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Two days out from Sporting Kansas City's MLS Cup rematch with Real Salt Lake, Sporting Kansas City defender Seth Sinovic and winger Sal Zizzo shared their thoughts on local sports talk radio. Listen to the interviews embedded below and for more on the mactch-up, watch today's press conference videos with Manager Peter Vermes and Zizzo -- who celebrated his 27th birthday on Thursday.
SETH SINOVIC (610 SPORTS RADIO)
SAL ZIZZO (SPORTS RADIO 810 WHB)
In August of 2013, during the Academy Affiliate Weekend, the Sporting Club Network named the very first Academy Affiliate All-Star Team with representatives from over seven different cities throughout the Midwest. During their time in Kansas City, this select group of young players received training from SKC senior team coaches at the team's training facility and competed in an exhibition game against Sporting KC's very own U14 Academy team.
With the success of the first Academy Affiliate All-Star Team, the program has been expanded in 2014. Now, the Sporting Club Network hosts two Academy Affiliate All-Star Experiences each year with the first one having taken place in late March. Eight Academy Affiliate clubs had the opportunity to select their top U14 and U12 male players to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Over 40 All-Stars were selected from over 10 major Midwestern cities to come to Kansas City to participate in a unique and exclusive opportunity.
To view pictures from the 2014 Spring Academy Affiliate All-Star Experience and learn about what these players got to be a part of, view the Storify below. Additionally, to stay up to date on all things Sporting Club Network, be sure to follow them on Twitter (@SportingKC_SCN) and like them on Facebook.
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Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler and midfielder Graham Zusi started for the U.S. Men's National Team on Wednesday in a 2-2 draw against Mexico at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The duo each played 59 minutes before exiting with the U.S. ahead 2-1 and will return to KC on Thursday.
Zusi set up the game's opening goal (video below) with a corner kick in the 15th minute that connected with Michael Bradley at the backpost for his fourth international assist in 20 appearances. Besler led all players with 10 clearances while successfully completing 26 of 29 passes in his 14th career cap.
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A new episode of The Sporting KC Show aired last night on Sports Radio 810 WHB with hosts Callum Williams and Andy Edwards joined by Seth Sinovic. Listen to the full podcast embedded below...
The station's soccer discussion continued this morning with Sporting Kansas City striker Dom Dwyer in studio for The Border Patrol with Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. Dwyer scored the game-winning goal in stoppage time of Sporting KC's 3-2 victory at Colorado (MLS Goal of the Week nominee) and was featured on Saturday's SKCTV broadcast.
Bukaty and Edwards will call Saturday's MLS Cup rematch between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake live on ESPN 102.9 FM with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. CT from Sporting Park. Immediately following the match, The Final Whistle: Sporting KC Postgame show will wrap up the night's action live from the Boulevard Members Club.
The U.S. Men's National Team faces Mexico tonight with Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler (13 caps) and midfielder Graham Zusi (19 caps) among the 20 players available for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann in his final match before the 2014 FIFA World Cup preparation camp begins next month. The international friendly will air live on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas at 10 p.m. CT and Johnny's Tavern in the KC Power & Light District will be hosting the official watch party for American Outlaws - Kansas City.
The Mexican media's attention once again focuses on Zusi, whose stoppage time goal in a 3-2 win at Panama lifted El Tri into position to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The teams now meet for the first time since those historic turn of events in October and today's El Universal newpspaper (shown on right) uses the headline "Of Love and Hate" to describe this edition of the "Clasico de CONCACAF."
And then there's this. On Monday, Zusi's interview with Televisa Deportes was interrupted by international correspondent Francisco Villalobos presenting a package of Patron as a symbolic gift of gratitude on behalf of his compatriots:
...la cara del Jefe de Prensa, priceless, pero Zusi, feliz con su tequila, en nombre de todos nosotros los mexicans. pic.twitter.com/8rNERTOxDN
— Francisco Villalobos (@fvreporter) April 1, 2014
Zusi has appeared in each of the last three meetings with Mexico (2-0-1), while the U.S. is 9-1-2 with Besler in the starting lineup. The United States is currently in the midst of a record 13-game winning streak on U.S. soil and, at No. 14 in the latest FIFA world rankings, currently sits six spots above their regional rivals.
Tonight's match will be played at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., the venue's third time hosting the U.S. MNT and the second in the #USAvMEX series. The first? In 2007, when then KC-captain Jimmy Conrad scored the game-winning goal in a 2-0 win.
The Sporting KC Show will air live from 7-8 p.m. CT tonight at Jazz at The Legends (1859 Village West Parkway, Suite 102) with special guest Seth Sinovic joining hosts Callum Williams and Andy Edwards on Sports Radio 810 WHB. The Leawood, Kan. native has appeared in 107 games for the club across all competition in the last three years after setting regular season career highs in games played (32), games started (31) and minutes (2,773) in 2013.
Sporting Kansas City is undefeated (3-0-1) in 2014 with Sinovic in the lineup and in the midst of an eight-game unbeaten streak (5-0-3) with Sinovic on the field dating back to last year. He earned his first invitation to the U.S. Men's National Team for the January Camp under head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and his strong start this season has made him the top-rated outside back on the MLS Castrol Index.
Can't make it to Jazz for tonight's show? Listen live on 810 AM, 810whb.com or via the station's free mobile app and join the discussion by calling 913-3-810-810.
— Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) April 1, 2014
Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match from Sporting Kansas City's 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rapids. Voting is open until Sunday evening.
UPDATE: Voting is now closed and Graham Zusi led the way 38.49% of the vote.
Will the floodgates open for the Sporting KC forward line? How crucial is Dillon Powers to the Rapids' attack? MLSsoccer.com's Matt Doyle and Dan Haiek answer those questions and more in this week's Scouting Report.
Saturday's match will kick off at 5 p.m. CT and can be seen on 38 the Spot as well as on SKCTV.