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29 June 4:57 pm

This week’s Sporting Spotlight shines brightly on Kansas City’s own Jon Kempin. KMCI-TV 38 the Spot host Crystle Lampitt chatted with the 22-year-old homegrown goalkeeper to learn more about his dedication to soccer.

Kempin, who turned pro in 2010, is currently enrolled at Johnson County Community College in pursuit of a business degree. Kempin also speaks about his new Christmas gift: a puppy affectionately nicknamed “Chewy."

Tune in every Monday morning for the newest Sporting Spotlight on 38 The Spot or check out their YouTube playlist to catch up on previous segments.

25 June 3:04 pm

Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes joined The Program with Soren Petro on Sports Radio 810 WHB today to discuss the team's late 2-1 loss at Real Salt Lake last weekend, as well a variety of other timely topics that included the play of goalkeeper Tim Melia, the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the use of instant replay in professional soccer. Listen to the ful 25-minutel interview embedded below.

Vermes is one win shy of tying Thomas Rongen (83) for ninth on the list of winningest coaches in MLS history. His next opportunity comes at 7:30 p.m. CT on Saturday at Sporting Park when Sporting KC hosts the Colorado Rapids.

Vermes played three seasons for each team (1997-1999 in Colorado, 2000-2002 in KC) during a seven-year MLS career. Now in his seventh season as Sporting KC's head coach, Vermes is 5-0-5 in MLS competition against the Rapids.

Twenty-five years ago this month, Vermes represented the United States at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy and appeared in all three group stage matches. He also played for the U.S. at the Summer Olympics (1988), FIFA Futsal World Cup (1989) and Confederations Cup (1992). He was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2013.

22 June 12:02 pm

This week’s Sporting Spotlight showcases Kerry Zavagnin, the team’s former midfield anchor and current assistant coach. KMCI-TV 38 the Spot host Crystle Lampitt met up with Zavagnin to learn more about his soccer journey culminating in Kansas City.

Zavagnin, who has played and coached for Kansas City since 2000, reveals how he made his way to MLS and solidified his place during an 11-year playing career. Tune in every Monday morning for the newest Sporting Spotlight on 38 The Spot or check out their YouTube playlist to catch up on previous segments.

15 June 5:07 pm

This week's Sporting Spotlight is shining bright on the man who makes our players and staff look so good. In her most recent journey into the Sporting KC world, 38 the Spot host Crystle Lampitt met up with equipment manager Mike Flaherty. Mike, aka @KitManSKC, explains what it's like to be the man behind-the-scenes in the locker room.

He tells of his interesting journey to joining the team's staff in 2009, his relationship with the players and also how the fan support makes his job so much more exciting. Tune in every Monday morning for the newest Sporting Spotlight on 38 The Spot or check out their YouTube playlist to catch up on previous segments.

10 June 7:42 am


Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes during 1-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC (photo by Mike Gunnoe)

A new episode of The Sporting KC Show aired on Sports Radio 810 WHB last night featuring an extended interview with Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes, who moved into the top 10 on Major League Soccer's career wins chart with a 1-0 victory on Saturday over the first-place Seattle Sounders FC -- coincidentally led by the winningest coach in MLS history.

  1. Sigi Schmid 215
  2. Bruce Arena 181
  3. Dominic Kinnear 144
  4. Frank Yallop 127
  5. Bob Bradley 124
  6. Steve Nicol 112
  7. Jason Kreis 92
  8. Bob Gansler 86
  9. Thomas Rongen 83
  10. Peter Vermes 82

Vermes shared his thoughts on the team's recent seven-game unbeaten run, as well as recent additions to his technical staff and the upcoming match against St. Louis FC in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Listen to the full show embedded below, highlighted by these comments from Vermes:

We have a lot of young guys that are getting experience and performing well. They're getting a good taste of what it's like to play in some big games and at the same time find results. I think we're getting better defensively. I think Tim (Melia) is finding a real form in goal. At the same time, I think we have found a way to get on the scoresheet quite often as a team. I think that is a strong point no matter how you look at it.

We're very interested in the trophy of the U.S. Open Cup. It's another competition that is extremly important to us and it gives us the opportunity to win something. As much as we won in 2012, we haven't gone far enough the last two years. It's time for us to make a good run at this thing. We're going to do the best we can in that game in making sure that we put a team out there that is going to be very competitive and that helps us get the result. We know that when teams come to play us -- whether it's in regular season or Open Cup -- they're coming into an environment that is very exciting and it's not hard for teams to get up to play us. So we're going to have to be on our best game to make sure that we can get a result.

02 June 10:04 pm

Fresh off his first MLS start and first professional assist -- a clever backheel for Graham Zusi in Sporting Kansas City's 4-0 win over FC Dallas last Friday -- rookie Connor Hallisey was a guest on The Sporting KC Show tonight with hosts Nate Bukaty, Andy Gruenebaum and Carter Augustine on Sports Radio 810 WHB.

"(It was an) awesome result, 4-0 against Dallas which everybody was saying was the best team in the League," Hallisey said. "I think we really showed them what we're doing even though we're depleted with injuries. We're showing how deep we are and the guys that are getting their opportunities are taking it. We're playing really well right now."

