Sporting Kansas City added four match times -- all originally announced as TBD -- to the team's 2015 schedule this week. The below matches will kick off at the following times based on local, regional and national television broadcast agreements:
- March 28 at New York City FC: 6 p.m. CT
- May 23 at Seattle Sounders FC: 9 p.m. CT
- July 12 at Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 8 p.m. CT
- Aug. 8 at Toronto FC: 3 p.m. CT
In addition, a change was made last month to move the start time for Sporting Kansas City's home match on Aug. 15 against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC to an 8 p.m. CT kick off -- 30 minutes later than previously scheduled, in order to accomodate TSN and RDS (Major League Soccer's national broadcast partners in Canada).
Match times are now set for all 34 regular season matches (subject to change) during Sporting Kansas City's 2015 MLS season. Visit SportingKC.com/schedule for additional information and click here to download the team's matches to your personal calendar(s).
The first 10,000 fans at Sporting Kansas City's home opener on March 8 will receive the team's 2015 schedule magnet courtesy of Dairy Farmers of America. A limited number of tickets remain available via Ticketmaster.com.
The Sporting Club Network, presented by Price Chopper, will be releasing their 2015 Calendar of Events soon. Sporting Club Network members have access to exclusive events, contests and a myriad of other experiences offered throughout the year, otherwise unavailable to non-members. Before the much anticipated release of the 2015 Calendar of Events, let's take a look back at the top 10 SCN events from 2014:
- Follow the #MLSCupTour throughout the Midwest
- Spring #AcademyAffiliate All-Star Experience
- SKC celebrates Earth Day with Recycle Your Game Clinic
- Carter Knox: Sporting KC’s youngest reporter
- SCN #ForClubAndCountry World Cup Contest
- SCN hosts annual Reception & Kevin Gray Awards ceremony
- Academy Affiliate Weekend provides one-of-a-kind experience for youth players
- SCN re-launches #1Crest1Club campaign w/ Chipotle
- SCN introduces new multi-sport clinic
- Fall 2014 SCN Coaching Education
The Sporting Club Network is excited to be able to offer members another great year of exclusive events. For details on this year's Calendar of Events and all other happenings in the Sporting Club Network, be sure to follow the SCN on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Interested in joining the Sporting Club Network to gain access to exciting events like these? Contact Liam O’Connell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Andy Gruenebaum -- recently introduced as the color commentator for SKCTV broadcasts in 2015 -- was a guest on Sports Radio 810 WHB earlier this morning, joining SKCTV play-by-play announcer Nate Bukaty along with Border Patrol voices Steven St. John and Jake Gutierrez live in studio. Gruenebaum discussed his decision to retire after a nine-year MLS career and the opportunity to move into the broadcast booth for his hometown team.
Listen to the full 22-minute segment below and for more on the 2015 season ahead, listen to SKCTV sideline reporter Jake Yadrich on Primetime with Jim Grundy earlier this week.
A year ago this time, Graham Zusi was coming off a Man of the Match performance for the U.S. Men's National Team in their 2014 opener...the first of 10 international appearances on the year, including all four U.S. MNT matches at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, to go along with 31 games across all competition for Sporting Kansas City.
Fast forward to present day and Zusi has been sidelined with a stress reaction in his foot since the team's elimination from the MLS Cup Playoffs in October -- missing two U.S. Men's National Team camps and reduced to limited participation through Sporting Kansas City's first two weeks of preseason activity. His injury-forced hiatus is nearing its end, however, and the three-time MLS All-Star is ready for a return to the field for the first time more than 14 weeks.
Tucson's ABC affiliate KGUN9 caught up with him on Thursday at the Kino Sports Complex to talk about the recent rest and recovery. Check out the video below...
Sporting Kansas City captain Matt Besler joined The Border Patrol on Sports Radio 810 WHB this morning to chat with hosts Nate Bukaty and Steven St. John from the U.S. Men's National Team training camp in Santiago, Chile. The Overland Park, Kansas native previewed tomorrow's friendly at Estadio El Teniente among other topics that included the inclusion of Olympic-age players in the annual January Camp, Sporting KC teammate Jon Kempin's first call-up to the senior team and how he came to know local 11-year-old Dominic Vargas during his fight with cancer.
On Jon Kempin's first U.S. MNT camp...
