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15 September 12:33 pm

Subway and Sporting Kansas City kicked off their partnership with a series of player appearances in August and September at various Subway locations in Kansas City and surrounding areas! The player appearances will continue this week with Eric Kronberg today in Ottawa, KS (902 S Main St, Ottawa, KS 66067) and Chance Myers on Friday, September 19th in Sedalia, MO (2750 S Limit Ave, Sedalia, MO 65301). The player appearances will be 5:00pm-6:30 p.m. CT and one Sporting KC player will attend to meet with fans, take photos and sign autographs. The first one hundred (100) fans will receive a free t-shirt!  

Listed below are the remaining player appearances at local Subway locations. The final player appearance at Subway will be Monday, September 29th in Overland Park (8340 W. 151st St, Overland Park, KS 66223).   

Subway Location

Dates

Time

902 S Main St, Ottawa, KS 66067

Monday, September 15th

5:00-6:30pm

2750 S Limit Ave, Sedalia, MO 65301

Friday, September 19th

5:00-6:30pm

8340 W. 151st St, Overland Park, KS 66223

Monday, September 29th

5:00-6:30pm

 

12 September 11:54 pm

Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match from Sporting Kansas City's 4-0 win over Chivas USA on Friday night. Voting is open through Sunday evening.

10 September 10:12 am

With seven weeks to go in the 2014 regular season, the Major League Soccer standings are as tight as can be. The top three teams in the Western Conference - Seattle Sounders, LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake - are separated by only five points, while teams 4-9 in the Eastern Conference are separated by only seven points.

Sporting Kansas City currently sits nine points back of the Seattle Sounders in the Supporters' Shield race and five points back of D.C. United in the Eastern Conference standings. Sporting KC will conclude their three-game road trip this weekend when they travel to Southern California to take on Chivas USA. That match will kick off Friday night at 9:30pm CT and be seen on KMCI 38 the Spot and across the Midwest on SKCTV.

But thankfully for MLS fans, you don't need to wait until Friday to get your MLS fix. Here are four nationally-televised games that we'll be keeping an eye on this week as they could all have an impact on Sporting KC in the standings over the final stretch of the season.

1. New York Red Bulls vs. D.C. United | Wednesday, Sept. 10, 7pm CT | ESPN2, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN

D.C. United is five points clear of Sporting KC in the Eastern Conference standings, but has a game in hand. After tonight, they'll be level on games played. Each team has three CONCACAF Champions League games left and will play their final regular season match against each other on October 3 at RFK Stadium. The Red Bulls are currently below the red line, two points behind the Philadelphia Union for the fifth spot in the conference standings.

2. Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake | Friday, Sept. 12, 9:30pm CT | NBCSN

As you're watching Sporting KC take on Chivas USA on your TV, fire up NBC Sports Live Extra on the computer / tablet and keep an eye on this Western Conference showdown. Seattle has a nine-point lead on Sporting KC in the Shield standings, while Real Salt Lake sits four points ahead of Kansas City.

3. Philadelphia Union vs. New York Red Bulls | Saturday, Sept. 13, 2pm CT | NBCSN

Philadelphia has one more match before their U.S. Open Cup final date with Seattle and it comes in a nationally-televised match against a conference rival. The Union sit in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and are riding a three-game winning streak. New York is coming off a 2-1 win over Sporting KC, but has two games this week starting with tonight's match against D.C. United.

4. San Jose Earthquakes vs. LA Galaxy | Sunday, Sept. 14, 2pm CT | UniMas

The Galaxy are one of the hottest teams in Major League Soccer with five wins in their last five matches. They have scored 19 goals during that stretch including six in last weekend's 6-0 win over the Colorado Rapids. The Earthquakes are fighting for their playoff lives. They are nine points back of the Portland Timbers for the fifth spot in the Western Conference standings and have played the fewest games in MLS (25). The California Clasico is always must-see TV and there's no reason to think Sunday's showdown on UniMas will be any different.

