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15 August 3:31 pm

Does your son or daughter need a new wardrobe for their first week of school? You're in luck!

Sporting Kansas City will be hosting a Back to School sale for Sporting KC Season Ticket Members prior to Saturday's match at Sporting Park. Season Ticket Member cards MUST be shown to enter the sale which will take place next to the Sporting Style store on the north end of the Sprint Plaza.

The sale will run from 5:30pm - 7pm CT (while supplies last) but fans can receive an additional 10% off items from 5:30pm - 6:30pm CT.

Sporting KC's match against Toronto FC will kick off at 7:30pm CT. Limited tickets are available and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or at the Sporting Park Box Office on Saturday.

 

14 August 3:48 pm

A week ago, it was Sporting KC captain Matt Besler. Last night, Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman took his turn.  Today, Manager Peter Vermes and four more of the MLS Cup champions joined in on the nationwide movement.

Check out the video playlist below to see Dom Dwyer, Jon Kempin, Jacob Peterson and Erik Palmer-Brown follow their coach's lead after the team's training on Thursday at the Swope Soccer Village.

In addition to raising awareness for the disease, the Ice Bucket Challenge has led to $7.6 million in donations for The ALS Association since July 29. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that currently has no cure. Click here to learn more about ALS and to find out how you can support the cause.

14 August 12:59 pm

 
Sporting Kansas City players Graham Zusi, Matt Besler, Aurelien Collin, Dom Dwyer and Soony Saad used their hands to help the Kansas City affiliate of Habitat for Humanity build a home for a local family in need. The home has been in the process of being rebuilt over the past few weeks and the players helped further that progress on Tuesday afternoon.
 
The Kansas City affiliate of Habitat for Humanity is celebrating its 35th year providing affordable homes to qualified families in the KC area. The organization aims to work on 35 houses over the course of the year, with six of those being complete rebuilds. The house that was worked on during Tuesday’s community effort is one of those six being rebuilt. But it wasn’t just Sporting KC players working. They were joined by people from Fat Brain Toys, Jose Pepper’s and the Legoland Discovery Center.
 
“I am just overjoyed,” said homeowner Crystal Stewart. “The fact that this many people are willing to donate their time and energy to help me is huge for me. It’s a big day.”
 
There was a great deal of joy felt outside the home, where people from different organizations were able to come together to help. Putting in the work for a project like this may not be easy, but the players recognized their hard work will pay great dividends.
 
“I love these kinds of opportunities to give back to the community and help out any way I can,” said Zusi. “It’s even more special when you can see how much the work impacts that person, like it does for Crystal.”
 
To learn more about the Kansas City affiliate of Habitat for Humanity and how to get involved, visit habitatkc.org.

13 August 8:58 pm

If you've been on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc., you may have seen a new trend that's taken over the internet. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is the latest craze that has people of all ages pouring ice cold water on their head to raise money for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman was challenged today by MLS commissioner Don Garber. Heineman wasted little time accepting the challenge and did it in a fashion befitting the Sporting KC CEO.

Click here to learn more about ALS or to donate to the cause.


UPDATE: Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid completes his challenge from Heineman on the final day of the team's training camp at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, MO (video here).

 

13 August 9:39 am

The first ever concert to benefit The Victory Project will be held on Sunday, August 24th at The recordBar in Westport. The concert will feature music by classic country and western band the Starhaven Rounders, and Gary Kirkland.

Guests will have the opportunity to listen to live local music while bidding on live and silent auction items. Some of the auction items include tickets to the following: a Sporting KC game in the Victory Suite, the Chiefs home opener, Crossroads Music Fest and Buzz Beachball. Even a hot air balloon ride is up for grabs!
 
Jim and Dani Anderson -- Sporting KC and Starhaven Rounder fans -- donated the band for this event and are the benefactors for the evening.  After bidding on and winning their favorite band in an auction benefiting KKFI, they decided to have a fundraiser instead of a party. KKFI is a local radio station recognized by Paste Magazine as being one of the Top 10 most unique public and community radio stations.
 
“We have always loved Sporting KC and all they do for the city,” said Dani Anderson. “Jim and I felt that since the Starhaven Rounders band graciously donated their time, we should have a concert benefiting a local charity. We thought long and hard about what charity would best fit our desire to help children and The Victory Project fit that bill perfectly.”

EVENT DETAILS
Date: Sunday, August 24
Location: The recordBar
Time: Doors open at 6 p.m., music starts at 7 p.m. and live auction starts at 8:45 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $20 and all of the proceeds from ticket and auction sales will benefit The Victory Project. To purchase your ticket visit: VictoryProjectRoundup.splashthat.com.

12 August 10:03 am

After review by a collection of Sporting KC players and front office staff members, the following 10 submissions have been selected as finalists for Sporting KC's inaugural National Anthem Contest:

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

Now we're turning it over to you; the fans. Cast your vote below for the contestant you'd like to hear sing the National Anthem prior to Sporting Kansas City's match against D.C. United on August 23. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. CT on Monday, August 18.

 

10 August 9:49 pm

Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match from Sporting Kansas City's 2-0 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place on Sunday night. Voting is open through Monday.

07 August 2:54 pm

Landon Donovan's illustrious career -- a career that has spanned 299 MLS regular season starts, the first of which came right here in Kansas City -- will come to a close at the end of the 2014 season. The LA Galaxy and U.S. Men's National Team star revealed the news on Thursday, one day after scoring the game-winning goal in the 2014 MLS All-Star Game and collecting MVP honors.

As such, today's Throwback Thursday turns back the clock to April 28, 2001. Just three days after riding the bench for the United States in a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica at Arrowhead Stadium, a 19-year-old Donovan was in the San Jose Earthquakes starting lineup for the first time in his 14-year MLS career to face the reigning MLS Cup champions on their home field.

"I specifically remember that game because it was Landon's first (start) and there was a lot of hype coming into it," teammate Ian Russell recalled in 2005. "And we got a glimpse of Landon, seeing how dangerous he can be up front for us."

While the game ended in a scoreless draw, Donovan had no shortage of success against Kansas City over the course of his career. His 13 goals and 12 assists in the regular season versus KC make him the only player in MLS history to put up double digits in both goals and assists against Kansas City. And there's also his lone postseason strike in the series: a 117th-minute golden goal in overtime of the 2003 Western Conference Championship en route to his second of five MLS Cup championships.

Then Kansas City Star sports writer Joe Posnanski penned a column dedicated to Donovan back in April 2001 amidst the interest surrounding Donovan's first visit to KC for the dose of club and country double duty. Under the headline "Donovan May Be The Man," he wrote…

What U.S. men's soccer needs is a hero. A goal scorer…Maybe it's Landon Donovan.

#ThanksLD

07 August 2:25 am

The Major League Soccer All-Stars defeatd Bayern Munich 2-1 Wednesday night in the 2014 MLS All-Star Game. Bradley Wright-Phillips and Landon Donovan provided the goals for MLS, while four Sporting KC players - Matt Besler, Aurelien Collin, Graham Zusi and Dom Dwyer - took to the Providence Park pitch.

06 August 4:37 pm

The MLS All-Star festivities will conclude tonight when the MLS All-Stars take the pitch against German giants Bayern Munich at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon.

Before taking the field against Bayern, Sporting KC captain Matt Besler as well as homegrown goalkeeper Jon Kempin participated in the MLS All-Star Week FootGolf Challenge.