A new week, a new Sporting Spotlight! Yesterday, 38 the Spot host Crystle Lampitt checked in with Sporting KC defender Seth Sinovic. The MLS veteran has been sidelined for the last three months and Lampitt gives us the update on his recovery and recent return to the training pitch.
Once Lampitt assured that Sinovic was well on his way to full strength, it was time for the hard hitting questions...
In her MLSsoccer.com web series Off Topic, Rachel Bonnetta travels around the country to give a behind-the-scenes look at the players and personalities that are at the forefront of Major League Soccer. Last week, Bonnetta came to Kansas City and sat down with MLS All-Star midfielder Benny Feilhaber, who is having a career year with Sporting KC. Feilhaber and Bonnetta shared their passion for lip-syncing and handed out team superlatives. Watch the Feilhaber episode below and click here for previous Off Topic videos.
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Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Tim Melia was a guest on MLSsoccer.com's ExtraTime Radio on Monday with hosts Andrew Wiebe, David Goss and Ben Baer. Listen to the full episode below or via SiriusXM FC from 12-1 p.m. CT on Tuesday.
Melia -- whose 0.77 goals against average is second best among MLS goalkeepers -- improved to 8-2-3 in 2015 with four saves in Sporting Kansas City's 3-1 victory over Toronto FC on Saturday. Next up? A match-up against his former club, Real Salt Lake, in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinals on Wednesday at Sporting Park.
Sporting Kansas City forward Jacob Peterson scores his first goal of the season in the 87th minute go seal the victory at BMO Field.
Sporting Kansas City forward Krisztian Nemeth scores his eighth goal of the regular season with a header in the 29th minute at BMO Field.
Sporting Kansas City midfielder scores his eighth goal of the regular season by converting a penalty kick in the 22nd minute at BMO Field.
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- A signed Dom Dwyer sleep mask that was worn during the 2016 season ticket renewal video
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- A 2014 team-signed canvas (one of only 50 made)
- An authentic 2015 team-signed jersey
Bidding is now open at auctions.sportingkc.com. Hurry because the auction ends on August 10! All proceeds will go to the benefit The Victory Project in its mission to help children thrive through life’s challenges.
Following Sporting Kansas City's recent home draw against Western Conference rivals, Houston Dynamo, the guys were left with several talking points. Nate Bukaty, Andy Gruenebaum, and Carter Augestine discuss the controversial hand-ball that was not called, the possibility of integrating a replay system into the league and more.
The guys were also joined by Sporting KC goalkeeper coach, John Pascarella. "JP" weighs in on the possibility of a replay system, saying,
"Any coach would say that you want to get it right. If there's a way that they can implement it where it makes sense, then I'm all for it. "
Pascarella also shared his views on how to improve the quality of officiating, suggesting the league implement new technology to assist the referees, or use additional referees to help keep up with the fast pace of the modern game.
Last week, we met up with one of Sporting KC’s standout rookies, Amadou Dia, after he finished his daily post-practice rookie duties. Here’s what he had to say:
Connor Erickson: Your friends and teammates call you “T”, where did that come from?
Amadou Dia: So my first name, not a lot of people know this, is actually Amadou-Tidiane. I used to go by Tidiane instead of Amadou and “T” was just short for that. My name is French-African. My parents are from Africa and they moved to France which is where I was born so it is a mix of those two.
AD: When I was 7, I moved to San Francisco, California. Then when I was 10, I moved to Denver.
CE: What do you remember most about France?
AD: Playing soccer in the streets a lot. Every Tuesday there was a pizza truck that would come to our neighborhood. It was like a routine and the whole neighborhood would go to the pizza truck and eat. It’s the best pizza I’ve ever had in my life.
CE: What was it like having to adjust to living in America as a kid?
AD: Everything was really different for me right away. I remember my sister teaching me about words that we couldn’t say. I learned how to say "ow" instead of "ay" for when I got hurt because it sounded like I was saying "hi". I remember thinking everything was a lot bigger and we had to travel everywhere by car, which was weird, because in France we just walked everywhere or used the subway
CE: What was the draft like for you?
AD: It was really cool. I didn’t get invited to the combine and I didn’t think I was going to get drafted. So I was just sitting at home watching it on my laptop. Then my name got called and I was shocked. I got really excited and started calling everybody, my phone started blowing up, and then Peter (Vermes) called me so it was a really cool experience.
CE: So you had not been expecting to get drafted at all, and you heard your name get called in the first round? How did that feel?
AD: Yeah it took me a second to realize what just happened. It was a really cool experience.
Mitch Cissell: What is your favorite thing about living here so far?
AD: Everybody is really nice here. Everywhere I go people are saying hello and they are super friendly and I really like that.
MC: We saw you carrying water around for the guys, what else do you have to do as a rookie?
AD: It’s all the same stuff you have to do as a freshman in college. After practice is done I put all of the equipment away. I fill the fridge with water and stuff like that. It’s not bad at all.
CE: You’re roommates with fellow rookie Saad Abdul-Salaam. How has that gone so far?
AD: It’s been good. We have some intense FIFA games. There is lots of yelling during those. Other times we just nap and chill in our apartment, maybe go grab some dinner. Tim (Melia) lives in our apartment complex with his wife so we hang out with them too.
CE: Okay now for some serious questions, rapid fire style. One Direction or Justin Bieber?
AD: I’m going to have to go with Justin Biebs. I actually kind of like his style of music. He’s actually pretty good at singing and he has some songs that I like.
MC: If you could do a duet with anyone, who would it be and to what song?
AD: I would sing with Beyonce for sure. I have no idea what song. I would let Beyonce pick the song.
MC: What is something you’ve always wanted to do but have been too afraid to try?
AD: Bungee Jumping. I’m afraid of heights, but I’m going to do it one time at least.
MC: Most random thing you’ve ever watched on Netflix?
AD: I actually watched the One Direction documentary, but just a little bit.
CE: Woah, woah, I thought you were a Belieber.
AD: I only watched it for 10 minutes then I turned it off so it doesn’t count!
CE: What is your secret talent?
AD: I can cook pretty well.
CE: What is your best dish?
AD: Crepes. My stepmom is a chef so she taught me to cook some things.
CE: Have you ever thought about going on Top Chef?
AD: No, I would win the whole thing too easily!
MC: Who is the best dancer on the team?
AD: Probably Connor Hallisey. You should ask him to dance for you.
MC: For sure! We'll be meeting up with him sometime soon. If you could take three celebrities on a trip to Vegas who would you take?
AD: Oh man… I would take Margot Robbie because she is gorgeous. This is tough... I would probably take Dom (Dwyer) because I’m always hanging out with him. He’s a pretty big celebrity too. For the third person, maybe Selena Gomez.
MC: Why Selena?
AD: I really appreciate her musical ability. (Smirks sarcastically)
Sporting Kansas City and UMKC invite you to Rally with the Roos this August! Together, the two are holding a month-long, online sweepstakes. 10 lucky Sporting Kansas City fans will be selected to win a Roo-tastic prize package! Those winners will recieve a pair of tickets to the September 27th match against Western Conference foes, Seattle Sounders, an autographed soccer ball and a pair of Rally with the Roos t-shirts.
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