Sporting Kansas City concludes its two-game road trip with a visit to the Columbus Crew on Wednesday. Peter Vermes' men are fresh off a 2-1 win at Montreal on Saturday as defender Matt Besler and midfielder Graham Zusi started together for the first time since returning from the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Wednesday's contest features the two best-possessing teams in MLS. Should Sporting KC defeat Columbus, it would be the first time in franchise history that the team has won four straight on the road in the same season.
Check out MLSsoccer.com's preview as Dan Haiek and Armchair Analyst Matt Doyle discuss what to watch for on Wednesday. Tune into KMCI-TV 38 the Spot and SKCTV across the Midwest, as coverage begins at 6 p.m. CT.
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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...
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Prior to the month of May, Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer had six goals in 24 MLS regular season appearances. Thirty days later he's doubled his career total with six goals in the past six games.
Not only is Dwyer the league's leading scorer this month -- tied with New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips, who is idle this weekend -- he is also the only MLS player with two multi-goal games in May. Dwyer has one more opportunity to put an exclamation point on his recent run, and move back atop the Golden Boot race, when Sporting Kansas City takes on D.C. United at RFK Stadium at 6 p.m. CT on Saturday.
After all, Dwyer has scored goals in three of the team's past four road matches (including both in the month of May) and scored in the last meeting with D.C. United, a 1-0 victory at Sporting Park in October.
SIX GAMES. SIX GOALS. SIX GIFS.
The Sporting KC Show aired last night on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Hosts Callum Williams, Andy Edwards and Carter Augustine spoke with Sporting KC assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin and previewed Friday night's game against Toronto FC with Kurtis Larson of the Toronto Sun.
When it comes to following one's club on the road, supporters of MLS clubs have it harder than other parts of the world. With a league that spans two countries and thousands of miles between coasts, no one can blame a supporter for not making the trek for an away match. Kansas City to Chicago is about an eight-hour drive and Saturday at 11:30 p.m., the traveling KC Cauldron's #roaddron embarked on that journey with about 450 people in tow.
By plane, train, and various automobiles, the #roaddron arrived in the Windy City to watch Sporting Kansas City take on the Chicago Fire. After a memorable match, I heard few complaints from the traveling support. We watched our promising young center back make his league debut, saw our team nearly come back for a road result with only 10 men and filled in the corner of Toyota Park with Sporting KC chants, songs and cheers. Heads and scarves held high, the #roaddron took off for home following the match.
A special thanks to the Chicago Fire organization for their accomodations on Sunday and an even bigger thanks to the KC Cauldron for being the best fans in the league.
With three Sporting KC games in a nine-day span and the start of the United States Men's National Team's pre-World Cup training camp tomorrow, there were no shortage of talking points on last night's Sporting KC Show. Hosts Callum Williams, Andy Edwards and Carter Augustine heard from Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler and midfielder Graham Zusi on their selection to Jurgen Klinsmann's 30-player preliminary roster and the trio were also joined by Philadelphia Union broadcaster JP Dellacamera ahead of tonight's Eastern Conference match-up at Sporting Park.
Listen to the full episode embedded below and tune in to Sports Radio 810 WHB beginning at 7 p.m. CT tonight for live coverage from Nate Bukaty and Jake Gutierrez.
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Sporting KC's month of May will feature seven games against Eastern Conference opponents, starting Sunday against the first place Columbus Crew in a nationally-televised match-up at Sporting Park (3 p.m. CT on NBCSN, Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Gran D 1340 AM). A limited number of tickets are available, including standing room only tickets, via Ticketmaster.com for a jam-packed matchday that will feature:
- Free Sporting KC sunglasses for the first 10,000 fans, courtesy of Sabates Eye Centers
- $3 Mexican beers and free food samples at Cantina (sections 117/119) from 1-1:45 p.m.
- Harvester's canned food drive at all gates through UMKC's Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity
- Sporting Style special: spend $75 or more and take home a mini replica MLS Cup trophy
All of which is headlined by the team's MLS Cup ring ceremony. Fans are advised to be in their seats by 1:45 p.m. CT on Sunday to see Sporting Kansas City players and coaches officially presented with their championship rings.
Manager Peter Vermes -- the league's first champion to win MLS Cup as a player (2000) and coach (2013) for the same team -- was a special guest on two radio shows ahead of #SKCvCLB. He joined Greg Lalas and Simon Borg on this week's edition of ExtraTime Radio and was in studio at Sports Radio 810 WHB earlier this morning with Nate Bukaty and Steven St. John. Listen to the podcasts below...
ExtraTime Radio w/ Peter Vermes
The Border Patrol w/ Peter Vermes
For more from Vermes, check out today's press conference along with defender Chance Myers. Up next on the list? Forward Dom Dwyer was also heard on the airwaves on Friday as the team's leading goal scorer was interviewed on 610 Sports Radio by hosts Henry Lake and Jay Binkley. His banter below...
The Day Shift w/ Dom Dwyer