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02 July 12:10 pm

Sporting Kansas City and Kia are teaming up for the Kia Total Fan Experience through the month of July to offer a prize package you don’t want to miss. The winner will receive two (2) tickets to Sporting KC’s match against D.C. United on August 23, 2014 at Sporting Park as well as an autographed Sporting Kansas City jersey and the ultimate VIP pre-game and on field experience. Enter online July 1st through July 31st by clicking here. In order for the entry to be valid, the contestant has to be at least 18 years or older and currently living within the Kansas City area. The winner will be selected at random Friday, August 1st, 2014. The full list of rules and regulations for the sweepstakes can be found here.

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01 July 2:09 pm

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When a five year old is asked what they want for their birthday, they are usually very anxious and eager to answer with his or her wish list. Perhaps stating the newest iPad or some action figures, or something else they can play with. But for Brody Davis, his sixth birthday would be different.
 
His birthday party was at the Kansas City Police Academy on Saturday, where he had a wonderful time with his friends and family. But instead of receiving gifts he had asked for, Brody told his guests to bring new soccer items so they could donate to kids in need. This generous and caring six year old was willing to take the focus off himself and highlight those in need.
 
Once Brody’s mother, Sherri Davis, learned of this selfless act she contacted Sporting KC’s foundation - The Victory Project. The plan is to distribute the donated items this fall at the next Recycle Your Game event, which aims to donate soccer items to disadvantaged youth in Kansas City.
 
As avid Sporting KC fans and current Season Ticket Members, the Davis family is no stranger to the organization. Little Brody has been able to experience the club and has grown to admire Graham Zusi as his role model. Brody also had the opportunity to give Graham his MLS Cup ring at a ceremony held in Sporting Park this May, after his mom won a fan contest.
 
Brody is a testament to the fact that there is no age limit to generosity and kindness, showing us that all can start a movement to impact the lives of others. The old saying “big things come in small packages” exemplifies this little boy and his enormous heart for others.
 
For those interested in hosting their own Victory Project or who want to learn more about the movement, please visit VictoryKC.org or follow on Twitter.

30 June 10:38 am

As the official supporters group of the U.S. Men's National Team, the American Outlaws have made a name for themselves during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Founded in 2007 by three soccer fanatics in Lincoln, Nebraska, American Outlaws has more than 20,000 members in 135 chapters nationwide. Check out what makes the Kansas City chapter special with this feature from FOX 4.

The USMNT continues its World Cup run on Tuesday against Belgium in the Round of 16 (3 p.m. CT, ESPN). You can bet the American Outlaws will be in attendance for the watch party hosted at KC Live! in the Power & Light District. Admission is free for all ages, and food and drink specials are available for supporters, as well as limited edition “For Club and Country” merchandise. 

The Mosaic Lounge (1331 Walnut St.) in the Kansas City Power & Light District will also host a watch party for Tuesday’s match. Guests ages 21 and up will have access to four domestic beers, a private cash bar, indoor/outdoor viewing spaces with televisions and projectors and a viewing area overlooking the KC Live! Block. Tickets for the game are $20 and can be purchased online. Doors open to Mosaic one hour prior to the match and close one hour after.

28 June 11:10 am

Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match for Sporting Kansas City's 1-0 victory over the Portland Timbers on Friday night. Voting is open until Sunday evening.

27 June 4:55 pm

Sporting Kansas City forward Soony Saad has scored three goals in the team's last three matches including two game-winners in all-competition.

Saad started his first League match of the 2014 season against the Dynamo on June 6 at BBVA Compass Stadium and tallied a 45th minute goal for the visitors, assisted by Benny Feilhaber. Team-leader in goals this season with 11, Dom Dwyer converted a penalty kick in the 70th minute to secure the win, despite Sporting KC midfielder Antonio Dovale's ejection in the 21st minute of play.

Saad also opened the scoring for Sporting KC against Minnesota United in their fourth round Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup victory. Sporting KC defeated Minnesota 2-0 at Sporting Park before bowing out of the domestic tournament with a fifth round loss to the Portland Timbers.

