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05 June 3:00 pm
Six months after meeting in the MLS Cup playoffs for a third straight postseason, Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo renew the rivalry tomorrow night at BBVA Compass Stadium. Friday's match will air live on KMCI 38 the Spot locally and on SKCTV across the Midwest with the team's official watch parties at Johnny's Tavern in the KC Power & Light District and Prairie Village.
 
Check out the video below as MLSsoccer.com's Dan Haiek and Matt Doyle look at the key storylines ahead of the Friday night fixture, including international absences, Houston's scoring struggles and the keys to snapping Sporting's five-game winless streak. Then tune in tomorrow night to see which Eastern Conference contender emerges on top.
05 June 11:53 am

The 2014 Community MVP Contest, presented by Major League Soccer and Wells Fargo, is now accepting nominations through July 6. 

Fans are encouraged to nominate themselves or others who have used the game of soccer to make a positive impact in their community in one of the following areas:

  • Social Issues focusing on acceptance, equality and inclusion
  • Health Issues affecting men, women or children
  • Community Service for a local, national or international charity or community organization

After the July 6 nomination deadline has passed, each of MLS' 19 clubs will select a winner to be entered into the Grand Prize pool. The Grand Prize winner, who will be selected by a combination of online and Twitter votes (using the hashtag #CommunityMVP), and his or her nominator will win a trip for two to the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game in Portland. Each club's winner will be announced July 10, with the Grand Prize winner voting running through July 25.

For more information and to nominate your Community MVP, click over to www.mlssoccer.com/communitymvp.

04 June 9:57 am

Sporting KC captain Matt Besler, defender Kevin Ellis and Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman each made an appearance on Kansas City's Sports Radio 810 WHB on Tuesday to discuss happenings with both club and country. Listen to Besler's segment on the Border Patrol, Heineman's call in to Between the Lines and the full episode of the Sporting KC show below.

On the Border Patrol, Matt Besler discusses his time with the U.S. Men's National Team as it undergoes final preparations for Brazil:

Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman talks transactions, team dynamics and World Cup watch parties on Between the Lines:

Kevin Ellis joins The Sporting KC Show to talk about re-joining Sporting KC midseason and adjusting to an ever-changing back line at Sporting Park:

03 June 3:40 pm
Traditions are a vital and unique part of every sport. Soccer is no different, especially in Kansas City.
 
One of the greatest traditions at Sporting Park is honoring a child who is battling one of life’s challenges by accommodating them in the Victory Suite. The game on May 27 was no different – except for this game not only was a child in the Victory Suite, but a second individual was honored as well by fulfilling his wish to be a member of the KC Cauldron.
 
The largest supporters group for the team, the Cauldron is over 2,000 members strong and is the loudest section in the stadium. The fans stand throughout the game and spend 90 minutes shouting cheers and chants to keep the team’s spirits up and welcoming opponents into "The Blue Hell."
 
Enter Ryan Robinson, a student at Olathe South High School. He has a passion for sports and hopes to gain the skills in college to someday become a sports commentator.  
 
Ryan mentioned his dream of becoming a member of the KC Cauldron during the KC Parks and Recreation Abilities Clinic in April. His eyes lit up when he spoke about how amazing it would be to be a part of the family and he began watching all the YouTube videos he could to learn the chants.
 
On gameday, he participated in a pre-game tour of the stadium, took pictures on the team’s benches and spent the game cheering with his fellow fans in the Cauldron.
 
“My desire to be in the Kansas City Cauldron began two years ago after I attended a Sporting Kansas City soccer clinic at Swope Park. Thanks to Brandi's help, I finally was able to achieve my dream and sat right in the middle of the action at the Cauldron. I learned every song, chant and cheer, and made so many friends I lost count. I would like to thank Josh and Zach for meeting me at practice, giving me sweet Sporting gear and helping to make me feel welcome like family. Sitting next to Leo was tons of fun because we cheered on Sporting together. Leading 'I Believe' was a blast and a total honor. Thanks to everyone who made this awesome experience possible! GO SPORTING!!!”
31 May 11:03 pm

Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match for Sporting Kansas City's 1-0 loss against D.C. United at RFK Stadium. Voting is open until Sunday evening.

27 May 9:51 pm

Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match for Sporting Kansas City's 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls on Tuesday night at Sporting Park. Voting is open until Wednesday evening.

23 May 10:54 pm

Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match for Sporting Kansas City's 2-2 draw with Toronto FC on Friday night at Sporting Park. Voting is open until Saturday evening.

22 May 6:09 pm

Sporting KC defender Matt Besler and midfielder Graham Zusi were named to the U.S. Men's National Team's final roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on Thursday.

Just 24 years ago, their current club coach was in a similar position, competing for the U.S. in soccer's most coveted tournament. Here's a shot of Peter Vermes snapping a header on goal during a 1990 FIFA World Cup match in Italy.