MLS Regular Season
Forward Krisztian Nemeth scores his tenth goal (assisted by Graham Zusi) of the regular season in the 83rd minute against the Portland Timbers.
Forward Krisztian Nemeth ties the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final against the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park in the 65th minute, assisted by Graham Zusi.
Youth development is one of the most interesting and divisive topics in American soccer. Coaches and scouts are constantly scouring the country for the next Lionel Messi or even the next Landon Donovan.
And that conversation moved back to the forefront once again last week when MLSsoccer.com released it's 24 Under 24. The list, voted on by soccer media members in North America is a comprehensive list of the top 24 players in MLS under the age of 24. Sporting KC defender Erik Palmer-Brown came in at No. 24 in his first appearance on the list.
So what is Sporting Kansas City's philosophy when it comes to youth development? During a recent trip to New York, Sporting KC assistant technical director Mike Jacobs (pictured, left) sat down with MLSsoccer.com editor Andrew Wiebe for an ExtraTime Radio interview to offer his perspective on youth development and how it relates to Sporting KC. Jacobs covered a variety of topics including Major League Soccer's connection with USL, the current state of college soccer and Sporting KC's goals for youth development. Listen to the full interview below starting at 24:45.
Benny Feilhaber joined The Sporting KC Show on Tuesday ahead of Sporting KC's mid-week match with the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium. Feilhaber earned MLS Player of the Week honors for his two-goal performance against FC Dallas in Sporting KC's last outing and leads the League in assists with 14 this season.
Sporting KC Show hosts Nate Bukaty, Carter Augustine and Andy Gruenebaum opened the hour discussing Sporting KC's dominant performance against Western Conference contenders FC Dallas to snap a five-game winless slide:
Feilhaber chimed in with his take on Friday's match, giving teammates Soni Mustivar and Graham Zusi praise for their performances in the victory before providing insight on tonight's contest against the Dynamo:
The trio of hosts wrapped things up by analyzing the MLS playoff race in advance of this evening's match between two Western Conference rivals:
This week's Sporting Spotlight features the team's leading goalscorer, Dom Dwyer. The Englishman had a busy offseason, highlighted by finalizing a contract extension with the club and getting married to U.S. Women's National Team striker Sydney Leroux.
Watch the two-part segment below as 38 the Spot host Crystle Lampitt gives us the scoop about the hottest soccer couple, including details about their big wedding celebration next month and the best date spot in Kansas City.
Forward Dom Dwyer scores his tenth goal of the regular season in the 83rd minute against FC Dallas on Friday, September 18, 2015.
Midfielder Benny Feilhaber scores his tenth goal of the regular season (and second of the match) vs FC Dallas on Friday, September 18, 2015.
Midfielder Benny Feilhaber scores his ninth goal of the regular season in the 65th minute to make it 1-0 against FC Dallas on Friday, September 18, 2015.
Fellow Homegrown Players and U.S. youth national team products Erik Palmer-Brown and Zach Pfeffer squared off in an EA Sports FIFA real-life skils challenge during MLS All-Star Week in July, and today that footage was released on MLSsoccer.com. The eight-episode series began Monday when Sporting Kansas City's Benny Feilhaber went head-to-head with his former teammate Kei Kamara. Fans can watch each video in the series on the MLS YouTube channel and at MLSsoccer.com/Video.
FIFA16 launches Sept. 22 in North America and will be available for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Microsoft Windows and more. The latest installment of the best-selling video game series will feature the U.S. Women's National Team and CenturyLink Field for the first time.
With Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in full swing, this marks a very busy week for Sporting Kansas City's foundation The Victory Project. Events such as craft hour at Children's Mercy Hospital, a Celebrity Bartending fundraiser and a Red Cross blood drive are all part of what The Victory Project has planned to raise awareness for childhood cancer this month. All money raised through these events will go towards the foundation's mission to tangibly impact children who are battling cancer.
Children's Mercy Hospital Craft Hour - Tuesday, Sept. 15
Sporting KC defenders Chance Myers and Kevin Ellis will participate in craft hour with children currently receiving treatment at Children's Mercy Hospital. This bi-monthly event provides a relaxed atmosphere where the players visit different play rooms throughout the hospital to assist in making crafts and get to know the kids.
Celebrity Bartending Fundraiser - Wednesday, Sept. 16
The Victory Project is partnering with the Sporting Wives and Girlfriends (aka SWAG) to host a Celebrity Bartending fundraiser at the Westport Ale House. The event runs from 5-8 p.m. and is open to the public. There is a $10 suggested donation at the door, which includes one can of Boulevard beer, as well as other drinks specials. Sporting KC players will be bartending, auctioning off signed memorabilia, and will available to battle in yard games for $5.00. The Charlie Hustle bus will be on-site with part of t-shirt sales going towards The Victory Project.
Sporting Kansas City vs. FC Dallas - Friday, Sept. 18
This Friday’s match is the first of two where Sporting KC players will have gold ribbon patches on their team kit. The players from both teams will also be wearing MLS WORKS Soccer Kicks Cancer scarfs during team announcements.
Red Cross Blood Drive - Saturday, Sept. 19
The Victory Project is partnering with the Red Cross to provide a way for our fans to directly impact the lives of children battling cancer, as most children battling cancer receive regular blood and platelet transfusions during treatment. This event will take place in the Ameritas Shield Club at Sporting Park and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donors will receive an event t-shirt and complimentary Papa John’s pizza, as well as the opportunity to meet players and go on a tour of the locker room. Last year, enough blood was donated to potentially save the lives of 300 people and this year we are on pace to potentially save over 600 lives.