Yankee Stadium. Kansas City versus New York. Lead of only one. Controversial call.
Where have we seen this before?
Fast forward more than three decades, swap old Yankee Stadium for new Yankee Stadium and switch sports entirely to set the scene for last night's (loosely, if at all, comparable) drama.
Seth Sinovic was at the center of the confusion in the 68th minute of the 1-0 win at New York City FC when referee Edvin Jurisevic whistled the Sporting KC defender for a handball inside the penalty area. The decision -- eventually overturned after Jurisevic conferred with assistant referee Brian Dunn -- brought immediate protests from Sinovic and teammate Benny Feilhaber, among others.
Sinovic took to Twitter postgame to commend the officiating crew for correcting the error.
Side note: refs don't always get praise in the #mls but props to them for talking out the potential hand ball in the box. Never touched me.
— Seth Sinovic (@ssinovic) March 29, 2015
And then brought things full circle...by reenacting the infamous pine tar incident of 1983 with fellow KC native Matt Besler -- who wears No. 5 in George Brett's honor -- playing the starring role.
Defender Ike Opara heads in a Matt Besler long throw-in in the 12th minute to make give Sporting Kansas City a 1-0 lead vs New York City FC.
After conceding an early goal to FC Dallas, Sporting KC midfielder Roger Espinoza levels the match at 1-1 with a left-footed strike from just outside the 18 yard box.
Dom Dwyer must be a happy man.
The 24-year-old English forward signed a contract extension with Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday that will keep him at the club for the foreseeable future.
Oh, and in case you somehow missed it, he’s dating United States Women's National Team forward Sydney Leroux.
American sports’ newest power couple has generated plenty of buzz -- some fans are jealous and/or heartbroken, others are simply excited -- ever since Leroux posted this charmer on her Twitter and Instagram on Monday.
— Sydney Leroux (@sydneyleroux) December 15, 2014
Of the two, who is better looking? How incredibly awesome would their children be at soccer? Who will score more goals in 2015?
We’ll leave that discussion to you and the various other stargazers, who have even started comparing Dwyer and Leroux to the famous NFL quarterback Tom Brady and his model wife Gisele Bundchen. For more on the couple, check out the video below from TMZ Hollywood Sports.
What do soccer and racing have in common?
Speed, reaction time and Continental Tire.
Continental Tire gave six MLS standouts an opportunity to win a 2014 Lamborghini. A task easier said than done, so we called in a specialist: TUDOR United SportsCar Championship driver Townsend Bell, who was able to provide insight for the soccer standouts to help ease the transition from the pitch to the pedal. The six participants were split between the Eastern and Western Conference to emulate the MLS regular season. The athlete with the fastest time on each side of the bracket would advance to the championship.
Sporting KC winger Graham Zusi was joined by Sean Johnson and Giles Barnes to represent the East. Chandler Hoffman, Stephen Keel and Dan Kennedy were seleceted to represent the West. We all know and love Zusi for his quickness with a soccer ball at his feet, but let's see how he does with a steering wheel in hand...
If you've been to a Sporting KC game over the past three years, you are probably familiar with The Cauldron. The supporters' group behind the north goal is one of the more boisterous groups in Major League Soccer, singing, chanting and beating drums from more than an hour before kickoff until well after the final whistle.
They have also earned a reputation as one of the best traveling supporters' groups in MLS with no fewer than 50 members on each road trip as many as 700 attending matches in Colorado and Dallas.
Recently, Major League Soccer had a camera crew at Sporting Park to tell The Cauldron's story. Watch the latest "For Love of the Crest" feature above and click here for the complete series.
Click here to learn more about Sporting KC supporters' groups.
Dom Dwyer's story has been well-chronicled.
Sporting Kansas City drafted Dwyer in the first round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft before loaning him to USL Pro affiliate Orlando City at the start of the 2013 season. Dwyer excelled with Orlando City, broke the League's scoring record in only half a season and scored four goals in the USL Pro championship match. He then broke into Sporting KC's starting XI, scored the game-winning goal in the 2013 Eastern Conference Championship series with the Houston Dynamo and never looked back.
The Major League Soccer Player of the Month for May has 14 goals in 2014, second most in the League, and assisted on Jacob Peterson's game-winning goal against Toronto FC on July 26.
But Dwyer's stats tell only half the story. The British striker is one of the most gregarious players in Major League Soccer, with his selfie goal celebration exemplifying fun-loving personality.
MLS Insider, a collaboration between Major League Soccer and the emmy-award winning Hock Films, took a deep dive into Dwyer's story, to find out how the former Norwich City academy product has blossomed into one of the premier stars in MLS.
After leading his club to a 2-1 win over the LA Galaxy, Besler took to the airwaves on Monday to discuss his decision to re-sign with Sporting KC.
First, he went in-studio with Sports Radio 810's Nate Bukaty. Bukaty and Besler discussed Saturday's events, the 2014 FIFA World Cup and what lies ahead for Sporting KC
In the afternoon, Besler joined 610 Sports Radio's Danny Parkins and Carrington Harrison on The Drive. Besler discussed the rationale behind re-signing with Sporting KC, the growth of Sporting KC and the future of the U.S. Men's National Team.
Besler then capped off a busy few days by writing a letter to Kansas City fans that will run in the Kansas City Star. Click here to read the letter.
It's been less than three weeks since Sporting KC defender Matt Besler and Graham Zusi returned to the United States, following the USMNT's successful run at the World Cup that saw them advance out of the "Group of Death" into the Round of 16.
Upon returning to the States, Besler flew directly to New York to do a series of TV/radio interviews that included SportsCenter, Good Morning America and CBS This Morning. Zusi returned to Kansas City and came off the bench in Sporting KC's 1-1 draw vs. the Chicago Fire before starting a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact the following weekend. Besler joined Zusi for the match against Montreal and capped off a six-point road trip with a start in Sporting KC's 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew last Wednesday.
MLS Insider, a collaboration between Major League Soccer and the emmy-award winning Hock Films, chronicled Besler and Zusi's return to the States - and to Sporting KC - along with their USMNT teammates across MLS.