This week's Sporting Spotlight is shining bright on the man who makes our players and staff look so good. In her most recent journey into the Sporting KC world, 38 the Spot host Crystle Lampitt met up with equipment manager Mike Flaherty. Mike, aka @KitManSKC, explains what it's like to be the man behind-the-scenes in the locker room.
He tells of his interesting journey to joining the team's staff in 2009, his relationship with the players and also how the fan support makes his job so much more exciting. Tune in every Monday morning for the newest Sporting Spotlight on 38 The Spot or check out their YouTube playlist to catch up on previous segments.
Sporting Kansas City players recently visited Breakout KC -- newly opened in the River Market area -- and were able to escape Room 13 in 55 minutes and 30 seconds. Matt Besler had so much fun trying to breakout, the team captain wants to do it again! And you can join him as he tries to beat the the time clocked a few weeks earlier.
Do you want to breakout with Besler? Enter for your chance to be part of the World Cup veteran's team.
— Breakout Kansas City (@BreakoutKC) June 11, 2015
— Matt Besler (@MattBesler) June 11, 2015
All submissions must be in by 12 p.m. CT on Friday. Seven lucky entrants will be randomly selected for 60 minutes of hang-time with the three-time MLS All-Star and U.S. MNT centerback. Good luck!
On April 5th, 2013, The Victory Project hosted its first honoree, Xander Reynolds, in the Victory Suite at Sporting Park. The then eight-year-old was the guest of honor at the team’s match against D.C. United, which also marked the official launch of the foundation.
Less than a month after being honored -- thanks to donations from Sporting KC fans -- Xander’s mother was able to use the $3,000 raised during the game to purchase the Topaz CCTV reading device he needed to complete classwork at home. Xander has a brain tumor that has caused blindness in one eye and severely diminished vision in the other.
Now 10 years old, Xander continues chemotherapy treatments after experiencing a relapse last year. Treatments are going well and this summer Xander is spending a week at Camp Quality, which gives kids battling cancer a chance to be kids again. This afternoon, he also participated in a photo shoot at Sporting Park with Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi for the 2016 Braden’s Hope calendar(pictured with his mother Debra Reynolds).
Since its inception, the Victory Project has raised over $230,000 to help children in Kansas City. To find out more about the Victory Project, please visit VictoryKC.org or follow @VictoryKC on Twitter or @VictoryProjectKC on Instagram.
Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes during 1-0 win over Seattle Sounders FC (photo by Mike Gunnoe)
A new episode of The Sporting KC Show aired on Sports Radio 810 WHB last night featuring an extended interview with Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes, who moved into the top 10 on Major League Soccer's career wins chart with a 1-0 victory on Saturday over the first-place Seattle Sounders FC -- coincidentally led by the winningest coach in MLS history.
Sigi Schmid 215
Bruce Arena 181
Dominic Kinnear 144
Frank Yallop 127
Bob Bradley 124
Steve Nicol 112
Jason Kreis 92
Bob Gansler 86
Thomas Rongen 83
Peter Vermes 82
Vermes shared his thoughts on the team's recent seven-game unbeaten run, as well as recent additions to his technical staff and the upcoming match against St. Louis FC in the 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Listen to the full show embedded below, highlighted by these comments from Vermes:
We have a lot of young guys that are getting experience and performing well. They're getting a good taste of what it's like to play in some big games and at the same time find results. I think we're getting better defensively. I think Tim (Melia) is finding a real form in goal. At the same time, I think we have found a way to get on the scoresheet quite often as a team. I think that is a strong point no matter how you look at it.
We're very interested in the trophy of the U.S. Open Cup. It's another competition that is extremly important to us and it gives us the opportunity to win something. As much as we won in 2012, we haven't gone far enough the last two years. It's time for us to make a good run at this thing. We're going to do the best we can in that game in making sure that we put a team out there that is going to be very competitive and that helps us get the result. We know that when teams come to play us -- whether it's in regular season or Open Cup -- they're coming into an environment that is very exciting and it's not hard for teams to get up to play us. So we're going to have to be on our best game to make sure that we can get a result.
Sporting KC, The Victory Project and the Recreation Council of Greater Kansas City hosted a Soccer Ability Clinic at Swope Soccer Village on Thursday.
During this event, participants learned introductory skills with Sporting KC players and local volunteers. The development camp was for people of all ages and ability levels, particularly persons with disabilities including “developmental disabilities, physical disabilities/injuries and cognitive disabilities.”
Following the camp, attendees were able to obtain autographs from Jon Kempin, James Ansu Rogers, Saad Abdul-Salaam and Jimmy Medranda.
World Cup fever is back, Kansas City! Sporting Club Network and FC Kansas City have teamed up to create an exciting social media contest to celebrate the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. We have some awesome prizes up for grabs, including chances to win Sporting KC and FCKC tickets.
Here’s how it works: similar to last year’s Sporting Club Network #ForClubAndCountry contest, any soccer fan who posts a picture of themselves on Facebook or Twitter wearing Sporting KC, Sporting Club Network, FC Kansas City or U.S. Soccer attire WHILE watching any Women’s World Cup games will be entered into our contest. It’s that simple!
