December 7, 2013 will go down as one of the top moments in Sporting Kansas City history. More than 20,000 fans were on hand to witness Sporting KC win MLS Cup at Sporting Park. Relive the sights and sounds from our historic win over Real Salt Lake.
Seth Sinovic is not afraid of the big stage. Since joining Sporting KC in May 2011, Sinovic has scored two goals in 10 playoff appearances and has helped his hometown club to two trophies (the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the 2013 MLS Cup).
So it's no surprise that when asked to step into the spotlight on a different stage, Sinovic was up to the challenge.
On Sunday, Sinovic took his talents to the Kansas City Ballet by performing in two performances of the seminal classic The Nutcracker at the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts. Watch the video above to see highlights from Sinovic's performance and check out the photo gallery below to follow his day at the ballet.
Sporting KC will conclude their run at the ballet on Wednesday when assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin makes his special guest appearance ( buy tickets ).
It's not every day that a professional sports team in your city wins a championship. Few know this better than the Kansas City Star, the local newspaper that has provided extensive coverage of Sporting KC, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals since each club's inception.
So to honor Sporting KC's recent MLS Cup championship, the Star has produced a limited edition commemorative section in the Sunday paper rife with coverage of Sporting KC's win.
Pick up your copy at a local newsstand or check out the articles below:
Sporting Kansas City was crowned 2013 MLS Cup champions after defeating Real Salt Lake in a penalty kick shootout at Sporting Park last weekend. View the feat from the perspective of KICKTV talent and former Kansas City midfielder Jimmy Conrad:
UPDATE: Jimmy Nielsen will no longer perform in tonight's The Nutcracker. His performance will be rescheduled for another date.
You're not dreaming ... Sporting KC players and coaches are coming to a The Nutcracker performance near you.
Sporting KC defender Seth Sinovic, assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin and former goalkeeper and captain Jimmy Nielsen will perform in various The Nutcracker performances over the next week at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Below is the schedule of performances:
|Jimmy Nielsen||December 13||7:30pm|
|Seth Sinovic||December 15||1pm and 5pm|
|Kerry Zavagnin||December 18||7:30pm|
J.B. Marine Soccer Club of St. Louis, Missouri has officially joined forces with Sporting Kansas City and Sporting Club as the newest Academy Affiliate in the Sporting Club Network. Rebranded as Sporting J.B. Marine, they join Sporting StL Rangers and Sporting Columbia SC as the third Academy Affiliate in the state of Missouri and the Sporting Club Network’s seventh total Academy Affiliate.
"We're excited to welcome Sporting J.B. Marine as an Academy Affiliate and the first all-girls club in the Sporting Club Network," Sporting Kansas City Academy Director of Coaching Jon Parry said. "Their history of player development speaks for itself and their teams have represented our region at the highest levels."
Sporting J.B. Marine has produced players of the highest pedigree and the club has accounted for six of the eight national championships won by any girls program in the state of Missouri. They have also amassed an astounding 76 Missouri state championships, 22 regional championships and 17 Final Four appearances since being established in 1978.
Sporting J.B. Marine coaches will have the ability to take advantage of coaching lectures and premium coaching clinics at the Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo., as well as at other locations in the metropolitan area and throughout the Midwest. The partnership will also include numerous added benefits for exclusive access to Sporting Kansas City as an official Academy Affiliate.
In addition to becoming an Academy Affiliate in the Sporting Club Network, Sporting J.B. Marine has partnered with Sporting StL Rangers to provide even more opportunities to the coaches and players involved in their respective programs. Through this partnership, training, events, and other player opportunities can be provided to members more efficiently, economically, and productively for both players and their families. Both clubs are looking forward to working together and sharing resources to allow the area’s most qualified coaches and clinicians to continue producing the area’s most outstanding players.
Players that participate and compete through the Academy Affiliate program will be directly connected to Sporting Kansas City’s Academy and youth development initiatives. In turn, they will have the opportunity to gain experience while receiving heightened levels of training and development. Beyond this, all Sporting J.B. Marine players will now be invited to partake in the annual Academy Affiliate Tournament, an event that brings together some of the most competitive and talented youth soccer players from across the Midwest, all under the Sporting Club umbrella.
What do NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Russian president Vladimir Putin and Sporting Kansas City CIO Asim Pasha have in common? All three have been named by the Sports Business Journal among the top 50 most influential people in sports.
Pasha, No. 49 on the prestigious list, joined Sporting KC has CIO and Chief Architect in December 2010 and co-founded Sporting Innovations less than a year later.
Pasha has been instrumental in the launch of Sporting Club Uphoria, Sporting KC’s gameday mobile app that allows fans at Sporting Park to watch the replay of the action from their seats. The application is available on iPhone and Android devices.
The Sports Business Journal's 50 Most Influential People in Sports features folks from across the sports world including Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Philip Anschutz, the man widely credited with saving MLS and trying to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles and FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
Who doesn't love a good slowmo video? MLSsoccer.com's On the Edge of Glory is a must-watch video for those fans who want to relive Sporting KC's MLS Cup win at Sporting Park.
With the World Cup set to kick off in Brazil in six months, adidas introduced their new ball (the Brazuca) that will be used during the tournament. The folks at KICKTV, with the help of Finnish goalkeeper Lassi Hurskainen, came to Kansas City to test the durability, movement and "fitness" of the new World Cup match ball. Check it out:
Thousands of Sporting Kansas City supporters filled Union Station on Monday to celebrate the club's MLS Cup championship. Sporting Kansas City's 2013 team captain Jimmy Nielsen and U.S. Men's National Team defender Matt Besler addressed the crowd along with Manager Peter Vermes.
Vermes became the only person in MLS history to have won an MLS Cup as a player and coach with the same club. Vermes led Kansas City to their first title in 2000, playing every match that season, and earning Defender of the Year. Vermes thanked the audience, elated to see how soccer has grown in the place he now calls home.
View a photo gallery from the event below: