MLS Regular Season
Sporting Kansas City sits in fourth place in the Western Conference with 40 points and an 11-7-7 record with nine games remaining in the MLS regular season. A key contributor to the team's success this season is central midfielder Benny Feilhaber. The 30-year-old MLS veteran is having the best season of his career, tallying eight goals and 13 assists. Feilhaber's 13 regular season assists are second most in MLS in 2015 and a single-season career high for the UCLA product.
Feilhaber says a big motivator for his on-field success this season has been the birth of his daughter Sofia, but he credits the majority of his output to the exceptional performance of his teammates. FOX 4 anchor Jason Lamb sat down with Feilhaber to take an in-depth look at the record-setting season. Watch the full interview below...
Each year, MLS teams across the League work with their local Special Olympics chapters to host Unified Soccer games with other teams throughout the season. Unified Soccer pairs students with disabilities with neuro-typical students within their school.
The goal for this MLS WORKS initiative is for two clubs to commit to a home-and-away series of games throughout the season. In May, Sporting Kansas City and Special Olympics Kansas hosted the Colorado Rapids and Special Olympics Colorado in a Unified Soccer Match in Kansas City. This past weekend, the Kansas team traveled to Colorado for the second game in the series.
Upon arrival to Denver on Friday evening – the first airplane ride for several of the athletes – the two teams met for dinner at a downtown pizza restaurant, where the coaches and athletes were able to interact and talk about the upcoming match. On Saturday morning, the Kansas team took advantage of the beautiful scenery in the area and spent the morning at Red Rocks Amphitheater and Park where many of the students caught their first glimpse of the Colorado Rockies.
After a quick lunch, the team headed back to the hotel for some much-needed rest before making their way to Dick’s Sporting Good Park. Both teams watched the first half of the Sporting Kansas City versus Colorado Rapids match in the stands. During halftime, the two teams were introduced to the supporters in an on-field presentation before making their way to a team locker room set up to mirror what a professional athlete would experience.
When game time arrived, the two teams -- in full team kits -- took the field and played their hearts out in front of a large group of Sporting KC supporters who waved flags, banged drums and sang songs that are generally reserved for the professional team. At the conclusion of the game, each athlete received a medal and trophy to honor their participation in the event.
Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer scores his ninth goal of the regular season (assisted by Krisztian Nemeth) in the 47th minute at Dick's Sporting Goods Park against the Colorado Rapids.
Crystle Lampitt checked-in with Brazilian midfielder Paulo Nagamura in this week's Sporting Spotlight on 38 the Spot. The 10th-year professional turned in a veteran performance, leading Sporting KC to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps nine days ago. Nagamura scored two goals in the final eight minutes of play, including a stoppage time game-winner, to complete the historic result. Prior to August 15, Sporting KC had never won when trailing by two goals in the 80th minute of a regular season match and this feat has only been acomplished one other time in MLS regular season history (7/27/03 DC at NE).
Nagamura earned MLS Player of the Week honors for his performance, but today took time to chat about some non-soccer related topics including his favorite Brazilian restaurants in Kansas City, the smooth transition to the United States of America and his very adorable full house. Check out the two segments below:
Midfielder Graham Zusi scores his second goal of the regular season in the 62nd minute (assisted by Matt Besler) against the Columbus Crew SC.
Marcel de Jong scores his first career goal for Sporting KC in the 14th minute (assisted by Saad Abdul-Salaam and Dwyer) against the Columbus Crew SC at Mapfre Stadium.
Beer, BBQ and soccer? Those three go hand-in-hand in Kansas City with the KC Cauldron at the forefront.
Earlier this month, MLSsoccer.com's Rachel Bonnetta took a trip to KC to experience life in the City of Fountains and as well as a match at Sporting Park. Check out her video above in the latest episode of Get Me In There, pres. by Heineken.
— Rachel Bonnetta (@rachelbonnetta) August 19, 2015
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Looking for the latest Sporting Kansas City coverage? Tune into Sports Radio 810 WHB, the official radio partner of Sporting KC.
On Monday, Tim Melia chatted with TJ Carpenter on Sports Night (listen). On Tuesday, Peter Vermes joined The Program with Soren Petro (listen). And earlier today, Matt Besler was a gameday guest on The Border Patrol with Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. Hear the full interview embedded below...
In addition, Sporting KC midfielder Paulo Nagamura -- the reigning MLS Player of the Week -- shared his thoughts on the team's dramatic 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps FC during a new episode of The Sporting KC Show last night.
Sports Radio 810 WHB will be back at Sporting Park tonight for a live broadcast when Sporting Kansas City takes on the San Jose Earthquakes at 7:30 p.m. CT (tickets). Hosts Danny Clinkscale and Chad Reynolds will call the action, followed by The Final Whistle: Sporting KC Postgame Show with Dave Borchardt on 99.3 FM.
It's been an exciting week for Sporting KC and Manager Peter Vermes. Last Wednesday, the team defeated Real Salt Lake 3-1 in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinals. The win clinched a date with Philadelphia Union in the U.S. Open Cup Final and moved Peter Vermes into first place in club history for most wins across all competitions.
Three days later, Sporting KC then came from behind to defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-3 at Sporting Park. Vermes' squad was down 3-1 heading into the 80th minute, but Dom Dwyer and reigning MLS Player of the Week Paulo Nagamura propelled the team to a historic victory.
The win moved Vermes into sole possession of 8th place on Major League Soccer's all-time regular season wins chart, breaking a tie with former Kansas City head coach Bob Gansler.
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On Tuesday, Vermes joined Sports Radio 810's Soren Petro to discuss Saturday's dramatic victory and look ahead to Wednesday's match against the San Jose Earthquakes (7:30 pm, Buy Tickets). Vermes also offered his opinion on Deflategate, the player on the team with the hardest shot and ways to keep the team motivated during a busy stretch. Listen to the podcast of the interview below:
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Sports Night on Sports Radio 810 WHB welcomed Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia to the show on Monday. The 29-year-old veteran chatted with host TJ Carpenter about Saturday's 4-3 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the team's U.S. Open Cup run and making the most of his chance as a starter for the first time in his six MLS seasons.
Acquired by Sporting Kansas City prior to the 2015 campaign, Melia has the lowest goals against average (0.93) and second best saves percentage (74.1) in the Western Conference. His 9-2-3 record this year gives him the best winning percentage (0.75) of any MLS player at his position (min. 1 game started).
Listen to the 13-minute interview embedded below and available on the www.810whb.com podcast page.