- Must be following @SportingKC_SCN and @FCKansasCity on Twitter or “Like” their pages on Facebook
- Must tag @SportingKC_SCN and @FCKansasCity in the tweet or post the picture on the respective Facebook page
- Picture must be of a soccer fan wearing Sporting KC, Sporting Club Network, FC Kansas City or U.S. Soccer attire.
We will be picking one winner with the most creative picture after each U.S. Women’s National Team group stage game and we will announce the grand prize winner after the World Cup final – producing four winners in total.
- First three winners will win either FCKC tickets, a signed FCKC t-shirt or a FCKC 2014 NWSL champions scarf
- Grand Prize: This lucky winner will receive a signed away jersey by FCKC team, four tickets to the Sporting KC vs. Montreal Impact match on July 18 AND a #ForClubAndCountry scarf
Additionally, FC Kansas City and Sporting Club Network are co-hosting an all-girls Mini Clinic on June 23, the 43rd anniversary of Title IX. Several Sporting KC and FCKC players will be in attendance and registration is free. More details on registration can be found on here.
What are you waiting for? Start following the Sporting Club Network and FC Kansas City on Twitter/Facebook and be sure to take a picture showing your support for the #USWNT in the World Cup!
Sporting Kansas City may have had off today, but World Cup veterans Graham Zusi and Matt Besler took to the airwaves to promote Saturday night's match against the Seattle Sounders. The weekend affair pits two of the hottest teams in MLS with a combined 7-1-5 record in their last six matches. Saturday's match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. CT with pregame coverage beginning at 7 p.m. CT on 38 the Spot and Sports Radio 810.
Zusi started the morning in-studio with Sports Radio 810's Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. The three-time MLS All-Star discussed his return from a concussion and playing against USMNT teammate Clint Dempsey.
In the afternoon, Besler visited 610 Sports KC's The Drive to chat with Danny Parkins and Carrington Harrison. Besler discussed the life of aprofessional athlete including his chance encounter with Kim Kardashian. Besler also stuck around for a second segment to take part in a "guys movie" draft. Which four movies did the Sporting KC captain pick? Listen to the podcast to find out:
Let your voice be heard! The first week of MLS All-Star voting has passed and the numbers are in. Four of eight eligible Sporting KC candidates are in the top five of their respective positions.
Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia is currently fifth among all goalkeepers only 1,100 votes behind World Cup veteran Nick Rimando. Sporting KC captain Matt Besler is second among all defenders behind his USMNT center back partner Omar Gonzalez, while midfielders Benny Feilhaber and Graham Zusi are currently third and fourth among all midfielders, respectively.
Voting is open through July 3 at 2 p.m. CT via the online poll at MLSsoccer.com, through social media and through a goalscoring competitiong on EA SPORTS FIFA 15. Eleven total players (one goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders and three forwards) with the highest combined votes will be named to the All-Star Fan XI..
An eligible social media vote must include the hashtag #MLSAllStar AND:
1. the player's full name (first and last required) with or without a space (e.g., Graham Zusi or GrahamZusi) OR
2. the player's Instagram / Twitter @handle (e.g., @gzusi).
Visit www.sportingkc.com/allstar for more details.
Fresh off his first MLS start and first professional assist -- a clever backheel for Graham Zusi in Sporting Kansas City's 4-0 win over FC Dallas last Friday -- rookie Connor Hallisey was a guest on The Sporting KC Show tonight with hosts Nate Bukaty, Andy Gruenebaum and Carter Augustine on Sports Radio 810 WHB.
"(It was an) awesome result, 4-0 against Dallas which everybody was saying was the best team in the League," Hallisey said. "I think we really showed them what we're doing even though we're depleted with injuries. We're showing how deep we are and the guys that are getting their opportunities are taking it. We're playing really well right now."
Ahead of Sporting Kansas City's showdown with the Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday at Sporting Park, tonight's show also featured an interview with three-time MLS Defender of the Year Chad Marshall. Listen to the full episode embedded below, as well as separate Sports Radio 810 WHB segments with Sporting KC's Kevin Ellis (The Program) and Benny Feilhaber (Sports Night) from the past 24 hours.
SPORTING KC SHOW - 6/2/15
KEVIN ELLIS - 6/2/15
BENNY FEILHABER - 6/1/15
Dom Dwyer takes over New York. That's essentially what happened on Monday as the Sporting KC forward went through the proverbial car wash, visiting media members around the city to talk about this season with Sporting Kansas City and the upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup.
After watching the U.S. Women's National Team in their final World Cup tune-up at Red Bull Arena, Dwyer went to New York along with his wife USWNT star Sydney Leroux to discuss her preparation for their World Cup campaign this summer and his recent MLS Goal of the Week winning strike against the New England Revolution. Here is a recap of Dwyer's day in Manhattan.
Dom started the day as a guest on CBS News and discussed the FIFA scandal and the growth of soccer in the United States.
Dwyer then popped by the MLS League office to have some fun on Periscope and join the guys on ExtraTime Radio. Dwyer discussed the recent form of Sporting KC, the addition of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard to MLS and played a quick newlywed game with Leroux.
From there, Dwyer sat down with ESPNFC to check in on his preseason bet with broadcaster Alejandro Moreno.
To close out the day, Dwyer spoke with CNN about last year's infamous selfie goal celebration and the coming Women's World Cup.