A new episode of The Sporting KC Show aired last night on Sports Radio 810 WHB with hosts Callum Williams and Andy Edwards joined by Seth Sinovic. Listen to the full podcast embedded below...
The station's soccer discussion continued this morning with Sporting Kansas City striker Dom Dwyer in studio for The Border Patrol with Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. Dwyer scored the game-winning goal in stoppage time of Sporting KC's 3-2 victory at Colorado (MLS Goal of the Week nominee) and was featured on Saturday's SKCTV broadcast.
Bukaty and Edwards will call Saturday's MLS Cup rematch between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake live on ESPN 102.9 FM with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. CT from Sporting Park. Immediately following the match, The Final Whistle: Sporting KC Postgame show will wrap up the night's action live from the Boulevard Members Club.
The U.S. Men's National Team faces Mexico tonight with Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler (13 caps) and midfielder Graham Zusi (19 caps) among the 20 players available for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann in his final match before the 2014 FIFA World Cup preparation camp begins next month. The international friendly will air live on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas at 10 p.m. CT and Johnny's Tavern in the KC Power & Light District will be hosting the official watch party for American Outlaws - Kansas City.
The Mexican media's attention once again focuses on Zusi, whose stoppage time goal in a 3-2 win at Panama lifted El Tri into position to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The teams now meet for the first time since those historic turn of events in October and today's El Universal newpspaper (shown on right) uses the headline "Of Love and Hate" to describe this edition of the "Clasico de CONCACAF."
And then there's this. On Monday, Zusi's interview with Televisa Deportes was interrupted by international correspondent Francisco Villalobos presenting a package of Patron as a symbolic gift of gratitude on behalf of his compatriots:
...la cara del Jefe de Prensa, priceless, pero Zusi, feliz con su tequila, en nombre de todos nosotros los mexicans. pic.twitter.com/8rNERTOxDN
— Francisco Villalobos (@fvreporter) April 1, 2014
Zusi has appeared in each of the last three meetings with Mexico (2-0-1), while the U.S. is 9-1-2 with Besler in the starting lineup. The United States is currently in the midst of a record 13-game winning streak on U.S. soil and, at No. 14 in the latest FIFA world rankings, currently sits six spots above their regional rivals.
Tonight's match will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., the venue's third time hosting the U.S. MNT and the second in the #USAvMEX series. The first? In 2007, when then KC-captain Jimmy Conrad scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 win.
The Sporting KC Show will air live from 7-8 p.m. CT tonight at Jazz at The Legends (1859 Village West Parkway, Suite 102) with special guest Seth Sinovic joining hosts Callum Williams and Andy Edwards on Sports Radio 810 WHB. The Leawood, Kan. native has appeared in 107 games for the club across all competition in the last three years after setting regular season career highs in games played (32), games started (31) and minutes (2,773) in 2013.
Sporting Kansas City is undefeated (3-0-1) in 2014 with Sinovic in the lineup and in the midst of an eight-game unbeaten streak (5-0-3) with Sinovic on the field dating back to last year. He earned his first invitation to the U.S. Men's National Team for the January Camp under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his strong start this season has made him the top-rated outside back on the MLS Castrol Index.
Can't make it to Jazz for tonight's show? Listen live on 810 AM, 810whb.com or via the station's free mobile app and join the discussion by calling 913-3-810-810.
— Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) April 1, 2014
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Wearing the No. 14 shirt, it is only fitting Sporting Kansas City striker Dom Dwyer is off to a strong start to his 2014 campaign both on and off the field. Three weeks into his third professional season, Dwyer has appeared in all five games for the club in addition to appearances on the cover of INK magazine and the USL PRO media guide. Top that off with his acting debut in the recently released Great Clips commercial and a picture-perfect backflip to celebrate his game-winning goal in Saturday's 1-0 victory over San Jose and it's easy to see how the spotlight shines on a dynamic young talent like Dwyer.
Last night, The Sporting KC Show caught up with the former first round draft pick to hear his thoughts on the season's early stages. Listen to the full podcast from Sports Radio 810 WHB embedded below as hosts Callum Williams and Andy Edwards are also joined by Colorado Rapids play-by-play voice Richard Fleming to preview Saturday's game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
20-year-old Sporting KC midfielder Jimmy Medranda | Photo by USA Today Sports Images
With today's roster move to waive defender Josh Gardner -- at age 31, the oldest player on Peter Vermes' squad -- Sporting Kansas City ranks third among Major League Soccer's 19 teams with an average age of 25.34 years. Midfielder Jimmy Medranda (pictured above) is the youngest player to appear for the team this season at age 20 and is one of eight players eligible for MLSsoccer.com's "24 under 24" in 2014 along with Christian Duke, Kevin Ellis, Mikey Lopez, Alex Martinez, Erik Palmer-Brown, Oriol Rosell and Soony Saad.
