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U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Club Atletico River Plate
April 13, 2014 | Cotton Bowl | Dallas Cup
USA - Ben Spencer (Jordan Allen) 15
CARP - Alan Arario 18
CARP - Braian Molina (Juan Kaprof) 34
USA - Rubio Rubin (Jordan Allen) 74
USA - Ben Spencer 79
USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 2-Shaquell Moore, 21-Jesus Vazquez (13-Erik Palmer Brown, 46), 5-Sullaiman Dainkeh, 3-Michael Amick (15-John Requejo Jr, 77), 6-Kellyn Acosta, 16-Lynden Gooch, 10-Romain Gall (14-Amando Moreno, 77), 11-Rubio Rubin (17-Luis Felipe, 85), 9-Ben Spencer, 23-Jordan Allen (20-Benji Lopez, 88)
Subs Not Used: 12-Santiago Castano, 24-Zach Pfeffer
Head Coach: Tab Ramos
CARP: 1-Barga Batalla; 4-Pablo Carreras, 2-Braian Molina, 6-Leandro Vega, 3-Franco Federico, 20-Lucas Martinez Quarta, 17-Alan Arario (7-Claudio Salto, 62), 8-Matias Sanchez (14-Nicolas Fittaioli, 71), 11-Julio Zuniga (18-Joaquin Serrago, 80), 10-Juan Kaprof, 9-Lucas Boye
Subs Not Used: 19-Tomas Andrade, 13-Ullua Barboza, 5-Braian Musarella, 12-Ramon Velazco
Head Coach: Claudio Vagliente
|Shots on Goal||3||4|
CARP - Lucas Martinez (caution) 27
USA - Jesus Vazquez (caution) 33
CARP - Leandro Vega (caution) 78
USA - John Requejo (caution) 85
CARP - Nicolas Fittaioli (caution) 86
USA - Lynden Gooch (caution) 90+2
CARP - Claudio Salto (caution) 90+3
CARP - Pablo Carrera (ejection) 90+4
CARP - Barga Batalla (caution) 90+5
U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
April 14, 2014 | Richland College Field #10 | Dallas Cup
USA - Benji Lopez (Zach Pfeffer) 43
USA - Zach Pfeffer (Lynden Gooch) 48
USA - Romain Gall (Paul Arriola) 87
USA: 12-Santiago Castano; 2-Shaquell Moore (6-Kellyn Acosta, 46), 13-Erik Palmer Brown, 18-Trevor Haberkorn, 15-John Requejo Jr, 16-Lynden Gooch (11-Rubio Rubin, 56), 17-Luis Felipe (23-Jordan Allen, 76), 14-Amando Moreno, (10-Romain Gall), 7-Paul Arriola, 20-Benji Lopez, 24-Zach Pfeffer
Subs Not Used:, 1-Zack Steffen; 5-Sullaiman Dainkeh, 9-Ben Spencer
Head Coach: Tab Ramos
EIN: 22-Julian Bibleka; 2-Marco Meyerhoefer, 5-Ozgur Ozdemir, 13-Moussa Ouattara, 3-Niclas Mohr, 6-Hermann Dorner, 7-Eray Eren, 8-Illia Azouaghi, 10-Joel Gerezgiher, 18-Raffael Grigorian (20-Clay Verkaj, 17), 11-Marvin Helm
Subs Not Used: 1-Yannick Zummack, 4-Viktor Talevski, 9-Noah Michel, 12-Yannick Wolf, 14-Miklas Kunzel, 15-David Roesler, 16-Manuel Konate Lueken, 17-Loris Weiss, 19-Fabian Lifka, 21-Dominik Reining
Head Coach: Daniyel Cimen
|Shots on Goal||6||2|
EIN - Clay Verkaj (caution) 57
USA - Benji Lopez (caution) 77
USA - Amando Moreno (caution) 70
EIN - Julian Bibleka (caution) 84
USA - Erik Palmer-Brown (caution) 90+4
I caught up with Sporting Kansas City's first Uruguayan player to find out everything you need to know about Uruguay, why bees scare him and how Will Smith made him cry.
Jamila St. Ann: Is there anything we need to know about Uruguay that we may not already know?
Alex Martinez: One of the biggest parts of our culture is that we drink mate. It’s like tea, without the bag. You put it in this special cup, pour hot water and sugar in and you sit with your family and drink it as a group. It kind of sets us apart I guess.
JS: What about food?
AM: I’m a bit biased, but I think we have the best food. We eat a lot of meat: sausage, pork, just lots of meats.
JS: Do you have a nickname?
AM: My friends and old teammates call me Lexi. Everyone on my team when I was younger had nicknames on the team that we all just called each other, too.
JS: If you could give yourself a new nickname, what would you give yourself?
AM: I’m fine with Alex or Lexi; those work.
JS: What’s the last movie that made you cry?
AM: It was a while ago, but the Pursuit of Happyness. That was a good one.
JS: What was your first impression of this team when you got here?
AM: I first came here during the summer, and enjoyed it a lot. The coaching staff and everyone around was welcoming. The great thing about everyone here is that we have big name players who don’t act like they're big name players. They talk to everyone, whether a rookie or a veteran, they treat everyone the same, and that’s what I love about it here.
JS: Who is the funniest guy on the team?
AM: It has to be Jimmy! Jimmy Medranda, my roommate. He's the funniest, goofiest guy I know.
