Benny Feilhaber has been in the headlines a lot recently. The electric playmaker has been arguably one of Sporting KC's best players in 2014 and recently released an on-line talk show that won the internet.
But what role with the U.S. national team midfielder play in Sunday's game vs. the Columbus Crew? Matt Doyle and Dan Haiek discuss his role plus how the Crew will attack a Sporting KC backline missing two-time All Star Aurelien Collin in this week's Scouting Report.
Sunday's match kicks off at 3 p.m. CT and can be seen nationally on NBCSN and heard locally on Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Gran D 1340. Limited tickets are available and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL.
Benny Feilhaber won the internet today. That's for sure.
With Feilhaber's trusty co-host Sal Zizzo and his gregarious guest Andy Gruenebaum in rare form, episode 3 of the Benny Feilhaber Show featured Whitney Houston lip-syncing, a goalkeeper on goalkeeper crime and the best dance sequence in MLS history. This is a video that's sure to stand the test of time.
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Sporting KC's month of May will feature seven games against Eastern Conference opponents, starting Sunday against the first place Columbus Crew in a nationally-televised match-up at Sporting Park (3 p.m. CT on NBCSN, Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Gran D 1340 AM). A limited number of tickets are available, including standing room only tickets, via Ticketmaster.com for a jam-packed matchday that will feature:
- Free Sporting KC sunglasses for the first 10,000 fans, courtesy of Sabates Eye Centers
- $3 Mexican beers and free food samples at Cantina (sections 117/119) from 1-1:45 p.m.
- Harvester's canned food drive at all gates through UMKC's Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity
- Sporting Style special: spend $75 or more and take home a mini replica MLS Cup trophy
All of which is headlined by the team's MLS Cup ring ceremony. Fans are advised to be in their seats by 1:45 p.m. CT on Sunday to see Sporting Kansas City players and coaches officially presented with their championship rings.
Manager Peter Vermes -- the league's first champion to win MLS Cup as a player (2000) and coach (2013) for the same team -- was a special guest on two radio shows ahead of #SKCvCLB. He joined Greg Lalas and Simon Borg on this week's edition of ExtraTime Radio and was in studio at Sports Radio 810 WHB earlier this morning with Nate Bukaty and Steven St. John. Listen to the podcasts below...
ExtraTime Radio w/ Peter Vermes
The Border Patrol w/ Peter Vermes
For more from Vermes, check out today's press conference along with defender Chance Myers. Up next on the list? Forward Dom Dwyer was also heard on the airwaves on Friday as the team's leading goal scorer was interviewed on 610 Sports Radio by hosts Henry Lake and Jay Binkley. His banter below...
The Day Shift w/ Dom Dwyer
In May, the Kansas City Blues rugby team -- a Sporting Club Network member -- will welcome international opponent Queensland Outback Barbarians from New South Wales, Australia to Kansas City for what is certain to be an exciting match. Currently standing at 9-3 on the season, the Blues are contending for a playoff spot in the USA Rugby D1 National Playoffs with only two regular season conference games remaining.
Fans are encouraged to come out and support The Blues as they take on the Barbarians on May 10th inside the championship stadium at Swope Soccer Village (6310 Lewis Rd., KCMO). Prior to the Blues kick-off, fans are also welcome to attend an exhibition featuring youth rugby players from Heartland Youth Rugby. This exhibition match is set to begin at 6:40 p.m. CT with the Blues kicking off against their Aussie opponents at 7:30 p.m. CT.
Pre-sale and walk-up tickets are available for $5.00. For more details and information, visit the event page created on Facebook by the Blues. And to stay informed on all things Sporting Club Network, make sure to follow the SCN on Twitter and like them on Facebook.
You might know the story ... or then again, maybe you don't.
Kansas City drafted Matt Besler and Graham Zusi in 2009 (strong work by Vermes and the technical staff). Within months, Zusi was living with Besler and his family in their Overland Park home. The pair slowly worked their way into Sporting KC's starting lineup, into the U.S. Men's National Team picture and eventually to the 2013 MLS Cup championship.
Five years after being in the same draft class, Besler and Zusi are set to feature for the U.S. Men's National team at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
So for today's Throwback Thursday, we're throwing it back to March 21, 2009, when an astute mother thought to take a picture of her son (and semi-adopted son) before their first professional soccer game.
A big thank you to Diane Besler for providing this gem.
And speaking of Zusi, the two-time MLS All-Star made a guest apperance this afternoon on 610 Sports Radio's The Drive with Danny Parkins and Carrington Harrison. Zusi discussed Sunday's match with Columbus, building off of a championship year and San Zusi. Listen to the podcast of his interview below or click here to listen to the full show.
