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.
In just a few short years, Matt Besler went from MLS Breakout Player of the Year to MLS All-Star to one of the faces of Major League Soccer. In the past year, Besler went from U.S. Men's National Team January camp invitee to regular starter at center back to one of the most consistent players for the USMNT at this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
And after a successful World Cup campaign which saw Besler start four matches and go toe-to-toe with the likes of Portugal's, Cristiano Ronaldo and Germany's Thomas Muller, everyone wanted a piece of the Sporting KC captain.
Following the USMNT's exit from the World Cup, Besler flew to New York to do a series of interviews with national media outlets from SportsCenter to Good Morning America to CBS This Morning to various radio shows. Here is a sampling of Besler's media hits.
Matt Besler and DeAndre Yedlin on Good Morning America
Matt Besler and DeAndre Yedlin on CBS This Morning
CBS This Morning Web Extra
Matt Besler on ESPNFC Part 1
Matt Besler on ESPNFC Part 2
Matt Besler on ESPNFC Part 3
Matt Besler on ESPNFC Part 4
— SVP & Russillo (@SVPandRussillo) July 3, 2014
Besler on The Gottlieb Show
Besler also stopped into Bristol and did a live hit on SportsCenter as well as a live chat on ESPN.com. Click here to read the transcript.
— Linda Cohn (@lindacohn) July 3, 2014
In an effort to bring fans closer to their favorite national team stars, US Soccer released a series of short video vignettes on Sunday titled One Nation. One Team. 23 Stories.
Each feature showcases the players' lives away from the field as they talk about friends, family and moments that helped them achieve their goal of playing for the U.S. Men's National Team at the FIFA World Cup.
Watch Besler's feature
Watch Zusi's feature
The complete playlist
The second part of the series looked at Besler's hectic 2013, which included winning the MLS Cup and in less than a week later, marrying his long-time girlfriend Amanda Miller.
The feature also looks at the rise of Kansas City from a franchise that once ranked last in MLS in merchanise sales to one that is considered by some to be the Soccer Capital of America. Watch the second part of the series below and tune in to Fox4kc Sunday night for the final part.
In case you missed it, Sporting KC defender Matt Besler is going to the World Cup.
In the first of a three-part series, FOX4KC's Jason Lamb and Al Wallace tell the story of how a Kansas City kid went from an All-Conference player at Blue Valley West High School to a potential starter on the U.S. Men's National Team in Brazil.
If you haven't heard of The Victory Project, get crackin'. The community-focused arm of Sporting Kansas City is changing lives in Kansas City by helping children through life's challenges.
And if you don't believe us, check out this video from KCPT, the local public television network in Kansas City that chronicled Rachel Mast's experiences with The Victory Project.
Be sure to follow @VictoryKC on Twitter for more details.