In 2009, the International Olympic Committee voted to include seven-a-side rugby, also known as Sevens Rugby, as an Olympic sport. With the sport debuting in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and rugby becoming one of the fastest growing sports in the United States, the Kansas City Blues Rugby Club and Sporting Club Network partnered to start the Sporting Club Rugby Sevens Academy to work as a feeder system for the U.S. National Olympic Rugby Sevens team. As part of USA Rugby, these teams from KC Blues and Sporting Club Rugby Sevens Academy have been able to compete in tournaments around the Midwest against other professional Sevens Rugby teams.
The Kansas City Blues Rugby Club is part of the new Frontier Sevens Region of USA Rugby. The Frontier Region has three major tournaments for their qualifiers for the Sevens Club Nationals. The first of the three qualifiers this year was the Denver Sevens in Colorado on June 21st. The tournament was made up of six divisions, including 69 teams from around the Midwest, of which Kansas City Blues and Sporting Club had four teams in three divisions. The KC Blues Premier squad was in the Men’s Qualifier Division and placed third behind Denver and Glendale, while the KC Blues Reserve team played in the Men’s Social Division (finishing 7th) and Sporting Club Rugby Sevens Academy had two teams in the Collegiate Men’s Division. Sporting Club’s White team won the division by beating Colorado State University in comeback fashion with a final score of 26-12, while the Sporting Club Blue team suffered a narrow defeat in the to Air Force in the third place game.
In the most recent Sevens Rugby tournament on Saturday, July 12th, the KC Blues hosted the Heartland 7’s Qualifier. The event included 26 teams throughout three divisions, which were all won by KC Blues or Sporting Club teams. The Blues Premier squad beat Glendale Raptors 31-12 to take the Qualifiers Championship and move atop the qualifier standings with eight points. Meanwhile in the Men’s Open Division, the KC Blues Reserve side managed to pull out a close win over Sporting Club 7’s Rugby Collegiate Academy, a team made up of players from universities around the Greater Kansas City Area. In the High School Division, Sporting Club Sevens Rugby High School Academy outscored Cougars RFC 41-15 in the championship game to win the tournament.
The success from each of these teams has KC Blues and Sporting Club excited for a bright future in Sevens Rugby going into the last two years of Olympic qualifiers. For more information on the Kansas City Blues upcoming tournaments, click here. Also, don't forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay up to date on all things Sporting Club Network.
Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match from Sporting Kansas City's 2-1 win over the LA Galaxy on Saturday at Sporting Park. Voting is open through Sunday evening.
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)