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02 July 11:00 am
 
Fourth of July weekend is upon us so what better time to launch the Kansas City Steak Company's Meat and Greet SweepSTEAKS (rules). All month long, Sporting KC fans can enter to win a prize pack that includes dinner for six with a Sporting KC player and a one-year supply of steak products.
 
Visit SportingKC.com/kcsteak to earn up to 105 entries based on the following opportunities:
  • +25 Entries: Submit Form (name, email, address, birthday)
  • +25 Entries: Share the sweepstakes on Twitter
  • +25 Entries: Share the sweepstakes on Facebook
  • +10 Entries: Like the Kansas City Steak Company on Facebook
  • +10 Entries: Follow @KCSteaks on Twitter
  • +10 Entries: Follow @SportingKC on Twitter

The SweepSTEAKS ends on July 31 with a winner to be randomly selected. The Kansas City Steak Company is the presenting sponsor of Sporting Kansas City's official podcast, Snippets of Sporting, which is available three days each week at SportingKC.com and iTunes.

29 June 4:57 pm

This week’s Sporting Spotlight shines brightly on Kansas City’s own Jon Kempin. KMCI-TV 38 the Spot host Crystle Lampitt chatted with the 22-year-old homegrown goalkeeper to learn more about his dedication to soccer.

Kempin, who turned pro in 2010, is currently enrolled at Johnson County Community College in pursuit of a business degree. Kempin also speaks about his new Christmas gift: a puppy affectionately nicknamed “Chewy."

Tune in every Monday morning for the newest Sporting Spotlight on 38 The Spot or check out their YouTube playlist to catch up on previous segments.

29 June 3:38 pm

Every year, MLS WORKS teams up with Wells Fargo to honor individuals who have gone out of their way to make a difference in their community. This is in effort to recognize and celebrate these selfless individuals’ hard work which betters the world around them. Nominees must be leaders in their community who have used soccer as a tool for improvement.

One Community MVP is chosen from each of the 20 MLS club markets based on their efforts in social issues, health issues and community service. This year, each of the Community MVP's will be recognized nationally at the 2015 MLS All-Star Game in Denver. 

Last year, Brandi Leggett was chosen to represent the Sporting KC community for her involvement in the Sporting Kansas City Active Readers Program. Leggett helped create the program in 2013, which builds enthusiasm for reading through soccer. 

Do you know someone that has made a difference in their community through soccer this year? From now until July 5, fans can nominate individuals who go above and beyond to improve and inspire their community. Go to www.mlssoccer.com/communitymvp to submit a nomination.

Grand Prize voting will take place from July 10 through July 29. The winner will be announced during halftime of the 2015 MLS All-Star Game.

29 June 1:48 pm

Chipotle is teaming up with MLS to give fans a chance to win a VIP Flyaway to enjoy MLS All-Star festivities including the Chipotle MLS Homegrown game and the AT&T 2015 MLS All-Star game in Denver, Colorado.

To enter the sweepstakes, text HOMEGROWN to 888222. The trip package for four includes airfare, ground transportation, hotel, and $5,000 spending money, along with tickets to both games.

MLS’s top young talent will clash with Mexican Side, Club América’s U-20 squad in the second-annual Chipotle Homegrown MLS game. The match will take place Tuesday, July 28 at 8 p.m. CT, 7 p.m. MT, and will serve as a prelude to the AT&T 2015 MLS All-Star game, as the best MLS has to offer take on English side Tottenham Hotspur the following night.

The contest ends July 5, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CT with full rules available here.

25 June 3:04 pm

Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes joined The Program with Soren Petro on Sports Radio 810 WHB today to discuss the team's late 2-1 loss at Real Salt Lake last weekend, as well a variety of other timely topics that included the play of goalkeeper Tim Melia, the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the use of instant replay in professional soccer. Listen to the ful 25-minutel interview embedded below.

Vermes is one win shy of tying Thomas Rongen (83) for ninth on the list of winningest coaches in MLS history. His next opportunity comes at 7:30 p.m. CT on Saturday at Sporting Park when Sporting KC hosts the Colorado Rapids.

Vermes played three seasons for each team (1997-1999 in Colorado, 2000-2002 in KC) during a seven-year MLS career. Now in his seventh season as Sporting KC's head coach, Vermes is 5-0-5 in MLS competition against the Rapids.

