The Sporting KC Academy U14's and U18's won U.S. Youth Futsal national titles last weekend at the New Century Field House in Gardner, Kansas. The U14's defeated Ginga Academy 4-1 in Sunday's championship match, while the U18 division featured an all-Sporting KC championship as Team Indigo topped Team Argyle 8-7.
The Sporting KC U16's finished the group stage in first place with a 2-1-0 record and claimed a 6-5 semifinal win before falling 6-0 to Samba Black Boys in the championship. Fellow Academy clubs Sporting Blue Valley and Sporting Lincoln also competed in the tournament, which hosted 126 teams from 19 different states.
As Dom Dwyer soared to the top of Sporting KC's single-season scoring charts last year, the one question on many people's mind was how many goals will he finish with? And better yet, what number did he set for himself at the start of the year? Although the Sporting KC Golden Boot winner would not reveal the number at year's end, he did say that his 22 goals was shy of his preseason goal.
In a recent interview with ESPNFC's Alejandro Moreno, Dwyer hinted that 30 goals might be in the cards for his goal this coming year. He also made a bet with Moreno if he were to score more than 18 goals. The terms of the bet? You'll have the watch the interview to find out.
The SKC Academy U16s finished the second phase of the 2014-15 Generation adidas Cup with a 1-0 loss to FC Dallas on Monday. Despite heavy wind and rain, Sporting KC held Dallas scoreless through the first half. A second half penalty kick, however, sealed the win for the Texas squad, who is currently in first place in the USSDA U-15/U-16 Central Conference with a 10-1-2 record.
The Sporting KC Academy U-16s entered Monday following a two-goal victory over an MLS opponent on Saturday at the Houston Sports Park. The win secured a top-two finish in the Central Region standings, qualifying for the coveted GA bracket at the national event to be held in Dallas in April.
The Sporting KC U16's prevailed 2-0 over the Colorado Rapids with goals from Fernando Borges and Chase Bromstedt. Goalkeepers Steve Tekesky and Dakotah Bainter combined for the clean sheet as the squad increased their goal difference to +9 in the competition (11 goals scored, two goals allowed) thus far.
After taking a few days to rest and recover in frigid Kansas City, Sporting KC returns to warm and sunny Tucson, Arizona for the second leg of preseason training and participation in the 2015 Desert Diamond Cup. Peter Vermes' side will face three Western Conference opponents -- Colorado Rapids on Wednesday, Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday and Real Salt Lake on Feb. 25 -- before ending the tournament with a placement game on Feb. 28.
All four of Sporting KC's matches in the Desert Diamond Cup will be streamed live on SportingKC.com. SKCTV's broadcast pairing of Nate Bukaty (play-by-play) and Andy Gruenebaum (color) will provide the call for Saturday's friendly against defending Supporters' Shield champion Seattle.
As round two of preseason begins this week, check out the highlights of last Monday's 4-2 win over FC Tucson at Kino North Stadium. Hungarian forward Krisztian Nemeth -- acquired in December from Dutch club Roda JC Kerkrade -- bagged a second-half hat-trick and assisted the game-winner to Jimmy Medranda, giving fans reason for excitement ahead of the 2015 regular season.
The Sporting Kansas City Academy U16's opened "Event 2" of the 2014-15 Generation adidas Cup with a 3-1 win over the Columbus Crew on Friday at the Houston Sports Park. The victory keeps Sporting KC atop the Central Region standings with a perfect 3-0-0 record and a +7 goal difference (nine goals scored, two goals conceded).
The 2014-15 GA Cup features 18 academy teams affiiliated with MLS teams, divided into three regions (East, Central and West). The top two teams from each group will qualify for the "GA" bracket at the national event in April, while the remaining teams will qualify to the "ESP" bracket.
