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.
A year ago yesterday, the U.S. Men's National Team earned one of its more impressive results in recent memory.
Four days after the Snow Clasico in Colorado, Jurgen Klinsmann's side, with Sporting KC's Matt Besler and Graham Zusi in the starting XI, earned a historic 0-0 draw in Mexico, the second time the USMNT earned a point in Mexico in a World Cup qualifying match.
One year later, the USMNT - with Besler and Zusi - are back in action against Mexico, in their final tuneup before the World Cup camp begins. Wednesday's match will kick off at 10 p.m. CT on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas.
Photo by USA Today Sports Images
Wearing the No. 14 shirt, it is only fitting Sporting Kansas City striker Dom Dwyer is off to a strong start to his 2014 campaign both on and off the field. Three weeks into his third professional season, Dwyer has appeared in all five games for the club in addition to appearances on the cover of INK magazine and the USL PRO media guide. Top that off with his acting debut in the recently released Great Clips commercial and a picture-perfect backflip to celebrate his game-winning goal in Saturday's 1-0 victory over San Jose and it's easy to see how the spotlight shines on a dynamic young talent like Dwyer.
Last night, The Sporting KC Show caught up with the former first round draft pick to hear his thoughts on the season's early stages. Listen to the full podcast from Sports Radio 810 WHB embedded below as hosts Callum Williams and Andy Edwards are also joined by Colorado Rapids play-by-play voice Richard Fleming to preview Saturday's game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
20-year-old Sporting KC midfielder Jimmy Medranda | Photo by USA Today Sports Images
With today's roster move to waive defender Josh Gardner -- at age 31, the oldest player on Peter Vermes' squad -- Sporting Kansas City ranks third among Major League Soccer's 19 teams with an average age of 25.34 years. Midfielder Jimmy Medranda (pictured above) is the youngest player to appear for the team this season at age 20 and is one of eight players eligible for MLSsoccer.com's "24 under 24" in 2014 along with Christian Duke, Kevin Ellis, Mikey Lopez, Alex Martinez, Erik Palmer-Brown, Oriol Rosell and Soony Saad.
At age 16, Palmer-Brown remains the youngest player in MLS -- born six months before the league's second youngest pro, Chivas USA forward Caleb Calvert.
|1. Vancouver Whitecaps||24.58||Marco Carducci (17)|
|2. Columbus Crew||25.30||Wil Trapp (21)|
|3. Sporting KC||25.34||Erik Palmer-Brown (16)|
|4. FC Dallas||25.41||Kellyn Acosta (18)|
|5. Philadelphia Union||25.47||Zach Pfeffer (19)|
|6. D.C. United||25.48||Michael Seaton (17)|
|7. Toronto FC||25.54||Jordan Hamilton (18)|
|8. New England Revolution||25.66||Diego Fagundez (19)|
|9. Real Salt Lake||25.80||Jordan Allen (18)|
|10. Houston Dynamo||25.84||Bryan Salazar (19)|
|11. Colorado Rapids||25.88||Charles Eloundou (19)|
|12. Chicago Fire||26.09||Grant Ward (19)|
|13. LA Galaxy||26.10||Bradford Jamieson IV (17)|
|14. Chivas USA||26.23||Caleb Calvert (17)|
|15. Montreal Impact||26.43||Maxime Crepeau (19)|
|16. Portland Timbers||26.47||Alvas Powell (19)|
|17. New York Red Bulls||26.95||Matt Miazga (18)|
|18. Seattle Sounders||27.17||Aaron Kovar (20)|
|19. San Jose Earthquakes||27.31||Tommy Thompson (18)|
Photo by Graham Green
Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler joined The Border Patrol with Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty on Sports Radio 810 WHB this morning. Listen to the full podcast embedded below as the Overland Park, Kan. native discusses his trademark long throw-in's, the team's 1-0 win over San Jose on Saturday, his new leadership role as the team's captain and the club's next match at the Colorado Rapids.
New Week. New Goal. Getting our first points on the road this season. #focused
— Matt Besler (@mbesler) March 24, 2014
Besler was recently named Sportsman of the Year by the Kansas City Sports Commission and will be formally presented with the award, sponsored by the Kansas City Downtown Marriott, at the Awards Banquet on April 11.
For more Sporting Kansas City coverage on talk radio, tune into Sports Radio 810 WHB from 7-8 p.m. CT on Wednesday for The Sporting KC Show with hosts Callum Williams and Andy Edwards. Listeners can join the discussion by calling 913-3-810-810 and the show is available live via 810 AM, 810whb.com or through the station's free mobile app.