Sporting Kansas City moved into first place in the race for the Supporters' Shield after defeating Eastern Conference foes Toronto FC 4-1 at Sporting Park last weekend. Needless to say, the boys brought nothing but smiles during postgame interviews with SKCTV commentator Jake Yadrich - especially two of the three goalscorers (Dom Dwyer and C.J. Sapong) and man of the match himself (Jon Kempin) pictured above.
Dwyer opened the scoring on Saturday by converting two first half penalty kicks to move his goal scoring total to 16, second most in MLS this season. Sapong's second half strike moves the Virginia native into a tie for ninth on KC's all-time chart for career goals scored during the regular season with 20 and Sporting KC's record when Sapong scores is now 19-0-2 including the postseason.
Saturday was the first career MLS start for Kempin, who has been nominated for MLS Save of the Week honors for Week 23 after his crucial stop against Gilberto to preserve his team's lead. Kempin already earned the accolade in Week 22 on his MLS debut after stopping a penalty kick attempt by Darren Mattocks.
Submit your best caption to the photo above by 5 p.m. CT on Thursday, August 21 and you'll be entered to win two tickets to Saturday's match against D.C. United and $20 worth of Kansas Lottery instant scratch tickets. Entries for this week's caption contest, brough to you by Kansas Lottery, can be submitted via the comments section below. You must be 18 years of age or older to be eligible for the prize. Good luck!
Congratulations to Emily Michaels! The sophomore soccer player at the University of Nebraska Omaha has won Sporting KC's inaugural "Oh Say Can You Sing" National Anthem Contest.
With hundreds of submissions, 10 finalists were selected by a collection of Sporting Kansas City players and front office staff. The 10 YouTube videos were posted to SportingKC.com for a fan vote. In a close contest, Emily edged out the competition and will now perform the National Anthem on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd at Sporting Park prior to Sporting KC's match against D.C. United.
A limited number of tickets are available for the match-up between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. Secure your seat online at Ticketmaster.com.
A week ago, it was Sporting KC captain Matt Besler. Last night, Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman took his turn. Today, Manager Peter Vermes and four more of the MLS Cup champions joined in on the nationwide movement.
Check out the video playlist below to see Dom Dwyer, Jon Kempin, Jacob Peterson and Erik Palmer-Brown follow their coach's lead after the team's training on Thursday at the Swope Soccer Village.
In addition to raising awareness for the disease, the Ice Bucket Challenge has led to $7.6 million in donations for The ALS Association since July 29. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that currently has no cure. Click here to learn more about ALS and to find out how you can support the cause.
If you've been on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc., you may have seen a new trend that's taken over the internet. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is the latest craze that has people of all ages pouring ice cold water on their head to raise money for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Click here to learn more about ALS or to donate to the cause.
UPDATE: Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid completes his challenge from Heineman on the final day of the team's training camp at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO (video here).
— Johnny Kane KMBC-TV (@johnnykaneKMBC) August 14, 2014
After review by a collection of Sporting KC players and front office staff members, the following 10 submissions have been selected as finalists for Sporting KC's inaugural National Anthem Contest:
Now we're turning it over to you; the fans. Cast your vote below for the contestant you'd like to hear sing the National Anthem prior to Sporting Kansas City's match against D.C. United on August 23. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. CT on Monday, August 18.
You might know him as one of the most decorated defenders in Major League Soccer history. Or you might know him as the face of KickTV.
And now, after Tuesday's announcement, Jimmy Conrad can also add "Sporting Legend" to his resume. The six-time MLS All-Star and 2005 MLS Defender of the Year will be inducted as a Sporting Legend on Friday alongside current Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes and the original owner of the Kansas City Wizards, the late Lamar Hunt.
Conrad flew to Kansas City on Wednesday for a series of media / community appearances and has carved out time from his busy schedule to take questions from you, the fans who voted for him as a member of Sporting KC's Wall of Honor.
On Friday, at 11am CT, Conrad will host a Facebook Q&A on SportingKC's official Facebook page.
The Sporting Legends induction ceremony will take place at halftime of Sporting KC's match against the Philadelphia Union. Kickoff set for 7 p.m. and the match will be broadcast nationally on the NBC Sports Network. Limited tickets are available and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL.
