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.
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.
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…
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!
This week's edition of The Sporting KC Show aired last night on Sports Radio 810 WHB with goalkeeper Tim Melia joining hosts Nate Bukaty and Carter Augustine inside Jazz, A Lousiana Kitchen. Listen to the podcast below as the trio discussed Melia's club debut in the 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire on Saturday and the team's upcoming match at D.C. United on Saturday (6 p.m. CT on 38 The Spot and SKCTV).
Melia is one of five finalists for Major League Soccer's Save of the Week. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. PT tonight on MLSsoccer.com.
Jalil Anibaba notched his first assist in a Sporting Kansas City uniform on Sunday, marking the milestone on the game-winning goal no less. Anibaba, who joined Sporting KC via a trade with Orlando City SC in the offseason, has started Sporting KC's last seven matches - a span in which the club has lost only once.
The North Carolina product has lived in three different cities over the past five seasons of his professional career, most recently in Seattle before calling Kansas City home. But the 26-year-old outside back will always have a special appreciation for his Nigerian heritage.
Anibaba -- with his father's help -- taught himself Yorùbá, the dialect of his father's Nigerian tribe. Anibaba took the time to teach 38 the Spot host Crystle Lampitt how to say "I love Kansas City" in his native tongue. Catch the two-part interview below:
Sporting Kansas City captain Matt Besler joined The Border Patrol on Sports Radio 810 WHB this morning to discuss his team's 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire last night at Sporting Park. Besler led all players on Sunday with 13 clearances, six aerial duels won and five interceptions as Sporting KC recorded the team's fourth clean sheet of the season.
Among the excerpts from the 20-minute interview:
On Paulo Nagamura's goal...
"We talked about that at halftime, as well, about being patient. I think you saw it on that goal. There were 12 passes in a row. I think if you look at the replay again, once we finally do get the ball wide after we've played it around and allowed our team to get higher up the field, there's 5-6 players in the box. I think that's why Paulo found some space and obviously the header finish was unbelievable."
On the play of Benny Feilhaber...
"It's really exciting to see him play at this level. This is the Benny that we all know and that we all hope for. When he's playing at this level, he's a different player. He's just fun to watch, even as a player on his own team, he's fun to watch."
On Tim Melia's debut for Sporting KC...
"He was excellent. He's had the right mentality from day one, even in preseason...He's challenged that position from day one and he's done it in the right way. He's been encouraging and he's been committed. He's given everyone on the team confidence. I think I speak for everyone in saying we're all very happy for him. He was strong and he was commanding. I think he should gain a lot of confidence out of that performance."
On moving up to fourth in the West...
"We believe that we're a team that can be at the top of the standings when the season's over. All it takes is a run. Everything is so tight right now in the standings that if you get on a decent run -- 3, 4, 5 games unbeaten -- you can find yourselves right at the top...We've got to enjoy the win, it was a great, great team win. But we've also got to improve. We've got to continue to get back to work and get better."
On playing Eastern Conference leaders D.C. United...
"I am looking forward to it. It will be a little different this year since we moved over to the West. In years past, it's always been an extremely big game because we're always fighting with them in the East...I think we always go to D.C. and play well. I think we've gotten some decent results in years past. We respect them a lot, that's probably why we always come out and play well because we don't take them lightly. They are playing well so it's going to be interesting."
Listen to the full audio archive embedded below and tune into Sports Radio 810 WHB from 7-8 p.m. CT on Tuesday for a new episode of The Sporting KC Show live from Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen in The Legends.
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber and assistant coach John Pascarella were guests on this week's edition of The Sporting KC Show on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Coming off a thrilling 4-4 draw in Houston last weekend, the club now returns home to host rivals Chicago at 4 p.m. CT on Sunday at Sporting Park in a nationally televised match-up on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
Feilhaber scored twice in the comeback, including a 95th-minute game-tying goal that is nominated for MLS Goal of the Week. Voting is open on MLSsoccer.com until 1:59 a.m. CT tonight.
Today is also the final opportunity for fans to participate in Feilhaber's "Master the Mane" initiative. The World Cup veteran is helping to raise money for The Victory Project by allowing fan donations to determine his hairstyle for Sunday's match. To cast a vote for The Mullet, The Bieber or The Mohawk, visit SportingKC.com/Benny and make a minimum $10 donation.
Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes joined Sports Radio 810 WHB host Nate Bukaty on The Border Patrol earlier today to discuss Sporting KC's scoreless draw against Real Salt Lake on Saturday. The full podcast is available below:
With the draw, Sporting KC heads into week seven of the MLS regular season tied for third place with only one loss in the team's first six games (2-1-3). The LA Galaxy trail by one point in the standings and are next up to host Sporting KC. Saturday's match will kick off at 9:30 p.m. CT at StubHub Center live on SKCTV across the Midwest.
Ike Opara scores game-winning goal against New York City FC on March 28 (VIDEO)
Sporting Kansas City defender (and H&R Block tax pro) Ike Opara -- fresh off appearances on The SBI Show on Monday and MLSsoccer.com's ExtraTime Radio on Thursday -- was a guest on Sports Radio 810 WHB earlier this morning with The Border Patrol hosts Steven St. John, Nate Bukaty and Jake Gutierrez. Listen to the full podcast embedded below as Opara discusses his return from a season-ending injury in 2014, his thoughts on the Final Four and a debate over his own basketball abilities.
What are the chances we can get Ike Opara in next years Slam Dunk contest?
— Dax McCarty (@DaxMcCarty11) March 30, 2015
Opara is off to a hot start to his 2015 campaign, scoring two goals and anchoring a backline that has posted back-to-back shutouts. He was named the SBIsoccer.com Player of the Month for March after securing a spot on MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week in three of the first four opportunities.
The 26-year-old leads MLS in interceptions (25) and aerial duels won (23), while ranking second among all players in total clearances (36).
FOX Sports 1 returns to Sporting Park this weekend as Sporting Kansas City hosts the Philadelphia Union at 6 p.m. CT on #SoccerSunday. Check out their interview above with Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer, which was conducted by Grant Wahl and aired during America's Pregame in the buildup to the U.S. Men's National Team's 1-1 draw in Switzerland on Tuesday.
The first 10,000 fans inside Sporting Park on Sunday will receive a commemorative Dom Dwyer poster -- painted by Kansas City's own John Bukaty -- courtesy of match sponsor adidas. A limited number of tickets remain available via Ticketmaster.com and can also be purchased at the Sporting Park box offices on gameday while supplies last.
Dwyer scored in two of the team's three matches against Philadelphia last year en route to breaking the team's single-season scoring record with 22 goals. In 2015, the MLS All-Star is one of two Sporting KC field players to have played every minute this season and he leads MLS with 15 fouls won after four games.