All eyes in Major League Soccer will be on #SKCvDAL on Friday night at Sporting Park in the Week 13 "Viernes de Futbol" match-up. It kicks off a three-game homestand for Sporting Kansas City featuring back-to-back matches against the top two teams in the MLS power rankings followed by a highly-anticipated I-70 showdown with St. Louis FC in the U.S. Open Cup.
The best place to see all the action? Sporting Park of course. Standing Room Only tickets are available for tomorrow night's rematch with FC Dallas and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or at the stadium box offices on gameday.
But if you can't make it to the match, take advantage of the guide below so you don't miss a moment thanks to television, radio and online coverage.
Local TV: KMCI-TV 38 the Spot
Local Radio: Sports Radio 810 WHB (English) | La Grande 1340 AM (Spanish)
Sporting Kansas City's flagship station KMCI-TV 38 the Spot will be providing a live three-hour broadcast for local viewers with the commentary from Nate Bukaty, Andy Gruenebaum, Jake Yadrich and Kacie McDonnell available throughout the duration of the match. Tune in at 7:30 p.m. CT for a 30-minute pre-game show leading up to kick off at Sporting Park.
Sports Radio 810 WHB will simulcast the KMCI-TV call on 810 AM, 810whb.com and through the station's free mobile app before going live from the Boulevard Members Club with The Final Whistle postgame show hosted by Dave Borchardt and Carter Augustine. In addition, La Grande 1340 AM will air the match live for Spanish listeners through the voices of Enrique Morales, Raul Villegas and Alejandro Cabero.
National TV: UniMas and Unvision Deportes
National Radio: SiriusXM FC (Channel 94)
Online: MLS LIVE, UnivisionDeportes.com
Friday's match is the first of three Sporting KC matches in 2015 to be nationally televised on UniMas/UDN -- and streamed online at UnivisionDeportes.com -- as part of the new "Viernes de Futbol" national TV window. Raul Guzman (play-by-play), Marcelo Balboa (analyst) and Jorge Calvo (sideline reporter) will be on-site at Sporting Park for live Spanish commentary, while Paul Caligiuri and Ramsés Sandoval will be the talent for the English-language broadcast available through SAP functionality.
In addition, SiriusXM FC (Channel 94) will carry #SKCvDAL coast-to-coast on Friday for satellite radio subscribers in the U.S. and MLS LIVE users in Canada or Mexico will also have access to the broadcast in real-time on all supported devices. Please note: Friday's match will be blacked out for MLS LIVE users in the United States and made available in the archives 48 hours after the match.
Finally, Friday's encounter will be broadcast well beyond North American borders through the following MLS rights holders:
The Sporting KC Show cast of Nate Bukaty, Andy Gruenebaum and Carter Augustine was joined by ESPN commentator Taylor Twellman for tonight's hour-long episode on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Twellman, who was once offered a contract by the Kansas City Royals as a high school shortstop, will be in the broadcast booth at Sporting Park on Wednesday night alongside Glenn Davis when Sporting Kansas City hosts 2014 MLS Cup runners-up New England Revolution at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
Twellman ranks seventh on Major League Soccer's all-time goal scoring chart with 101 regular season goals, five of which came against Kansas City (e.g. this bicycle kick in 2002). His nine-year MLS career with the Revolution included MLS Best XI (2002, 2005) and MLS MVP (2005) honors, while also earning 30 appearances with the U.S. Men's National Team.
Listen to the full show embedded below and tune in every Tuesday for a new episode discussing all the latest news around Sporting Kansas City.
Photo via @DorseyRocky on Twitter
Sporting KC's 100th match at Sporting Park will have to wait until Wednesday after inclement weather forced the postponement of last night's game against the Colorado Rapids. It was the first such ocurrance in the stadium's four years of operation, though by no means the first time Mother Nature impacted the outcome of a matchday.
In fact, Kansas City played a part in the first abbreviated ending in MLS history in what is now one of five games for the club all-time that failed to be played in its entirety on the originally scheduled date:
- June 20, 1998: KC vs. D.C. United was cancelled in the 53rd minute due to severe weather at Arrowhead Stadium and was later replayed on Aug. 26.
- June 10, 2000: KC at D.C. United was suspended at halftime due to the lights failing at RFK Stadium. The 0-0 scoreline stood and Kansas City returned to RFK for MLS Cup 2000.
- September 16, 2001: The team's regular season finale against Colorado at Arrowhead Stadium was amongst 10 games cancelled league-wide in the aftermath of 9/11.
- Aug. 2, 2006: Thunderstorms postponed this fourth round U.S. Open Cup match between KC and the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois until Aug. 14.
- May 16, 2015: Severe weather prevented kickoff between Sporting KC and the Colorado Rapids with a rescheduled date to be determined for later in 2015.
While Saturday's match ultimately succumbed to a storm system which delivered flash flooding, tornado warnings and heavy lightning throughout the Kansas City area (resulting in more than 10,000 homes losing power), the initial weather delay was the fourth interruption at home since 2011:
- July 12, 2011: An 81-minute delay spelled trouble for Sporting KC in the team's first-ever loss at Sporting Park, a 2-0 defeat to the Richmond Kickers (USL) in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals.