It's been a busy few weeks for Sporting KC's Graham Zusi. After starring for the U.S. Men's National Team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Zusi returned to Kansas City and picked up where he left off, helping Sporting KC to first place in the Eastern Conference while earning MLS All-Star honors and a new contract along the way.
Now, Zusi will be taking to the Twitterverse to answering your burning questions. The 27-year-old will host a Twitter Takeover on Tuesday at 12 p.m. CT on the Sporting KC Twitter account. Zusi will be talking about his experience with the USMNT in Brazil, signing a new contract with Sporting KC as well as the latest in adidas footwear, the Predator Instinct.
To submit a question for Graham, use #AskZusi.
Entering Wednesday night's match, 26 players had started an MLS match for Sporting KC in 2014. That number is now 27, after Mikey Lopez made his MLS debut in the 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew.
Sporting KC drafted Lopez with the No. 14 overall selection in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. Lopez featured for the U.S. U-20 Men's National Team at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup before making his Sporting KC debut against the Des Moince Menace in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup third round match on May 26.
The Texas native started and played 64 minutes in last night's debut, tallying two shots in the match.
Lopez has spent the majority of 2014 on loan to Sporting KC's USL Pro affiliates, appearing in 14 games with Orlando City SC and OKC Energy FC. The 21-year-old midfielder scored his first professional goal for Energy FC in a 2-0 win over Sacramento Republic on June 28.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup is on the cusp of crowning a champion as Argentina and Germany will meet in the final on Sunday at the historic Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2 p.m. CT live on ABC & Univision). While Germany are making a record eighth appearance in the World Cup final and fourth straight top-four finish after handing the hosts a stunning 7-1 defeat on Tuesday, Argentina have advanced past the quarterfinal round for the first time since doing so in 1986 and 1990 when they ultimately met West Germany in the final on both occasions.
Back then, La Albiceleste fielded Diego Maradona in his prime but today a new age of stars led by captain and four-time FIFA Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi has the South American side on the brink of lifting the World Cup trophy for the first time since 1986 -- nearly a full year before the 27-year-old Messi was born.
Glimpses of this golden generation began to garner attention on the global stage in 2005 at the FIFA World Youth Championship when Argentina's Under-20 squad featured six players now in Brazil on their World Cup roster: Sergio Aguero, Lucas Biglia, Fernando Gago, Ezequiel Garay, Lionel Messi and Pablo Zabaleta. Five of those six were on the field yesterday in Argentina's semifinal showdown versus the Netherlands, including the team's first three shooters in the decisive penalty shootout.
As such, it comes as little surprise that Argentina outlasted the 24-team field in 2005 to claim the prestigious youth title but only after opening the tournament with a stunning group stage upset at the hands of the United States. "There's no excuse for this defeat," said Lionel Messi, who went on to become the tournament's top player and goal scorer.
Turning back the clock nine summers ago, today's Throwback Thursday remembers the roles Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber and forward Jacob Peterson played at Arke Stadium in the Netherlands when the United States Under-20 Men's National Team prevailed 1-0 over Argentina, earned a scoreless draw against Germany and won their group thanks to Peterson's game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Egypt.
- June 11, 2005: USA 1, Argentina 0
- June 15, 2005: USA 0, Germany 0
- June 18, 2005: USA 1, Egypt 0
Benny Feilhaber and the U.S. celebrate Chad Barrett's goal against Argentina
Dom Dwyer notched his team-leading 12th goal of the season yesterday in Sporting KC's 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire. The Sporting KC striker celebrated by taking a selfie in the South Stand at Sporting Park. Referree Alan Kelly handed Dwyer a yellow card for what he deemed, an excessive celebration. But when asked of his motive, the fun-loving goalscorer will tell you, it's all about giving the fans something to get excited about.
So why stop now? Dom will be taking over the Sporting KC Snapchat account and sending out personalized snaps to a selection of our #SKCSelfie contest participants. Here's are the rules:
- Add Sporting KC on Snapchat
- Take a Sporting KC/Dom Dwyer inspired selfie (the more outrageous - the better)
- Post it to your Instagram account and hashtag #SKCSelfie
- Include your Snapchat handle in your caption
If you need a little more inspiration, check out the social stir from Dom's goal celebration on Sunday: