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Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Eric Kronberg joined The Program with Soren Petro on Sports Radio 810 WHB earlier today ahead of the team's Week 7 match-up with the Montreal Impact. Listen to the podcast embedded below for his thoughts on Saturday's Eastern Conference clash -- a 7:30 p.m. CT kickoff at Sporting Park -- and his first season as the club's starter since being drafted in 2006.
Kronberg, who became a father earlier this month, has conceded just four goals in five MLS starts this season (two of the four goals came from the penalty spot) and is tied for the league lead with two shutouts.
Friday night, Sporting KC defender Matt Besler was honored by the Kansas City Sports Commission as the Kansas City Downtown Marriott Sportsman of the Year at an awards banquet at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown.
2013 was a standout year for Besler. The Overland Park native made his debut for the U.S. Men's National Team in January, went on to help the USMNT win the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup and led Sporting KC to their first MLS Cup championship since 2000.
Additional honorees included Kansas City Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt (Waddell & Reed Executive of the Year), Olympic Gold Medalist Shannon Vreeland (Kansas City Life Sportswoman of the Year), Northwest Missouri State Head Football Coach Adam Dorrel (Burns & McDonnell Coach of the Year) and Shawnee Mission West Football Community (Sprint Community Champion).
Sporting Kansas City captain Matt Besler -- awarded the KC Sports Commission's Sportsman of the Year last week -- was a special guest in studio at Sports Radio 810 WHB this morning with The Border Patrol hosts Steven St. John, Nate Bukaty and Jake Gutierrez. The 22-minute interview, embedded below, touched on a wide variety of topics including his role within the U.S. Men's National Team, new Sporting Style merchandise and his tutelage of 16-year-old centerback Erik Palmer-Brown.
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Besler was also interviewed on last night's Sporting KC Show with Callum Williams, Andy Edwards and Carter Augustine. The hour-long show previews Saturday's match against Montreal, including an on-air discussion with Impact forward Jack McInerney. The 21-year-old scored on his debut for head coach Frank Klopas after being acquired from the Philadelphia Union in a trade earlier this month.
Check out the show below in both audio and video form.
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The Sporting Club Network is happy to announce two additional tour stops added to this spring’s #MLSCupTour of the Midwest.
Later today, the Cup will be making an appearance at the Sporting Blue Valley Benefit Game at the Overland Park Soccer Complex from 7-8:30 p.m. CT. Each spring, Sporting Blue Valley holds this annual benefit game where the premier coaches play one of the top teams in the club to raise money for the Sporting Blue Valley Scholarship Fund. Admission is free to the game with donations highly encouraged. The event is open to the public and fans are invited to stop by and support the local community while also having the opportunity to take their picture with the MLS Cup and see Sporting KC players, Matt Besler and Chance Myers. The Cup will be on display by the Fieldhouse pavilion near Field 1 where the exhibition game will be played.
On Tuesday, April 29th the Cup will continue its trek across the Midwest, as it will be taken to Columbia, Mo. for a Sporting Club Network Mini Clinic in conjunction with Sporting Columbia SC. The clinic will be taking place at Pride Park from 5:30-7 p.m. CT and the Cup will be on display for pictures. All are welcome to come take a picture with the Cup during this time!
For other MLS Cup Tour dates and locations, click here and to follow all of the adventures of the Cup, visit the Tour Storify page and include #MLSCupTour for your chance to be featured! Beyond that, be sure to follow the Sporting Club Network on Facebook and Twitter.
