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17 July 11:52 am

Up to snuff on Sporting Kansas City trivia? Have a penchant for creativity? If so, your chance to win free Open Cup tickets has arrived.

When the team hosts Montreal on Saturday, users of the Sporting Club Uphoria mobile app will have the opportunity to win free tickets to next Tuesday's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match against archrivals Houston Dynamo at 7:30 p.m. CT.

That's right, supporters will have three separate opportunities to win a pair of tickets on Saturday night—so long as they have a Uphoria account registered through Facebook, Twitter or email.

DOWNLOAD: Sporting Club Uphoria on the App Store or Google Play

Three separate Comment Cards will be deployed throughout the evening, each prompting a different response from contestants. The first trivia question will revolve around captain Matt Besler, who is set to make his 200th appearance for Sporting KC in all competitions. The second will be tied to last year's results between Sporting KC and Montreal. Answer correctly on either one, and you'll be entered to win.

Not a trivia guru? The third and final Comment Card will allow fans to use their imagination, and the most creative entry will take the prize. (Hint: think theatrics and Dom Dwyer!)

Pictured in this post are sample Comment Card trivia questions so that you know what to look for on the home screen come Saturday. Please note that only one Comment Card will be displayed on the app's home feed at any given time.

The first Comment Card will deploy at 6 p.m. CT and the second at 7:45 p.m. CT. The third will launch at 9 p.m. CT and expire at midnight. Select "Give Feedback," then type your response and click "Send" to enter.

Participants will be able to submit one single answer for all three cards, and winners will be contacted via Facebook, Twitter or email by Monday afternoon.

In addition to playing for free Open Cup tickets, Uphoria users will have access to live video, statistics, seat upgrades and Sporting KC social feeds throughout Saturday's match.

The app will also link users to Sporting KC's online auction, feauring game tickets, signed gear and more! Bidding is open at auctions.sportingkc.com until Monday with all proceeds going to The Victory Project

26 June 1:15 pm

Think you know your Sporting Kansas City trivia? You may be in luck.

When the club hosts Colorado on Saturday, users of the Sporting Club Uphoria mobile app will have the opportunity to win free tickets to next Wednesday's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Round of 16 match against FC Dallas at 7:30 p.m. CT.

That's right, supporters will have three separate opportunities to win a pair of tickets on Saturday evening—so long as they have a Uphoria account registered through Facebook, Twitter or email.

DOWNLOAD: Sporting Club Uphoria on the App Store or Google Play

Three separate Comment Cards will be deployed throughout the night, each prompting a different response from contestants. The first trivia question will revolve around the #SKCvCOL rivalry. The second will be tied to Kansas City in the Open Cup. Answer correctly on either one, and you'll be entered to win.

Trivia not your cup of tea? The third and final Comment Card will allow fans to use their imagination, and the most creative entry will take the prize. (Hint: think Peter Vermes!)

Pictured in this post are sample Comment Card trivia questions so that you know what to look for on the home screen come Saturday. Please note that only one Comment Card will be displayed on the app's home feed at any given time. 

The first Comment Card will deploy at 6 p.m. CT and the second at 7:45 p.m. CT. The third will launch at 9 p.m. CT and expire at midnight. Select "Give Feedback," then type your response and click "Send" to enter.

Participants will be able to submit one single answer for all three cards, and winners will be contacted via Facebook, Twitter or email by Monday afternoon.

In addition to playing for free Open Cup tickets, Uphoria users will have access to live video, statistics, stadium seat upgrades and Sporting KC social feeds throughout Saturday's match. Whether you're in attendance at Sporting Park or in the comfort of your own home, Uphoria is your comprehensive mobile companion for every game this season.

Best of luck, #SKCNation!

16 June 11:51 am
Ten years ago today, Jefferson Roblee led the KC Pace U17 boys to a Missouri State Cup championship -- becoming the state's first representative from outside St. Louis to advance to regionals in the history of the competition. Now the head men's and women's soccer coach at William Jewell College, Roblee reflects back on the milestone in the guest post below as Sporting Kansas City prepares to face St. Louis FC in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tonight at Sporting Park.


J.D. Warman jumps on the back of Brant Bishop with Brian Wurst (#11)
also celebrating the KC Pace's first goal in a 3-1 victory in the Missouri
State Cup U-17 Championship on June 16, 2005 (photo by Dan Peak)

The KC Pace had to win six games in six days to take the title 3-1 over Lou Fusz-Popovic. Park Hill South's Brant Bishop, who later went on to play at Stanford University, scored all three goals in the victory. Prior to that victory, every Missouri State Cup championship -- every year, every age -- had been won by a team from St. Louis.  

The win is considered to be one of the defining moments signaling the shift of the "Soccer Capital of America" title from St. Louis to KC.      
 
St. Louis was and still is a soccer hot-bed. At that point in time, 2005, before MLS teams sponsored youth academies, all youth teams competed for one national title. Club teams from the state of Missouri (St. Louis) had won more youth national championships than any other state, and the defending U17 and U18 boys national champion club teams were both from St. Louis. 
 
