Sporting Kansas City captain Matt Besler -- awarded the KC Sports Commission's Sportsman of the Year last week -- was a special guest in studio at Sports Radio 810 WHB this morning with The Border Patrol hosts Steven St. John, Nate Bukaty and Jake Gutierrez. The 22-minute interview, embedded below, touched on a wide variety of topics including his role within the U.S. Men's National Team, new Sporting Style merchandise and his tutelage of 16-year-old centerback Erik Palmer-Brown.
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Besler was also interviewed on last night's Sporting KC Show with Callum Williams, Andy Edwards and Carter Augustine. The hour-long show previews Saturday's match against Montreal, including an on-air discussion with Impact forward Jack McInerney. The 21-year-old scored on his debut for head coach Frank Klopas after being acquired from the Philadelphia Union in a trade earlier this month.
Check out the show below in both audio and video form.
SPORTING KC SHOW
The Sporting KC Show will air live from 7-8 p.m. CT tonight with hosts Callum Williams, Andy Edwards and Carter Augustine on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Tonight's show will feature interviews with Sporting KC captain Matt Besler and Montreal forward Jack McInerney, who scored on his debut for the club last weekend after being acquired from the Philadelphia Union.
The broadcast trio will preview Saturday's match (7:30 p.m. CT on KMCI, SKCTV, 810 WHB and La Gran D 1340 AM) and discuss the latest Major League Soccer news. Montreal are 0-3-3 heading into this weekend's match-up, including draws in their last three matches. The two sides will meet three times in the regular season but Saturday's match will be the lone meeting at Sporting Park.
You can listen to tonight's show online at 810WHB.com and through the 810 WHB App (Android, iOS). Join the conversation by calling 913-3-810-810 or tweet your questions to @CalWilliamsSKC, @AndyEdMLS or ElJefeAugustine.
Major League's Soccer opening month delivered no shortage of drama -- we highly recommend MLSsoccer.com's 90+ videos to capture all the sights and sounds week after week -- but the best of the best proved to be Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer's game-winning goal in stoppage time of a 3-2 victory at Colorado on March 29. The strike won MLS Goal of the Week for Week 4 and now it's been named the No. 1 play for the entire month of March.
Check out the video above as MLS Digital Director of Video Content Jason Saghini counts down the Top 5 Plays of March in their Fast & Fluid series.
Representatives from local NBC affiliate KSHB travelled to The Big Apple this week and joined co-hosts Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie on The TODAY Show. Early morning news anchors JiaoJiao Shen and Patrick Fazio, along with meteorologist Kalee Dionne, educated the national audience on some of Kansas City's best brands. Sporting KC made the cut along with Jack Stack Barbecue and club partners Boulevard Beer. Click here to watch the segment.
The KSHB trio also delivered some Sporting KC apparel to The TODAY Show hosts, including a Sporting KC third kit for Guthrie and matching onesies for her baby on the way.
A new week brings a new episode of The Sporting KC Show on Sports Radio 810 WHB as hosts Callum Williams, Andy Edwards and Carter Augustine analyze Saturday's MLS Cup rematch with Real Salt Lake and were joined by special guest Kerry Zavagnin. The Sporting KC assistant coach -- a member of the club for each of the last 15 seasons -- assessed the team's start to the 2014 season, now seven games into the campaign and entering the team's bye in Week 6.
"I wouldn't say we're exactly where we need to be or want to be. But I will say that coming into the year, we knew it was going to be a tough beginning for us from a scheduling standpoint," Zavagnin said. "When you look at the fact that we've played over 22-23 players here in the first month and really dug deep into our depth, I'd say overall one loss in the league at this point, you have to be pretty happy about that. You've gotten a lot opportunities for guys early in the season."
"This team is starting to round into form. When you look at the performance against San Jose at home, you look at that as a a pretty convincing peformance. Obviously, the one in Colorado was overall not the best performance from an aesthetically pleasing perspective, but teams find a way to win when they're not playing their best so you have to take a positive out of that. I think the Salt Lake game this past weekend was probably our best performance to date. The only thing that lacked was the finishing touch. Quite frankly, we could have had two or maybe three goals because we created enough opportunities."
For more -- including Zavagnin's comments on the play of Eric Kronberg, Matt Besler and Benny Feilhaber -- listen to the podcast embedded below or watch last night's show above courtesy of 810whbtv.com.