- Aug. 8, 2012: Just over a year later, Sporting KC withstood a 43-minute delay en route to the team's U.S. Open Cup championship over the Seattle Sounders FC in a penalty shootout.
- Aug. 29, 2014: Sporting KC lost back-to-back matches at Sporting Park for the first time after dropping a 3-1 decision to Houston in a match that featured a 75-minute delay.
- May 16, 2015: After delaying kick off for nearly 75 minutes, MLS determined in its discretion to postpone the match after considering all relevant factors and circumstances.
In the end -- which came close to 8:45 p.m. CT in a break between two patches of storms -- Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman took to Twitter to look ahead to the rescheduled fixture with all options open.
Hey...I'm sorry that happened. We'll make it up 2 u. Any ideas how? #winning obviously...but any others welcome
— Robb Heineman (@RobbHeineman) May 17, 2015
— Robb Heineman (@RobbHeineman) May 17, 2015
When Sporting Kansas City hosts the Colorado Rapids on Saturday, users of Sporting Club Uphoria will have the opporunity to win a special prize at the conclusion of the match.
The club's official mobile application will hold an auction for a Sporting Kansas City soccer ball signed by the team's players, and anyone who uses the Uphoria app is eligible to enter.
To participate in the auction, select the "Tix City Seat Options" tab in the left navigation menu and enter your bid. The auction will open at 1:30 p.m. CT on Saturday and close 40 minutes into the match—approximately 8:15 p.m. CT. Bids will start at $75 with $5 minimum bidding increments. The winning bidder will receive a phone call in the second half and pick up their signed soccer ball at the DJ Booth in the Boulevard Member's Club after the game.
In addition to participating in the auction, Uphoria users will have access to live stats, exclusive video content, Sporting Park seat upgrades and chances to win free prizes throughout Saturday's match.
Whether you're in attendance at the stadium or in the comfort of your own home, Uphoria is your comprehensive mobile companion for every game this season. Download the app now on the App Store or Google Play.
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza -- who contributed the game-tying assist on Dom Dwyer's goal in last weekend's 1-1 draw at D.C. United -- was a guest on The Sporting KC Show last night with hosts Nate Bukaty and Carter Augustine on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Listen to the full podcast embedded below for their thoughts on the road result and the club's form heading into an important stretch on the schedule with four of the next five games at home...
Now 27 (in jersey number and age), Espinoza moved to Denver from his native Honduras as a 12-year-old and will play a key role as Sporting Kansas City hosts the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night at Sporting Park. The 2010/2014 World Cup veteran and former MLS All-Star has earned Team of the Week recognitions on three occasions this season since returning from England, where he won the 2013 FA Cup with Wigan Athletic two years ago this week.
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber and assistant coach John Pascarella were guests on this week's edition of The Sporting KC Show on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Coming off a thrilling 4-4 draw in Houston last weekend, the club now returns home to host rivals Chicago at 4 p.m. CT on Sunday at Sporting Park in a nationally televised match-up on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
Feilhaber scored twice in the comeback, including a 95th-minute game-tying goal that is nominated for MLS Goal of the Week. Voting is open on MLSsoccer.com until 1:59 a.m. CT tonight.
Today is also the final opportunity for fans to participate in Feilhaber's "Master the Mane" initiative. The World Cup veteran is helping to raise money for The Victory Project by allowing fan donations to determine his hairstyle for Sunday's match. To cast a vote for The Mullet, The Bieber or The Mohawk, visit SportingKC.com/Benny and make a minimum $10 donation.
Midfielder Benny Feilhaber scores in the 95th minute with a stunning strike at BBVA Compass Stadium against the Houston Dynamo.
Forward Krisztian Nemeth scores his third goal of the regular season in the second minute at BBVA Compass Stadium against the Houston Dynamo.
This. This is how you react to two stoppage time goals.
Yankee Stadium. Kansas City versus New York. Lead of only one. Controversial call.
Where have we seen this before?
Fast forward more than three decades, swap old Yankee Stadium for new Yankee Stadium and switch sports entirely to set the scene for last night's (loosely, if at all, comparable) drama.
Seth Sinovic was at the center of the confusion in the 68th minute of the 1-0 win at New York City FC when referee Edvin Jurisevic whistled the Sporting KC defender for a handball inside the penalty area. The decision -- eventually overturned after Jurisevic conferred with assistant referee Brian Dunn -- brought immediate protests from Sinovic and teammate Benny Feilhaber, among others.
Sinovic took to Twitter postgame to commend the officiating crew for correcting the error.
Side note: refs don't always get praise in the #mls but props to them for talking out the potential hand ball in the box. Never touched me.
— Seth Sinovic (@ssinovic) March 29, 2015
And then brought things full circle...by reenacting the infamous pine tar incident of 1983 with fellow KC native Matt Besler -- who wears No. 5 in George Brett's honor -- playing the starring role.