Twenty-five years ago this month, Vermes represented the United States at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy and appeared in all three group stage matches. He also played for the U.S. at the Summer Olympics (1988), FIFA Futsal World Cup (1989) and Confederations Cup (1992). He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2013.

23 June 1:08 pm

Sporting KC Doppelgangers have returned, but this time, with a twist! As it is hard to match the looks of our really, really, really, ridiculously good-looking players and coaching staff, we figured some simple addition might make it a little easier. We found a few images that contained certain characteristics of a Sporting KC player and added them together to make a doppelganger!

Let us know which look-alike is your favorite or send us your own doppelgangers on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #SKCLookAlikes for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Saturday's match against the Colorado Rapids at 7:30 p.m. CT!

GOALKEEPER:   

David Duchovny

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Ben Foster

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Tim Melia

DEFENDERS:   

Jeremy Piven

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Zach Gilford

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 Matt Besler

Zorro

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Hansel

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Chance Myers

Chris Andersen

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Wilson

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Marcel de Jong

 

Tiger Woods

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Lil Bow Wow

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Saad Abdul-Salaam

 

MIDFIELDERS:

Paul Rudd

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Freddie Mercury

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Benny Feilhaber

  Robinho            

 
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 Mr. Dalvin from Jodeci

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Soni Mustivar

        

Roger Espinoza

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Patrick Star

 
FORWARDS:
 

Alan Cumming

 
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A Tanning Bed

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Krisztian Nemeth

Oscar

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Josh Brolin

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Bernardo Añor

Michael Ealy

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Neymar

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Dom Dwyer

The Coaching Staff:

Ben Affleck

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 R. Lee Emrey

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Peter Vermes

Derek Zoolander

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 Rob Lowe

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Kerry Zavagnin

 Jonathan Banks

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Ernst Stavro Blofeld

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Zoran Savic

 

 

22 June 12:02 pm

This week’s Sporting Spotlight showcases Kerry Zavagnin, the team’s former midfield anchor and current assistant coach. KMCI-TV 38 the Spot host Crystle Lampitt met up with Zavagnin to learn more about his soccer journey culminating in Kansas City.

Zavagnin, who has played and coached for Kansas City since 2000, reveals how he made his way to MLS and solidified his place during an 11-year playing career. Tune in every Monday morning for the newest Sporting Spotlight on 38 The Spot or check out their YouTube playlist to catch up on previous segments.

19 June 10:25 pm


Clockwise from top left: @alexis17quevedo, @k8e_jay, @greghill5280, @mrmortensen

Four causes for cheer this Father's Day:

  1. #RSLvSKC in the MLS Soccer Sunday doubleheader
  2. 20% off the entire Sporting Style men's department
  3. A chance to win a $250 gift card to MLSstore.com
  4. Boulevardia Day 3, featuring craft spirits and cocktails 

Need we say more? Well...

Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake kick off their 2013 MLS Cup rematch at 9 p.m. CT on FOX Sports 1. It's been 16 years since the team took the field on Father's Day in a 6-0 romp over New York at Arrowhead Stadium back in 1999. Might the team's newest dad, Benny Feilhaber, play a starring role on Sunday? His seven assists are second most in MLS to go along with goals in three of his last four MLS matches.

In celebration of the holiday, Sporting Style is offering 20% off all men's items at Shop.SportingKC.com through Sunday. As always, free shipping is available on orders over $50 and every purchase is eligible for free returns. Perhaps the newest t-shirt from the Sporting KC and Boulevard Brewing Co. collaboration would make a nice addition to his wardrobe?

Speaking of Boulevard, they're throwing a party in the West Bottoms this weekend that is right up dad's alley. Sporting KC is a proud supporter of Boulevardia, a three-day festival that brings together the best in music, food and beer. Don't miss Sunday's schedule of events from 11am-5pm headlined by musical acts across three stages and the one-day only "Craft Spirits & Cocktails" special experience.

Finally, Major League Soccer is getting the Father's Day fun started early with their annual social media contest. One lucky fan will win a $250 gift card to MLSstore.com and all you have to do to enter is post a pic of you and your pops wearing Sporting KC gear to Twitter or Instagram by 11 p.m. CT on Saturday. Be sure to include @MLS and the hashtag #MLSdad to make your entry official.

