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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 913-912-7511 with questions. For information specific to the Building Services Attendant positions, please email Jeff Fickas (email@example.com) 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!
Sporting Kansas City center back Matt Besler joined Nate Bukaty and Steven St. John on Sports Radio 810 WHB's The Border Patrol this morning.
The guys chatted about Besler's offseason plans and the long year he had in 2014, highlighted by a trip back to his alma mater for the first time in three years and partying with the president.
Listen to the full podcast below:
In the build up to MLS Cup on Sunday (2 p.m. CT on ESPN), end-of-the-year awards are being handed out by American soccer scribes and several of Sporting Kansas City's top performers earned high honors for their play in 2014.
Goal USA editor Thomas Floyd ranked the Top 10 players at all 11 positions from Major League Soccer's regular season for Backheel.com, with five Sporting Kansas City starters securing top-four recognition at their respective spots on the field:
- Seth Sinovic: No. 1 left back
- Benny Feilhaber: No. 1 attacking midfielder
- Matt Besler: No. 2 left centerback
- Graham Zusi: No. 3 right winger
- Dom Dwyer: No. 4 striker
Dwyer, who set a single-season team record and finished second on the MLS scoring chart with 22 goals, was also named Major League Soccer's Most Improved Player on SBIsoccer.com.
Dom Dwyer’s first full season as a starter for Sporting Kansas City saw him break out and become one of the league’s top goal scorers. The English forward bagged 22 goals and one assist, the second most in MLS, making him the runaway choice for SBI MLS Most Improved Player of the Year. Dwyer also finished the 2014 regular season with the fourth-most shots, third most shots on goal, and third most game winning goals. In addition, Dwyer’s 10 goals on the road was tied for the most in the league with Obafemi Martins, showing that Dwyer’s dogged and determined style was the same no matter which stadium he played in.
Illustration by Roxie Vizcarra (as seen in ESPN The Magazine)
Sporting Kansas City striker Dom Dwyer is featured in ESPN The Magazine's "Big Money" Issue, which hit newsstands on Friday, as one of six athletes whose spending habits were tracked and analyzed by senior writer Sam Alipour.
To find out how athletes really spend their money, we asked six -- from an NBA star who makes $12 million a year to a college swimmer using grant money -- to record several days’ worth of purchases...diaries from Andrew Bogut (NBA), Ryan Hunter-Reay (IndyCar), Justin Forsett (NFL), Dom Dwyer (MLS), Tyler Latorre (MiLB) and Kendyl Stewart (USC swimming).
Major League Soccer's second-highest scorer tallied 22 goals and took Sporting KC to the playoffs. Says the British bachelor, who makes $92,500 a year: "I'm a guy who focuses on the game and has fun after too." He has the club's co-MVP title -- and the bar tabs -- to prove it.
Dwyer's transactions were logged over the final five days of October, which included a World Series game in Kansas City and a playoff road trip to New Jersey. To see the full feature, the Dec. 8 issue of ESPN The Magazine is available for $5.99 at area retailers. Readers can also purchase access to a digital edition for $3.99 on Google Play or by using the ESPN The Magazine App for iPad and iPhone.
Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images
Top of the list. That's where Sporting Park lands in Stadium Journey magazine's evaluation of the best stadium experiences in Major League Soccer.
Released earlier today, the rankings are based on the following factors: food/beverage, atmosphere, location, fans, access and overall return on investment. Stadium Journey correspondent Cory Sims reviewed the state-of-the-art stadium earlier this year, writing that it is "one of the best venues to watch a sporting event of any kind."
Sporting Kansas City's home field earned the No. 1 spot over a trio of Cascadia challengers. Providence Park (Portland Timbers), CenturyLink Field (Seattle Sounders) and BC Place (Vancouver Whitecaps) rounded out the top four.
On this day dedicated to those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, we celebrate the many military members and their families who have been honored at Sporting Park in 2014. These 18 individuals -- each with local ties and longstanding duty -- represent all branches and ranks as a small fraction of the millions of Americans who who have enlisted to protect their country.
Click on the photos below to read more about each honoree, recognized through Salute To Troops presented by Park University.
Thank you to all of those who truly #DefendTogether. A closing message from Sporting Kansas City homegrown defender Kevin Ellis, who hosted a barbecue and soccer clinic for military families earlier this year...
— Kevin Ellis (@Kev_Ellis4) November 11, 2014