-time goal scoring chart with 101 regular season goals, five of which came against Kansas City (e.g. this bicycle kick in 2002). His nine-year MLS career with the Revolution included MLS Best XI (2002, 2005) and MLS MVP (2005) honors, while also earning 30 appearances with the U.S. Men's National Team.
Listen to the full show embedded below and tune in every Tuesday for a new episode discussing all the latest news around Sporting Kansas City.
Photo via @DorseyRocky on Twitter
Sporting KC's 100th match at Sporting Park will have to wait until Wednesday after inclement weather forced the postponement of last night's game against the Colorado Rapids. It was the first such ocurrance in the stadium's four years of operation, though by no means the first time Mother Nature impacted the outcome of a matchday.
In fact, Kansas City played a part in the first abbreviated ending in MLS history in what is now one of five games for the club all-time that failed to be played in its entirety on the originally scheduled date:
- June 20, 1998: KC vs. D.C. United was cancelled in the 53rd minute due to severe weather at Arrowhead Stadium and was later replayed on Aug. 26.
- June 10, 2000: KC at D.C. United was suspended at halftime due to the lights failing at RFK Stadium. The 0-0 scoreline stood and Kansas City returned to RFK for MLS Cup 2000.
- September 16, 2001: The team's regular season finale against Colorado at Arrowhead Stadium was amongst 10 games cancelled league-wide in the aftermath of 9/11.
- Aug. 2, 2006: Thunderstorms postponed this fourth round U.S. Open Cup match between KC and the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois until Aug. 14.
- May 16, 2015: Severe weather prevented kickoff between Sporting KC and the Colorado Rapids with a rescheduled date to be determined for later in 2015.
While Saturday's match ultimately succumbed to a storm system which delivered flash flooding, tornado warnings and heavy lightning throughout the Kansas City area (resulting in more than 10,000 homes losing power), the initial weather delay was the fourth interruption at home since 2011:
- July 12, 2011: An 81-minute delay spelled trouble for Sporting KC in the team's first-ever loss at Sporting Park, a 2-0 defeat to the Richmond Kickers (USL) in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals.
- Aug. 8, 2012: Just over a year later, Sporting KC withstood a 43-minute delay en route to the team's U.S. Open Cup championship over the Seattle Sounders FC in a penalty shootout.
- Aug. 29, 2014: Sporting KC lost back-to-back matches at Sporting Park for the first time after dropping a 3-1 decision to Houston in a match that featured a 75-minute delay.
- May 16, 2015: After delaying kick off for nearly 75 minutes, MLS determined in its discretion to postpone the match after considering all relevant factors and circumstances.
In the end -- which came close to 8:45 p.m. CT in a break between two patches of storms -- Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman took to Twitter to look ahead to the rescheduled fixture with all options open.
Hey...I'm sorry that happened. We'll make it up 2 u. Any ideas how? #winning obviously...but any others welcome
— Robb Heineman (@RobbHeineman) May 17, 2015
— Robb Heineman (@RobbHeineman) May 17, 2015
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza -- who contributed the game-tying assist on Dom Dwyer's goal in last weekend's 1-1 draw at D.C. United -- was a guest on The Sporting KC Show last night with hosts Nate Bukaty and Carter Augustine on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Listen to the full podcast embedded below for their thoughts on the road result and the club's form heading into an important stretch on the schedule with four of the next five games at home...
Now 27 (in jersey number and age), Espinoza moved to Denver from his native Honduras as a 12-year-old and will play a key role as Sporting Kansas City hosts the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night at Sporting Park. The 2010/2014 World Cup veteran and former MLS All-Star has earned Team of the Week recognitions on three occasions this season since returning from England, where he won the 2013 FA Cup with Wigan Athletic two years ago this week.