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U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Club Atletico River Plate
April 13, 2014 | Cotton Bowl | Dallas Cup
USA - Ben Spencer (Jordan Allen) 15
CARP - Alan Arario 18
CARP - Braian Molina (Juan Kaprof) 34
USA - Rubio Rubin (Jordan Allen) 74
USA - Ben Spencer 79
USA: 1-Zack Steffen; 2-Shaquell Moore, 21-Jesus Vazquez (13-Erik Palmer Brown, 46), 5-Sullaiman Dainkeh, 3-Michael Amick (15-John Requejo Jr, 77), 6-Kellyn Acosta, 16-Lynden Gooch, 10-Romain Gall (14-Amando Moreno, 77), 11-Rubio Rubin (17-Luis Felipe, 85), 9-Ben Spencer, 23-Jordan Allen (20-Benji Lopez, 88)
Subs Not Used: 12-Santiago Castano, 24-Zach Pfeffer
Head Coach: Tab Ramos
CARP: 1-Barga Batalla; 4-Pablo Carreras, 2-Braian Molina, 6-Leandro Vega, 3-Franco Federico, 20-Lucas Martinez Quarta, 17-Alan Arario (7-Claudio Salto, 62), 8-Matias Sanchez (14-Nicolas Fittaioli, 71), 11-Julio Zuniga (18-Joaquin Serrago, 80), 10-Juan Kaprof, 9-Lucas Boye
Subs Not Used: 19-Tomas Andrade, 13-Ullua Barboza, 5-Braian Musarella, 12-Ramon Velazco
Head Coach: Claudio Vagliente
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CARP - Lucas Martinez (caution) 27
USA - Jesus Vazquez (caution) 33
CARP - Leandro Vega (caution) 78
USA - John Requejo (caution) 85
CARP - Nicolas Fittaioli (caution) 86
USA - Lynden Gooch (caution) 90+2
CARP - Claudio Salto (caution) 90+3
CARP - Pablo Carrera (ejection) 90+4
CARP - Barga Batalla (caution) 90+5
U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team vs. Eintracht Frankfurt
April 14, 2014 | Richland College Field #10 | Dallas Cup
USA - Benji Lopez (Zach Pfeffer) 43
USA - Zach Pfeffer (Lynden Gooch) 48
USA - Romain Gall (Paul Arriola) 87
USA: 12-Santiago Castano; 2-Shaquell Moore (6-Kellyn Acosta, 46), 13-Erik Palmer Brown, 18-Trevor Haberkorn, 15-John Requejo Jr, 16-Lynden Gooch (11-Rubio Rubin, 56), 17-Luis Felipe (23-Jordan Allen, 76), 14-Amando Moreno, (10-Romain Gall), 7-Paul Arriola, 20-Benji Lopez, 24-Zach Pfeffer
Subs Not Used:, 1-Zack Steffen; 5-Sullaiman Dainkeh, 9-Ben Spencer
Head Coach: Tab Ramos
EIN: 22-Julian Bibleka; 2-Marco Meyerhoefer, 5-Ozgur Ozdemir, 13-Moussa Ouattara, 3-Niclas Mohr, 6-Hermann Dorner, 7-Eray Eren, 8-Illia Azouaghi, 10-Joel Gerezgiher, 18-Raffael Grigorian (20-Clay Verkaj, 17), 11-Marvin Helm
Subs Not Used: 1-Yannick Zummack, 4-Viktor Talevski, 9-Noah Michel, 12-Yannick Wolf, 14-Miklas Kunzel, 15-David Roesler, 16-Manuel Konate Lueken, 17-Loris Weiss, 19-Fabian Lifka, 21-Dominik Reining
Head Coach: Daniyel Cimen
|Shots on Goal||6||2|
EIN - Clay Verkaj (caution) 57
USA - Benji Lopez (caution) 77
USA - Amando Moreno (caution) 70
EIN - Julian Bibleka (caution) 84
USA - Erik Palmer-Brown (caution) 90+4
The Sporting KC Show will air live from 7-8 p.m. CT tonight with hosts Callum Williams, Andy Edwards and Carter Augustine on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Tonight's show will feature interviews with Sporting KC captain Matt Besler and Montreal forward Jack McInerney, who scored on his debut for the club last weekend after being acquired from the Philadelphia Union.
The broadcast trio will preview Saturday's match (7:30 p.m. CT on KMCI, SKCTV, 810 WHB and La Gran D 1340 AM) and discuss the latest Major League Soccer news. Montreal are 0-3-3 heading into this weekend's match-up, including draws in their last three matches. The two sides will meet three times in the regular season but Saturday's match will be the lone meeting at Sporting Park.
