It started as a fashion show during the 2013 MLS All-Star Week. It turned into a store on Kansas City's famed Plaza. And now, Sporting KC defender Aurelien Collin is ready to expand his fashion line - AC78 - into new territory with a store in Kansas City's Garment District.
AC78 is a collaboration between Collin and business partner Tom Paolini. The line started with a series of men's suits and has branched out into T-shirts for both men and women. Tom Paolini's company Paolini Garment is the official clothier of Sporting Kansas City. Sporting KC players and staff members wore Paolini Garment suits during their visit to the White House last month to meet President Barack Obama.
On Wednesday, the duo will host a grand opening event for their new store located in Kansas City's Garment District (1350 Main Street). The event will run from 4pm-7pm and will include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and music from DJ Allen Michael.
The Sporting KC Show season finale will air from 7-8 p.m. CT tonight on Sports Radio 810 WHB with hosts Callum Williams and Carter Augustine joined by Sporting Kansas City outside back Seth Sinovic and assistant coach John Pascarella. Sinovic -- a Leawood, Kansas native -- was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year after leading the team in both minutes played (2,755) and interceptions (76) during the regular season, while ranking third among MLS defenders with 2,083 touches in 2014. Since 2011, no player in Major League Soccer has contributed to more shutouts than Sinovic (43) in MLS play.
Pascarella is a six-year veteran of Sporting Kansas City's technical staff since being hired in January 2009. In addition to training the first team and Academy goalkeepers, Pascarella is heavily involved in the team's domestic scouting network to identify and evaluate players at the collegiate and professional levels in the United States.
Fans can listen to tonight's Sporting KC Show on 810 AM, at 810whb.com or via the station's free mobile app. To join the discussion, call 913-3-810-810.
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Martin Steuble started and played 45 minutes as the Philippines defeated Nepal 3-0 in Doha, Quatar on Friday.
Steuble earned his 10th cap for the Philippines, who won their first of a two-game training camp in Doha ahead of the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup. Simon Greatwich opened the scoring in the 49th minute before Phil Younghusband and Mark Hartmann added stoppage time goals.
Steuble and the Philippines will play a minimum of three matches in the Suzuki Cup, facing Laos (Nov. 22), Indonesia (Nov. 25) and Vietnam (Nov. 28) in the group stage.
The 26-year-old Steuble joined Sporting KC on July 16 from Swiss club FC Wil 1900. He featured in Sporting KC's international friendly against Manchester City on July 23 before making his MLS debut against the Philadelphia Union on Aug. 1 for the first of three league appearances.
The midfielder previously spent his entire professional career in Switzerland, featuring for FC Wil 1900, Grasshopper Zurich, Lausanne Sport, FC Wohlen, and Neuchâtel Xamax. In 2013, Steuble committed to the Philippines Men's National Team and made his international debut this March. He competed in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup in May, helping the Philippines to a second place finish.
Early this year, the Sporting Club Network announced its #MLSCupTour. As a celebration of Sporting Kansas City's 2013 MLS Cup championship, the Sporting Club Network packed up the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy and took it on a tour throughout the Midwest. Throughout this nine-month excursion, stops were made at a variety of Academy Affiliate cities to provide members of our network the chance to celebrate our championship in the comfort of their own backyard.
More than 50,000 Sporting Club Network members had the opportunity to see the cup as it traveled to 10 cities across four states. From Sporting Kansas City’s senior team to each and every youth player around the Midwest, this tour signified that we are all part of the same club by allowing our members to touch, feel and imagine raising the trophy themselves. Check out our Storify chronicling the tour and take a look at our video and photo album below highlighting this awesome series of events.
Thank you to the countless players, coaches, administrators, board members, fans and families that supported Sporting KC as they were crowned 2013 MLS Cup champions and celebrated the achievement along our tour throughout the Midwest. We’re so happy to have had the opportunity to share this victory with all of you and can’t wait to #DefendTogether!
The 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs will kick off Wednesday night in Frisco, Texas, when FC Dallas hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps in the Western Conference Knockout Round. The winner of that match wil advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals to take on Supporters' Shield champion Seattle Sounders.
Over in the East, Sporting KC will get things started Thursday night when they travel to Harrison, New Jersey, to take on the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round. The two teams squared off Sunday night at Sporting Park with the Red Bulls earning a decisive 2-0 victory.
Ahead of Thursday's match, Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes joined the MLS ExtraTime Radio podcast to discuss the state of his team, the move back to the Western Conference in 2015 and the club's pursuit of a former player. Click here to listen to the full show.
Here we go. The final week of the MLS regular season. Sporting Kansas City has already booked a playoff spot, but can still finish anywhere from 3-5.
