A new week brings a new episode of The Sporting KC Show on Sports Radio 810 WHB as hosts Callum Williams, Andy Edwards and Carter Augustine analyze Saturday's MLS Cup rematch with Real Salt Lake and were joined by special guest Kerry Zavagnin. The Sporting KC assistant coach -- a member of the club for each of the last 15 seasons -- assessed the team's start to the 2014 season, now seven games into the campaign and entering the team's bye in Week 6.
"I wouldn't say we're exactly where we need to be or want to be. But I will say that coming into the year, we knew it was going to be a tough beginning for us from a scheduling standpoint," Zavagnin said. "When you look at the fact that we've played over 22-23 players here in the first month and really dug deep into our depth, I'd say overall one loss in the league at this point, you have to be pretty happy about that. You've gotten a lot opportunities for guys early in the season."
"This team is starting to round into form. When you look at the performance against San Jose at home, you look at that as a a pretty convincing peformance. Obviously, the one in Colorado was overall not the best performance from an aesthetically pleasing perspective, but teams find a way to win when they're not playing their best so you have to take a positive out of that. I think the Salt Lake game this past weekend was probably our best performance to date. The only thing that lacked was the finishing touch. Quite frankly, we could have had two or maybe three goals because we created enough opportunities."
For more -- including Zavagnin's comments on the play of Eric Kronberg, Matt Besler and Benny Feilhaber -- listen to the podcast embedded below or watch last night's show above courtesy of 810whbtv.com.
In recent months, the Sporting Club Network ran a new campaign giving its members the chance to be the next Sporting KC Youth Reporter. Participants were asked to submit a video explaining why they wanted to be Sporting Kansas City’s Youth Reporter. From the submissions, three finalists were chosen to attend a Sporting KC training session at Swope Soccer Village. The three finalists watched the players practice, met with team play-by-play commentator Cal Williams and had the opportunity to interview a Sporting KC player of their choice.
Carter Knox, an 11-year-old midfielder from Sporting Kaw Valley, was chosen as the first Sporting KC Youth Reporter winner! Knox impressed the judges with his clean-cut suit, intelligent questions and a style which he said he mimicked based off watching Williams call many games on SKCTV. Knox and his family will participate in a special gameday experience at Sporting Park on April 19th when Sporting KC takes on Montreal.
The other finalists included Brookside Soccer Club player Tierney Flavin, as well as John Kurgan from Sporting Blue Valley. Both runner-ups also performed a one-on-one interview with a player of their choice. Flavin began her interview introducing herself in French to defender Aurelien Collin, a Paris native. Kurgan hit the ground running, literally, during his interview when he challenged U.S. Men's National Team playmaker Graham Zusi to a race.
To view all three of the Sporting KC Youth Reporter finalist videos, click here. And to stay up to date with all things Sporting Club Network, like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.
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Two days out from Sporting Kansas City's MLS Cup rematch with Real Salt Lake, Sporting Kansas City defender Seth Sinovic and winger Sal Zizzo shared their thoughts on local sports talk radio. Listen to the interviews embedded below and for more on the mactch-up, watch today's press conference videos with Manager Peter Vermes and Zizzo -- who celebrated his 27th birthday on Thursday.
SETH SINOVIC (610 SPORTS RADIO)
SAL ZIZZO (SPORTS RADIO 810 WHB)
A new episode of The Sporting KC Show aired last night on Sports Radio 810 WHB with hosts Callum Williams and Andy Edwards joined by Seth Sinovic. Listen to the full podcast embedded below...
The station's soccer discussion continued this morning with Sporting Kansas City striker Dom Dwyer in studio for The Border Patrol with Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. Dwyer scored the game-winning goal in stoppage time of Sporting KC's 3-2 victory at Colorado (MLS Goal of the Week nominee) and was featured on Saturday's SKCTV broadcast.
Bukaty and Edwards will call Saturday's MLS Cup rematch between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake live on ESPN 102.9 FM with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. CT from Sporting Park. Immediately following the match, The Final Whistle: Sporting KC Postgame show will wrap up the night's action live from the Boulevard Members Club.
The Sporting KC Show will air live from 7-8 p.m. CT tonight at Jazz at The Legends (1859 Village West Parkway, Suite 102) with special guest Seth Sinovic joining hosts Callum Williams and Andy Edwards on Sports Radio 810 WHB. The Leawood, Kan. native has appeared in 107 games for the club across all competition in the last three years after setting regular season career highs in games played (32), games started (31) and minutes (2,773) in 2013.
Sporting Kansas City is undefeated (3-0-1) in 2014 with Sinovic in the lineup and in the midst of an eight-game unbeaten streak (5-0-3) with Sinovic on the field dating back to last year. He earned his first invitation to the U.S. Men's National Team for the January Camp under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his strong start this season has made him the top-rated outside back on the MLS Castrol Index.
Can't make it to Jazz for tonight's show? Listen live on 810 AM, 810whb.com or via the station's free mobile app and join the discussion by calling 913-3-810-810.