09 September 8:13 pm

If you've been to a Sporting KC game over the past three years, you are probably familiar with The Cauldron. The supporters' group behind the north goal is one of the more boisterous groups in Major League Soccer, singing, chanting and beating drums from more than an hour before kickoff until well after the final whistle.

They have also earned a reputation as one of the best traveling supporters' groups in MLS with no fewer than 50 members on each road trip as many as 700 attending matches in Colorado and Dallas.

Recently, Major League Soccer had a camera crew at Sporting Park to tell The Cauldron's story. Watch the latest "For Love of the Crest" feature above and click here for the complete series.

Click here to learn more about Sporting KC supporters' groups.

09 September 11:48 am


Photo via @ussoccer_ynt on Twitter

Sporting Kansas City defender Erik Palmer-Brown started for the United States Under-20 Men's National Team on Tuesday in a 1-1 draw against the Argentina Under-20 Men's National Team in Ezeiza, Argentina. The home side's lone goal came from 19-year-old River Plate forward Giovanni Simeone, the son of Atletico Madrid manager and three-time World Cup veteran Diego Simeone, in the 48th minute before Zach Pfeffer (Philadelphia Union) pulled the U.S. level with a game-tying goal in the 61st minute.

Palmer-Brown, the youngest player on the U.S. roster at age 17, started all three games for head coach Tab Ramos during the team's stay in Buenos Aires. Prior to today's friendly, the U-20's earned a 2-0 victory over Racing Club Reserves and a 3-2 win against Defensa y Justicia Reserves.

The international trip to South America was Palmer-Brown's second full training camp with the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team. In April, he appeared in four victories for the U-20's en route to reaching the Dallas Cup final.

 

08 September 1:15 pm
It is the dream of many children to grow up and be a professional athlete. Some get the chance to live out their dream but many don't. The Special Olympics organization gives athletes facing intellectual disabilities the same opportunities in sports their peers have. One way in which the organization does this is through Unified Sports.
 
Special Olympics Unified Sports® is a program that brings together athletes with intellectual disabilities and their peers without intellectual disabilities (called partners) on the same team for training and competition. Age and ability matching of athletes and partners is defined on a sport-by-sport basis.
 
This past weekend Special Olympics Kansas sent a Unified Team comprised of athletes from five local high schools to NYC to take part in an Exchange Game with Special Olympics New Jersey.  Exchange Games are a new initiative from MLS WORKS, the league’s Community Relations arm, and has many MLS teams participating around the league.  Each game features Unified Teams from the local Special Olympics chapters and takes place immediately following the professional game on the field.
 
The Kansas athletes arrived a day before their big game and MLS WORKS and Sporting KC staff had a couple surprises in store.  For many of the athletes it was their first trip to NYC so after checking into the team hotel, the group made their way to Yankee Stadium to watch the Kansas City Royals take on the New York Yankees. Throughout the game, the Royals Network graciously featured live shots of the group which aired back in Kansas City. On Saturday morning, the group visited several iconic New York sights including Times Square, the New York City Public Library and the Empire State Building.
 
 
When game time arrived on Saturday the athletes entered Red Bull Arena and were announced during pregame to the crowd which included over 200 Sporting KC traveling fans. The team watched the first half of play before heading to their locker room which had been pre-set with full team kits in a manner that reflects what their professional counterparts would experience. After exchanging gifts and good luck cards, which is a Special Olympics tradition to encourage good sportsmanship, the teams were announced and the exchange match began. With the support of the ever-present #Roaddron the athletes played their hearts out and were able to experience what it was like to be a professional athlete.
 
Following the match, shortened by bad weather, the players were given a commemorative medal during a ceremony conducted by Marc de Grandpre of the NY Red Bulls.
 
“It is important for games like this to happen so we can spread the word that everyone is equal and it shouldn't matter what disabilities you have because we play as a team,” said partner athlete Dessire Balderas.