Sporting Kansas City homegrown defender Erik Palmer-Brown started and played 45 minutes for the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team on Thursday in the opening game of the 2015 Stevan Vilotic Tournament at Subotica City Stadium in Subotica, Serbia. The US U-20's fell 3-1 to the hosts Serbia, who won the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup earlier this summer.
The competition, held in honor of former Yugoslavia manager Stevan Cele Vilotic, features six teams in its 22nd edition with Israel, Ukraine, Montenegro and France rounding out the field. The United States will next face France on Friday in Senta, Serbia to set up a final placement match on Monday.
Palmer-Brown, 18, has appeared in nine matches for Sporting Kansas City across all competition since signing as a Homegrown Player in August 2013. He made his MLS debut in May 2014, becoming the youngest player to appear in an MLS match in club history.
The Lee’s Summit, Missouri native attended the prestigious U.S. Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida and has started in the Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game each of the last two years.
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This week's Sporting KC Show, hosted by Nate Bukaty and Carter Augustine, aired last night on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Among the topics of discussion were Sporting Kansas City's two recent road losses in Columbus and Colorado, as well as the full slate of international action during the FIFA fixture window that sees Sporting KC enjoy a weekend off before embarking on a stretch of seven games in 24 days.
Sporting KC captain Matt Besler is one of the team's four players on international duty and he checked in from the U.S. Men's National Team camp during the second half of the show. Hear the full interview below...
Sporting Kansas City sits in fourth place in the Western Conference with 40 points and an 11-7-7 record with nine games remaining in the MLS regular season. A key contributor to the team's success this season is central midfielder Benny Feilhaber. The 30-year-old MLS veteran is having the best season of his career, tallying eight goals and 13 assists. Feilhaber's 13 regular season assists are second most in MLS in 2015 and a single-season career high for the UCLA product.
Feilhaber says a big motivator for his on-field success this season has been the birth of his daughter Sofia, but he credits the majority of his output to the exceptional performance of his teammates. FOX 4 anchor Jason Lamb sat down with Feilhaber to take an in-depth look at the record-setting season. Watch the full interview below...
Midfielder Graham Zusi scores his second goal of the regular season in the 62nd minute (assisted by Matt Besler) against the Columbus Crew SC.
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Looking for the latest Sporting Kansas City coverage? Tune into Sports Radio 810 WHB, the official radio partner of Sporting KC.
On Monday, Tim Melia chatted with TJ Carpenter on Sports Night (listen). On Tuesday, Peter Vermes joined The Program with Soren Petro (listen). And earlier today, Matt Besler was a gameday guest on The Border Patrol with Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. Hear the full interview embedded below...
In addition, Sporting KC midfielder Paulo Nagamura -- the reigning MLS Player of the Week -- shared his thoughts on the team's dramatic 4-3 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps FC during a new episode of The Sporting KC Show last night.
Sports Radio 810 WHB will be back at Sporting Park tonight for a live broadcast when Sporting Kansas City takes on the San Jose Earthquakes at 7:30 p.m. CT (tickets). Hosts Danny Clinkscale and Chad Reynolds will call the action, followed by The Final Whistle: Sporting KC Postgame Show with Dave Borchardt on 99.3 FM.
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Sports Night on Sports Radio 810 WHB welcomed Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia to the show on Monday. The 29-year-old veteran chatted with host TJ Carpenter about Saturday's 4-3 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the team's U.S. Open Cup run and making the most of his chance as a starter for the first time in his six MLS seasons.
Acquired by Sporting Kansas City prior to the 2015 campaign, Melia has the lowest goals against average (0.93) and second best saves percentage (74.1) in the Western Conference. His 9-2-3 record this year gives him the best winning percentage (0.75) of any MLS player at his position (min. 1 game started).
Listen to the 13-minute interview embedded below and available on the www.810whb.com podcast page.
A new week, a new Sporting Spotlight! Yesterday, 38 the Spot host Crystle Lampitt checked in with Sporting KC defender Seth Sinovic. The MLS veteran has been sidelined for the last three months and Lampitt gives us the update on his recovery and recent return to the training pitch.
Once Lampitt assured that Sinovic was well on his way to full strength, it was time for the hard hitting questions...
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Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia was a guest on MLSsoccer.com's ExtraTime Radio on Monday with hosts Andrew Wiebe, David Goss and Ben Baer. Listen to the full episode below or via SiriusXM FC from 12-1 p.m. CT on Tuesday.
