Sporting Kansas City center back Matt Besler joined Nate Bukaty and Steven St. John on Sports Radio 810 WHB's The Border Patrol this morning.
The guys chatted about Besler's offseason plans and the long year he had in 2014, highlighted by a trip back to his alma mater for the first time in three years and partying with the president.
Listen to the full podcast below:
What do soccer and racing have in common?
Speed, reaction time and Continental Tire.
Continental Tire gave six MLS standouts an opportunity to win a 2014 Lamborghini. A task easier said than done, so we called in a specialist: TUDOR United SportsCar Championship driver Townsend Bell, who was able to provide insight for the soccer standouts to help ease the transition from the pitch to the pedal. The six participants were split between the Eastern and Western Conference to emulate the MLS regular season. The athlete with the fastest time on each side of the bracket would advance to the championship.
Sporting KC winger Graham Zusi was joined by Sean Johnson and Giles Barnes to represent the East. Chandler Hoffman, Stephen Keel and Dan Kennedy were seleceted to represent the West. We all know and love Zusi for his quickness with a soccer ball at his feet, but let's see how he does with a steering wheel in hand...
Who can resist Chipotle and soccer? Our point exactly!
The Sporting Kansas City Academy has teamed up with Chipotle to raise money for the 2014-15 season. Sporting KC fans are encouraged to join Academy midfielder and Chipotle Youth Homegrown athlete winner Roman Knox at the Chipotle on 135th & Metcalf in Overland Park, Kansas on Monday, November 17 from 4-9 p.m. CT. Chipotle will donate 50% of proceeds to the Sporting KC Academy when customers show the cashier this flyer.
Bring your friends. Let's make this a party.
The Sporting KC Academy program has proven valuable in recent years for Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes, who has added talent to his senior roster with the homegrown signings of Kevin Ellis, Jon Kempin and Erik Palmer-Brown. Ellis was consistently seen in the starting lineup for Sporting KC this season, appearing in 20 MLS matches, while Kempin and Palmer-Brown made their MLS debuts. The 21-year-old goalkeeper earned MLS Save of the Week honors in his first two appearances for Sporting Kansas City and 17-year-old Palmer-Brown was the youngest player to appear in an MLS match this season.
Crystle Lampitt, host of 38 The Spot, interviewed Sporting KC's Matt Besler and Graham Zusi to wrap up the 2014 season. Lampitt explores the origin of both players soccer carreers and their major milestones along the way to stardom for club and country.
View the full interview, which aired this morning on KC Live, below:
Update: Congratulations to Ryan McDonald for submitting the winning caption. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize.
Sporting Kansas City moved into first place in the race for the Supporters' Shield after defeating Eastern Conference foes Toronto FC 4-1 at Sporting Park last weekend. Needless to say, the boys brought nothing but smiles during postgame interviews with SKCTV commentator Jake Yadrich - especially two of the three goalscorers (Dom Dwyer and C.J. Sapong) and man of the match himself (Jon Kempin) pictured above.
Dwyer opened the scoring on Saturday by converting two first half penalty kicks to move his goal scoring total to 16, second most in MLS this season. Sapong's second half strike moves the Virginia native into a tie for ninth on KC's all-time chart for career goals scored during the regular season with 20 and Sporting KC's record when Sapong scores is now 19-0-2 including the postseason.
Saturday was the first career MLS start for Kempin, who has been nominated for MLS Save of the Week honors for Week 23 after his crucial stop against Gilberto to preserve his team's lead. Kempin already earned the accolade in Week 22 on his MLS debut after stopping a penalty kick attempt by Darren Mattocks.
Submit your best caption to the photo above by 6 p.m. CT on Thursday, August 21 and you'll be entered to win two tickets to Saturday's match against D.C. United and $20 worth of Kansas Lottery instant scratch tickets. Entries for this week's caption contest, brough to you by Kansas Lottery, can be submitted via the comments section below. You must be 18 years of age or older to be eligible for the prize. Good luck!
Congratulations to Emily Michaels! The sophomore soccer player at the University of Nebraska Omaha has won Sporting KC's inaugural "Oh Say Can You Sing" National Anthem Contest.
With hundreds of submissions, 10 finalists were selected by a collection of Sporting Kansas City players and front office staff. The 10 YouTube videos were posted to SportingKC.com for a fan vote. In a close contest, Emily edged out the competition and will now perform the National Anthem on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd at Sporting Park prior to Sporting KC's match against D.C. United.
A limited number of tickets are available for the match-up between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. Secure your seat online at Ticketmaster.com.
After review by a collection of Sporting KC players and front office staff members, the following 10 submissions have been selected as finalists for Sporting KC's inaugural National Anthem Contest:
Now we're turning it over to you; the fans. Cast your vote below for the contestant you'd like to hear sing the National Anthem prior to Sporting Kansas City's match against D.C. United on August 23. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. CT on Monday, August 18.
Sporting Park is hiring! Interested candidates are invited to attend a job fair from 5:30-9 p.m. CT on Monday, July 14 in the Boulevard Members Club (One Sporting Way in Kansas City, KS).
Part-time positions include ambassadors, hosts, concierge and merchandise. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
- Gate Ambassador – Greet fans upon entry and examine/scan tickets for all ticketed events at Sporting Park. Monitor and control guest behavior and access to Stadium as required. Must have excellent customer service skills. Ability to work in extreme weather conditions and stand for lengths of time encouraged.
- Fan Host – Assist fans in locating seats during events at Sporting Park. Work to ensure crowd behavior is positive and supports an enjoyable experience for all guests. As necessary, escalate situations to supervisors and/or security. Must have excellent customer service skills. Ability to work in extreme weather conditions and stand for lengths of time encouraged.
- Premium Concierge – Assist guests in locating the Premium areas of Sporting Park and supplies general information. Must have excellent customer service skills. This position is ideal for a candidate who prefers to work indoors and has the ability to stand for lengths of time.
- Elevator Concierge – Greet guests as they arrive to the elevators within the premium spaces at Sporting Park. Must have excellent customer service skills.
- Merchandise Seller – This position will be responsible for processing and selling merchandise during Sporting Kansas City matches and other special events deemed necessary. Other duties include inventory, stocking merchandise items, assisting season ticket clients, and representing the organization in a positive and respectful manner.
Dom Dwyer notched his team-leading 12th goal of the season yesterday in Sporting KC's 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire. The Sporting KC striker celebrated by taking a selfie in the South Stand at Sporting Park. Referree Alan Kelly handed Dwyer a yellow card for what he deemed, an excessive celebration. But when asked of his motive, the fun-loving goalscorer will tell you, it's all about giving the fans something to get excited about.
So why stop now? Dom will be taking over the Sporting KC Snapchat account and sending out personalized snaps to a selection of our #SKCSelfie contest participants. Here's are the rules:
- Add Sporting KC on Snapchat
- Take a Sporting KC/Dom Dwyer inspired selfie (the more outrageous - the better)
- Post it to your Instagram account and hashtag #SKCSelfie
- Include your Snapchat handle in your caption
If you need a little more inspiration, check out the social stir from Dom's goal celebration on Sunday: