MLS Regular Season
It's been a busy week for Sporting KC's MLS All-Star trio. Graham Zusi, Benny Feilhaber and Matt Besler are in Denver, Colorado this week for the League's signature match against English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur F.C. With a series of appearances yesterday as well as their final MLS All-Star training session, the players took some time out of their day to join the Sporting KC Show on Sports Radio 810. Besler, Feilhaber and Zusi eached shared details about their experience at the MLS All-Star Game, while Zusi also recapped the U.S. MNT's fourth place finish at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Feilhaber also revealed some exciting news regarding his family.
Zusi on the MLS All-Star Game
"We are showing the fans how much we appreciate them and we're putting on a good show for them. It's just going to be a fun event for everyone. We want to get a win against these guys. We owe it to the fans."
Listen to the full podcast of the show below
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber scores his seventh goal of the MLS regular season in the 50th minute to level the match at 1-1 against Real Salt Lake.
On Saturday, the Sporting Club Network, presented by Price Chopper, hosted its fifth annual Sporting Club Network Reception in the Boulevard Members Club at Sporting Park. More than 200 guests attended the event, which brought together representatives from 31 SCN member organizations and all 14 of the Network’s Academy Affiliates.
The annual reception is just one of the many events the SCN puts on each year in hopes of establishing a more personal relationship between its members, their respective communities and Sporting Kansas City. As an added perk, those who attended the reception received complimentary tickets to that night’s Sporting KC match at Sporting Park.
For the first hour of the event, guests enjoyed a catered dinner and an opportunity to meet fellow Network members, share ideas and reflect upon their organizations’ successes within the past year. Since launching in 2011, the Sporting Club Network has seen incredible growth and development, having now expanded to consist of over 60 Network Affiliates and members located in cities across the Midwest—including Minneapolis, Minnesota, Nashville, Tennessee and, of course, Kansas City. That being said, it was great to see our members taking advantage of this true networking opportunity.
Once everyone had settled in, Betsy Maxfield, Vice President of Soccer Projects for Sporting Kansas City, approached the podium to welcome all of the reception’s guests. In her opening comments, she summarized the impressive growth the Network has experienced in the past year while also highlighting a few of the SCN’s most successful signature events along the way.
For example, this past June, the Sporting Club Network teamed up with FC Kansas City to host 100 players for its first-ever all girls mini clinic. Another event that Maxfield made sure to point out was the Spring 2015 Academy Affiliate All-Star Experience. Each of these events, in addition to countless others held throughout the calendar year, are free and open to all members of the Sporting Club Network—an exclusive benefit of being affiliated with Sporting Club.
Following Maxfield’s brief remarks, a quick ‘year in review’ video was shown. Check out the 2014-2015 SCN recap video below…
Next, Maxfield invited the event’s guest speaker, Andy Gruenebaum, to the stage. As a Kansas City-native, retired MLS goalkeeper, current color commentator on the SKCTV broadcast team and Sporting Club Network Liaison, Gruenebaum made for the ideal individual who could speak both upon his unique set of experiences, as well as what the Sporting Club Network means to him. All in all, guests seemed to appreciate Gruenebaum’s honest testimony and trademark candor as he addressed those in attendance.
The last item on the reception’s agenda was to recognize this year’s 2015 Kevin Gray Award recipients. Three out of the six winners were able to make it to the event, as well as one family who attended on behalf of their son, the Male Youth Player of the Year. Later that evening, the winners walked onto the field at halftime in order to be acknowledged for their notable soccer success.
At the reception, after each honoree was spotlighted with a short reading of his/her soccer accomplishments, the guests embarked on an optional stadium tour of Sporting Park. Those who chose to forgo the tour remained in the Boulevard Members Club and joined the KC Cauldron and other U.S. Soccer fans for an official watch party for the U.S. Men’s National Team’s Gold Cup match versus Cuba. Following a solid 6-0 USA win, all of our Sporting Club Network members and Affiliates relaxed to enjoy being a part of Sporting Park’s 63rd straight sellout crowd and Sporting KC’s eighth straight home victory across all competitions as SKC prevailed 2-1 over the Montreal Impact.
Thank you to all of our valued members and affiliates for an amazing year and annual reception! Check out the complete photo album from the event here. And don’t forget to like the our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram for continual updates on all things Sporting Club Network.
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber was a guest on today's edition of ExtraTime Radio, joining MLSsoccer.com staffers David Gass, Simon Borg, Arielle Castillo and Ben Baer during the 70-minute show. ExtraTime Radio is the official podcast of Major League Soccer and is available on SiriusXM FC every Tuesday and Friday.
Feilhaber was recently named to the MLS All-Star Fan XI and will take part in his first MLS All-Star Game next week alongside teammates Matt Besler and Graham Zusi. The World Cup veteran is in the midst of a career year, starting all 20 of the club's competitive matches while setting new personal highs in MLS play for both goals (6, T-2nd on SKC) and assists (10, T-2nd in MLS).
Up to snuff on Sporting Kansas City trivia? Have a penchant for creativity? If so, your chance to win free Open Cup tickets has arrived.
When the team hosts Montreal on Saturday, users of the Sporting Club Uphoria mobile app will have the opportunity to win free tickets to next Tuesday's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match against archrivals Houston Dynamo at 7:30 p.m. CT.
