Sporting Kansas City homegrown defender Erik Palmer-Brown started and played 45 minutes for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team on Thursday in the opening game of the 2015 Stevan Vilotic Tournament at Subotica City Stadium in Subotica, Serbia. The US U-20's fell 3-1 to the hosts Serbia, who won the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup earlier this summer.
The competition, held in honor of former Yugoslavia manager Stevan Cele Vilotic, features six teams in its 22nd edition with Israel, Ukraine, Montenegro and France rounding out the field. The United States will next face France on Friday in Senta, Serbia to set up a final placement match on Monday.
Palmer-Brown, 18, has appeared in nine matches for Sporting Kansas City across all competition since signing as a Homegrown Player in August 2013. He made his MLS debut in May 2014, becoming the youngest player to appear in an MLS match in club history.
The Lee’s Summit, Missouri native attended the prestigious U.S. Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida and has started in the Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game each of the last two years.
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This week's Sporting KC Show, hosted by Nate Bukaty and Carter Augustine, aired last night on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Among the topics of discussion were Sporting Kansas City's two recent road losses in Columbus and Colorado, as well as the full slate of international action during the FIFA fixture window that sees Sporting KC enjoy a weekend off before embarking on a stretch of seven games in 24 days.
Sporting KC captain Matt Besler is one of the team's four players on international duty and he checked in from the U.S. Men's National Team camp during the second half of the show. Hear the full interview below...
Sporting Kansas City is excited to announce a NEW early childhood soccer program SPORTING STRIPES. Children ages 2-5 years old will be engaged in an active learning environment while they learn the basics of soccer!
SPORTING STRIPES creates a safe and EXCITING experience for children to become acclimated and engaged with soccer at its earliest foundation. Our concepts go well beyond the game of soccer where your child will practice reaching basic early developmental milestones in socialization, emotional and physical development, as well as cognition and communication.
Games and activities outlined in the SPORTING STRIPES curriculum are based on the stages of cognitive development theories for toddlers and pre-school age. Your child will receive child-centered instruction from our staff who engage multiple learning styles: audio, visual and kinesthetic. Instructional methods use verbalization, demonstration and tactile experience to teach your child the game of soccer.
SPORTING STRIPES soccer classes cultivate the Sporting Kansas City soccer stars of the future! Welcome to the beginning of the Pathway to the Pros.
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Sat., Sept. 26 from 9-11am at Roeland Park Sports Dome
Each year, MLS teams across the League work with their local Special Olympics chapters to host Unified Soccer games with other teams throughout the season. Unified Soccer pairs students with disabilities with neuro-typical students within their school.
The goal for this MLS WORKS initiative is for two clubs to commit to a home-and-away series of games throughout the season. In May, Sporting Kansas City and Special Olympics Kansas hosted the Colorado Rapids and Special Olympics Colorado in a Unified Soccer Match in Kansas City. This past weekend, the Kansas team traveled to Colorado for the second game in the series.
Upon arrival to Denver on Friday evening – the first airplane ride for several of the athletes – the two teams met for dinner at a downtown pizza restaurant, where the coaches and athletes were able to interact and talk about the upcoming match. On Saturday morning, the Kansas team took advantage of the beautiful scenery in the area and spent the morning at Red Rocks Amphitheater and Park where many of the students caught their first glimpse of the Colorado Rockies.
After a quick lunch, the team headed back to the hotel for some much-needed rest before making their way to Dick’s Sporting Good Park. Both teams watched the first half of the Sporting Kansas City versus Colorado Rapids match in the stands. During halftime, the two teams were introduced to the supporters in an on-field presentation before making their way to a team locker room set up to mirror what a professional athlete would experience.
When game time arrived, the two teams -- in full team kits -- took the field and played their hearts out in front of a large group of Sporting KC supporters who waved flags, banged drums and sang songs that are generally reserved for the professional team. At the conclusion of the game, each athlete received a medal and trophy to honor their participation in the event.
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:
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On Monday, Tim Melia chatted with TJ Carpenter on Sports Night (listen). On Tuesday, Peter Vermes joined The Program with Soren Petro (listen). And earlier today, Matt Besler was a gameday guest on The Border Patrol with Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. Hear the full interview embedded below...
In addition, Sporting KC midfielder Paulo Nagamura -- the reigning MLS Player of the Week -- shared his thoughts on the team's dramatic 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps FC during a new episode of The Sporting KC Show last night.
Sports Radio 810 WHB will be back at Sporting Park tonight for a live broadcast when Sporting Kansas City takes on the San Jose Earthquakes at 7:30 p.m. CT (tickets). Hosts Danny Clinkscale and Chad Reynolds will call the action, followed by The Final Whistle: Sporting KC Postgame Show with Dave Borchardt on 99.3 FM.
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Sports Night on Sports Radio 810 WHB welcomed Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia to the show on Monday. The 29-year-old veteran chatted with host TJ Carpenter about Saturday's 4-3 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the team's U.S. Open Cup run and making the most of his chance as a starter for the first time in his six MLS seasons.
Acquired by Sporting Kansas City prior to the 2015 campaign, Melia has the lowest goals against average (0.93) and second best saves percentage (74.1) in the Western Conference. His 9-2-3 record this year gives him the best winning percentage (0.75) of any MLS player at his position (min. 1 game started).
Listen to the 13-minute interview embedded below and available on the www.810whb.com podcast page.
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...
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Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia was a guest on MLSsoccer.com's ExtraTime Radio on Monday with hosts Andrew Wiebe, David Goss and Ben Baer. Listen to the full episode below or via SiriusXM FC from 12-1 p.m. CT on Tuesday.
Melia -- whose 0.77 goals against average is second best among MLS goalkeepers -- improved to 8-2-3 in 2015 with four saves in Sporting Kansas City's 3-1 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday. Next up? A match-up against his former club, Real Salt Lake, in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinals on Wednesday at Sporting Park.