You can listen to tonight's show online at 810WHB.com and through the 810 WHB App (Android, iOS). Join the conversation by calling 913-3-810-810 or tweet your questions to @CalWilliamsSKC, @AndyEdMLS or ElJefeAugustine.
I caught up with Sporting Kansas City's first Uruguayan player to find out everything you need to know about Uruguay, why bees scare him and how Will Smith made him cry.
Jamila St. Ann: Is there anything we need to know about Uruguay that we may not already know?
Alex Martinez: One of the biggest parts of our culture is that we drink mate. It’s like tea, without the bag. You put it in this special cup, pour hot water and sugar in and you sit with your family and drink it as a group. It kind of sets us apart I guess.
JS: What about food?
AM: I’m a bit biased, but I think we have the best food. We eat a lot of meat: sausage, pork, just lots of meats.
JS: Do you have a nickname?
AM: My friends and old teammates call me Lexi. Everyone on my team when I was younger had nicknames on the team that we all just called each other, too.
JS: If you could give yourself a new nickname, what would you give yourself?
AM: I’m fine with Alex or Lexi; those work.
JS: What’s the last movie that made you cry?
AM: It was a while ago, but the Pursuit of Happyness. That was a good one.
JS: What was your first impression of this team when you got here?
AM: I first came here during the summer, and enjoyed it a lot. The coaching staff and everyone around was welcoming. The great thing about everyone here is that we have big name players who don’t act like they're big name players. They talk to everyone, whether a rookie or a veteran, they treat everyone the same, and that’s what I love about it here.
JS: Who is the funniest guy on the team?
AM: It has to be Jimmy! Jimmy Medranda, my roommate. He's the funniest, goofiest guy I know.
JS: What’s your favorite thing to do with your free time?
AM: I have a couple things. I try to have quiet time everyday with the Lord. My religion is very important to me and I try to just have quiet moments everyday in my faith. And I play a lot of FIFA. My roommates and I had a tournament yesterday. Me, Igor Juliao, Victor Munoz, and Jimmy all played. Victor won.
JS: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
AM: In Uruguayan culture, there’s not much to do. You either play soccer or you go off and work. So as a little boy I wanted to play the game, make it my profession, and play it at the highest level I can. I also wanted, and still do want, to play for the National Team of Uruguay.
JS: What’s something that scares you?
AM: Oh! I’m scared of spiders, snakes. Bugs as a whole don’t really bother me, but bees do. Those are the big things I try to stay away from.
JS: If you were king for a day, what would your first three laws be?
AM: I’d probably say that everyone has to play soccer, everyone has to be active and healthy, and that everyone has to respect everyone else.
JS: You’re lost in the city without your phone or a map, what do you do?
AM: I would probably stop and ask for help. And I would definitely write it down too, because if they just tell me, I’ll forget.
JS: What’s your favorite thing about Kansas City?
AM: Definitely the atmosphere around soccer. The reason I’m here is for soccer. Being out at the games, the atmosphere is the best that I’ve been to here in the US.
Sunday marks the 18-year anniversary of the first game in club history, a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids.
The hero of that game? None other than Vitalis "Digital" Takawira, a Zimbabwean striker who burst on to the scene with two goals vs. Colorado.
But while Takawira left his mark on the club with his 29 goals in 100+ games, many fans will remember him favorably for his goal celebration: The Digital Crawl.
Major League's Soccer opening month delivered no shortage of drama -- we highly recommend MLSsoccer.com's 90+ videos to capture all the sights and sounds week after week -- but the best of the best proved to be Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer's game-winning goal in stoppage time of a 3-2 victory at Colorado on March 29. The strike won MLS Goal of the Week for Week 4 and now it's been named the No. 1 play for the entire month of March.
Check out the video above as MLS Digital Director of Video Content Jason Saghini counts down the Top 5 Plays of March in their Fast & Fluid series.
We are 63 days from the first game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. We are 67 days away from the United States' first game at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Do you believe, SKC Nation?