MLS Regular Season
All eyes in Major League Soccer will be on #SKCvDAL on Friday night at Sporting Park in the Week 13 "Viernes de Futbol" match-up. It kicks off a three-game homestand for Sporting Kansas City featuring back-to-back matches against the top two teams in the MLS power rankings followed by a highly-anticipated I-70 showdown with St. Louis FC in the U.S. Open Cup.
The best place to see all the action? Sporting Park of course. Standing Room Only tickets are available for tomorrow night's rematch with FC Dallas and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or at the stadium box offices on gameday.
But if you can't make it to the match, take advantage of the guide below so you don't miss a moment thanks to television, radio and online coverage.
Local TV: KMCI-TV 38 the Spot
Local Radio: Sports Radio 810 WHB (English) | La Grande 1340 AM (Spanish)
Sporting Kansas City's flagship station KMCI-TV 38 the Spot will be providing a live three-hour broadcast for local viewers with the commentary from Nate Bukaty, Andy Gruenebaum, Jake Yadrich and Kacie McDonnell available throughout the duration of the match. Tune in at 7:30 p.m. CT for a 30-minute pre-game show leading up to kick off at Sporting Park.
Sports Radio 810 WHB will simulcast the KMCI-TV call on 810 AM, 810whb.com and through the station's free mobile app before going live from the Boulevard Members Club with The Final Whistle postgame show hosted by Dave Borchardt and Carter Augustine. In addition, La Grande 1340 AM will air the match live for Spanish listeners through the voices of Enrique Morales, Raul Villegas and Alejandro Cabero.
National TV: UniMas and Unvision Deportes
National Radio: SiriusXM FC (Channel 94)
Online: MLS LIVE, UnivisionDeportes.com
Friday's match is the first of three Sporting KC matches in 2015 to be nationally televised on UniMas/UDN -- and streamed online at UnivisionDeportes.com -- as part of the new "Viernes de Futbol" national TV window. Raul Guzman (play-by-play), Marcelo Balboa (analyst) and Jorge Calvo (sideline reporter) will be on-site at Sporting Park for live Spanish commentary, while Paul Caligiuri and Ramsés Sandoval will be the talent for the English-language broadcast available through SAP functionality.
In addition, SiriusXM FC (Channel 94) will carry #SKCvDAL coast-to-coast on Friday for satellite radio subscribers in the U.S. and MLS LIVE users in Canada or Mexico will also have access to the broadcast in real-time on all supported devices. Please note: Friday's match will be blacked out for MLS LIVE users in the United States and made available in the archives 48 hours after the match.
Finally, Friday's encounter will be broadcast well beyond North American borders through the following MLS rights holders:
It’s every kid’s dream to hang out with a group of famous soccer players, let alone have the opportunity to lead them out to the field. Last week, this dream came true for nine-year-old Make-A-Wish candidate Vince Pham.
Vince, who was diagnosed with a rare form of muscular disorder, had his wish to escort Sporting KC captain Matt Besler onto the field come true thanks to the Make-A-Wish Missouri Foundation and The Victory Project.
Prior to his big moment, Vince and his family had the opportunity to visit with Sporting KC players at Swope Soccer Village. In addition to watching the players run drills and getting various Sporting KC items signed by the team, he also received a special message from Manager Peter Vermes and a special visit from ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman after training.
The next day, decked out in their Sporting gear, Vince and his siblings watched the players warm up from the sidelines at Sporting Park. During pregame, Vince and his family were recognized on the videoboard and received a visit from Sporting mascot Blue.
Finally, the moment was here. With his father’s assistance, Vince got to live his wish by escorting the World Cup veteran onto the field in front of a sold-out crowd during the pre-game ceremony shown live on ESPN2.
Four points in two goals against two of the top teams in Major League Soccer. That was Sporting KC's previous week in a nusthell after a 4-2 win over the New England Revolution at Sporting Park and a 0-0 draw vs. the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field. The four points in two games kicked off a difficult stretch for the club which will place five 2014 MLS Cup Playoff opponents in five matches. The next match in that stretch will take place Friday night when Sporting KC welcomes FC Dallas to Sporting Park.