Ahead of Sporting Kansas City's showdown with the Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday at Sporting Park, tonight's show also featured an interview with three-time MLS Defender of the Year Chad Marshall. Listen to the full episode embedded below, as well as separate Sports Radio 810 WHB segments with Sporting KC's Kevin Ellis (The Program) and Benny Feilhaber (Sports Night) from the past 24 hours.

SPORTING KC SHOW - 6/2/15

KEVIN ELLIS - 6/2/15

BENNY FEILHABER - 6/1/15

01 June 2:58 pm

Entering the month of May, goalkeeper Tim Melia had made five starts in his five-year MLS career. All came with Chivas USA, which by and large explains the resulting stat line: zero wins, zero shutouts and a 2.95 goals against average.

Now with Sporting KC, the 29-year-old has stepped into the starting lineup for each of the past five matches to earn three straight home wins to go along with back-to-back road draws against each conference's top team. His stats this time around? Three wins, three shutouts and a 0.60 goals against average that ranks best in MLS among goalkeepers with a minimum of 45 minutes played.

Crystle Lampitt caught up with Melia earlier this month for the latest segment in the "Sporting Spotlight" series, which aired earlier today on 38 the Spot. Check out the video playlist below and follow Sporting Kansas City's flagship station on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

19 May 11:18 pm

The Sporting KC Show cast of Nate Bukaty, Andy Gruenebaum and Carter Augustine was joined by ESPN commentator Taylor Twellman for tonight's hour-long episode on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Twellman, who was once offered a contract by the Kansas City Royals as a high school shortstop, will be in the broadcast booth at Sporting Park on Wednesday night alongside Glenn Davis when Sporting Kansas City hosts 2014 MLS Cup runners-up New England Revolution at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

Twellman ranks seventh on Major League Soccer's all-time goal scoring chart with 101 regular season goals, five of which came against Kansas City (e.g. this bicycle kick in 2002). His nine-year MLS career with the Revolution included MLS Best XI (2002, 2005) and MLS MVP (2005) honors, while also earning 30 appearances with the U.S. Men's National Team.

Listen to the full show embedded below and tune in every Tuesday for a new episode discussing all the latest news around Sporting Kansas City.

13 May 6:37 pm

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza -- who contributed the game-tying assist on Dom Dwyer's goal in last weekend's 1-1 draw at D.C. United -- was a guest on The Sporting KC Show last night with hosts Nate Bukaty and Carter Augustine on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Listen to the full podcast embedded below for their thoughts on the road result and the club's form heading into an important stretch on the schedule with four of the next five games at home...

Now 27 (in jersey number and age), Espinoza moved to Denver from his native Honduras as a 12-year-old and will play a key role as Sporting Kansas City hosts the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night at Sporting Park. The 2010/2014 World Cup veteran and former MLS All-Star has earned Team of the Week recognitions on three occasions this season since returning from England, where he won the 2013 FA Cup with Wigan Athletic two years ago this week.

13 May 12:34 pm

We sat down with Sporting KC defender Jalil Anibaba to get to know him a little better off the field. Check it out:

Jamila St. Ann: What is your post game routine after a win?
Jalil Anibaba: After a win I grab a bite to eat, chill for a little bit and then probably do something with the guys on the team.

JS: What’s your most commonly played song lately?
JA: Hmm, maybe…One Man Can Change the World by Big Sean.

JS: What video games do you play?
JA: FIFA, nothing else really.

JS: Are you any good?
JA: I hold my own. I’m not as good as Seth (Sinovic). I’ve heard Seth is amazing. And Soni Mustivar is good.

JS: Who’s the worst FIFA player on the team?
JA: Servando probably. Servando is terrible at FIFA!

JS: Any celebrity crushes?
JA: Eva Mendes!

JS: You’re crowned King for a day. What is your first royal rule?
JA: Hmm…everyone gets a day off from work with unlimitedly charged iPhones.

JS: Tell us an embarrassing story.
JA: When I was under eight years old, so about six or seven, we were playing in the city championship game. My dad was the coach and we were playing our rival team and I really had to pee…

JS: No!
JA: Yes! Like really, really had to pee. And I’m a little kid, I can’t deal with it. And my dad is intense, like Peter (Vermes) times five. So he’s yelling at us to do this and do that and I’m like, “Daddy, daddy! I have to pee! Sub me out!” And he’s like, “No just go!” So, I just peed on the field. No one knew what I was doing. So I squatted, took a pee and we ended up winning the game so I guess it was worth it!

JS: What’s one meal you would eat for the rest of your life?
JA: There’s a lot I’d pick. Maybe general tso chicken and fried rice? Not the healthiest for you obviously, but it’s the truth.

JS: What type of animal would you be and why?
JA: A cheetah just because it’s always been my favorite animal since I was a kid.

JS: What type of animal would Peter Vermes be?
JA: I don’t know, a tiger or something. Definitely something fierce.

JS: You’re stuck on a deserted island with the team. Who lives the longest? Why?
JA: Me of course. Because I’d like to think I’d survive.

JS: Who dies first? Why?
JA: Benny (Feilhaber) dies first because we all kill him because he’s talking way too much.

JS: Finally, what’s the last lie you told?
JA: Probably that I would survive longest on the team if we were stuck on a deserted island. But seriously, I jokingly told Benny I wanted to room with him in LA and that’s definitely a lie!