Registration is now open for MLS Fantasy Soccer Manager for the upcoming 2014 season. This year's game is free to sign up with over $10,000 in prizes available. Full details and registration is available on MLSsoccer.com.
In 2013, it was a great year in fantasy for several Sporting KC players. Aurelien Collin led all players with 220 points and Graham Zusi was tied for second with 205 points. Players are awarded points for a variety of actions such as goals, assists, clean sheets, saves, and minutes played (full breakdown is available here).
Each manager is allotted $120 million (each player is valued between $3 million and $11 million) to spend on their team of 18 players. This includes at least two goalkeepers, six defenders, six midfielders, and four forwards along with a maximum of four players from one club. A full list of the rules can be found on MLSsoccer.com.
In case you missed it, our All-Star center back Aurelien Collin tied the knot this week. Twitter was buzzing last night with congratulatory messages for the Frenchman.
For today's #TGIF, we thought, what better way for AC to say thank you than with a kiss?
Happy Valentine's Day, SKC Nation!
Photo by USA Today Sports Images
Sporting Kansas City departed for Orlando, Fla. today for the team's second and final phase of the 2014 pre-season. With three exhibition matches already completed during the Arizona leg, the team has seven more scrimmages scheduled. A quick summary of pre-season leaders thus far:
- Total number of players to log minutes: 33 (8 guest trialists)
- Most minutes played: Claudio Bieler, C.J. Sapong and Eric Kronberg (149)
- Most goals scored: Sal Zizzo and C.J. Sapong (2)
- Most assists: Claudio Bieler (2)
Check out the full stat sheet below...
It's unclear if Kansas City soccer fans knew what they had in Jimmy Nielsen when Peter Vermes signed the then-32 year old goalkeeper on February 11, 2010. The veteran goalkeepr was coming off an accomplished career in Denmark's first division, but was relatively unknown on this side of the Atlantic.
But with his effusive personality (and willingness to buy fans beer) the White Puma endeared himself quickly to the KC faithful. Fast forward four years later, and Nielsen leaves MLS as one of the most accomplished goalkeepers in MLS history and one of the most accomplished players in Sporting KC history.
So for today's #TBT, we're taking it back four years, when Nielsen opened his Kansas City career with a 4-0 shutout win over D.C. United.
Who's committed the most fouls in the history of Major League Soccer? Just ask Matt Besler. The Sporting Kansas City defender was correctly able to answer the question in the video below which features a variety of MLS coaches and players (including manager Peter Vermes and forward C.J. Sapong) answering the question.
This past year, Special Olympics Kansas created the Kansas Unified Soccer League, which allows students with disabilities to participate in soccer competition with their general education peers. It provides an opportunity for a variety of students and skill levels to come together and interact while playing a sport they love. During the first ever Kansas Unified Soccer League's Tournament Championship match, Sporting Kansas City defender Seth Sinovic made a special appearance and explained the importance of this type of an environment and all of its benefits.
Special Olympics Kansas partnered with Sporting Kansas City through the Sporting Club Network in 2013. Special Olympics Kansas is dedicated to empowering individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports competitions, health and nutrition programs and leadership development. The Kansas Unified Soccer League of Special Olympics Kansas will continue this spring and is encouraging local high schools to form teams for their upcoming season.
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So things with U.S. Women's National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo and our beloved striker C.J. Sapong didn't work out. No hard feelings though, only good news for the ladies of Kansas City. With Valentine's Day on the horizon, four lucky applicants will have a chance to win a date with Sporting KC's lyrical genius. Make sure to sign up by Tuesday at 5 p.m. CT.
Maybe one day, C.J. will serenade you...
It's not often than a player is drafted twice in his career. But that's exactly what happened to Kerry Zavagnin. The Colorado Rapids selected the University of North Carolina Tar Heel standout with the 21st overall pick in the 1997 MLS Supplemental Draft. Zavagnin was prompty traded to the New York / New Jersey MetroStars for Peter Vermes (yes, that Peter Vermes ...) and played for the club for two years before joining the Lehigh Valley Steam of the A-League.
A year later, Zavagnin made his return to MLS when the then-Kansas City Wizards took the defensive midfielder with the 30th overall pick of the 2000 MLS SuperDraft. We all know what happened next.
Zavagnin became the club leader in games started (228) and minutes played (20,516) and led Kansas City to the 2000 Supporters' Shield / MLS Cup double and the 2004 U.S. Open Cup title. Throw in his 2012 Open Cup championship and 2013 MLS Cup chamionship as a member of the coaching staff, and it's only a matter of time before Zavagnin's name is plastered on the Sporting Legends wall.
So for today's #TBT, we're throwing it back to 14 years ago today, the day that Kansas City welcomed Zavagnin back to MLS and the day that Zavagnin's journey to becoming a KC hero began.
Both of Sporting Kansas City's USL Pro Affiliates for the 2014 season, OKC Energy FC and Orlando City SC, have announced their schedules.
Sporting KC will loan a minimum of two players to each club during the 2014 USL Pro season. Orlando City won the 2013 USL Pro Championship and will be will joining Major League Soccer in 2015. Oklahoma City Energy FC, led by head coach Jimmy Nielsen, are a new club that have recently announced signings of former Sporting KC players Michael Thomas, Kyle Miller, and Cyprian Hedrick.
The two affiliates will meet on April 26 in Oklahoma City and on May 4 in Orlando.
Full schedules for both teams can be found at the links below
On Sunday, millions of people will be tuned into Super Bowl XLVIII as the Denver Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks. As Sporting KC continues their pre-season in Arizona, we caught up with some of the players and staff to get their predictions and thoughts on the game.
Carolina Panthers…Cam Newton, baby.
San Francisco 49ers…niners all the way, baby. Oh this year? Broncos. Richard Sherman is going to mess up.
Denver Broncos by 3…Peyton Manning is pretty motivated. Doesn't have very many years left, I think he's going to have a very good game.
Do I watch football? Just joking. Denver will win. I'm a Manning fan.
Don't know, don't care. I'll probably be hiking during the Super Bowl.
Omaha, Omaha! Peyton Manning, Denver.
Broncos. I played in Denver for four years so I like the Broncos. And being an Indiana guy, I want Peyton to win.
Seattle. Richard Sherman is my kind of player. With a defender that like and that mentality, to win you need a good defense. Sporting KC proved that. Defense wins championship.
What is the Super Bowl? The Cowboys are going to win, probably. Romo. He can throw the ball pretty well.
Seattle Seahawks, because of Russell Wilson. Beast mode.
The Detroit Lions. Detroit's a winner.
I think the Seattle Seahawks are going to win because Russell Wilson is a great quarterback.
Broncos…Manning is a mastermind. I had him, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas in fantasy this year. And gotta go for the AFC West.
Denver Broncos, Peyton Manning is unbelievable -- a student of the game.