To recap a busy week and look ahead to Friday's match, Sporting KC captain Matt Besler joined The Border Patrol on Sports Radio 810. In addition, goalkeeper Tim Melia - who has two shutouts in four starts - joined Soren Petro on The Program. Listen to the two interviews below:
Matt Besler on The Border Patrol
Tim Melia on The Program
Krisztian Nemeth scores his fifth goal of the season in the 46th minute (assisted by Jacob Peterson and Benny Feilhaber) at Sporting Park against the New England Revolution.
Benny Feilhaber scores his third goal of the season in the 43rd minute at Sporting Park against the New England Revolution.
Krisztian Nemeth scores his fourth goal of the season in the 39th minute (assisted by Benny Feilhaber) at Sporting Park against the New England Revolution.
Dom Dwyer scores his fourth goal of the season (assisted by Krisztian Nemeth and Jalil Anibaba) in the 29th minute at Sporting Park against the New England Revolution.
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.
Photo via @DorseyRocky on Twitter
Sporting KC's 100th match at Sporting Park will have to wait until Wednesday after inclement weather forced the postponement of last night's game against the Colorado Rapids. It was the first such ocurrance in the stadium's four years of operation, though by no means the first time Mother Nature impacted the outcome of a matchday.
In fact, Kansas City played a part in the first abbreviated ending in MLS history in what is now one of five games for the club all-time that failed to be played in its entirety on the originally scheduled date:
- June 20, 1998: KC vs. D.C. United was cancelled in the 53rd minute due to severe weather at Arrowhead Stadium and was later replayed on Aug. 26.
- June 10, 2000: KC at D.C. United was suspended at halftime due to the lights failing at RFK Stadium. The 0-0 scoreline stood and Kansas City returned to RFK for MLS Cup 2000.
- September 16, 2001: The team's regular season finale against Colorado at Arrowhead Stadium was amongst 10 games cancelled league-wide in the aftermath of 9/11.
- Aug. 2, 2006: Thunderstorms postponed this fourth round U.S. Open Cup match between KC and the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois until Aug. 14.
- May 16, 2015: Severe weather prevented kickoff between Sporting KC and the Colorado Rapids with a rescheduled date to be determined for later in 2015.
While Saturday's match ultimately succumbed to a storm system which delivered flash flooding, tornado warnings and heavy lightning throughout the Kansas City area (resulting in more than 10,000 homes losing power), the initial weather delay was the fourth interruption at home since 2011:
- July 12, 2011: An 81-minute delay spelled trouble for Sporting KC in the team's first-ever loss at Sporting Park, a 2-0 defeat to the Richmond Kickers (USL) in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals.
- Aug. 8, 2012: Just over a year later, Sporting KC withstood a 43-minute delay en route to the team's U.S. Open Cup championship over the Seattle Sounders FC in a penalty shootout.
- Aug. 29, 2014: Sporting KC lost back-to-back matches at Sporting Park for the first time after dropping a 3-1 decision to Houston in a match that featured a 75-minute delay.
- May 16, 2015: After delaying kick off for nearly 75 minutes, MLS determined in its discretion to postpone the match after considering all relevant factors and circumstances.
In the end -- which came close to 8:45 p.m. CT in a break between two patches of storms -- Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman took to Twitter to look ahead to the rescheduled fixture with all options open.
Hey...I'm sorry that happened. We'll make it up 2 u. Any ideas how? #winning obviously...but any others welcome
— Robb Heineman (@RobbHeineman) May 17, 2015
— Robb Heineman (@RobbHeineman) May 17, 2015
Sporting Kansas City will host the Colorado Rapids Saturday evening at Sporting Park. The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. CT with pregame coverage beginning at 7 p.m. CT on 38 the Spot and SKCTV across the Midwest. Fans in Kansas City can also listen to the match on Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Grande 1340.
Ahead of Saturday's match, Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes joined Nate Bukaty on The Border Patrol. Vermes talked about the Rapids, the growth of Erik Palmer-Brown and how he prepares his team for three games in eight days.
In the afternoon, Sporting KC midfielder Benny Feilhaber, the reigning MLS Player of the Month, joined Kevin Kietzman and Todd Leabo on Between the Lines. Feilhaber discussed Sporting KC's season to-date, his progression over the past two years in Kansas City and dealing with heavy travel as a professional athlete.