Sporting Kansas City
As he has repeatedly shown during his time at Sporting Kansas City, Dom Dwyer is one of the most vibrant personalities in Major League Soccer. Even during a typical day of preseason training in Tucson, Arizona -- where Dwyer's team is competing in the 2015 Desert Diamond Cup -- the Englishman is quick to embrace the words of MLS veteran and fellow friend Mike Magee: "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it."
MLSsoccer.com followed Dwyer on a sunny Tucson afternoon earlier this month. Check out the video above, as the newlywed 24-year-old shows off his new tattoos, goes ding dong ditching with his teammates and enjoys a little poolside relaxation.
With Sporting Kansas City in the midst of preseason, there are lots of great storylines coming out of preseason training camp. Sports Radio 810's Nate Bukaty, who will also be the voice of Sporting KC in 2015, has been in Tucson over the past few days covering the team's camp. Bukaty has been interviewing players as well as joining his 810 colleagues on their various shows to provide updates from Tucson. Check out the podcasts below to hear three different interviews from Friday.
Nate Bukaty chats with Matt Besler on The Border Patrol
Nate Bukaty joins Soren Petro on The Program KC (includes interview with Peter Vermes)
Nate Bukaty joins Kevin Kietzman on Between the Lines (includes interview with Kevin Ellis)
Dom Dwyer also had the opportunity to speak with 610 Sports Radio's Bob Fescoe and Josh Klinger on Friday about his recent marriage to U.S. Women's National Team star Sydney Leroux and his goals for the upcoming season. Listen closely to hear which U.S. Men's National Team star audiobombs the interview!
After a two-year stint in England with Wigan Athletic, All-Star midfielder Roger Espinoza has returned to Major League Soccer. Sporting Kansas City's marquee offseason signing, the 28-year-old Honduran international is back where he spent his first five professional seasons from 2008-2012.
Espinoza appeared today on the latest episode of MLSsoccer.com's Extra Time Radio to discuss his move to Kansas City, wedding gifts for Dom Dwyer and his experience playing in England. You can catch Espinoza's segment below and visit MLSsoccer.com for the full podcast episode.
The Sporting KC Academy U14's and U18's won U.S. Youth Futsal national titles last weekend at the New Century Field House in Gardner, Kansas. The U14's defeated Ginga Academy 4-1 in Sunday's championship match, while the U18 division featured an all-Sporting KC championship as Team Indigo topped Team Argyle 8-7.
The Sporting KC U16's finished the group stage in first place with a 2-1-0 record and claimed a 6-5 semifinal win before falling 6-0 to Samba Black Boys in the championship. Fellow Academy clubs Sporting Blue Valley and Sporting Lincoln also competed in the tournament, which hosted 126 teams from 19 different states.
As Dom Dwyer soared to the top of Sporting KC's single-season scoring charts last year, the one question on many people's mind was how many goals will he finish with? And better yet, what number did he set for himself at the start of the year? Although the Sporting KC Golden Boot winner would not reveal the number at year's end, he did say that his 22 goals was shy of his preseason goal.
In a recent interview with ESPNFC's Alejandro Moreno, Dwyer hinted that 30 goals might be in the cards for his goal this coming year. He also made a bet with Moreno if he were to score more than 18 goals. The terms of the bet? You'll have the watch the interview to find out.
The SKC Academy U16s finished the second phase of the 2014-15 Generation adidas Cup with a 1-0 loss to FC Dallas on Monday. Despite heavy wind and rain, Sporting KC held Dallas scoreless through the first half. A second half penalty kick, however, sealed the win for the Texas squad, who is currently in first place in the USSDA U-15/U-16 Central Conference with a 10-1-2 record.
The Sporting KC Academy U-16s entered Monday following a two-goal victory over an MLS opponent on Saturday at the Houston Sports Park. The win secured a top-two finish in the Central Region standings, qualifying for the coveted GA bracket at the national event to be held in Dallas in April.
The Sporting KC U16's prevailed 2-0 over the Colorado Rapids with goals from Fernando Borges and Chase Bromstedt. Goalkeepers Steve Tekesky and Dakotah Bainter combined for the clean sheet as the squad increased their goal difference to +9 in the competition (11 goals scored, two goals allowed) thus far.
After taking a few days to rest and recover in frigid Kansas City, Sporting KC returns to warm and sunny Tucson, Arizona for the second leg of preseason training and participation in the 2015 Desert Diamond Cup. Peter Vermes' side will face three Western Conference opponents -- Colorado Rapids on Wednesday, Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday and Real Salt Lake on Feb. 25 -- before ending the tournament with a placement game on Feb. 28.
All four of Sporting KC's matches in the Desert Diamond Cup will be streamed live on SportingKC.com. SKCTV's broadcast pairing of Nate Bukaty (play-by-play) and Andy Gruenebaum (color) will provide the call for Saturday's friendly against defending Supporters' Shield champion Seattle.
As round two of preseason begins this week, check out the highlights of last Monday's 4-2 win over FC Tucson at Kino North Stadium. Hungarian forward Krisztian Nemeth -- acquired in December from Dutch club Roda JC Kerkrade -- bagged a second-half hat-trick and assisted the game-winner to Jimmy Medranda, giving fans reason for excitement ahead of the 2015 regular season.
The Sporting Kansas City Academy U16's opened "Event 2" of the 2014-15 Generation adidas Cup with a 3-1 win over the Columbus Crew on Friday at the Houston Sports Park. The victory keeps Sporting KC atop the Central Region standings with a perfect 3-0-0 record and a +7 goal difference (nine goals scored, two goals conceded).
The 2014-15 GA Cup features 18 academy teams affiiliated with MLS teams, divided into three regions (East, Central and West). The top two teams from each group will qualify for the "GA" bracket at the national event in April, while the remaining teams will qualify to the "ESP" bracket.
Sporting Kansas City added four match times -- all originally announced as TBD -- to the team's 2015 schedule this week. The below matches will kick off at the following times based on local, regional and national television broadcast agreements:
- March 28 at New York City FC: 6 p.m. CT
- May 23 at Seattle Sounders FC: 9 p.m. CT
- July 12 at Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 8 p.m. CT
- Aug. 8 at Toronto FC: 3 p.m. CT
In addition, a change was made last month to move the start time for Sporting Kansas City's home match on Aug. 15 against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC to an 8 p.m. CT kick off -- 30 minutes later than previously scheduled, in order to accomodate TSN and RDS (Major League Soccer's national broadcast partners in Canada).
Match times are now set for all 34 regular season matches (subject to change) during Sporting Kansas City's 2015 MLS season. Visit SportingKC.com/schedule for additional information and click here to download the team's matches to your personal calendar(s).
The first 10,000 fans at Sporting Kansas City's home opener on March 8 will receive the team's 2015 schedule magnet courtesy of Dairy Farmers of America. A limited number of tickets remain available via Ticketmaster.com.