That's right, supporters will have three separate opportunities to win a pair of tickets on Saturday night—so long as they have a Uphoria account registered through Facebook, Twitter or email.
Three separate Comment Cards will be deployed throughout the evening, each prompting a different response from contestants. The first trivia question will revolve around captain Matt Besler, who is set to make his 200th appearance for Sporting KC in all competitions. The second will be tied to last year's results between Sporting KC and Montreal. Answer correctly on either one, and you'll be entered to win.
Not a trivia guru? The third and final Comment Card will allow fans to use their imagination, and the most creative entry will take the prize. (Hint: think theatrics and Dom Dwyer!)
Pictured in this post are sample Comment Card trivia questions so that you know what to look for on the home screen come Saturday. Please note that only one Comment Card will be displayed on the app's home feed at any given time.
The first Comment Card will deploy at 6 p.m. CT and the second at 7:45 p.m. CT. The third will launch at 9 p.m. CT and expire at midnight. Select "Give Feedback," then type your response and click "Send" to enter.
Participants will be able to submit one single answer for all three cards, and winners will be contacted via Facebook, Twitter or email by Monday afternoon.
In addition to playing for free Open Cup tickets, Uphoria users will have access to live video, statistics, seat upgrades and Sporting KC social feeds throughout Saturday's match.
The app will also link users to Sporting KC's online auction, feauring game tickets, signed gear and more! Bidding is open at auctions.sportingkc.com until Monday with all proceeds going to The Victory Project.
Are you a fan of Graham Zusi? Do you have Snapchat skills? If you’ve answered yes to both questions, then this contest is for you.
This week, Sporting Kansas City and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City have partnered to give away the ultimate Graham Zusi prize package. From Tuesday-Thursday, Sporting Kansas City fans will have the ability to draw Zusi on Snapchat for a chance to win great prizes. Only one winner will be selected.
Here’s how you enter:
- Sign up for Snapchat and follow ‘sportingkc’
- Send us a snap with your best Zusi drawing
- We’ll pick our 6 favorite drawings and post them into a Facebook photo gallery
- The Facebook photo that gets the most likes within the designated time period wins the grand prize
Zusi drawings will be accepted starting today through 11:59 p.m. CT on Thursday. Entrants are encouraged to be creative with their drawings, showcasing Zusi in his element in a Sporting Kansas City jersey. The five finalists will be notified via the chat feature in Snapchat. Those drawings will then be posted in a Facebook photo gallery on the official Sporting KC Facebook page on Friday morning. The image that receives the most likes through 12 p.m. CT on Saturday will receive the grand prize, which includes:
- Two tickets to an upcoming Sporting KC game
- Two customized Graham Zusi jerseys
- Two Graham Zusi limited-edition posters
Sporting KC defender Kevin Ellis heads in a Krisztian Nemeth cross in the 52nd minute to make it 1-0 against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The goal is Ellis' second of the regular season.
With Sporting Kansas City off from training yesterday, captain Matt Besler took some time to visit Sports Radio 810-WHB for a chat with morning radio host Nate Bukaty. Besler's 30-minute interview touched on a variety of topics including the emergence of goalkeeper Tim Melia, his defensive partnership with Kansas City native Kevin Ellis and recent developments in MLS including the addition of targeted allocation money and many international stars.
Bukaty asked Besler how Sporting Kansas City has managed to find success with players that don't have the resume of a Steven Gerrard or a Frank Lampard. The Sporting KC captain and World Cup veteran responded:
"It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or how big your name is, you have to buy into the team. You have to buy into the system we play. And if you do that, you are going to fit in. And if you don't do that, and this is a credit to Peter [Vermes], but if you don't do that and you don't perform then he is going to let you go."
Listen to the podcast of the interview below including Besler's thoughts on the potential for Mexican international Giovani Dos Santos joining MLS.
By now, you've probably seen the photo of U.S. Women's National Team striker Sydney Leroux and Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer embracing after Leroux's squad won the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. It was an emotional moment for the couple and one that was captured and has been shared thousands of times.
So how did the magical moment come about? Dwyer spoke with Sports Radio 810's Kevin Kietzman yesterday about the moment, supporting his wife at the World Cup and what lies ahead for Sporting KC and Major League Soccer.
Listen to the podcast of the interview below:
Check out the newest edition of the Sporting KC Show on Sports Radio 810 WHB as Nate Bukaty, Andy Gruenebaum and Carter Augustine discussed all the latest news surrounding American soccer. The hosts discussed a variety of topics including the U.S. Women’s National Team’s World Cup victory, Sporting KC’s recent Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup victory, and their upcoming MLS regular season matchup with Vancouver.
The Sporting KC Show opened their conversation by reviewing the dominant performance by the U.S. Women’s National Team in their World Cup final victory over Japan, which was the most watched soccer match in the U.S. of all time. Bukaty, who emceed the watch parties at and the Kansas City Power & Light District for both the Men’s and Women’s World Cup, compared the support from Kansas City soccer fans during both events:
"There was a good number for the semifinal, maybe five or six thousand," he said. "I didn’t know what to expect for the final. I got there an hour before the game and the place was already packed. Then a half hour before the game they were turning people away because it was too packed. That’s what it was like for the men’s game against Belgium."
Listen to the full podcast of the show below: