Sporting Kansas City returns to Sporting Park to host the LA Galaxy following a very successful two-match road trip. Both teams are in great forms with two consecutive victories and at or near the top of their respective conference standings. What will be the key players, factors, and match-ups for the game?
Check out the video below as MLSsoccer.com's Nick Firchau and Matt Doyle break it down.
Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match from Sporting Kansas City's 2-1 win at the Columbus Crew on Wednesday night. Voting is open through Thursday evening.
Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match from Sporting Kansas City's 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact on Saturday night at Stade Saputo. Voting is open through Sunday evening.
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Sporting Kansas City trained in Montreal this morning ahead of tomorrow's showdown at Stade Saputo. Manager Peter Vermes' squad will be frequent visitors north of the border with three of their next four road games coming on Canadian soil (7/12 at MTL, 7/26 at TOR, 8/10 at VAN), where Sporting KC has six regular season victories all-time -- second most among MLS clubs.
Montreal, in particular, has been the source of valuable road points for Sporting KC since the Impact entered MLS in 2012. Sporting KC is one of just two teams with multiple victories at Stade Saputo in MLS play, including a 3-0 victory there in May.
Sporting KC all-time in Canada: 6-4-5
- ...at Montreal: 2-1-1
- ...at Toronto: 3-3-3
- ...at Vancouver: 1-0-1
For more on the #MTLvSKC match-up, check out the MLSsoccer.com Scouting Report below with Nick Firchau and Matt Doyle...
Food is fuel. You have probably never given much thought to building one of your daily meals and have allowed hunger and personal taste play the bigger role in choosing your daily meals. Whether you are a professional athlete or not, the goal of nutrition is to provide the body with stable energy and sufficient nutrients to perform. Without the proper quality and amount of fuel we cannot expect the body to function at a world class level and be able to sustain the demands of life and sport. So how do we do this? Well here at Sporting Kansas City our main strategy with players is educating them on which choices to make to fuel, build, protect, prevent and hydrate their bodies for high performance. We use the following categories to help educate our athletes on food selection:
- Foods that Fuel: select minimally processed high fiber carbohydrates that provide sustainable energy. Examples include whole wheat bread, sweet potatoes, steel cut oats, quinoa, kamut, lentils.
- Foods that Build: use lean proteins that provide the body with the building blocks for repair and recovery. Examples include fish, chicken, turkey, lean red meats, tofu, cottage cheese, egg whites.
- Foods that Protect: choose health fats that decrease inflammation and nourish the brain, such omega 3’s in salmon, tuna, flaxseed, walnuts, olive oil
- Foods that Prevent: eat colorful fruits and vegetables that provide fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants needed for repair and immune function. Examples: spinach, kale, berries, peppers, beets.
- Hydrate: take the proper amount of liquids on a daily basis, aiming for 1 oz of water per pound of body weight per day.
To optimize our nutritional success we teach players some basic strategies to follow on a daily basis:
- Eat clean by choosing non-processed natural foods, avoid things in wraps or packages as much as possible.
- Eat every 3 hours, aiming for 6 meals a day (breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack) to maintain energy levels throughout the day
- Fuel with minimally processed carbohydrates, eat healthy fats, power with lean proteins
- Stay hydrated
- Eat breakfast everyday, this kick starts your metabolism for the day
- Eat a rainbow of colors for fruits and vegetables
- Recover after workout with a recovery shake or meal (protein and carbohydrates within 30 min)
Sporting Park is hiring! Interested candidates are invited to attend a job fair from 5:30-9 p.m. CT on Monday, July 14 in the Boulevard Members Club (One Sporting Way in Kansas City, KS).
Part-time positions include ambassadors, hosts, concierge and merchandise. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
- Gate Ambassador – Greet fans upon entry and examine/scan tickets for all ticketed events at Sporting Park. Monitor and control guest behavior and access to Stadium as required. Must have excellent customer service skills. Ability to work in extreme weather conditions and stand for lengths of time encouraged.
- Fan Host – Assist fans in locating seats during events at Sporting Park. Work to ensure crowd behavior is positive and supports an enjoyable experience for all guests. As necessary, escalate situations to supervisors and/or security. Must have excellent customer service skills. Ability to work in extreme weather conditions and stand for lengths of time encouraged.
- Premium Concierge – Assist guests in locating the Premium areas of Sporting Park and supplies general information. Must have excellent customer service skills. This position is ideal for a candidate who prefers to work indoors and has the ability to stand for lengths of time.
- Elevator Concierge – Greet guests as they arrive to the elevators within the premium spaces at Sporting Park. Must have excellent customer service skills.
- Merchandise Seller – This position will be responsible for processing and selling merchandise during Sporting Kansas City matches and other special events deemed necessary. Other duties include inventory, stocking merchandise items, assisting season ticket clients, and representing the organization in a positive and respectful manner.
Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match for Sporting Kansas City's 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire on Sunday afternoon at Sporting Park. Voting is open until Monday evening.