MLS Regular Season
Sporting Kansas City captain Matt Besler -- awarded the KC Sports Commission's Sportsman of the Year last week -- was a special guest in studio at Sports Radio 810 WHB this morning with The Border Patrol hosts Steven St. John, Nate Bukaty and Jake Gutierrez. The 22-minute interview, embedded below, touched on a wide variety of topics including his role within the U.S. Men's National Team, new Sporting Style merchandise and his tutelage of 16-year-old centerback Erik Palmer-Brown.
THE BORDER PATROL
Besler was also interviewed on last night's Sporting KC Show with Callum Williams, Andy Edwards and Carter Augustine. The hour-long show previews Saturday's match against Montreal, including an on-air discussion with Impact forward Jack McInerney. The 21-year-old scored on his debut for head coach Frank Klopas after being acquired from the Philadelphia Union in a trade earlier this month.
Check out the show below in both audio and video form.
SPORTING KC SHOW
Major League's Soccer opening month delivered no shortage of drama -- we highly recommend MLSsoccer.com's 90+ videos to capture all the sights and sounds week after week -- but the best of the best proved to be Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer's game-winning goal in stoppage time of a 3-2 victory at Colorado on March 29. The strike won MLS Goal of the Week for Week 4 and now it's been named the No. 1 play for the entire month of March.
Check out the video above as MLS Digital Director of Video Content Jason Saghini counts down the Top 5 Plays of March in their Fast & Fluid series.
The Digital Crawl, circa 1996, with Mark Chung, Vitalis Takawira and Diego Gutierrez
This Sunday marks the 18th anniversary of Sporting Kansas City's inaugural match, a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids at Arrowhead Stadium on April 13, 1996 and what better way to commemorate the occasion than with a Throwback Thursday of the Digital Crawl celebration. We'll let the Kansas City Star match recap, written by Bob Luder, set the scene...
Kansas City soccer fans - 21,141 of them - got to see the "Digital Crawl." Vitalis "Digital" Takawira scored the first goal in Kansas City Wiz history in the 71st minute Saturday night, and the Wiz went on to a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids in the Major League Soccer debut for both teams.
Takawira, the leading goal scorer in Africa in 1994, broke a scoreless tie when he caught a rebound of a shot by Mark Chung directly in front of the Colorado goal and shot the ball by Rapids goalkeeper Dusty Huddock. Tommy Reasoner started the sequence with a centering pass from the left corner to Chung.
Upon scoring, Takawira went into his famous crawl. He sprinted to the near corner flag, his teammates right behind, and they all got down on all fours and crawled along the sideline.
Takawira scored twice on the night en route to 14 goals in his first MLS season while Frank Klopas -- who returns to KC next Saturday as head coach of the Montreal Impact -- added another. Visit the SportingKC.com archives for a full box score and return to the site on Sunday for a look back at the game that kicked off the Major League Soccer era in Kansas City.
A new week brings a new episode of The Sporting KC Show on Sports Radio 810 WHB as hosts Callum Williams, Andy Edwards and Carter Augustine analyze Saturday's MLS Cup rematch with Real Salt Lake and were joined by special guest Kerry Zavagnin. The Sporting KC assistant coach -- a member of the club for each of the last 15 seasons -- assessed the team's start to the 2014 season, now seven games into the campaign and entering the team's bye in Week 6.
"I wouldn't say we're exactly where we need to be or want to be. But I will say that coming into the year, we knew it was going to be a tough beginning for us from a scheduling standpoint," Zavagnin said. "When you look at the fact that we've played over 22-23 players here in the first month and really dug deep into our depth, I'd say overall one loss in the league at this point, you have to be pretty happy about that. You've gotten a lot opportunities for guys early in the season."
"This team is starting to round into form. When you look at the performance against San Jose at home, you look at that as a a pretty convincing peformance. Obviously, the one in Colorado was overall not the best performance from an aesthetically pleasing perspective, but teams find a way to win when they're not playing their best so you have to take a positive out of that. I think the Salt Lake game this past weekend was probably our best performance to date. The only thing that lacked was the finishing touch. Quite frankly, we could have had two or maybe three goals because we created enough opportunities."
For more -- including Zavagnin's comments on the play of Eric Kronberg, Matt Besler and Benny Feilhaber -- listen to the podcast embedded below or watch last night's show above courtesy of 810whbtv.com.
Photo by Kayla Meppelink
Sporting Kansas City defender Seth Sinovic's strong start to the 2014 season hasn't gone unnoticed and following his latest praiseworthy performance -- a 90-minute endline-to-endline shift on the left flank against Real Salt Lake on Saturday -- three different national media outlets selected the Rockhurst High School alum as the best player at his position in Week 5 of the MLS regular season.
"I’m bending my rules by picking two left backs, because I can’t resist including Sinovic, who was just edged for the spot on the left. The gap between Sinovic’s performance and that of the weekend’s best right back was enough to convince me to reconsider." - Pro Soccer Talk
Sinovic helped the Sporting Kansas City defense hold Real Salt Lake to only five shots and a single shot on goal as RSL was shutout for the first time this season. His full statline:
- 85 touches, incl. 1 shot on goal
- 78% passing (49 of 63), incl. 2 key passes
- 9 recoveries, 3 clearances & 3 interceptions
- 5 of 6 duels won + 2 fouls suffered
The Leawood, Kan. native has appeared in 108 games for the club across all competition in the last three years after setting regular season career highs in games played (32), games started (31) and minutes (2,773) in 2013.
Sporting Kansas City is undefeated (3-0-2) in 2014 with Sinovic in the lineup and in the midst of a nine-game unbeaten streak (5-0-4) with Sinovic on the field dating back to last year. He earned his first invitation to the U.S. Men's National Team for the January Camp under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and is currently the top-rated outside back on the MLS Castrol Index (No. 28 overall).
Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match for Sporting Kansas City's 0-0 draw against Real Salt Lake at Sporting Park. Voting is open until Sunday evening.
UPDATE - Voting is now closed and Matt Besler led the way with 62% of the vote.
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Two days out from Sporting Kansas City's MLS Cup rematch with Real Salt Lake, Sporting Kansas City defender Seth Sinovic and winger Sal Zizzo shared their thoughts on local sports talk radio. Listen to the interviews embedded below and for more on the mactch-up, watch today's press conference videos with Manager Peter Vermes and Zizzo -- who celebrated his 27th birthday on Thursday.
SETH SINOVIC (610 SPORTS RADIO)
SAL ZIZZO (SPORTS RADIO 810 WHB)
A new episode of The Sporting KC Show aired last night on Sports Radio 810 WHB with hosts Callum Williams and Andy Edwards joined by Seth Sinovic. Listen to the full podcast embedded below...
The station's soccer discussion continued this morning with Sporting Kansas City striker Dom Dwyer in studio for The Border Patrol with Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. Dwyer scored the game-winning goal in stoppage time of Sporting KC's 3-2 victory at Colorado (MLS Goal of the Week nominee) and was featured on Saturday's SKCTV broadcast.
Bukaty and Edwards will call Saturday's MLS Cup rematch between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake live on ESPN 102.9 FM with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. CT from Sporting Park. Immediately following the match, The Final Whistle: Sporting KC Postgame show will wrap up the night's action live from the Boulevard Members Club.
Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match from Sporting Kansas City's 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rapids. Voting is open until Sunday evening.
UPDATE: Voting is now closed and Graham Zusi led the way 38.49% of the vote.