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27 August 8:43 am

This week, The Pitch has revealed the finalists from their Best of Kansas City 2014 ballot and Sporting KC is nominated in multiple categories.

Best Place to Watch KC Pro Sports
Arrowhead Stadium
Sporting Park
Johnny's Tavern

Best Sporting KC Player
Dom Dwyer
Graham Zusi
Matt Besler

Best Stadium
Arrowhead Stadium
Kauffman Stadium
Sporting Park

Best Local Hero
Lazlo, 96.5 the Buzz
Matt Besler
George Brett

Best Thing That's Changed in KC in the Past Year
Westport
Streetcar
Sporting KC

Additionally, Buzz Beach Ball -- which returns to Sporting Park on Friday, Sept. 5 -- is up for "Best Concert" and "Best Music Festival" in this year's awards.

Voting is open until September 17 with the winners to be revealed in their annual Best of KC issue on October 9. Users must have a registered account to complete the survey and must answer at least 20 of the 279 questions.

22 August 3:28 pm


Photo by USA Tooday Sports Images

Since returning from Nicaragua after Tuesday night's CONCACAF Champions League opener, Sporting Kansas City has turned the team's attention to a top of the table clash with D.C. United on Saturday at Sporting Park. Two points separate the last two U.S. Open Cup champions in the Eastern Conference standings with two months remaining in the regular season.

Ahead of the 2004 MLS Cup rematch, listen to this week's interviews as heard on local sports radio.

Sporting KC Show on 810 WHB feat. Dom Dwyer and Kerry Zavagnin (Aug. 20)

The Border Patrol on Sports Radio 810 WHB feat. Peter Vermes (Aug. 21)

Fescoe in the Morning on 610 Sports Radio feat. Jon Kempin (Aug. 22)

19 August 11:36 pm

Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match from Sporting Kansas City's 1-1 draw against Real Esteli on Tuesday night at Nicaragua. Voting is open through Wednesday evening.

16 August 11:13 pm

Cast your vote below for Sporting Kansas City's Man of the Match in Saturday's 4-1 win over Toronto FC at Sporting Park on Saturday night. Voting is open through Monday.

13 August 9:39 am

The first ever concert to benefit The Victory Project will be held on Sunday, August 24th at The recordBar in Westport. The concert will feature music by classic country and western band the Starhaven Rounders, and Gary Kirkland.

Guests will have the opportunity to listen to live local music while bidding on live and silent auction items. Some of the auction items include tickets to the following: a Sporting KC game in the Victory Suite, the Chiefs home opener, Crossroads Music Fest and Buzz Beachball. Even a hot air balloon ride is up for grabs!
 
Jim and Dani Anderson -- Sporting KC and Starhaven Rounder fans -- donated the band for this event and are the benefactors for the evening.  After bidding on and winning their favorite band in an auction benefiting KKFI, they decided to have a fundraiser instead of a party. KKFI is a local radio station recognized by Paste Magazine as being one of the Top 10 most unique public and community radio stations.
 
“We have always loved Sporting KC and all they do for the city,” said Dani Anderson. “Jim and I felt that since the Starhaven Rounders band graciously donated their time, we should have a concert benefiting a local charity. We thought long and hard about what charity would best fit our desire to help children and The Victory Project fit that bill perfectly.”

EVENT DETAILS
Date: Sunday, August 24
Location: The recordBar
Time: Doors open at 6 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. and live auction starts at 8:45 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $20 and all of the proceeds from ticket and auction sales will benefit The Victory Project. To purchase your ticket visit: VictoryProjectRoundup.splashthat.com.

10 August 9:49 pm

Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match from Sporting Kansas City's 2-0 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place on Sunday night. Voting is open through Monday.

07 August 2:54 pm

Landon Donovan's illustrious career -- a career that has spanned 299 MLS regular season starts, the first of which came right here in Kansas City -- will come to a close at the end of the 2014 season. The LA Galaxy and U.S. Men's National Team star revealed the news on Thursday, one day after scoring the game-winning goal in the 2014 MLS All-Star Game and collecting MVP honors.

As such, today's Throwback Thursday turns back the clock to April 28, 2001. Just three days after riding the bench for the United States in a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica at Arrowhead Stadium, a 19-year-old Donovan was in the San Jose Earthquakes starting lineup for the first time in his 14-year MLS career to face the reigning MLS Cup champions on their home field.

"I specifically remember that game because it was Landon's first (start) and there was a lot of hype coming into it," teammate Ian Russell recalled in 2005. "And we got a glimpse of Landon, seeing how dangerous he can be up front for us."

While the game ended in a scoreless draw, Donovan had no shortage of success against Kansas City over the course of his career. His 13 goals and 12 assists in the regular season versus KC make him the only player in MLS history to put up double digits in both goals and assists against Kansas City. And there's also his lone postseason strike in the series: a 117th-minute golden goal in overtime of the 2003 Western Conference Championship en route to his second of five MLS Cup championships.

Then Kansas City Star sports writer Joe Posnanski penned a column dedicated to Donovan back in April 2001 amidst the interest surrounding Donovan's first visit to KC for the dose of club and country double duty. Under the headline "Donovan May Be The Man," he wrote…

What U.S. men's soccer needs is a hero. A goal scorer…Maybe it's Landon Donovan.