Melia -- whose 0.77 goals against average is second best among MLS goalkeepers -- improved to 8-2-3 in 2015 with four saves in Sporting Kansas City's 3-1 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday. Next up? A match-up against his former club, Real Salt Lake, in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinals on Wednesday at Sporting Park.
Last week, we met up with one of Sporting KC’s standout rookies, Amadou Dia, after he finished his daily post-practice rookie duties. Here’s what he had to say:
Connor Erickson: Your friends and teammates call you “T”, where did that come from?
Amadou Dia: So my first name, not a lot of people know this, is actually Amadou-Tidiane. I used to go by Tidiane instead of Amadou and “T” was just short for that. My name is French-African. My parents are from Africa and they moved to France which is where I was born so it is a mix of those two.
AD: When I was 7, I moved to San Francisco, California. Then when I was 10, I moved to Denver.
CE: What do you remember most about France?
AD: Playing soccer in the streets a lot. Every Tuesday there was a pizza truck that would come to our neighborhood. It was like a routine and the whole neighborhood would go to the pizza truck and eat. It’s the best pizza I’ve ever had in my life.
CE: What was it like having to adjust to living in America as a kid?
AD: Everything was really different for me right away. I remember my sister teaching me about words that we couldn’t say. I learned how to say "ow" instead of "ay" for when I got hurt because it sounded like I was saying "hi". I remember thinking everything was a lot bigger and we had to travel everywhere by car, which was weird, because in France we just walked everywhere or used the subway
CE: What was the draft like for you?
AD: It was really cool. I didn’t get invited to the combine and I didn’t think I was going to get drafted. So I was just sitting at home watching it on my laptop. Then my name got called and I was shocked. I got really excited and started calling everybody, my phone started blowing up, and then Peter (Vermes) called me so it was a really cool experience.
CE: So you had not been expecting to get drafted at all, and you heard your name get called in the first round? How did that feel?
AD: Yeah it took me a second to realize what just happened. It was a really cool experience.
Mitch Cissell: What is your favorite thing about living here so far?
AD: Everybody is really nice here. Everywhere I go people are saying hello and they are super friendly and I really like that.
MC: We saw you carrying water around for the guys, what else do you have to do as a rookie?
AD: It’s all the same stuff you have to do as a freshman in college. After practice is done I put all of the equipment away. I fill the fridge with water and stuff like that. It’s not bad at all.
CE: You’re roommates with fellow rookie Saad Abdul-Salaam. How has that gone so far?
AD: It’s been good. We have some intense FIFA games. There is lots of yelling during those. Other times we just nap and chill in our apartment, maybe go grab some dinner. Tim (Melia) lives in our apartment complex with his wife so we hang out with them too.
CE: Okay now for some serious questions, rapid fire style. One Direction or Justin Bieber?
AD: I’m going to have to go with Justin Biebs. I actually kind of like his style of music. He’s actually pretty good at singing and he has some songs that I like.
MC: If you could do a duet with anyone, who would it be and to what song?
AD: I would sing with Beyonce for sure. I have no idea what song. I would let Beyonce pick the song.
MC: What is something you’ve always wanted to do but have been too afraid to try?
AD: Bungee Jumping. I’m afraid of heights, but I’m going to do it one time at least.
MC: Most random thing you’ve ever watched on Netflix?
AD: I actually watched the One Direction documentary, but just a little bit.
CE: Woah, woah, I thought you were a Belieber.
AD: I only watched it for 10 minutes then I turned it off so it doesn’t count!
CE: What is your secret talent?
AD: I can cook pretty well.
CE: What is your best dish?
AD: Crepes. My stepmom is a chef so she taught me to cook some things.
CE: Have you ever thought about going on Top Chef?
AD: No, I would win the whole thing too easily!
MC: Who is the best dancer on the team?
AD: Probably Connor Hallisey. You should ask him to dance for you.
MC: For sure! We'll be meeting up with him sometime soon. If you could take three celebrities on a trip to Vegas who would you take?
AD: Oh man… I would take Margot Robbie because she is gorgeous. This is tough... I would probably take Dom (Dwyer) because I’m always hanging out with him. He’s a pretty big celebrity too. For the third person, maybe Selena Gomez.
MC: Why Selena?
AD: I really appreciate her musical ability. (Smirks sarcastically)
This week's Sporting Spotlight catches up with Sporting Kansas City defender Ike Opara as 38 the Spot host Crystle Lampitt gets the latest on his recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon, his favorite hangout spot in KC and the role his father played early in his soccer career. Check out the video segments below and be sure to tune in to 38 the Spot every Monday morning as the series continues all season long.