The scenarios for each finish are simple. Sporting KC and the Columbus Crew each have 49 points but Sporting KC holds the first tiebreaker with more wins. The New York Red Bulls are currently in fifth place with 47 points.
If Sporting KC defeats the New York Red Bulls on Sunday (7:30pm, ESPN2, Buy Tickets) they will finish in third place in the Eastern Conference and play the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. A loss and Sporting KC will play in the Knockout Round game. A tie and our fate rests on Columbus' result vs. the Philadelphia Union.
Here are the MLS games that we'll be watching this weekend, including a few bonus national TV games:
1. Chicago Fire vs. Houston Dynamo | Friday, October 24, 7pm CT | NBCSN
Two teams that are out of the playoff race kick off a packed weekend of Major League Soccer. So why should Sporting KC fans tune in between innings of the Royals game tonight? The answer is simple: National TV ratings are importance to the growth of MLS.
2. Seattle Sounders vs. LA Galaxy | Saturday, October 25, 1:30pm CT | NBC
The MLS schedule makers could not have planned this any better. The Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy are tied atop the Supporters' Shield standings with one game left. That game happens to pit the two sides in what should be an epic match at CenturyLink Field.
3. Columbus Crew vs. Philadelphia Union | Sunday, 3pm CT | UniMas
Outside of Sunday's match at Sporting Park, this is the most important match for Sporting KC fans. If the Philadelphia Union can earn a win or a draw, Sporting KC will only need to tie the Red Bulls to avoid the Knockout Round. That won't be an easy task for the Union, however, as the Crew have been one of the hottest teams in MLS under first-year head coach Gregg Berhalter.
For today's Throwback Thursday, we're not throwing it back to a picture, per se, but instead to a series of experiences that current Sporting KC players and coaches have had at tonight's CCL venue.
For many Sporting KC players, tonight's match will be their first in the vaunted Monster's Cave, home of 30-time Costa Rican first division champion Deportivo Saprissa. But it won't be the first trip there for everyone. Sporting KC midfielder Jorge Claros played at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in the 2007 Copa Interclubes UNCAF, while Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes and assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin each featured in matches in the stadium.
Claros' former club Motagua visited Saprissa in the first leg of the 2007 Copa Interclubes UNCAF championship. Motagua drew the match 1-1 in San Jose before earning a 1-0 victory at home to clinch the championship.
Zavagnin was a member of the 2005 Kansas City Wizards team that drew Saprissa in the CONCACAF Champions' Cup. Saprissa defeated the Wizards 2-1 in AET after drawing Kansas City 0-0 at Arrowhead Stadium a week earlier.
Vermes is the only current member of Sporting KC's organization to have featured* Estadio Ricardo Saprissa as a member of the USMNT. Vermes' side lost to Costa Rica 3-2 in a World Cup qualifier on March 23, 1997. Overall, Costa Rica is 6-0 in World Cup qualifiers played at the Monster's Cave.
*Benny Feilhaber was a member of the 2009 USMNT squad that played against Costa Rica at Estadio Ricardo Saprissa in a World Cup qualifier, however, Feilhaber missed the match due to injury.
We said the CONCACAF Champions League group stage would become more clear after last night's matches and it certainly did. Two sides - Montreal Impact and Pachuca - entered the night looking to finish with 12 points in the group and both came up short.
A young New York Red Bulls team that could not advance to the next phase of the tournament held the Impact to a 1-1 draw at Red Bull Arena. Meanwhile, in Honduras, a Pachuca side that looked so dominant through the first three games of the group stage was anything but Wednesday night, falling 3-2 to Real Espana.
So what does this mean for Sporting KC? Simple.
Sporting KC can not only win their CCL group, but they can finish as the No. 2 overall seed in the Knockout Round or as low as the No. 7 overall seed. Here are all the potential scenarios as well as the potential quarterfinal opponent:
- Win by 12 or more = No. 2 seed vs Olimpia
- Win by 11 = No. 2 seed vs Olimpia OR No. 3 seed vs Pachuca (based on # of goals scored)
- Win by 3-10 = No. 3 seed vs Pachuca
- Win by 2 = No. 3 seed vs Pachuca OR No. 4 seed vs Montreal (based on # of goals scored)
- Win by 1 = No. 4 seed vs Montreal
- Draw = No. 7 seed vs Club America
- Lose by 1-2* = No. 7 seed vs Club America
*Eliminated with 2-0 loss; 3-1 loss results in drawing of lots
And here's a look at the overall standings of the group winners. Keep in mind that the first tiebreaker is goal differential and the second tiebreaker is goals scored.
|D.C. United (USA)||12||+5||6||0|
|Club America (MEX)||10||+16||19||0|
|CS Herediano (CRC)||10||+7||11||0|
|Montreal Impact (CAN)||10||+3||6||0|
|Sporting KC (USA)||7||+5||7||1|