This week's edition of The Sporting KC Show aired last night on Sports Radio 810 WHB, featuring interviews with Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber and New England Revolution defender Andrew Farrell. The two sides will meet at 6:30 p.m. CT on Saturday at Gillette Stadium as Feilhaber faces his former club and Farrell anchors a Revs backline that will likely be missing Kevin Alston (suspended) and Jose Goncalves (injury).
Watch last night's show above -- streamed live via 810whbtv.com -- or listen to the archived podcast below, along with audio from Sporting Kansas City captain Matt Besler's appearance on The Border Patrol with Sports Radio 810 WHB hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty earlier this morning.
Sporting KC Show feat. Benny Feilhaber and Andrew Farrell
The Border Patrol feat. Matt Besler
To honor National Recycling Month in April, Sporting Kansas City along with The Victory Project and the Sporting Club Network have been hosting a series of donation drives for new and gently used soccer gear. Fans attending pre-designated games and events were encouraged to clean out their garages and bring used soccer equipment to the collection sites. At the conclusion of the campaign, more than 100 pairs of soccer cleats, shin guards and soccer balls were contributed to the cause.
Last night, a clinic was hosted featuring Sporting KC players, coaches and nearly 70 kids from the El Padrino soccer league at Soccer Nation in Wyandotte County. Thanks to the support of KCP&L, each child was provided food and given a drawstring bag with a soccer ball, water bottle and t-shirt. Each child was also able to go home with a pair of donated soccer cleats.
"This is a big event for us because our fans have been donating used soccer equipment," Sporting KC assistant coach Mateus Manoel said. "As we know, without equipment you can't really play. So for them, it's a joy to be able to have some of this stuff and learn from some of our coaches."
Check out the video above for sights and sounds from the event, as well as the photo slideshow below.
Acquired prior to the start of the 2014 season, Sporting KC winger Sal Zizzo is settling into life in Kansas City.
"I really like the city. The fans are great," Zizzo told KC Live last week. "I've been blessed to be able to play in the city of Portland where the fans were also crazy and now here as well. I think you can thank the ownership of the team and the rebrand of Sporting KC and the stadium they've built."
On the field, Zizzo is one of four field players to appear in each of the team's six MLS matches thus far. His strong start to the season has him second on the team in shots (10) and assists (2), and he nearly bagged his first goal in a Sporting KC uniform over the weekend if not for a sliding stop by former Timbers teammate Troy Perkins.
He's appeared on the cover of INK magazine and has become a recurring guest in The Benny Feilhaber Show. And on Saturday, he was the latest Sporting KC player to be featured in the Two Lies and a Truth series on the Sporting Park videoboard. Watch the video below for this week's dose of fact or fiction...
Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer, along with Vancouver Whitecaps FC forward Darren Mattocks, are the latest two Generation adidas graduates featured in MLSsoccer.com's Generations video series. Dwyer is tied for the league lead with two game-winning goals in 2014 and ranks fifth among MLS shot takers with 19 attempts through five matches.
Generation adidas is a youth player development program that identifies and nurtures elite youth soccer talent in the United States to become future stars of MLS and U.S. Soccer. Athletes who participate in Generation adidas receive incentives and unprecedented opportunities to develop their game at the highest level.
Five current Sporting Kansas City players were selected in the MLS SuperDraft through the Generation adidas program:
Jacob Peterson (2006, No. 21 overall)
Chance Myers (2008, No. 1 overall)
Ike Opara (2010, No. 3 overall)
Dom Dwyer (2012, No. 16 overall)
Mikey Lopez (2013, No. 14 overall)
Photo by USA Today Sports Images
Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Eric Kronberg joined The Program with Soren Petro on Sports Radio 810 WHB earlier today ahead of the team's Week 7 match-up with the Montreal Impact. Listen to the podcast embedded below for his thoughts on Saturday's Eastern Conference clash -- a 7:30 p.m. CT kickoff at Sporting Park -- and his first season as the club's starter since being drafted in 2006.
Kronberg, who became a father earlier this month, has conceded just four goals in five MLS starts this season (two of the four goals came from the penalty spot) and is tied for the league lead with two shutouts.
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
Photo courtesy of Dr. Pepper Dallas Cup
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).