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Sporting Kansas City defender Seth Sinovic's strong start to the 2014 season hasn't gone unnoticed and following his latest praiseworthy performance -- a 90-minute endline-to-endline shift on the left flank against Real Salt Lake on Saturday -- three different national media outlets selected the Rockhurst High School alum as the best player at his position in Week 5 of the MLS regular season.
"I’m bending my rules by picking two left backs, because I can’t resist including Sinovic, who was just edged for the spot on the left. The gap between Sinovic’s performance and that of the weekend’s best right back was enough to convince me to reconsider." - Pro Soccer Talk
Sinovic helped the Sporting Kansas City defense hold Real Salt Lake to only five shots and a single shot on goal as RSL was shutout for the first time this season. His full statline:
- 85 touches, incl. 1 shot on goal
- 78% passing (49 of 63), incl. 2 key passes
- 9 recoveries, 3 clearances & 3 interceptions
- 5 of 6 duels won + 2 fouls suffered
The Leawood, Kan. native has appeared in 108 games for the club across all competition in the last three years after setting regular season career highs in games played (32), games started (31) and minutes (2,773) in 2013.
Sporting Kansas City is undefeated (3-0-2) in 2014 with Sinovic in the lineup and in the midst of a nine-game unbeaten streak (5-0-4) with Sinovic on the field dating back to last year. He earned his first invitation to the U.S. Men's National Team for the January Camp under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and is currently the top-rated outside back on the MLS Castrol Index (No. 28 overall).
In recent months, the Sporting Club Network ran a new campaign giving its members the chance to be the next Sporting KC Youth Reporter. Participants were asked to submit a video explaining why they wanted to be Sporting Kansas City’s Youth Reporter. From the submissions, three finalists were chosen to attend a Sporting KC training session at Swope Soccer Village. The three finalists watched the players practice, met with team play-by-play commentator Cal Williams and had the opportunity to interview a Sporting KC player of their choice.
Carter Knox, an 11-year-old midfielder from Sporting Kaw Valley, was chosen as the first Sporting KC Youth Reporter winner! Knox impressed the judges with his clean-cut suit, intelligent questions and a style which he said he mimicked based off watching Williams call many games on SKCTV. Knox and his family will participate in a special gameday experience at Sporting Park on April 19th when Sporting KC takes on Montreal.
The other finalists included Brookside Soccer Club player Tierney Flavin, as well as John Kurgan from Sporting Blue Valley. Both runner-ups also performed a one-on-one interview with a player of their choice. Flavin began her interview introducing herself in French to defender Aurelien Collin, a Paris native. Kurgan hit the ground running, literally, during his interview when he challenged U.S. Men's National Team playmaker Graham Zusi to a race.
To view all three of the Sporting KC Youth Reporter finalist videos, click here. And to stay up to date with all things Sporting Club Network, like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.
Since scoring the team's first goal of the year, homegrown defender Kevin Ellis has been in the spotlight for Sporting Kansas City throughout the opening month of the 2014 season. The Kansas City native and Sporting KC Academy product has started five games across all competition in 2014 and on Saturday, was featured in the Sporting Park videoboad series "Two Lies and a Truth" presented by The Parking Spot.
Take the test by watching the video below and for more, check out previous episodes quizzing fellow defenders Matt Besler and Aurelien Collin.
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Two days out from Sporting Kansas City's MLS Cup rematch with Real Salt Lake, Sporting Kansas City defender Seth Sinovic and winger Sal Zizzo shared their thoughts on local sports talk radio. Listen to the interviews embedded below and for more on the mactch-up, watch today's press conference videos with Manager Peter Vermes and Zizzo -- who celebrated his 27th birthday on Thursday.
SETH SINOVIC (610 SPORTS RADIO)
SAL ZIZZO (SPORTS RADIO 810 WHB)
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Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler and midfielder Graham Zusi started for the U.S. Men's National Team on Wednesday in a 2-2 draw against Mexico at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The duo each played 59 minutes before exiting with the U.S. ahead 2-1 and will return to KC on Thursday.
Zusi set up the game's opening goal (video below) with a corner kick in the 15th minute that connected with Michael Bradley at the backpost for his fourth international assist in 20 appearances. Besler led all players with 10 clearances while successfully completing 26 of 29 passes in his 14th career cap.
Visit USSoccer.com for a full match recap and postgame reaction.