Attention Sporting KC fans with an appreciation for marine wildlife: Sporting Kansas City and SEA LIFE Aquarium have teamed up to create the ultimate Kansas City experience and overnight package.
To kick off the partnership, SEA LIFE named their new octopus Matt Besler after the Sporting KC captain on Monday. Bes (the Giant Pacific Octopus) impressed fans with his strength, though was deemed a ball hog by Bes (the World Cup veteran).
Sporting KC fans now have the opportunity to score some serious swag as part of an online auction with a package featuring eight items in honor of the newly-named eight-legged Besler:
- Two Sporting KC jerseys signed by Matt Besler
- Two Sporting KC soccer balls signed by Matt Besler
- Two Annual Passes to SEA LIFE Aquarium Kansas City
- One night stay at Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center with $30 food and beverage credit
- $50 Crown Center gift certificate
All funds raised will go towards SEA LIFE Trust, dedicated to the conservation of marine wildlife. Bid now! The auction closes at 5 p.m. CT on Sunday, January 11.
We are going to go out on a limb and say Sporting KC captain Matt Besler is the first professional athlete to be the namesake of an octopus. SEA LIFE Aquariam Kansas City recently named their octopus after the World Cup veteran and what better way to commemorate the occasion than with a meeting of the two Beslers?
Matt (the two-legged version) met Matt (the eight-legged version) at the Aquarium on Monday and all sorts of craziness ensued. Watch the TV clip below and click through the photo gallery for more details.
2014 was a special year for Kansas City-area sports teams. Records were broken, championships were won and 29-year playoff droughts were ended.
On the soccer front, Sporting Kansas City's Dom Dwyer broke the team's single-season scoring record with 22 goals, Matt Besler and Graham Zusi represented the U.S. Men's National Team at the World Cup in Brazil and both FC Kansas City and the Missouri Comets won their respective championships.
Sunday night, FOX 4 Kansas City's Jason Lamb reflected on those achievements and more in the station's yearly sports review.
Sporting Kansas City added a veteran goalkeeper to its roster today with the signing of 31-year-old Chilean international Luis Marin.
The 6-foot-2 keeper comes to Major League Soccer after 12 professional seasons in Chile. He has played for 17-time Chilean champions Universidad de Chile in the Primera Division since arriving on loan from O'Higgins FC in the summer of 2013.
Marin has earned eight career caps for Chile and was the nation’s reserve goalkeeper at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
The video above is a comprehensive look at Marin’s skillset, including some impressive saves (1:52, 2:24, 3:30) and confident handling on crosses (3:48, 5:13, 5:43).
For more highlights of Sporting KC’s new keeper, visit the links below.
Hungarian National Team forward Krisztian Nemeth has signed with Sporting Kansas City, the club announced today.
The 25-year-old boasts plenty of European club experience, most notably featuring for the Liverpool Reserves in 2007 and 2008, with additional stints in the Netherlands, Greece and his native Hungary.
In addition, Nemeth regularly featured for Hungary’s youth national teams as a teenager before making his senior international debut in 2010 and contributing to his country’s 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.
Here you can find a collection of some of Nemeth’s goals for club and country. The highlights suggest that Sporting KC has added a scoring punch ahead of the 2015 season.
Dom Dwyer must be a happy man.
The 24-year-old English forward signed a contract extension with Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday that will keep him at the club for the foreseeable future.
Oh, and in case you somehow missed it, he’s dating United States Women's National Team forward Sydney Leroux.
American sports’ newest power couple has generated plenty of buzz -- some fans are jealous and/or heartbroken, others are simply excited -- ever since Leroux posted this charmer on her Twitter and Instagram on Monday.
— Sydney Leroux (@sydneyleroux) December 15, 2014
Of the two, who is better looking? How incredibly awesome would their children be at soccer? Who will score more goals in 2015?
We’ll leave that discussion to you and the various other stargazers, who have even started comparing Dwyer and Leroux to the famous NFL quarterback Tom Brady and his model wife Gisele Bundchen. For more on the couple, check out the video below from TMZ Hollywood Sports.
Whenever Sporting KC CEO Robb Heineman takes to the airwaves, it's more often than not a must-listen segment. Heineman is honest and open and likes to keep Sporting KC fans in the loop on the latest club news.
Today was no different when Heineman went on air with Kevin Kietzman this afternoon. The two started by announcing Nate Bukaty as the club's new play-by-play announcer. Co-host of The Border Patrol on Sports Radio 810 WHB, Bukaty will take over for Callum Williams calling locally broadcast Sporting KC games on SKCTV.
Heineman on the decision to hire Bukaty: "What we've always been committed to from a brand perspective is local and also trying to do things that create continuity and a long-term vision. When we talked to Nate about this, what really struck me is as a kid, he grew up minutes from where the stadium now is and he said 'This would be a dream job for me and this is something that I could see doing for a long time.' That fits perfectly for us … and I think this is going to be great for us going forward.
Following the discussion around Bukaty's hiring, Heineman stayed on with Kietzman and Danny Clinkscale to talk about the latest news surrounding Sporting KC and Major League Soccer. They talked recent trades, potential signings as well as what MLS needs to do to expand its fan base. Check out the podcast below for the full interview.
The holiday season is upon us and this morning Sporting Kansas City and The Victory Project helped send off families participating in the annual Snowball Express holiday trip. Since 2006 the Snowball Express has provided families of fallen military heroes a chance to come together in Dallas, TX for an early holiday vacation. Today 31 children and their families from the region gathered at KCI to depart for their trip.
This is not your typical flight. Before boarding the plane families were welcomed into a special room within the airline terminal where they were greeted with applause, food, presents and special guests, including Sporting KC defender Kevin Ellis and our mascot Blue. Once the families board the airplane, fully decorated with holiday fare, they engage in a cotton ball “snowball” fight with flight attendants and are joined by families from Chicago and Minneapolis. The trip is four days but these families make memories that will last a lifetime.
To learn more about the Snowball Express please visit SnowballExpress.org.
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Major League Soccer's 2015 Expansion Draft will take place Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. CT. This will be the next opportunity for New York City FC and Orlando City SC to fill out their rosters ahead of their inaugural season.
The draft will consist of 10 rounds with Orlando City SC selecting first. Each team will have three minutes to make their selection. MLS also announced yesterday that the audio of the draft will be live streamed on MLSsoccer.com.
As a reminder, if Orlando City or NYCFC selects a player from Sporting KC, Manager Peter Vermes will be able to protect one additional player who has been exposed. Sporting KC's current protected player list includes: Matt Besler, Igor Juliao, Chance Myers, Ike Opara, Seth Sinovic, Bernardo Añor, Benny Feilhaber, Jimmy Medranda, Paulo Nagamura, Graham Zusi and Dom Dwyer. Additional Sporting KC players who are not eligible to be selected include homegrown goalkeeper Jon Kempin, homegrown defenders Kevin Ellis and Erik Palmer-Brown and Generation adidas midfielder Mikey Lopez.
Also, each club who loses players in the Expansion Draft will receive $50,000 of allocation per player selected.
So what do you think? Will Sporting KC lose any players in today's draft? Let us know in the comment section below!
Sporting Kansas City center back Matt Besler joined Nate Bukaty and Steven St. John on Sports Radio 810 WHB's The Border Patrol this morning.
The guys chatted about Besler's offseason plans and the long year he had in 2014, highlighted by a trip back to his alma mater for the first time in three years and partying with the president.
Listen to the full podcast below: