All good things come to an end. And that's what happened on May 12, 2013, when Aurelien Collin's second-half goal gave Sporting KC a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo. The loss snapped Houston's 36-game home unbeaten streak, the longest streak in MLS history in all competitions.
The Sporting KC - Houston Dynamo rivalry will resume Friday night at BBVA Compass Stadium. The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on 38 the Spot and across the Midwest on SKCTV.
On Tuesday, Sporting Kansas City announced the transfer of midfielder Oriol Rosell to Sporting CP in Lisbon, Portugal. Rosell joined Sporting KC in August 2012 and broke into the starting lineup prior to the 2013 season. The Barcelona Academy product started 31 matches in 2013 as Sporting KC won the MLS Cup championship.
Below is a letter that Rosell posted on his Instagram account thanking members of the Sporting Kansas City family.
Dear SKC Family,
As you may know, I have been given a wonderful opportunity to play soccer in Lisbon, Portugal with Sporting Clube de Portugal. Although I am no longer a Sporting Kansas City player, I didn’t want to leave without saying goodbye and giving you my sincere thanks for all the support you’ve given me during these past two years.
After coming here from my little hometown of Puig-Reig, Catalonia, to Kansas City, I could have never imagined all the experiences I would have both as a player and as a human being. In Kansas City, I was given the chance to grow and learn from Major League Soccer. The drive and the never-give-up mentality of the American people impressed me.
I would love to thank all the SKC coaches and staff for promoting this mindset and for all the support and confidence they gave me from day one. You’ve shown me the path to follow, so I can continue to grow as a soccer player.
Thanks to my teammates for all the great moments we’ve shared together. For me, you were not only SKC teammates, but also friends. I’ve learned so much because of you.
Thank you to the great SKC ownership group for giving me the opportunity to come to Kansas City.
Certainly, I can’t forget the amazing SKC fans. You all have been the 12th player to help us win two cups - the Lamar Hunt 2012 U.S. Open Cup and the 2013 MLS. Cup. I’ve enjoyed meeting you and giving everything I had in every game. And for those reasons, I’ll always be thankful for all your support.
Life sometimes presents us with difficult decisions. Given the opportunity proposed by the great Sporting Clube de Portugal to play in Europe where I am close to my family, and playing in the prestigious Portuguese league and UEFA Champions League, I couldn’t pass it up. I'm really excited to start this new adventure.
Thank you to all the friends who I’ve met and influenced my life during my stay in this great country. I wish you well.
Oriol “Uri” Rosell
SI.com recently sat down with the 23 members of the U.S. Men's National Team to get their thoughts on the squad ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Watch the interviews below with Sporting KC's Matt Besler and Graham Zusi and click here for SI.com's complete coverage ahead of this summer's tournament.
Besler and Zusi are both currently with the U.S. Men's National Team as the squad prepares for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Sporting Kansas City was one of five teams to have two or more players in Major League Soccer's top-selling jersey list. USMNT captain and Seattle Sounders striker Clint Dempsey ranked No. 1, followed by the LA Galaxy's Landon Donovan.
The rankings are based on sales of adidas MLS jerseys on MLSgear.com and MLSGearCanada.ca since the beginning of the 2014 season.
|1||Clint Dempsey||Seattle Sounders FC|
|2||Landon Donovan||LA Galaxy|
|3||Michael Bradley||Toronto FC|
|4||Thierry Henry||New York Red Bulls|
|5||Tim Cahill||New York Red Bulls|
|6||Robbie Keane||LA Galaxy|
|7||Jermain Defoe||Toronto FC|
|8||Omar Gonzalez||LA Galaxy|
|9||Graham Zusi||Sporting Kansas City|
|10||DeAndre Yedlin||Seattle Sounders FC|
|11||Kyle Beckerman||Real Salt Lake|
|12||Matt Besler||Sporting Kansas City|
|13||Chris Wondolowski||San Jose Earthquakes|
|14||Maurice Edu||Philadelphia Union|
|15||Diego Fagúndez||New England Revolution|
Sporting KC captain Matt Besler, defender Kevin Ellis and Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman each made an appearance on Kansas City's Sports Radio 810 WHB on Tuesday to discuss happenings with both club and country. Listen to Besler's segment on the Border Patrol, Heineman's call in to Between the Lines and the full episode of the Sporting KC show below.
On the Border Patrol, Matt Besler discusses his time with the U.S. Men's National Team as it undergoes final preparations for Brazil:
Kevin Ellis joins The Sporting KC Show to talk about re-joining Sporting KC midseason and adjusting to an ever-changing back line at Sporting Park:
The second part of the series looked at Besler's hectic 2013, which included winning the MLS Cup and in less than a week later, marrying his long-time girlfriend Amanda Miller.
The feature also looks at the rise of Kansas City from a franchise that once ranked last in MLS in merchanise sales to one that is considered by some to be the Soccer Capital of America. Watch the second part of the series below and tune in to Fox4kc Sunday night for the final part.
In case you missed it, episode 5 of The Benny Feilhaber Show dropped last week. And while the latest episode featured the ever-popular lip-syncing intro with Benny and Sal as well as recurring segments "What the Bleep" and "#AskBenny", last week's episode also added new segment.
Many MLS fans might be familiar with the weekly series Instant Replay, where MLSsoccer.com's Simon Borg gives his take on the controversial calls from the previous weekend. Well Benny decided to one-up Simon with his version of Not So Instant Replay (fast forward to 3:00).
Not So Instant Replay was so well-received, that Simon chose to incorporate into his latest Instant Replay. Check out the latest episode.
Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match for Sporting Kansas City's 1-0 loss against D.C. United at RFK Stadium. Voting is open until Sunday evening.