Carter Knox, from Sporting Kaw Valley, was named the Sporting Club Network’s first Youth Reporter at the beginning of April and earned a special gameday experience at Sporting Park. While leaving the state-of-the-art venue, he mentioned to his mom, Kristi, “It’s like when we leave Disney.”
Carter and his three guests had a whirlwind of an evening starting with a private tour of Sporting Park. He participated in a question-and-answer session with 38 The Spot host Crystle Lampitt, met the voice of Sporting Park, Eric Danielson, watched the team warm-up from the sideline, visited the video truck to see how the game is produced and listened alongside Sporting’s play-by-play commentators Cal Williams and Diego Gutierrez.
The evening came to a close with an on-field recognition of Carter during half time, throwing confetti in the air celebrating a Sporting KC 4-0 victory over Montreal Impact and watching the post-game press conference featuring Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes and forward Dom Dwyer inside the Interview Room. It was a special occasion and couldn’t have been summed up much better than by Carter’s mother, Kristi: “Up until this point, he said the best day of his life was when we went to Star Wars Weekend at Disney World… now today I think this might trump that a little!”
For future details on the next Sporting KC Youth Reporter contest and to stay informed on all things Sporting Club Network, make sure to follow the SCN on Twitter & like them on Facebook.
Sporting KC saw their five-game unbeaten streak snapped on Saturday night at Gillette Stadium. Teal Bunbury and Lee Nguyen scored in stoppaged time to give the New England Revolution a 2-0 win over the defending MLS Cup champions.
Sporting KC assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin joined the Sporting KC Show Tuesday night on Sports Radio 810 WHB to talk about Saturday's loss to the Revolution, the first start for Spanish midfielder Toni Dovale and Sunday's match against the Eastern Conference leading Crew.
Peter Vermes' squad returned to training in Kansas City this week ahead of Sunday's home match against the Columbus Crew. Prior to Sunday's match, presented by Sabates Eye Center, Sporting KC players and staff will receive their 2013 MLS Cup championship rings in an on-field ceremony.
With an exciting weekend planned at Sporting Park, Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman joined Kevin Keitzman on Between the Lines on Wednesday. Heineman discussed Sporting KC's season to date, what fans can expect at Sunday's ring ceremony and the overall state of Major League Soccer.
Limited tickets are available for Sunday's match and can be purchased at SportingKC.com/Tickets or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL.
Sporting KC and Rally House are launching a month-long, enter-to-win sweepstakes beginning at 9 a.m. CT on Thursday. Sporting KC fans can enter to win online at SportingKC.com or at any Rally House/Kansas Sampler location in Kansas City.
Tomorrow's launch of the Rally House Ultimate Fan Experience is offering up a major prize pack for one lucky Sporting KC supporter. The winner receives the following:
- $500 credit/gift card for a shopping spree with a Sporting Kansas City player
- Authentic Sporting Kansas City jersey
Two (2) tickets to a Sporting Kansas City match including:
- Sporting Kansas City player meet-and-greet
- Sporting Park stadium tour
- Pre-game field access to watch warm-ups
Starting tomorrow, enter to win online at SportingKC.com/RallyHouse or fill out a form at one of the seven Kansas City metro area Rally House and Kansas Sampler locations. In addition, Soony Saad and Dom Dwyer will be at Rally House in North Kansas City for a free autograph session on May 6th from 6-7:30 p.m. CT.
The contest ends on May 31 and the winner will be randomly chosen on June 2nd. Follow @KansasSampler and @SportingKC on Twitter for all the latest on the contest, and be sure to check out the Rally House Sporting KC Fans page on Facebook. For the official promotion rules, click here.
Need a ride to the match? Sporting Kansas City has teamed with Kincaid Coach Lines to provide game day transportation for fans who need a ride to the match! Kincaid Coach has been a club sponsor since 2011.
Beginning on May 4th vs. Columbus Crew, buses will pick-up and drop-off at Rosanna Square (behind McDonalds) off 119th and Metcalf in Overland Park, KS for Sporting KC home matches. Pick-up times are approximately one hour before kick-off and fans will be dropped off curbside at Sporting Park. 30 minutes after each home match, buses will leave for Rosanna Square.
Fans can make reservations online at www.kincaidcoach.com or by calling 913-441-6200 between the hours of 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday-Friday. Payment must be made at the time of the reservation. Ticket holders will be transported on school buses.
Current location for pick-up and drop-off is Rosanna Square (behind McDonalds), but is subject to change. For more information on transportation options to Sporting KC matches , visit www.kincaidcoach.com or call 913-441-6200.