A new edition of The Sporting KC Show with hosts Andy Edwards, Callum Williams and Carter Augustine will air from 7-8 p.m. CT tonight on Sports Radio 810 WHB (810 AM, 810whb.com & 810whbtv.com) featuring interviews with Sporting Kansas City midfielder Alex Martinez and Montreal Impact reporter Olivier Tremblay ahead of Saturday's match-up at Stade Saputo.
Martinez has made four appearances in his first professional season, debuting at Sporting Park in the team's MLS home opener and appearing in each of the team's last three matches. Martinez -- the No. 57 overall selection in the third round of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft -- is up to No. 5 in the latest MLSsoccer.com rookie rankings.
ANYTHING BUT Q&A: Alex Martinez
Yesterday, Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes was a guest on Between the Lines with Kevin Kietzman. The 18-minute interview touched on the season's major storylines, including the team's return to the top of the Eastern Conference standings after Sunday's 2-0 win over Columbus and the team's seven matches in the month of May leading into the World Cup break.
Listen to the full podcast embedded below...
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Sporting KC's month of May will feature seven games against Eastern Conference opponents, starting Sunday against the first place Columbus Crew in a nationally-televised match-up at Sporting Park (3 p.m. CT on NBCSN, Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Gran D 1340 AM). A limited number of tickets are available, including standing room only tickets, via Ticketmaster.com for a jam-packed matchday that will feature:
- Free Sporting KC sunglasses for the first 10,000 fans, courtesy of Sabates Eye Centers
- $3 Mexican beers and free food samples at Cantina (sections 117/119) from 1-1:45 p.m.
- Harvester's canned food drive at all gates through UMKC's Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity
- Sporting Style special: spend $75 or more and take home a mini replica MLS Cup trophy
All of which is headlined by the team's MLS Cup ring ceremony. Fans are advised to be in their seats by 1:45 p.m. CT on Sunday to see Sporting Kansas City players and coaches officially presented with their championship rings.
Manager Peter Vermes -- the league's first champion to win MLS Cup as a player (2000) and coach (2013) for the same team -- was a special guest on two radio shows ahead of #SKCvCLB. He joined Greg Lalas and Simon Borg on this week's edition of ExtraTime Radio and was in studio at Sports Radio 810 WHB earlier this morning with Nate Bukaty and Steven St. John. Listen to the podcasts below...
ExtraTime Radio w/ Peter Vermes
The Border Patrol w/ Peter Vermes
For more from Vermes, check out today's press conference along with defender Chance Myers. Up next on the list? Forward Dom Dwyer was also heard on the airwaves on Friday as the team's leading goal scorer was interviewed on 610 Sports Radio by hosts Henry Lake and Jay Binkley. His banter below...
The Day Shift w/ Dom Dwyer
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MLSsoccer.com's Dan Haiek and Matt Doyle break down tomorrow's Eastern Conference match-up between Sporting Kansas City and the New England Revolution in the video below. The duo discuss whether the Revs attack can put early season struggles in the past against the league's top defense and if Sporting Kansas City striker Dom Dwyer will again find his way onto the scoresheet as he has in three of his last four appearances.
The teams meet inside Gillette Stadium at 6:30 p.m. CT on Saturday with pre-game coverage beginning at 6 p.m. CT on KMCI 38 the Spot and SKCTV across the Midwest. Sporting KC will be hosting the team's official watch parties at the Johnny's Tavern locations in the KC Power & Light District (1310 Grand Blvd.) and Overland Park (8719 W. 95th St.).
Radio coverage will again be available on Sports Radio 810 WHB, including The Final Whistle postgame show, and La Gran D 1340 AM. Or follow online via SportingKC.com/GameOn, @SKCGameday on Twitter and the Sporting Club Uphoria mobile app.
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)
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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