St. Louis soccer had produced numerous All Americans, Olympians and World Cup players. St. Louis's soccer reputation had such a national soccer footprint that many KC area youth teams wouldn't event register for Missouri State Cup because winning was thought of as Mission Impossible. When the KC Pace won the Missouri State Cup Championship, a competition that pits one city's best versus another city's best, it shook the St. Louis soccer community and sent a warning around the nation. KC soccer is not only growing...it's thriving.
 
The KC Pace were coached by three Kansas City natives who are now college coaches: Jefferson Roblee (Head Coach of men's and women's soccer at William Jewell College), Lincoln Roblee (Head Coach of women's soccer at Benedictine College) and Burke Slusher (assistant men's coach at KCKCC). The three (of us) grew up playing competitive club soccer while watching the KC Comets professional indoor team play in front of sold out crowds at Kemper Arena in the early and mid 80's. 
 
Back then serious youth players had to go to St. Louis to play in big tournaments, participate in the Olympic Development Program or watch a National Team game in person. Now St. Louis youth players and soccer fans are traveling to Kansas City. The shift has been the result of a progressive soccer community boosted by an abundance of quality professional soccer.
  
"The Comets, Wizards, Sporting Kansas City and now the FC Kansas City women's team have been great for youth players in the area to watch professional soccer up close. Watching the professional game is exciting and educational for players looking to improve," says Lincoln Roblee.    
 
On June 16, 2006, exactly one year after making history, the KC Pace repeated as Missouri State Cup champions, winning the U18 boys division. However, on that June 16th, the KC Pace weren't the only KC team to take home the elusive Missouri State Cup title. The U13 Rockets boys team and the U13 KC Scream girls team also were crowned champions. The Western side of Missouri's soccer scene wasn't backing down and soccer around KC's metro has continued to grow.
 
This year, on June 16, a USL team from St. Louis will travel as the underdog to play at Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City in Cup competition, the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Players, coaches and parents from the KC Pace team are planning a reunion at the game at Sporting Park to not only celebrate the 10-year anniversary of their historic victory but also for another reason.
 
"We'll all be cheering for another Kansas City soccer win," said Slusher. 
16 May 10:23 pm
Due to inclement weather, the Special Olympics unified soccer exchange game between Special Olympics Kansas and Special Olympics Colorado has been rescheduled for 8 a.m. CT at Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Missouri (6310 Lewis Rd.).

It is the dream of many children to grow up and be a professional athlete. Some get the chance to live out their dream but many don't. The Special Olympics organization gives athletes facing intellectual disabilities the same opportunities in sports that their peers have. One way in which the organization does this is through Unified Sports.

Special Olympics Unified Sports® is a program that brings together athletes with intellectual disabilities and their peers without intellectual disabilities (called partners) on the same team for training and competition. Age and ability matching of athletes and partners is defined on a sport-by-sport basis.

On Sunday, a Unified Team from Special Olympics Kansas and a Unified Team from Special Olympics Colorado will play each other in an exchange game at Swope Soccer Village (6310 Lewis Rd., Kansas City, Missouri). MLS WORKS, the league’s Community Relations arm, started this new initiative in 2013 and has many MLS teams participating around the league. Each exchange game features Unified Teams from the local Special Olympics chapters. 

Each team will exchange gifts and good luck cards, which is a Special Olympics tradition to encourage good sportsmanship. They will also get a full pre-game ritual of warm-ups on the field, lineup announcements and a national anthem, also reflecting a professional atmosphere. Once the game has ended, the players will each receive a commemorative medal during an on-field ceremony. 

Last year, the Unified Team from Special Olympics Kansas (a Sporting Club Network member) traveled to New York to play an exchange game vs Special Olympics New Jersey at Red Bull Arena. They arrived a day early and had a couple of surprises in store, including a baseball game in Yankee Stadium to watch the Kansas City Royals take on the New York Yankees. This year both the Unified Teams were out at The K on Friday night to watch the Royals take on the Yankees again. 

To go behind-the-scenes throughout the #SOKvSOC experience, follow @VictoryKC on Twitter or @victoryprojectkc on Instagram. #SOKvSOC

04 May 6:31 pm

Sporting Park is known for its infectious energy on game days. This past Saturday it was home to a different kind of energy when The Victory Project hosted its inaugural Yoga on the Pitch fundraiser.

Over 150 local yoga enthusiasts of all ages and levels joined Sporting KC players in an hour-long class in the middle of the pitch. Yoga was led by lululemon athletica ambassadors and Pop-Up Yoga KC with funds raised benefitting both The Victory Project and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society through Man of the Year Candidate Hunter Re.

Participants received a commemorative event tank top and were also able to get autographs from Sporting KC players in attendance, including Graham Zusi, Jacob Peterson, Krisztian Nemeth, Servando Carrasco and Bernardo Anor.

To learn more about The Victory Project and future fundraising events, please visit VictoryKC.org or follow us on Twitter.

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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