#ThanksLD

06 August 11:46 am
July 19th marked the third annual Sporting Club Network Reception and Kevin Gray Awards Ceremony as the achievements of various players, coaches and those dedicated to the growth of the game were recognized. One hundred and twenty-three members were in attendance, representing 33 Sporting Club Network Academy Affiliates and Member Clubs from five different states -- a display of Sporting Club Network’s far-reaching effort to bring players, coaches and communities into the Sporting Club family.
 
Established in 2012, Sporting Club Network aims to create a more personal relationship between its members, their local communities, Sporting Kansas City and its parent company, Sporting Club. Athletes, coaches and families within the Sporting Club Network are provided with exclusive opportunities to interact with members of Sporting Kansas City’s senior team, receive coaching and education instruction from the senior team technical staff, and be recognized at Sporting Park for their efforts to expand the game in their locality.
 
The end of the year reception gives Sporting Club Network members the opportunity to meet fellow members, exchange ideas and reflect on the many on-and-off-the field accomplishments achieved throughout the year. In conjunction with the annual reception, Sporting Club Network hosts the Kevin Gray Awards.

The Kevin Gray awards, presented by Pepsi, were established in honor of the late Kansas City Sports Commission President. Kevin’s passion for the game and his desire to see it grow in the Kansas City area are exemplified in the winners of his namesake. The Kevin Gray Player of the Year Award recognizes youth, as well as adult, players for their outstanding performance on the field. The Kevin Gray Coach of the Year Award is given to a Kansas City coach who has led his or her team to remarkable success. The final award, Soccer Ambassador of the Year, is presented to an individual whose commitment to the game and tireless effort in support of its growth reflects the ideals that the Sports Commissioner Gray embodied.
 
The Kevin Gray Awards, co-sponsored by Sporting Kansas City and Global Sports International, bestowed the following awards, as decided by a panel of soccer leaders in Kansas City:
  • Male Youth Player of the Year – Jo Jo Piatczyc
  • Female Youth Player of the Year – Cristina DeZeeuw
  • Adult Player of the Year – Seth Sinovic
  • Coach of the Year – Peter Vermes
  • Soccer Ambassador of the Year – Robb Heineman
This year's awards ceremony, hosted at Sporting Park, preceded Sporting Kansas City's game against the LA Galaxy and was broadcast on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel the following evening. Former club captain Diego Gutierrez emceed the event and moved the crowed as he reflected on the growth of the game in Kansas City and the abundance of opportunity youth players now have, thanks in part to the work of Sporting Kansas City and the Sporting Club Network.
 
Gutierrez has a special connection to the club and the Kansas City area. He was a graduate of Blue Springs High School and was a two-time NSCAA All-American at Rockhurst University before joining the club in Major League Soccer’s inaugural season in 1996. He would go on to win the MLS Cup in 1998, four U.S. Open Cup championships and record 40 career playoff appearances (third most in MLS history).
 
At the conclusion of the reception, guests enjoyed the game and took in the electric atmosphere as they watched Sporting KC go on to beat the Galaxy by a 2-1 scoreline. The award winners, however, were given a truly unique experience as they were escorted onto the field and recognized for their achievements at halftime.
 
Thank you to all of our network members and guests for making this year's Sporting Club Network Reception and Kevin Gray Awards Ceremony such a memorable experience! To stay up-to-date on upcoming events and for all things Sporting Club Network, be sure to follow on Twitter and like the SCN on Facebook.
06 August 8:59 am

Delaware North Companies (DNC) is hiring for all food and beverage positions during a job fair from 2-6 p.m. CT on Thursday at Sporting Park (1 Sporting Way, Kansas City, KS). Available positions include beer vendors, stand attendants, utility workers, porters/barbacks, cooks, bartenders and concession supervisors.

Interested candidates must be at least 18 years of age to apply and must be 21 years of age to sell alcoholic beverages. Parking for Thursday's job fair is available in Lot D (click here for map/directions) and all attending should enter through the security entrance on the east side of the stadium across from Best Western. Those unable to attend the job fair are encouraged to apply online.

DNC is a global leader in hospitality and food service with 55,000 associates across the United States and around the world. For more information, contact Brianna Loy at (913) 912-7578 or bloy@dncinc.com.

05 August 12:45 pm

Without a few of the team's top players on the eve of the 2014 MLS All-Star Game, Sporting Kansas City welcomed a star from another sport to their training session on Tuesday at the Swope Soccer Village. NASCAR driver Joey Logano paid a visit to the MLS Cup champions while in Kansas City for a media tour to promote the Hollywood Casino 400 race weekend at Kansas Speedway from Oct. 3-5.

Logano led the first 30 laps and finished third on Sunday in the GoBowling.com 400. His eighth top-five finish of the year moved the 24-year-old up to eighth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver standings and he is one of only seven drivers to have clinched a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with five races remaining until the field is set.

For all the sights and sounds from Tuesday's training, check out the video above and photo slideshow below. Plus, click here to see the social media chatter captured from the festivities.