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26 March 11:08 am


Covitz accepting the Joe McGuff Sports Journalist of the Year Award in 2011

Congratulations and well wishes to Kansas City Star sports reporter Randy Covitz on his recent retirement.

During his 34-year career at the newspaper, Covitz's byline appeared next to many of the most memorable moments in the city's modern soccer history -- from covering the Comets and Attack at Kemper Arena to writing about the Wizards at Arrowhead Stadium to stories filed on deadline from Sporting Park.

He sat in the Soldier Field press box for the opening game of the 1994 World Cup and traveled to Detroit the next day for the United States first match at the Pontiac Silverdome. He delivered the news to Star readers that Kansas City was awarded a Major League Soccer team in 1995 and his preview piece ran on the day of the team's inaugural game less than a year later.

On this day in 1996, Covitz published an in-depth look at American soccer on the cusp of Major League Soccer's first season. The article included interviews with club owner/founder Lamar Hunt, as well as Ron Newman (the first coach in MLS history), on the return of professional outdoor soccer to Kansas City for the first time since 1970 when the Kansas City Spurs played in the NASL.

"Times have changed enormously," said Hunt. "...It won't be done overnight, but it's a different time, a different era."

Click here to read the full feature.

Covitz continued to cover the sport and it's local stars in recent years, from Peter Vermes being named manager in 2009 to his induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2013 -- after previously reporting on the Hall of Fame elections of Preki (2010) and Bob Gansler (2011) in the years between. 

Prior to joining the Kansas City Star, Covitz served as the Columbia Missourian sports editor and spent seven years on staff at the Memphis Press-Scimitar in Tennessee. He graduated from the University of Missouri's School of Journalism in 1971.

 

From everyone at #SportingKC, we want to wish longtime #KC journalist Randy Covitz best wishes on the next chapter of his career!

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16 March 1:34 pm

The Sporting Club Network (SCN), presented by Price Chopper, is excited to announce the #1Crest1Club contest, presented by Chipotle, has started up for the spring season! Starting today, SCN members have the ability to participate in this online contest giving them the chance to win Chipotle gift cards or tickets to a Sporting KC match.

At Sporting KC -- and within SCN -- we believe that we are all a part of one big club, from the professionals playing at Sporting Park to the recreational teams playing across the Midwest. Network members and Sporting KC players both wear the Sporting Club patch on their jerseys to signify how we are all represented by the same crest. 

Here is where the fun comes in, and we are looking for some real creativity this year. All you have to do is snap a picture that clearly includes the SCN Price Chopper patch on your jersey. This can be a group shot after a game, at the beach on vacation or even a selfie in the stands at Sporting Park! We want to see where you enjoy representing the Sporting Club crest.

Once you get the perfect picture, send it into the SCN on Twitter or Instagram by tagging @SportingKC_SCN and using the #1Crest1Club hashtag. Each day (Monday-Friday), Sporting KC staff members will choose a daily winner at 6 p.m. CT. These winners will receive a Chipotle gift card.

Once the contest ends on April 10, the 20 daily winners will be narrowed down to the top three. The contest will then move to a vote via SCN social media accounts for the grand prize. The grand prize voting will run from April 10-12 and the winner will be announced on April 13! This grand prize winner will receive a tour of Sporting Park before the game and two tickets in the Victory Suite for the Sporting KC match on May 3rd against Chicago Fire. 

Click here to learn more about the #1Crest1Club campaign and contact scn@sportingkc.com with questions. The slideshow below looks back winners from the Fall 2014 #1Crest1Club contest. 

10 March 6:53 pm
The Unified Government unveiled their newest street sweeper -- decked out in Sporting KC colors and official team logo -- on Sunday in conjunction with the team's season opener at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.
 
The sweeper was manufactured by Elgin sweeping company and purchased from Key Equipment and Supply Company at a price tag of $195,000. The detail and painting was done at no cost to the UG.
 
Street Maintenance is a division of Public Works and is responsible for maintaining the transportation infrastructure that spans throughout the county and city. For more information, visit wycokck.org.
12 February 1:49 pm

The Sporting Club Network, presented by Price Chopper, will be releasing their 2015 Calendar of Events soon. Sporting Club Network members have access to exclusive events, contests and a myriad of other experiences offered throughout the year, otherwise unavailable to non-members. Before the much anticipated release of the 2015 Calendar of Events, let's take a look back at the top 10 SCN events from 2014: 

The Sporting Club Network is excited to be able to offer members another great year of exclusive events. For details on this year's Calendar of Events and all other happenings in the Sporting Club Network, be sure to follow the SCN on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

Interested in joining the Sporting Club Network to gain access to exciting events like these? Contact Liam O’Connell at loconnell@sportingkc.com.

