Seven weeks from today, the 2014 FIFA World Cup will kick off in Brazil with the first of 64 matches in 32 days. The U.S. Men's National Team will be one of 32 teams representing their countries at the world's most widely viewed sporting event and was featured this week by FIFATV in their World Cup Team Profile video series. Highlighted in the 10-minute piece are interviews with Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes and local BBC commentator Sean Wheelock, as well as sights and sounds from the American Outlaws - Kansas City chapter and the U.S. Men's National Team's appearance in Kansas City last October.
Kansas City’s official 2014 FIFA World Cup watch parties will once again be hosted at KC Live! in the Power & Light District as part of Sporting KC's Summer in the Soccer Capital series, presented by Sprint.
Homegrown goalkeeper Jon Kempin started for the United States Under-21 Men's National Team on Wednesday in a 2-1 victory against Club Tijuana (MEX) Under-20's at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The 21-year-old Leawood, Kan. native kept a clean sheet for the opening 45 minutes before head coach Tab Ramos made mass changes at halftime and Kempin was replaced by Kendall McIntosh for the second half.
Wednesday's scrimmage was the highlight of the training camp, the first for the U.S. U21's with an eye toward qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Kempin now returns to OKC Energy FC ahead of their home opener against Orlando City SC on Saturday. Kempin has started three games during the team's inaugural USL PRO season with one shutout and 10 saves, and was named an honorable mention on the USL PRO Team of the Week yesterday.
This week's edition of The Sporting KC Show aired last night on Sports Radio 810 WHB, featuring interviews with Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber and New England Revolution defender Andrew Farrell. The two sides will meet at 6:30 p.m. CT on Saturday at Gillette Stadium as Feilhaber faces his former club and Farrell anchors a Revs backline that will likely be missing Kevin Alston (suspended) and Jose Goncalves (injury).
Watch last night's show above -- streamed live via 810whbtv.com -- or listen to the archived podcast below, along with audio from Sporting Kansas City captain Matt Besler's appearance on The Border Patrol with Sports Radio 810 WHB hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty earlier this morning.
Sporting KC Show feat. Benny Feilhaber and Andrew Farrell
The Border Patrol feat. Matt Besler
Acquired prior to the start of the 2014 season, Sporting KC winger Sal Zizzo is settling into life in Kansas City.
"I really like the city. The fans are great," Zizzo told KC Live last week. "I've been blessed to be able to play in the city of Portland where the fans were also crazy and now here as well. I think you can thank the ownership of the team and the rebrand of Sporting KC and the stadium they've built."
On the field, Zizzo is one of four field players to appear in each of the team's six MLS matches thus far. His strong start to the season has him second on the team in shots (10) and assists (2), and he nearly bagged his first goal in a Sporting KC uniform over the weekend if not for a sliding stop by former Timbers teammate Troy Perkins.
He's appeared on the cover of INK magazine and has become a recurring guest in The Benny Feilhaber Show. And on Saturday, he was the latest Sporting KC player to be featured in the Two Lies and a Truth series on the Sporting Park videoboard. Watch the video below for this week's dose of fact or fiction...
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Last Saturday, Sporting Kansas City gave a four goal thumping to Montreal, with Dom Dwyer and Aurelien Collin contributing three goals between them. But were they secretly planning it the whole time? You tell us by captioning this photo that captures the two of them in deep conversation! The winning entry will receive two  tickets to our next home match against the Columbus Crew on May 4, 2014. All entries must be submitted by 5:30p.m. CT on Wednesday. Good luck!
Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match for Sporting Kansas City's 4-0 victory over the Montreal Impact at Sporting Park. Voting is open until Sunday evening.
UPDATE - Voting is now closed and Dom Dwyer leads the way with nearly 46% of the vote.
What might Saturday have in store when Sporting Kansas City hosts the Montreal Impact at Sporting Park? MLSsoccer.com's Dan Haiek and Matt Doyle preview the Eastern Conference match-up with two overarching storylines:
- Will Jack McInerney strike again? He scored on his Montreal debut last weekend and scored in his last match against KC (10/26/13). His three career goals in eight appearances against Sporting rank second most among active IMFC players.
- Can Montreal defend Sporting's set pieces? The Impact have conceded 10 times through six games to start the 2014 campaign and three of those goals have come from set pieces. Montreal will be looking for their first MLS shutout since August of 2013, a span of 15 regular season games without a clean sheet.
Secure your seat at Sporting Park for Saturday's showdown -- a limited number of tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.com or on gameday at the box offices. Can't make it to the match? Catch the game live on KMCI 38 the Spot, SKCTV, Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Gran D 1340 AM.
Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer, along with Vancouver Whitecaps FC forward Darren Mattocks, are the latest two Generation adidas graduates featured in MLSsoccer.com's Generations video series. Dwyer is tied for the league lead with two game-winning goals in 2014 and ranks fifth among MLS shot takers with 19 attempts through five matches.
Generation adidas is a youth player development program that identifies and nurtures elite youth soccer talent in the United States to become future stars of MLS and U.S. Soccer. Athletes who participate in Generation adidas receive incentives and unprecedented opportunities to develop their game at the highest level.
Five current Sporting Kansas City players were selected in the MLS SuperDraft through the Generation adidas program:
Jacob Peterson (2006, No. 21 overall)
Chance Myers (2008, No. 1 overall)
Ike Opara (2010, No. 3 overall)
Dom Dwyer (2012, No. 16 overall)
Mikey Lopez (2013, No. 14 overall)
Photo by USA Today Sports Images
Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Eric Kronberg joined The Program with Soren Petro on Sports Radio 810 WHB earlier today ahead of the team's Week 7 match-up with the Montreal Impact. Listen to the podcast embedded below for his thoughts on Saturday's Eastern Conference clash -- a 7:30 p.m. CT kickoff at Sporting Park -- and his first season as the club's starter since being drafted in 2006.
Kronberg, who became a father earlier this month, has conceded just four goals in five MLS starts this season (two of the four goals came from the penalty spot) and is tied for the league lead with two shutouts.
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.
THE BORDER PATROL
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