The Timbers scored three consecutive goals to start the match, before Saad struck again to shrink Portland's lead to two goals. At final whistle, Portland led 3-1 and advanced to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals. Sporting KC will have a chance at rendemption tonight as the team takes on Portland in League play at 10 p.m. CT at Providence Park.

26 June 3:57 pm

When Matt Besler and Graham Zusi were named to the U.S. Men's National Team roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, it marked the fifth consecutive tournament that a member of Kansas City's professional soccer team went to the World Cup.

Each week, we're highlighting a different World Cup tournament and Kansas City's representation at that tournament. The 1998 edition featured Preki (USA) and Uche Okafor (Nigeria), while the 2002 edition featured Tony Meola (USA). This week, we're throwing it back to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

That year, Bruce Arena named three Kansas City Wizards to the USMNT's roster: Eddie Johnson, Jimmy Conrad and Josh Wolff.

Johnson and Conrad played two matches each during the tournament, while Wolff came on as a sub in the USMNT's first match vs. the Czech Republic.

The United States earned one point during the tournament, falling to Ghana 2-1 in their final group stage match in the first match of what would become a budding rivalry.

24 June 9:57 pm

Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match for Sporting Kansas City's 3-1 loss against the Portland Timbers at Sporting Park on Tuesday night. Voting is open until Wednesday evening.

24 June 12:41 pm

There are good interviews, great interviews and interviews that you MUST listen to if you want to be an informed soccer fan. Peter Vermes' interview with Nate Bukaty this morning on The Border Patrol falls into the third category.

The Sporting KC Manager discussed the U.S. Men's National Team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the performance of Matt Besler and Graham Zusi at the tournament and the current state of Sporting KC including Tuesday night's U.S. Open Cup match vs. the Portland Timbers.

Goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum also joined Soren Petro on The Program this morning to discuss tonight's Open Cup match and getting the chance to play in front of his hometown fans.

24 June 9:59 am

Friday, June 20 saw clear skies and 80 degree temps for a much-needed break from the now commonplace daily downpour. It was a great day to be outside, but our finalists for the 2014 Kevin Gray Awards spent the evening with us at the Field Club at Sporting Park, so we could recognize them on their tremendous accomplishments.

The Kevin Gray Awards, presented by Pepsi, were established in honor of Kevin Gray, the late Kansas City Sports Commission president. Kevin was exceedingly passionate about soccer and its growth in the Kansas City area, so the Kevin Gray Player of the Year Awards recognize players, both youth and adult, for their excellence on the field. In addition to the Player of the Year Award, there is a Kevin Gray Coach of the Year Award, which recognizes a Kansas City area coach for his/her team’s success. The final award category is Soccer Ambassador of the Year, awarded to an individual who has worked tirelessly to support the game and its growth in Kansas City.

The 2014 Finalists are as follows:

• Female Youth Player of the Year: Cristina DeZeeuw, Haley Hanson, and Savannah Trujillo
• Male Youth Player of the Year: Matt Lewis, Jo Jo Piatczyc, and Steven Enna
• Adult Player of the Year: Frances Silva, Matt Besler, Seth Sinovic
• Coach of the Year: Tony Tocco, Peter Vermes, Vlatko Andonovski

The winner of the 2014 Kevin Gray Soccer Ambassador of the Year is Robb Heineman.

Our finalists gathered at Sporting Park on Friday evening for the 2014 Kevin Gray Awards Finalist Show, presented by Pepsi. This event included a special TV broadcast, where each finalist was recognized and interviewed by Time Warner Cable representatives, and the show in its entirety was broadcast live by Time Warner SportsChannel. The show ran flawlessly, and due to the broad smiles on the faces of the guests, we can all assume that the event was a resounding success.

After the show, the finalists and their families enjoyed conversing with one another and taking pictures with the MLS Cup, which was also present at the event. No finalist walked away empty handed, as each was presented with a special gift bag, courtesy of Pepsi.