With three Sporting KC games in a nine-day span and the start of the United States Men's National Team's pre-World Cup training camp tomorrow, there were no shortage of talking points on last night's Sporting KC Show. Hosts Callum Williams, Andy Edwards and Carter Augustine heard from Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler and midfielder Graham Zusi on their selection to Jurgen Klinsmann's 30-player preliminary roster and the trio were also joined by Philadelphia Union broadcaster JP Dellacamera ahead of tonight's Eastern Conference match-up at Sporting Park.
Listen to the full episode embedded below and tune in to Sports Radio 810 WHB beginning at 7 p.m. CT tonight for live coverage from Nate Bukaty and Jake Gutierrez.
The start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup is 30 days away and the excitement is building after Monday's announcement of the United States 30-player preliminary roster. Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler and midfielder Graham Zusi are in the spotlight as members of Jurgen Klinsmann's squad and they met with the media yesterday afternoon during a press conference at Three Points Club (video | quotes).
Among those in attendance was Sports Radio 810 WHB host T.J. Carpenter, whose interviews with each player aired on SportsNight and can be heard below...
Besler was also a guest on The Border Patrol with Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty earlier this morning on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Listen to the audio archive below...
For more coverage from the team's official broadcast partner, tune in for a new episode of The Sporting KC Show from 7-8 p.m. CT tonight with Callum Williams and Andy Edwards. Fans can join the discussion by calling 913-3-810-810 and listen via 810 AM, 810whb.com or via the station's free mobile app.
Sports Radio 810 WHB will also carry more than three hours of coverage of Wednesday's match between Sporting KC and the Philadelphia Union at Sporting Park. Pre-game discussion begins at 7 p.m. CT and the evening will wrap up with The Final Whistle: Sporting KC Postgame Show on air at 9:30 p.m. CT.
Sporting Kansas City assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin has called Kansas City home for the last 15 years since joining the team prior to the historic 2000 season. He logged a club-record 20,515 minutes played in his nine seasons before joining the technical staff upon his retirement in 2008.
But long before his career reached MLS All-Star, MLS Best XI and U.S. Men's National Team heights, Kerry was a widely acclaimed two-sport prep star in the suburbs of Detroit for the Redford Catholic Central football and soccer teams.
And with the NFL Draft taking center stage tonight, SportingKC.com did some digging for the scouting report on Kerry's kicking game more than 20 years ago.
- Age 10 - Kerry finishes runner-up in Canton Township Parks and Recreation Department's Punt, Pass and Kick competition (Canton Observer)
- Age 16 - Kerry recovers high snap on field goal attempt, throws seven-yard touchdown in Shamrocks win over the University of Detroit-Jesuit (Canton Observer)
- Age 17 - Kerry earns All-Area accolades as a senior with six made field goals (long of 47 yards), 34 of 36 made extra points, 36.1 yard average on 20 punts and 50.7 yard average on 57 kickoffs. His photo and bio are published in the local newspaper...
Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer was a guest on The Border Patrol with Sports Radio 810 WHB hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty this morning to discuss his new MLS Cup championship ring, his work ethic in Peter Vermes' high-pressure system and his two-goal performance in the last meeting with Montreal. The team's official radio broadcast partner also carried the newest episode of The Sporting KC Show last night as hosts Callum Williams, Andy Edwards and Carter Augustine spoke with rookie midfielder Alex Martinez and Impact reporter Olivier Tremblay to preview Saturday's match at Stade Saputo.
Listen to both podcasts embedded below...
DOM DWYER (THE BORDER PATROL)
ALEX MARTINEZ (SPORTING KC SHOW)
Sporting Kansas City forwards Dom Dwyer and Soony Saad will make a special appearance at Rally House North KC (8650 N. Boardwalk Ave., KCMO) from 6-7:30 p.m. CT tonight to meet fans and sign autographs.
Those in attendance can also enter the Rally House Ultimate Fan Experience, a month-long sweepstakes to win a $500 gift card for a shopping spree with a Sporting Kansas City player, an authentic Sporting KC jersey, two tickets to a Sporting Kansas City match and a gameday experience featuring a player meet-and-greet, stadium tour and pre-game field access.
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.