Good luck and a happy Father's Day from our Sporting KC family to yours!

16 June 11:51 am
Ten years ago today, Jefferson Roblee led the KC Pace U17 boys to a Missouri State Cup championship -- becoming the state's first representative from outside St. Louis to advance to regionals in the history of the competition. Now the head men's and women's soccer coach at William Jewell College, Roblee reflects back on the milestone in the guest post below as Sporting Kansas City prepares to face St. Louis FC in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tonight at Sporting Park.


J.D. Warman jumps on the back of Brant Bishop with Brian Wurst (#11)
also celebrating the KC Pace's first goal in a 3-1 victory in the Missouri
State Cup U-17 Championship on June 16, 2005 (photo by Dan Peak)

The KC Pace had to win six games in six days to take the title 3-1 over Lou Fusz-Popovic. Park Hill South's Brant Bishop, who later went on to play at Stanford University, scored all three goals in the victory. Prior to that victory, every Missouri State Cup championship -- every year, every age -- had been won by a team from St. Louis.  

The win is considered to be one of the defining moments signaling the shift of the "Soccer Capital of America" title from St. Louis to KC.      
 
St. Louis was and still is a soccer hot-bed. At that point in time, 2005, before MLS teams sponsored youth academies, all youth teams competed for one national title. Club teams from the state of Missouri (St. Louis) had won more youth national championships than any other state, and the defending U17 and U18 boys national champion club teams were both from St. Louis. 
 
St. Louis soccer had produced numerous All Americans, Olympians and World Cup players. St. Louis's soccer reputation had such a national soccer footprint that many KC area youth teams wouldn't event register for Missouri State Cup because winning was thought of as Mission Impossible. When the KC Pace won the Missouri State Cup Championship, a competition that pits one city's best versus another city's best, it shook the St. Louis soccer community and sent a warning around the nation. KC soccer is not only growing...it's thriving.
 
The KC Pace were coached by three Kansas City natives who are now college coaches: Jefferson Roblee (Head Coach of men's and women's soccer at William Jewell College), Lincoln Roblee (Head Coach of women's soccer at Benedictine College) and Burke Slusher (assistant men's coach at KCKCC). The three (of us) grew up playing competitive club soccer while watching the KC Comets professional indoor team play in front of sold out crowds at Kemper Arena in the early and mid 80's. 
 
Back then serious youth players had to go to St. Louis to play in big tournaments, participate in the Olympic Development Program or watch a National Team game in person. Now St. Louis youth players and soccer fans are traveling to Kansas City. The shift has been the result of a progressive soccer community boosted by an abundance of quality professional soccer.
  
"The Comets, Wizards, Sporting Kansas City and now the FC Kansas City women's team have been great for youth players in the area to watch professional soccer up close. Watching the professional game is exciting and educational for players looking to improve," says Lincoln Roblee.    
 
On June 16, 2006, exactly one year after making history, the KC Pace repeated as Missouri State Cup champions, winning the U18 boys division. However, on that June 16th, the KC Pace weren't the only KC team to take home the elusive Missouri State Cup title. The U13 Rockets boys team and the U13 KC Scream girls team also were crowned champions. The Western side of Missouri's soccer scene wasn't backing down and soccer around KC's metro has continued to grow.
 
This year, on June 16, a USL team from St. Louis will travel as the underdog to play at Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City in Cup competition, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Players, coaches and parents from the KC Pace team are planning a reunion at the game at Sporting Park to not only celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their historic victory but also for another reason.
 
"We'll all be cheering for another Kansas City soccer win," said Slusher. 
15 June 5:07 pm

This week's Sporting Spotlight is shining bright on the man who makes our players and staff look so good. In her most recent journey into the Sporting KC world, 38 the Spot host Crystle Lampitt met up with equipment manager Mike Flaherty. Mike, aka @KitManSKC, explains what it's like to be the man behind-the-scenes in the locker room.

He tells of his interesting journey to joining the team's staff in 2009, his relationship with the players and also how the fan support makes his job so much more exciting. Tune in every Monday morning for the newest Sporting Spotlight on 38 The Spot or check out their YouTube playlist to catch up on previous segments.