He's putting in the work. I'm telling you guys, he looks really good. It's a credit to him because he's come in and played with confidence. He acts like he has been a part of this team and that he belongs here. I've been really impressed with his ability to hang with us because when you look at him, he still is very young for a goalkeeper. I'm going to tell Peter the same thing when we get back to Kansas City. I think he's really developing here at camp and I think everyone can be really excited about his potential and his future here.
Listen to the 10-minute interview embedded below...
The United States - No. 27 in the latest FIFA rankings - will open their 2015 schedule against No. 14 ranked Chile on Wednesday at 5 p.m. CT on FOX Sports 1, UniMas and UDN. Both teams participated in the 2014 FIFA World Cup last summer and will also take part in the Copa America Centenario USA 2016. The U.S. is unbeaten in their last four games against Chile dating back to 1995 (3-4-2 all-time).
Are you interested in helping energize the most exciting game day experience in professional sports while helping raise money to help children battling cancer?
If so, Sporting Club is launching a unique new program just for you. Sporting Victors allows passionate, enthusiastic participants to acquire first-hand experience working in professional sports. Victors will have the opportunity to meet and network with Sporting KC leaders, fellow fans and players while building transferable skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, guest service and effective communication.
To apply and learn more about becoming a part of Sporting Victors, click here!
Sporting Kansas City is hiring part-time event staff ahead of the 2015 season. Interested candidates are invited to Sporting Park (One Sporting Way, Kansas City, KS 66111) on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. or on Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 5:30 - 9 p.m to obtain more information.
The various part-time positions needed include Concierges, Fan Hosts, Gate Ambassadors, Elevator Concierge and other Guest Service positions. Sporting Style will be looking for Merchandise representatives and Building Services will be looking to hire Attendants to help with pre-game preparation that may include pressure washing, window cleaning, etc.
Applicants must be 18 years or older. Saturday's job fair will take place in the Shield Club. Participants should park on the Sprint Plaza and follow signs to the Shield Club entrance. Tuesday's job fair will be held in the Boulevard Members Club. Parking for Tuesday's applicants will be in Lot D behind Lonestar Restaurant. After parking, Tuesday's applicants should follow signs to the Boulevard Members Club.
Please email Stephen Howell (email@example.com) or call 913-912-7511 with questions. For information specific to the Building Services Attendant positions, please email Jeff Fickas (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 913-912-7508.
Attention Sporting KC fans with an appreciation for marine wildlife: Sporting Kansas City and SEA LIFE Aquarium have teamed up to create the ultimate Kansas City experience and overnight package.
To kick off the partnership, SEA LIFE named their new octopus Matt Besler after the Sporting KC captain on Monday. Bes (the Giant Pacific Octopus) impressed fans with his strength, though was deemed a ball hog by Bes (the World Cup veteran).
Sporting KC fans now have the opportunity to score some serious swag as part of an online auction with a package featuring eight items in honor of the newly-named eight-legged Besler:
- Two Sporting KC jerseys signed by Matt Besler
- Two Sporting KC soccer balls signed by Matt Besler
- Two Annual Passes to SEA LIFE Aquarium Kansas City
- One night stay at Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center with $30 food and beverage credit
- $50 Crown Center gift certificate
All funds raised will go towards SEA LIFE Trust, dedicated to the conservation of marine wildlife. Bid now! The auction closes at 5 p.m. CT on Sunday, January 11.
Major League Soccer's 2015 Expansion Draft will take place Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT. This will be the next opportunity for New York City FC and Orlando City SC to fill out their rosters ahead of their inaugural season.
The draft will consist of 10 rounds with Orlando City SC selecting first. Each team will have three minutes to make their selection. MLS also announced yesterday that the audio of the draft will be live streamed on MLSsoccer.com.
As a reminder, if Orlando City or NYCFC selects a player from Sporting KC, Manager Peter Vermes will be able to protect one additional player who has been exposed. Sporting KC's current protected player list includes: Matt Besler, Igor Juliao, Chance Myers, Ike Opara, Seth Sinovic, Bernardo Añor, Benny Feilhaber, Jimmy Medranda, Paulo Nagamura, Graham Zusi and Dom Dwyer. Additional Sporting KC players who are not eligible to be selected include homegrown goalkeeper Jon Kempin, homegrown defenders Kevin Ellis and Erik Palmer-Brown and Generation adidas midfielder Mikey Lopez.
Also, each club who loses players in the Expansion Draft will receive $50,000 of allocation per player selected.
So what do you think? Will Sporting KC lose any players in today's draft? Let us know in the comment section below!