Crystle Lampitt checked-in with Brazilian midfielder Paulo Nagamura in this week's Sporting Spotlight on 38 the Spot. The 10th-year professional turned in a veteran performance, leading Sporting KC to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps nine days ago. Nagamura scored two goals in the final eight minutes of play, including a stoppage time game-winner, to complete the historic result. Prior to August 15, Sporting KC had never won when trailing by two goals in the 80th minute of a regular season match and this feat has only been acomplished one other time in MLS regular season history (7/27/03 DC at NE).
Nagamura earned MLS Player of the Week honors for his performance, but today took time to chat about some non-soccer related topics including his favorite Brazilian restaurants in Kansas City, the smooth transition to the United States of America and his very adorable full house. Check out the two segments below:
This week's Sporting Spotlight sees 38 the Spot host Crystle Lampitt catching up with U.S. Men's National Team winger Graham Zusi, who by the way, is officially a home owner in Kansas City. The Longwood, Florida native extended his contract with Sporting Kansas City in July 2014 and made his status as a Kansas Citian official when he bought a house in Prairie Village earlier this year. Lampitt and Zusi discuss the transition to the Midwest including Kansas City cuisine in the first of two segments...
What else are you itching to know about Zusi? Ever wonder about his handywork...
A new week, a new Sporting Spotlight! Yesterday, 38 the Spot host Crystle Lampitt checked in with Sporting KC defender Seth Sinovic. The MLS veteran has been sidelined for the last three months and Lampitt gives us the update on his recovery and recent return to the training pitch.
Once Lampitt assured that Sinovic was well on his way to full strength, it was time for the hard hitting questions...
Sporting Kansas City players recently visited Breakout KC -- newly opened in the River Market area -- and were able to escape Room 13 in 55 minutes and 30 seconds. Matt Besler had so much fun trying to breakout, the team captain wants to do it again! And you can join him as he tries to beat the the time clocked a few weeks earlier.
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Sporting Kansas City midfielder and MLS Player of the Month (April) Benny Feilhaber leads the League for most assists in 2015 with five. His top-notch perfomances on the field may have been spurred by his newest good luck charm, 10-month old daughter Sofia Feilhaber. Crystle Lampitt from 38 the Spot sits down with Feilhaber in this week's Sporting Spotlight to chat about the adjustment to fatherhood and a potential return of The Benny Feilhaber Show. Catch the full interview below:
Jalil Anibaba notched his first assist in a Sporting Kansas City uniform on Sunday, marking the milestone on the game-winning goal no less. Anibaba, who joined Sporting KC via a trade with Orlando City SC in the offseason, has started Sporting KC's last seven matches - a span in which the club has lost only once.
The North Carolina product has lived in three different cities over the past five seasons of his professional career, most recently in Seattle before calling Kansas City home. But the 26-year-old outside back will always have a special appreciation for his Nigerian heritage.
Anibaba -- with his father's help -- taught himself Yorùbá, the dialect of his father's Nigerian tribe. Anibaba took the time to teach 38 the Spot host Crystle Lampitt how to say "I love Kansas City" in his native tongue. Catch the two-part interview below:
This week's Sporting Spotlight on 38 the Spot featured Amadou Dia. The first year professional was born in France and spoke no English when he arrived to the United States as a youth. Now Dia is fluent in English and loves living in the USA, but there are some things from the homeland that he'll always find hard to live without.
Catch the two-part segment below with host Crystle Lampitt to find out what Dia misses the most from his childhood:
Sporting Kansas City welcomed 13 new players to the club's roster ahead of the 2015 season. Crystle Lampitt from 38 the Spot will be getting to know a handful of these guys over the next couple of months. Krisztian Nemeth was first in the hot seat. Watch the full interview below to get to know Sporting KC's newest goalscoring threat:
Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes joined Sports Radio 810 WHB host Nate Bukaty on The Border Patrol earlier today to discuss Sporting KC's scoreless draw against Real Salt Lake on Saturday. The full podcast is available below:
With the draw, Sporting KC heads into week seven of the MLS regular season tied for third place with only one loss in the team's first six games (2-1-3). The LA Galaxy trail by one point in the standings and are next up to host Sporting KC. Saturday's match will kick off at 9:30 p.m. CT at StubHub Center live on SKCTV across the Midwest.