23 January 12:29 pm

The offseason is officially over. Sporting KC players report to Kansas City today in time for entrance physicals at Swope Soccer Village on Saturday and a flight to Tucson, Arizona on Sunday for the first of two training camps (Jan. 25 - Feb. 10 and Feb. 15 - March 1) in The Old Pueblo.

And while we'll keep #SKCNation updated with all the latest preseason news and notes right here on SportingKC.com, social media is the must-follow source for banter and behind-the-scenes access as we count down the days until the team's season opener on March 8.

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STAFF TWITTER ACCOUNTS

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Ashley Wallace (performance analyst)
Mike Flaherty (equipment manager)
Brian Ubert (massage therapist)
Jonathan Kaplan (communications/digital manager)
Kurt Austin (communications/digital manager)

PLAYER TWITTER & INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS

Player Name Twitter Instagram
Saad Abdul-Salaam saad_abdul3
Jalil Anibaba jalil_anibaba4
Bernardo Anor bernardoanor
Matt Besler mattbesler
Amadou Dia amadou_it11
Dom Dwyer ddwyer14
Roger Espinoza   roger_espinoza1518
Benny Feilhaber  
Connor Hallisey c_hallisey
Jon Kempin jonkempin21
Mikey Lopez mlopez12_5
James Marcelin   jamesmarcelin42
Luis Marin  
Jimmy Medranda jimao7
Tim Melia  
Chance Myers cr_myers
Paulo Nagamura  
Ike Opara ikennaopara
Erik Palmer-Brown erikbrown44
Jacob Peterson jacobpeterson23
Tony Rocha  
Seth Sinovic ssinovic
Graham Zusi gzusi

 

12 January 10:08 am

On Friday, Seth Sinovic was a guest on 610 Sports Radio during a segment of Fescoe in the Morning. Sporting Kansas City's 2014 Defender of the Year discussed a variety of topics -- anticipation for the preseason, the arrival of Roger Espinoza and Major League Soccer's collective bargaining agreement, to name a few. Alongside hosts Bob Fescoe and Josh Klingler, Sinovic also talked college basketball, the NFL Playoffs and prevailing over his teammates in fantasy football. Check out the podcast below for the full interview.

04 December 11:37 am

Helping children thrive through life’s challenges is the mission of The Victory Project. This year -- with the help of our players, coaches, staff and fans -- The Victory Project was able to impact the lives of many children in the Kansas City area through various programs and special events.

During the month of December, The Victory Project will countdown some of their favorite moments from the year. Follow @VictoryKC on Twitter and @VictoryProjectKC on Instagram to relive the memorable events and experiences. And if you have a favorite moment, please share on social media or in the comments section below.

To learn more about The Victory Project, visit VictoryKC.org.

21 November 12:11 pm


Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images

Top of the list. That's where Sporting Park lands in Stadium Journey magazine's evaluation of the best stadium experiences in Major League Soccer.

Released earlier today, the rankings are based on the following factors: food/beverage, atmosphere, location, fans, access and overall return on investment. Stadium Journey correspondent Cory Sims reviewed the state-of-the-art stadium earlier this year, writing that it is "one of the best venues to watch a sporting event of any kind."

Sporting Kansas City's home field earned the No. 1 spot over a trio of Cascadia challengers. Providence Park (Portland Timbers), CenturyLink Field (Seattle Sounders) and BC Place (Vancouver Whitecaps) rounded out the top four.

29 October 12:09 pm

Early this year, the Sporting Club Network announced its #MLSCupTour. As a celebration of Sporting Kansas City's 2013 MLS Cup championship, the Sporting Club Network packed up the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy and took it on a tour throughout the Midwest. Throughout this nine-month excursion, stops were made at a variety of Academy Affiliate cities to provide members of our network the chance to celebrate our championship in the comfort of their own backyard.

More than 50,000 Sporting Club Network members had the opportunity to see the cup as it traveled to 10 cities across four states. From Sporting Kansas City’s senior team to each and every youth player around the Midwest, this tour signified that we are all part of the same club by allowing our members to touch, feel and imagine raising the trophy themselves. Check out our Storify chronicling the tour and take a look at our video and photo album below highlighting this awesome series of events.

Thank you to the countless players, coaches, administrators, board members, fans and families that supported Sporting KC as they were crowned 2013 MLS Cup champions and celebrated the achievement along our tour throughout the Midwest. We’re so happy to have had the opportunity to share this victory with all of you and can’t wait to #DefendTogether!