Crystle Lampitt's Sporting Spotlight series continued today on 38 the Spot with Peter Vermes taking his turn to be showcased in the weekly video segments. The Sporting KC Manager shared his connection to U.S. Women's National Team star Carli Lloyd, his thoughts on the growth of soccer in Kansas City and across the United States, as well as insight into his coaching philosophy.
Check out the interviews below and tune in to 38 the Spot every Monday morning for the latest features on Sporting Kansas City players and staff.
Sporting KC defender Kevin Ellis heads in a Krisztian Nemeth cross in the 52nd minute to make it 1-0 against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The goal is Ellis' second of the regular season.
With Sporting Kansas City off from training yesterday, captain Matt Besler took some time to visit Sports Radio 810-WHB for a chat with morning radio host Nate Bukaty. Besler's 30-minute interview touched on a variety of topics including the emergence of goalkeeper Tim Melia, his defensive partnership with Kansas City native Kevin Ellis and recent developments in MLS including the addition of targeted allocation money and many international stars.
Bukaty asked Besler how Sporting Kansas City has managed to find success with players that don't have the resume of a Steven Gerrard or a Frank Lampard. The Sporting KC captain and World Cup veteran responded:
"It doesn't matter who you are or where you come from or how big your name is, you have to buy into the team. You have to buy into the system we play. And if you do that, you are going to fit in. And if you don't do that, and this is a credit to Peter [Vermes], but if you don't do that and you don't perform then he is going to let you go."
Listen to the podcast of the interview below including Besler's thoughts on the potential for Mexican international Giovani Dos Santos joining MLS.
Every little girl loves being pampered at a good beauty party -- especially after a long day in the doctor’s office -- while surrounded by friends and family. This morning, the wives and girlfriends of Sporting KC players joined in on the fun as the Shadow Buddies Foundation hosted their second "Pink Party" at Children's Mercy.
The hospital holds an all-day clinic for girls in the area diagnosed with Turner Syndrome (TS) throughout the year and The Victory Project was eager to get involved in its mission to help children thrive through life's challenges.
"I love this event because we do parties all over but this is one of the best. And we can always rely on the Sporting KC girls to be here and to continue that [relationship]," said Shadow Buddies coordinator Kaileigh Kupchin.
The group painted nails, applied make-up, curled hair and helped with various other activities in addition to having the chance to talk with nearly 50 participants and their families. Each participant also received a Shadow Buddy doll dressed like superheroes and a gift bag filled with goodies.
"It's really neat we get to do this for them," said Abra House, shown on right with Graham Zusi. "The boys get to do so much for the community and it's nice for their counterparts to come out to the community who support us. To be able to represent them and give back to the community is nice."
Other girlfriends and wives also enjoyed being a part of this special occasion, with the highlight being able to see the kids' smiles at the end of their mini-makeovers.
"I like that the kids are happy. They are not thinking about the hospital and appointments and it feels special to see that," said Meggy De Jong.
By now, you've probably seen the photo of U.S. Women's National Team striker Sydney Leroux and Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer embracing after Leroux's squad won the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. It was an emotional moment for the couple and one that was captured and has been shared thousands of times.
So how did the magical moment come about? Dwyer spoke with Sports Radio 810's Kevin Kietzman yesterday about the moment, supporting his wife at the World Cup and what lies ahead for Sporting KC and Major League Soccer.
Listen to the podcast of the interview below:
Check out the newest edition of the Sporting KC Show on Sports Radio 810 WHB as Nate Bukaty, Andy Gruenebaum and Carter Augustine discussed all the latest news surrounding American soccer. The hosts discussed a variety of topics including the U.S. Women’s National Team’s World Cup victory, Sporting KC’s recent Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup victory, and their upcoming MLS regular season matchup with Vancouver.
The Sporting KC Show opened their conversation by reviewing the dominant performance by the U.S. Women’s National Team in their World Cup final victory over Japan, which was the most watched soccer match in the U.S. of all time. Bukaty, who emceed the watch parties at and the Kansas City Power & Light District for both the Men’s and Women’s World Cup, compared the support from Kansas City soccer fans during both events:
"There was a good number for the semifinal, maybe five or six thousand," he said. "I didn’t know what to expect for the final. I got there an hour before the game and the place was already packed. Then a half hour before the game they were turning people away because it was too packed. That’s what it was like for the men’s game against Belgium."
Listen to the full podcast of the show below:
Sporting KC captain Matt Besler joined The Program with Soren Petro on Sports Radio 810 to discuss the team’s season, the USWNT World Cup victory, and the state of soccer in the United States. Listen to the full 18-minute interview below.
Besler represented the United States in the World Cup last summer alongside Sporting KC teammate Graham Zusi, and is of the opinion that the talent pool of soccer in the United States will increase as more children are learning the game. He told Petro “My generation is the first that grew up as kids playing soccer, and now the game is being passed down to the our kids, and that is going to help the game grow.”
Besler, who was selected 8th overall in the first round of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, has started at least 10 games every season since his debut, and was voted MLS defender of the year in both 2012 and 2013 as well as MLS Best XI in 2012, and 2013, and MLS Fan XI in 2014.
This week’s Sporting Spotlight shifts its’ focus to rookie defender Saad Abdul-Salaam. The 23-year-old fullback recorded his first professional assist in Sporting KC’s 6-2 win over FC Dallas in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, and has impressed with raw athletic ability and aggression down the flanks in his first six MLS appearances.
38 the Spot host Crystle Lampitt caught up with the University of Akron product to learn about his childhood memories, as well as his relationship with his roommate, and fellow rookie Amadou Dia.
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