Sporting Kansas City added four match times -- all originally announced as TBD -- to the team's 2015 schedule this week. The below matches will kick off at the following times based on local, regional and national television broadcast agreements:
- March 28 at New York City FC: 6 p.m. CT
- May 23 at Seattle Sounders FC: 9 p.m. CT
- July 12 at Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 8 p.m. CT
- Aug. 8 at Toronto FC: 3 p.m. CT
In addition, a change was made last month to move the start time for Sporting Kansas City's home match on Aug. 15 against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC to an 8 p.m. CT kick off -- 30 minutes later than previously scheduled, in order to accomodate TSN and RDS (Major League Soccer's national broadcast partners in Canada).
Match times are now set for all 34 regular season matches (subject to change) during Sporting Kansas City's 2015 MLS season. Visit SportingKC.com/schedule for additional information and click here to download the team's matches to your personal calendar(s).
The first 10,000 fans at Sporting Kansas City's home opener on March 8 will receive the team's 2015 schedule magnet courtesy of Dairy Farmers of America. A limited number of tickets remain available via Ticketmaster.com.
The Sporting Club Network, presented by Price Chopper, will be releasing their 2015 Calendar of Events soon. Sporting Club Network members have access to exclusive events, contests and a myriad of other experiences offered throughout the year, otherwise unavailable to non-members. Before the much anticipated release of the 2015 Calendar of Events, let's take a look back at the top 10 SCN events from 2014:
- Follow the #MLSCupTour throughout the Midwest
- Spring #AcademyAffiliate All-Star Experience
- SKC celebrates Earth Day with Recycle Your Game Clinic
- Carter Knox: Sporting KC’s youngest reporter
- SCN #ForClubAndCountry World Cup Contest
- SCN hosts annual Reception & Kevin Gray Awards ceremony
- Academy Affiliate Weekend provides one-of-a-kind experience for youth players
- SCN re-launches #1Crest1Club campaign w/ Chipotle
- SCN introduces new multi-sport clinic
- Fall 2014 SCN Coaching Education
The Sporting Club Network is excited to be able to offer members another great year of exclusive events. For details on this year's Calendar of Events and all other happenings in the Sporting Club Network, be sure to follow the SCN on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Interested in joining the Sporting Club Network to gain access to exciting events like these? Contact Liam O’Connell at email@example.com.
Jimmy Conrad has done it all. The California native won the 2001 MLS Cup, 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup and participated in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Individually, Conrad was voted the 2005 MLS Defender of the Year and was named MLS Best XI on four different occasions (2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008). Conrad featured more than 200 times for Kansas City with 17 goals scored, most all-time for a Kansas City defender.
Few players wore the Kansas City crest as well for as long. So it came as no surprise when Conrad was inducted, alongside Manager Peter Vermes and the late Lamar Hunt, into the second Sporting Legends class at Sporting Park.
"After plying my trade for eight years in a city that I came to know and love, I am incredibly honored to be recognized as a Sporting Legend," Conrad said. "I want to thank everyone along the way who gave me the confidence to become that caliber of player and I can't emphasize enough how much this induction means to me and my family."
So for today's Throwback Thursday, we want to give a special birthday shoutout to Jimmy Conrad, a six-time MLS All-Star and legend in every sense of the word.
Happy birthday, Jimmy!
The United States Under-14 Boys' National Team made it back-to-back days with victories in Spain with a 4-0 victory over an Academy side from Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday. Thirteen-year-old Sporting Kansas City Academy defender/midfielder Cameron Duke was again in the lineup for the United States, who defeated Real Madrid's youth side 2-0 on Tuesday behind a brace from Ulysses Llanez.
Duke, the younger brother of Christian Duke, has become a regular as of late with the youngest U.S. youth national team. Duke travelled from his home in Olathe, Kansas to California for a U.S. U14 BNT training camp in October and most recently joined the squad in Florida last month.
He has now made the most of his time in Madrid as one of 20 players on head coach Brian Johnson's roster. The U.S. will close out the camp with a friendly against Extremadura on Saturday.
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