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Wearing the No. 14 shirt, it is only fitting Sporting Kansas City striker Dom Dwyer is off to a strong start to his 2014 campaign both on and off the field. Three weeks into his third professional season, Dwyer has appeared in all five games for the club in addition to appearances on the cover of INK magazine and the USL PRO media guide. Top that off with his acting debut in the recently released Great Clips commercial and a picture-perfect backflip to celebrate his game-winning goal in Saturday's 1-0 victory over San Jose and it's easy to see how the spotlight shines on a dynamic young talent like Dwyer.
Last night, The Sporting KC Show caught up with the former first round draft pick to hear his thoughts on the season's early stages. Listen to the full podcast from Sports Radio 810 WHB embedded below as hosts Callum Williams and Andy Edwards are also joined by Colorado Rapids play-by-play voice Richard Fleming to preview Saturday's game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
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Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler joined The Border Patrol with Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty on Sports Radio 810 WHB this morning. Listen to the full podcast embedded below as the Overland Park, Kan. native discusses his trademark long throw-in's, the team's 1-0 win over San Jose on Saturday, his new leadership role as the team's captain and the club's next match at the Colorado Rapids.
New Week. New Goal. Getting our first points on the road this season. #focused
— Matt Besler (@mbesler) March 24, 2014
Besler was recently named Sportsman of the Year by the Kansas City Sports Commission and will be formally presented with the award, sponsored by the Kansas City Downtown Marriott, at the Awards Banquet on April 11.
For more Sporting Kansas City coverage on talk radio, tune into Sports Radio 810 WHB from 7-8 p.m. CT on Wednesday for The Sporting KC Show with hosts Callum Williams and Andy Edwards. Listeners can join the discussion by calling 913-3-810-810 and the show is available live via 810 AM, 810whb.com or through the station's free mobile app.
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Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes joined The Program with Soren Petro on Sports Radio 810 WHB on Friday. Listen to the full interview below as he discusses Wednesday's match in Mexico City and the quick turnaround to host San Jose at 7:30 p.m. CT on Saturday at Sporting Park (limited tickets remain available).
With the team's next victory, Vermes -- now in his sixth season on the sideline -- will tie Peter Nowak and Glynn Myernick for 15th on Major League Soccer's all-time regular season wins chart among MLS managers. Seven of his 63 regular season wins have come in the month of March, one of his top two months as a manager:
Sports Radio 810 WHB's Nate Bukaty and Jake Gutierrez will broadcast Saturday's match on ESPN 102.9 FM starting at 7 p.m. CT live from Sporting Park. Following the match, coverage will continue with The Final Whistle: Sporting KC Postgame Show with hosts Dave Borchardt and Jake Gutierrez. Tune in to 810 AM, 810whb.com, 810whbtv.com and via the station's free mobile app.
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With no shortage of talking points, the Sporting KC Show aired on Sports Radio 810 WHB on Tuesday with hosts Callum Williams and Andy Edwards bringing listeners all the latest in Major League Soccer and CONCACAF Champions League action. Last night's episode featured two guests in winger Sal Zizzo, who made his Sporting KC debut in the season opener at Seattle on Saturday, and FutbolMLS.com reporter Diego Pinzon, in town for the signing of Spanish midfielder Antonio Dovale and tonight's CCL quarterfinal against Cruz Azul (7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports 2 and Univision Deportes Network).
Listen to the full podcast below and stay tuned to 810 WHB throughout the day as their coverage will feature Todd Leabo live at Sporting Park from 3-6 p.m. CT during Between the Lines with Kevin Kietzman. Then at 6:30 p.m. CT, the duo of Callum Williams and Jake Gutierrez will begin more than three hours of programming dedicated to Sporting KC's first home match of 2014. The 30-minute pregame show will set the stage for tonight's showdown between the reigning MLS Cup champions and Liga MX leaders, followed by live match commentary and The Final Whistle: Sporting KC Postgame Show.
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Manager Peter Vermes and his Sporting Kansas City squad depart for Seattle on Thursday afternoon, 48 hours before taking the field against the Sounders on Saturday live on NBCSN. Prior to leading the team through one last training session in Kansas City at the Swope Soccer Village, Vermes joined Fescoe in the Morning on 610 Sports Radio to share his thoughts on the season opener and the 2014 campaign ahead.
"The big thing in this season is that we have a lot of variables to deal with, moreso than we did last year, when you pick and choose who are going to be the guys playing in the upcoming game. It's definitely not going to be easy from the coaching staff's perspective when you look at league play, you look at Champions League which we start next Wednesday here at home, you have U.S. Open Cup, and then we have Champions League again starting in August...and then we have World Cup with some of our guys. There are going to be so many challenges over the course of this season and there are going to be guys that are getting a lot of playing time...and they're going to have to step up and take advantage of those opportunities. They're going to have to be good. That's going to be the biggest challenge for us this year."
Throughout the 10-minute interview, Vermes continued to comment on the team's goals -- both short term and long term -- and the importance of staying "hungry and motivated" after winning MLS Cup. Listen to the full podcast below...