JS: What’s your favorite thing to do with your free time?
AM: I have a couple things. I try to have quiet time everyday with the Lord. My religion is very important to me and I try to just have quiet moments everyday in my faith. And I play a lot of FIFA. My roommates and I had a tournament yesterday. Me, Igor Juliao, Victor Munoz, and Jimmy all played. Victor won.
JS: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
AM: In Uruguayan culture, there’s not much to do. You either play soccer or you go off and work. So as a little boy I wanted to play the game, make it my profession, and play it at the highest level I can. I also wanted, and still do want, to play for the National Team of Uruguay.
JS: What’s something that scares you?
AM: Oh! I’m scared of spiders, snakes. Bugs as a whole don’t really bother me, but bees do. Those are the big things I try to stay away from.
JS: If you were king for a day, what would your first three laws be?
AM: I’d probably say that everyone has to play soccer, everyone has to be active and healthy, and that everyone has to respect everyone else.
JS: You’re lost in the city without your phone or a map, what do you do?
AM: I would probably stop and ask for help. And I would definitely write it down too, because if they just tell me, I’ll forget.
JS: What’s your favorite thing about Kansas City?
AM: Definitely the atmosphere around soccer. The reason I’m here is for soccer. Being out at the games, the atmosphere is the best that I’ve been to here in the US.
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.
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).
In recent months, the Sporting Club Network ran a new campaign giving its members the chance to be the next Sporting KC Youth Reporter. Participants were asked to submit a video explaining why they wanted to be Sporting Kansas City’s Youth Reporter. From the submissions, three finalists were chosen to attend a Sporting KC training session at Swope Soccer Village. The three finalists watched the players practice, met with team play-by-play commentator Cal Williams and had the opportunity to interview a Sporting KC player of their choice.
Carter Knox, an 11-year-old midfielder from Sporting Kaw Valley, was chosen as the first Sporting KC Youth Reporter winner! Knox impressed the judges with his clean-cut suit, intelligent questions and a style which he said he mimicked based off watching Williams call many games on SKCTV. Knox and his family will participate in a special gameday experience at Sporting Park on April 19th when Sporting KC takes on Montreal.
The other finalists included Brookside Soccer Club player Tierney Flavin, as well as John Kurgan from Sporting Blue Valley. Both runner-ups also performed a one-on-one interview with a player of their choice. Flavin began her interview introducing herself in French to defender Aurelien Collin, a Paris native. Kurgan hit the ground running, literally, during his interview when he challenged U.S. Men's National Team playmaker Graham Zusi to a race.
To view all three of the Sporting KC Youth Reporter finalist videos, click here. And to stay up to date with all things Sporting Club Network, like their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter.
Since scoring the team's first goal of the year, homegrown defender Kevin Ellis has been in the spotlight for Sporting Kansas City throughout the opening month of the 2014 season. The Kansas City native and Sporting KC Academy product has started five games across all competition in 2014 and on Saturday, was featured in the Sporting Park videoboad series "Two Lies and a Truth" presented by The Parking Spot.
Take the test by watching the video below and for more, check out previous episodes quizzing fellow defenders Matt Besler and Aurelien Collin.
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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)
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Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler and midfielder Graham Zusi started for the U.S. Men's National Team on Wednesday in a 2-2 draw against Mexico at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The duo each played 59 minutes before exiting with the U.S. ahead 2-1 and will return to KC on Thursday.
Zusi set up the game's opening goal (video below) with a corner kick in the 15th minute that connected with Michael Bradley at the backpost for his fourth international assist in 20 appearances. Besler led all players with 10 clearances while successfully completing 26 of 29 passes in his 14th career cap.
Visit USSoccer.com for a full match recap and postgame reaction.
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.
The U.S. Men's National Team faces Mexico tonight with Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler (13 caps) and midfielder Graham Zusi (19 caps) among the 20 players available for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann in his final match before the 2014 FIFA World Cup preparation camp begins next month. The international friendly will air live on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas at 10 p.m. CT and Johnny's Tavern in the KC Power & Light District will be hosting the official watch party for American Outlaws - Kansas City.
The Mexican media's attention once again focuses on Zusi, whose stoppage time goal in a 3-2 win at Panama lifted El Tri into position to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The teams now meet for the first time since those historic turn of events in October and today's El Universal newpspaper (shown on right) uses the headline "Of Love and Hate" to describe this edition of the "Clasico de CONCACAF."
And then there's this. On Monday, Zusi's interview with Televisa Deportes was interrupted by international correspondent Francisco Villalobos presenting a package of Patron as a symbolic gift of gratitude on behalf of his compatriots:
...la cara del Jefe de Prensa, priceless, pero Zusi, feliz con su tequila, en nombre de todos nosotros los mexicans. pic.twitter.com/8rNERTOxDN
— Francisco Villalobos (@fvreporter) April 1, 2014
Zusi has appeared in each of the last three meetings with Mexico (2-0-1), while the U.S. is 9-1-2 with Besler in the starting lineup. The United States is currently in the midst of a record 13-game winning streak on U.S. soil and, at No. 14 in the latest FIFA world rankings, currently sits six spots above their regional rivals.
Tonight's match will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., the venue's third time hosting the U.S. MNT and the second in the #USAvMEX series. The first? In 2007, when then KC-captain Jimmy Conrad scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 win.