Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match from Sporting Kansas City's 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact on Saturday night at Stade Saputo. Voting is open through Sunday evening.
— Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) July 11, 2014
Sporting Kansas City trained in Montreal this morning ahead of tomorrow's showdown at Stade Saputo. Manager Peter Vermes' squad will be frequent visitors north of the border with three of their next four road games coming on Canadian soil (7/12 at MTL, 7/26 at TOR, 8/10 at VAN), where Sporting KC has six regular season victories all-time -- second most among MLS clubs.
Montreal, in particular, has been the source of valuable road points for Sporting KC since the Impact entered MLS in 2012. Sporting KC is one of just two teams with multiple victories at Stade Saputo in MLS play, including a 3-0 victory there in May.
Sporting KC all-time in Canada: 6-4-5
- ...at Montreal: 2-1-1
- ...at Toronto: 3-3-3
- ...at Vancouver: 1-0-1
For more on the #MTLvSKC match-up, check out the MLSsoccer.com Scouting Report below with Nick Firchau and Matt Doyle...
Congratulations to Vonda Norman from Shawnee, KS for being this year's winner in the Rally House Ultimate Fan Experience! Vonda won a $500 shopping spree with Sporting Kansas City Defender, Ike Opara. Her friends and family were treated to quite the experience on June 25th at the Kansas Sampler across from Oak Park Mall and stocked up on lots of great merchandise to go with the authentic Sporting Kansas City jersey she won as part of the prize package. Vonda also received two tickets to last Sunday’s home match on July 6th vs. Chicago Fire at Sporting Park, which will included a meet-and-greet, stadium tour and pre-game field access to watch warm-ups.
Sporting Kansas City and Rally House entered a three-year sponsorship agreement last season. In addition to the fan sweepstakes, look out for player appearances at Rally House and Kansas Sampler locations across the area. Follow Rally House on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest.
Food is fuel. You have probably never given much thought to building one of your daily meals and have allowed hunger and personal taste play the bigger role in choosing your daily meals. Whether you are a professional athlete or not, the goal of nutrition is to provide the body with stable energy and sufficient nutrients to perform. Without the proper quality and amount of fuel we cannot expect the body to function at a world class level and be able to sustain the demands of life and sport. So how do we do this? Well here at Sporting Kansas City our main strategy with players is educating them on which choices to make to fuel, build, protect, prevent and hydrate their bodies for high performance. We use the following categories to help educate our athletes on food selection:
- Foods that Fuel: select minimally processed high fiber carbohydrates that provide sustainable energy. Examples include whole wheat bread, sweet potatoes, steel cut oats, quinoa, kamut, lentils.
- Foods that Build: use lean proteins that provide the body with the building blocks for repair and recovery. Examples include fish, chicken, turkey, lean red meats, tofu, cottage cheese, egg whites.
- Foods that Protect: choose health fats that decrease inflammation and nourish the brain, such omega 3’s in salmon, tuna, flaxseed, walnuts, olive oil
- Foods that Prevent: eat colorful fruits and vegetables that provide fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants needed for repair and immune function. Examples: spinach, kale, berries, peppers, beets.
- Hydrate: take the proper amount of liquids on a daily basis, aiming for 1 oz of water per pound of body weight per day.
To optimize our nutritional success we teach players some basic strategies to follow on a daily basis:
- Eat clean by choosing non-processed natural foods, avoid things in wraps or packages as much as possible.
- Eat every 3 hours, aiming for 6 meals a day (breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, snack) to maintain energy levels throughout the day
- Fuel with minimally processed carbohydrates, eat healthy fats, power with lean proteins
- Stay hydrated
- Eat breakfast everyday, this kick starts your metabolism for the day
- Eat a rainbow of colors for fruits and vegetables
- Recover after workout with a recovery shake or meal (protein and carbohydrates within 30 min)
Sporting Park is hiring! Interested candidates are invited to attend a job fair from 5:30-9 p.m. CT on Monday, July 14 in the Boulevard Members Club (One Sporting Way in Kansas City, KS).
Part-time positions include ambassadors, hosts, concierge and merchandise. All applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
- Gate Ambassador – Greet fans upon entry and examine/scan tickets for all ticketed events at Sporting Park. Monitor and control guest behavior and access to Stadium as required. Must have excellent customer service skills. Ability to work in extreme weather conditions and stand for lengths of time encouraged.
- Fan Host – Assist fans in locating seats during events at Sporting Park. Work to ensure crowd behavior is positive and supports an enjoyable experience for all guests. As necessary, escalate situations to supervisors and/or security. Must have excellent customer service skills. Ability to work in extreme weather conditions and stand for lengths of time encouraged.
- Premium Concierge – Assist guests in locating the Premium areas of Sporting Park and supplies general information. Must have excellent customer service skills. This position is ideal for a candidate who prefers to work indoors and has the ability to stand for lengths of time.
