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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.
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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:
On the eve of Independence Day, this afternoon's #TBT features Matt Besler and Graham Zusi. The duo is in route back to Kansas City after standout performances on the World Stage in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. But here's a look at where it all began as the two went from foes to friends.
Besler and Zusi both excelled in the college ranks. Besler became the first player in program history to garner both first-team All-America and Academic All-America honors at the Univeristy of Notre Dame, while Zusi boasts two NCAA championships as a member of the University of Maryland. The photo below is from 2007 when the Fighting Irish played the Terps in the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic at Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium. Maryland earned a 3-0 victory with Zusi notching the game-winner in the fifth minute.
That September afternoon, quite insignificant when compared to what Belser and Zusi have accomplished post-graduation. Besler was selected eighth overall in the first round of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft by his hometown of Kansas City and the Longwood, Florida native Zusi was selected in the second round with the 23rd overall pick also by KC. Since then, the pair has experienced tremendous success together including two Eastern Conference championships, a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, an MLS Cup and most recently helped the U.S. Men's National Team advance beyond the "group of death" at the World Cup.
Major props to Sean Carroll for this great find.
Sporting Kansas City forward Soony Saad has scored three goals in the team's last three matches including two game-winners in all-competition.
Saad started his first League match of the 2014 season against the Dynamo on June 6 at BBVA Compass Stadium and tallied a 45th minute goal for the visitors, assisted by Benny Feilhaber. Team-leader in goals this season with 11, Dom Dwyer converted a penalty kick in the 70th minute to secure the win, despite Sporting KC midfielder Antonio Dovale's ejection in the 21st minute of play.
Saad also opened the scoring for Sporting KC against Minnesota United in their fourth round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup victory. Sporting KC defeated Minnesota 2-0 at Sporting Park before bowing out of the domestic tournament with a fifth round loss to the Portland Timbers.
The Timbers scored three consecutive goals to start the match, before Saad struck again to shrink Portland's lead to two goals. At final whistle, Portland led 3-1 and advanced to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals. Sporting KC will have a chance at rendemption tonight as the team takes on Portland in League play at 10 p.m. CT at Providence Park.
Sporting Kansas City is on a talent search. However, no prior playing history is necessary. The club is seeking musically gifted indviduals who want to sing the National Anthem in front of 20,000+ onlookers. To be considered, sumbit your National Anthem YouTube recording to Anthem@SportingKC.com. The deadline to enter your submission is 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday, July 27.
Sporting KC players and front office staff will collaborate to select 10 finalists, whose videos will be published online. Sporting Kansas City supporters will then be able to vote and the finalist receiving the most votes will have the opportunity to sing the National Anthem before Sporting Kansas City's Eastern Conference clash against D.C. United on August 23 at Sporting Park.
A few Sporting Kansas City players believe they have what it takes; we think they should stick to their day jobs. You be the judge:
Sports anchors Jason Lamb and Al Wallace provide a behind-the-scenes look at the Kansas City native's transition to the world stage. Besler, along with his parents Greg and Diane, share a sampling of moments that help to quantify the magnitude of Matt's recent success and his selection to Jurgen Klinsmann's 23-man roster. Watch part three of the series below.