At age 16, Palmer-Brown remains the youngest player in MLS -- born six months before the league's second youngest pro, Chivas USA forward Caleb Calvert.
|1. Vancouver Whitecaps||24.58||Marco Carducci (17)|
|2. Columbus Crew||25.30||Wil Trapp (21)|
|3. Sporting KC||25.34||Erik Palmer-Brown (16)|
|4. FC Dallas||25.41||Kellyn Acosta (18)|
|5. Philadelphia Union||25.47||Zach Pfeffer (19)|
|6. D.C. United||25.48||Michael Seaton (17)|
|7. Toronto FC||25.54||Jordan Hamilton (18)|
|8. New England Revolution||25.66||Diego Fagundez (19)|
|9. Real Salt Lake||25.80||Jordan Allen (18)|
|10. Houston Dynamo||25.84||Bryan Salazar (19)|
|11. Colorado Rapids||25.88||Charles Eloundou (19)|
|12. Chicago Fire||26.09||Grant Ward (19)|
|13. LA Galaxy||26.10||Bradford Jamieson IV (17)|
|14. Chivas USA||26.23||Caleb Calvert (17)|
|15. Montreal Impact||26.43||Maxime Crepeau (19)|
|16. Portland Timbers||26.47||Alvas Powell (19)|
|17. New York Red Bulls||26.95||Matt Miazga (18)|
|18. Seattle Sounders||27.17||Aaron Kovar (20)|
|19. San Jose Earthquakes||27.31||Tommy Thompson (18)|
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Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler joined The Border Patrol with Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty on Sports Radio 810 WHB this morning. Listen to the full podcast embedded below as the Overland Park, Kan. native discusses his trademark long throw-in's, the team's 1-0 win over San Jose on Saturday, his new leadership role as the team's captain and the club's next match at the Colorado Rapids.
New Week. New Goal. Getting our first points on the road this season. #focused
— Matt Besler (@mbesler) March 24, 2014
Besler was recently named Sportsman of the Year by the Kansas City Sports Commission and will be formally presented with the award, sponsored by the Kansas City Downtown Marriott, at the Awards Banquet on April 11.
For more Sporting Kansas City coverage on talk radio, tune into Sports Radio 810 WHB from 7-8 p.m. CT on Wednesday for The Sporting KC Show with hosts Callum Williams and Andy Edwards. Listeners can join the discussion by calling 913-3-810-810 and the show is available live via 810 AM, 810whb.com or through the station's free mobile app.
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Sporting Kansas City's central defense pairing of Matt Besler and Aurelien Collin have garnered their fair share of attention over the last three seasons. Both are two-time MLS All-Stars and Best XI selections. Besler led the U.S. Men's National Team to a first place finish in the Hex and the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup championship. Collin was named MVP of MLS Cup 2013 and started his own AC78 fashion line.
Not exactly men of mystery. Or are they? Besler and Collin are up first for the new "Two Lies and a Truth" series, presented by The Parking Spot, that will play on the Sporting Park videboard throughout 2014.
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Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes joined The Program with Soren Petro on Sports Radio 810 WHB on Friday. Listen to the full interview below as he discusses Wednesday's match in Mexico City and the quick turnaround to host San Jose at 7:30 p.m. CT on Saturday at Sporting Park (limited tickets remain available).
With the team's next victory, Vermes -- now in his sixth season on the sideline -- will tie Peter Nowak and Glynn Myernick for 15th on Major League Soccer's all-time regular season wins chart among MLS managers. Seven of his 63 regular season wins have come in the month of March, one of his top two months as a manager:
Sports Radio 810 WHB's Nate Bukaty and Jake Gutierrez will broadcast Saturday's match on ESPN 102.9 FM starting at 7 p.m. CT live from Sporting Park. Following the match, coverage will continue with The Final Whistle: Sporting KC Postgame Show with hosts Dave Borchardt and Jake Gutierrez. Tune in to 810 AM, 810whb.com, 810whbtv.com and via the station's free mobile app.
Sporting KC forward Sal Zizzo | Photo by USA Today Sports Images
With no shortage of talking points, the Sporting KC Show aired on Sports Radio 810 WHB on Tuesday with hosts Callum Williams and Andy Edwards bringing listeners all the latest in Major League Soccer and CONCACAF Champions League action. Last night's episode featured two guests in winger Sal Zizzo, who made his Sporting KC debut in the season opener at Seattle on Saturday, and FutbolMLS.com reporter Diego Pinzon, in town for the signing of Spanish midfielder Antonio Dovale and tonight's CCL quarterfinal against Cruz Azul (7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports 2 and Univision Deportes Network).
Listen to the full podcast below and stay tuned to 810 WHB throughout the day as their coverage will feature Todd Leabo live at Sporting Park from 3-6 p.m. CT during Between the Lines with Kevin Kietzman. Then at 6:30 p.m. CT, the duo of Callum Williams and Jake Gutierrez will begin more than three hours of programming dedicated to Sporting KC's first home match of 2014. The 30-minute pregame show will set the stage for tonight's showdown between the reigning MLS Cup champions and Liga MX leaders, followed by live match commentary and The Final Whistle: Sporting KC Postgame Show.
Peter Vermes addresses crowd at Sporting Takeoff on Tuesday | USA Today Sports Images
Manager Peter Vermes and his Sporting Kansas City squad depart for Seattle on Thursday afternoon, 48 hours before taking the field against the Sounders on Saturday live on NBCSN. Prior to leading the team through one last training session in Kansas City at the Swope Soccer Village, Vermes joined Fescoe in the Morning on 610 Sports Radio to share his thoughts on the season opener and the 2014 campaign ahead.
"The big thing in this season is that we have a lot of variables to deal with, moreso than we did last year, when you pick and choose who are going to be the guys playing in the upcoming game. It's definitely not going to be easy from the coaching staff's perspective when you look at league play, you look at Champions League which we start next Wednesday here at home, you have U.S. Open Cup, and then we have Champions League again starting in August...and then we have World Cup with some of our guys. There are going to be so many challenges over the course of this season and there are going to be guys that are getting a lot of playing time...and they're going to have to step up and take advantage of those opportunities. They're going to have to be good. That's going to be the biggest challenge for us this year."
Throughout the 10-minute interview, Vermes continued to comment on the team's goals -- both short term and long term -- and the importance of staying "hungry and motivated" after winning MLS Cup. Listen to the full podcast below...