- Elevator Concierge – Greet guests as they arrive to the elevators within the premium spaces at Sporting Park. Must have excellent customer service skills.
- Merchandise Seller – This position will be responsible for processing and selling merchandise during Sporting Kansas City matches and other special events deemed necessary. Other duties include inventory, stocking merchandise items, assisting season ticket clients, and representing the organization in a positive and respectful manner.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup is on the cusp of crowning a champion as Argentina and Germany will meet in the final on Sunday at the historic Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2 p.m. CT live on ABC & Univision). While Germany are making a record eighth appearance in the World Cup final and fourth straight top-four finish after handing the hosts a stunning 7-1 defeat on Tuesday, Argentina have advanced past the quarterfinal round for the first time since doing so in 1986 and 1990 when they ultimately met West Germany in the final on both occasions.
Back then, La Albiceleste fielded Diego Maradona in his prime but today a new age of stars led by captain and four-time FIFA Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi has the South American side on the brink of lifting the World Cup trophy for the first time since 1986 -- nearly a full year before the 27-year-old Messi was born.
Glimpses of this golden generation began to garner attention on the global stage in 2005 at the FIFA World Youth Championship when Argentina's Under-20 squad featured six players now in Brazil on their World Cup roster: Sergio Aguero, Lucas Biglia, Fernando Gago, Ezequiel Garay, Lionel Messi and Pablo Zabaleta. Five of those six were on the field yesterday in Argentina's semifinal showdown versus the Netherlands, including the team's first three shooters in the decisive penalty shootout.
As such, it comes as little surprise that Argentina outlasted the 24-team field in 2005 to claim the prestigious youth title but only after opening the tournament with a stunning group stage upset at the hands of the United States. "There's no excuse for this defeat," said Lionel Messi, who went on to become the tournament's top player and goal scorer.
Turning back the clock nine summers ago, today's Throwback Thursday remembers the roles Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber and forward Jacob Peterson played at Arke Stadium in the Netherlands when the United States Under-20 Men's National Team prevailed 1-0 over Argentina, earned a scoreless draw against Germany and won their group thanks to Peterson's game-winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Egypt.
- June 11, 2005: USA 1, Argentina 0
- June 15, 2005: USA 0, Germany 0
- June 18, 2005: USA 1, Egypt 0
Benny Feilhaber and the U.S. celebrate Chad Barrett's goal against Argentina
Major League Soccer released on Monday the updated voting results for the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. Twitter voting closed last Sunday, but the online ballot is open until July 11 at 2 p.m. CT. The MLS All-Star Fan XI will be revealed on July 16.
Seven Sporting Kansas City players are on the ballot. U.S. Men's National Team defender Matt Besler currently leads all defenders while the six other Sporting KC players are in the top six of their respective positions.
|1. Nick Rimando||1. Matt Besler||1. Clint Dempsey||1. Landon Donovan|
|2. Julio Cesar||2. Steven Beitashour||2. Michael Bradley||2. Thierry Henry|
|3. Eric Kronberg||3. DeAndre Yedlin||3. Graham Zusi||3. Jermain Defoe|
|4. Donovan Ricketts||4. Aurelien Collin||4. Kyle Beckerman||4. Chris Wondolowski|
|5. Jon Busch||5. Omar Gonzalez||5. Benny Feilhaber||5. Robbie Keane|
|6. Seth Sinovic||6. Tim Cahill||6. Dom Dwyer|
|7. Chad Marshall||7. Will Johnson||7. Obafemi Martins|
In just a few short years, Matt Besler went from MLS Breakout Player of the Year to MLS All-Star to one of the faces of Major League Soccer. In the past year, Besler went from U.S. Men's National Team January camp invitee to regular starter at center back to one of the most consistent players for the USMNT at this summer's World Cup in Brazil.
And after a successful World Cup campaign which saw Besler start four matches and go toe-to-toe with the likes of Portugal's, Cristiano Ronaldo and Germany's Thomas Muller, everyone wanted a piece of the Sporting KC captain.
Following the USMNT's exit from the World Cup, Besler flew to New York to do a series of interviews with national media outlets from SportsCenter to Good Morning America to CBS This Morning to various radio shows. Here is a sampling of Besler's media hits.
Matt Besler and DeAndre Yedlin on Good Morning America
Matt Besler and DeAndre Yedlin on CBS This Morning
CBS This Morning Web Extra
Matt Besler on ESPNFC Part 1
Matt Besler on ESPNFC Part 2
Matt Besler on ESPNFC Part 3
Matt Besler on ESPNFC Part 4
— SVP & Russillo (@SVPandRussillo) July 3, 2014
Besler on The Gottlieb Show
Besler also stopped into Bristol and did a live hit on SportsCenter as well as a live chat on ESPN.com. Click here to read the transcript.
— Linda Cohn (@lindacohn) July 3, 2014