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24 September 7:54 am

On Tuesday, defender Matt Besler was named the best soccer player of all-time from the state of Kansas by TopDrawerSoccer.com and it's that type of national notoriety that earned the Sporting Kansas City captain a spot on the "20 in their twenties" list in this month's edition of Ingram's magazine. The business publication annually features the next generation of prominent personalities in the Kansas City area and selected Besler as one of two professional athletes for this year's recognition along with Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel.

"In some ways, 27-year-old Matt Besler is the personification of soccer's growth in Kansas City over the past decade. He graduated from Blue Valley West High School in 2005, where his senior season ended with a Class 5A state championship. That was a year before the current owners of Sporting Kansas City bought the pro soccer team from founder Lamar Hunt. Before those two dots could be connected, Besler went on to become an All-American defender at Notre Dame, as well as Academic All-American -- the first player in Notre Dame's history to earn both accolades. The hometown boy came full circle when Sporting, then known as the Wizards, drafted Besler with the eighth pick in 2008. Since then, he's become a household name in Kansas City soccer circles, winning the team's Defender of the Year honors three times and playing on the U.S. team in the FIFA World Cup earlier this year."

In 2012, Sporting Kansas City's Chief Revenue Officer Jake Reid was amongst those honored in the "20 in their twenties" series. Readers can recommend candidates for next year's class (those younger than 30 as of Sept. 1, 2015 are eligible) by submitting a nomination to editorial@ingrams.com.

23 September 8:33 pm

Cast your vote below for Sporting Kansas City's Man of the Match from Tuesday night's 3-0 win over Real Esteli in the CONCACAF Champions League. Voting is open through Thursday.

23 September 3:31 pm

The #RoadToKC continued over the weekend as three cities played host to the qualifying round of USSSA’s Juggle, Dribble, Shoot competition. Players from all over the country made the trip to Memphis, Tenn., Belton, Mo., and Richmond, Miss. to show off their skills in the organization’s first competition of its kind.

The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) and the Sporting Club Network have joined together to host the finals of the new JDS competition in Kansas City. After challenging their skills in a wide range of activities -- including maximum-count juggling, timed dribbling through cones and precision shooting -- the top five finalists from each gender's age group will advance to the national finals to be held at Swope Soccer Village on Saturday, Oct. 25. Finalists will then be invited to attend Sporting KC’s match on Sunday, Oct. 26 where they’ll be recognized on field at Sporting Park for their accomplishments.

To keep up with the latest competition news, tweet using hashtags #RoadtoKC and #USSSAJDS and follow the Sporting Club Network on Twitter and Facebook.

22 September 7:39 pm

Sporting KC and Frito Lay are kicking off a month-long contest, sponsored by Frito Lay. Sporting KC fans will have the opportunity to share their funniest photos including their favorite bag of Frito Lay chips and Sporting KC apparel. Enter to win online by posting your funniest photos on Twitter or Instagram including the hashtag #SKCFritoFan. Contestants must follow the official Sporting KC Twitter account and/or the official Sporting KC Instagram account.

The contest will continue through Monday, Oct. 20th. Four (4) winners will be randomly selected at the end of each of week of the contest. Two winners will receive a pair of tickets to Pitch Black on Oct. 11th and one autographed soccer ball. Two winners will receive a pair of tickets to a Sporting KC home game and one autographed soccer ball. 

For official rules, click here.

19 September 11:16 am

The U.S. Women's National Team will bring an 87-game home unbeaten streak to Sporting Park on Oct. 15 in the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship. The No. 1 ranked U.S. WNT earned a 4-0 victory over Mexico on Thursday in the team's final tune-up match with goals from Amy Rodriguez, Megan Rapinoe, Tobin Heath and Alex Morgan, while goalkeeper Hope Solo recorded her 73rd career international shutout.

Series tickets to see all four games during the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship at Sporting Park -- played via doubleheaders on back-to-back nights -- are available through Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at all Ticketmaster ticket centers in the Kansas City area. Please note: tickets will not be sold at the Sporting Park ticket office.

2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship matches at Sporting Park
Game 1: Guatemala vs. Haiti on Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. CT
Game 2: USA vs. Trinidad and Tobago on Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. CT
Game 3: Jamaica vs. Martinique on Oct. 16 at 5 p.m. CT
Game 4: Costa Rica vs. Mexico on Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m. CT

The tournament’s top three teams will directly qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup from June 6-July 5 in Canada, while the fourth-place team enters a playoff with a team from South America for the final World Cup slot.

18 September 9:29 pm

Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match from Sporting Kansas City's 3-1 win over Saprissa on Thursday night. Voting is open through Sunday night.

16 September 4:06 pm

Although Sporting Kansas City has off from MLS play this weekend, they will be in action Thursday night when they host Deportivo Saprissa in their second CONCACAF Champions League group stage match. That match will kick off at 7 p.m. CT and can be seen on FOX Sports 1 and Univision Deportes Network. Limited tickets are available and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL.

Across the MLS spectrum, it's a busy week for teams in the League. The first of three separate competitions kicks off tonight when the Philadelphia Union host the Seattle Sounders in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final.

Here are a few nationally-televised games that we'll be keeping an eye on this week.

1. Philadelphia Union vs. Seattle Sounders FC | Tuesday, Sept. 16, 6:30pm CT | GolTV

The Union are searching for their first major trophy since joining MLS. The Sounders are searching for their fourth Open Cup title. Aside from the chance to watch an exciting match between two MLS teams, Sporting KC fans should pay special attention to this match for one particular reason: the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League.

There are four ways for American MLS teams to get into the CONCACAF Champions League: win the Open Cup, win MLS Cup or finish in first place in the regular season in either conference. If the Sounders, who currently lead MLS with 54 points, were to win the Open Cup and the Supporters' Shield, the second spot would go to the team in MLS with the second most points in the regular season. If they won the Open Cup, Supporters' Shield AND MLS Cup, then the two additional spots would go to the teams that finished second and third in the Shield standings. Sporting KC is nine points behind Seattle in the Shield standings, but six points behind the LA Galaxy who are in second place. There is still a lot of soccer to be played, but there are a few teams that will be paying special attention to tonight's match. Click here for complete MLS standings.

2. Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids | Friday, Sept. 19, 9pm CT | NBCSN

The Rapids have struggled of late - their last win came on July 25 - and it doesn't get any easier with a trip to Salt Lake to take on RSL. Jeff Cassar's team is in third place in the Western Conference with 46 points. Sporting KC is currently tied for fifth place in the Shield standings, one point back of RSL.

3. Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC | Saturday, Sept. 20, 4pm CT | NBCSN

This game has little impact on Sporting KC, but who doesn't love a Cascadia showdown? The two teams are separated by one point in the Western Conference standings, with the Timbers just below the red line in sixth place, so Saturday's match has added importance for the two squads. In addition, Portland and Vancouver have combined for 10 goals in their previous two meetings this season so expect to see plenty of attacking soccer on display at Providence Park on Saturday.

4. New York Red Bulls vs. Seattle Sounders FC | Saturday, Sept. 20, 6:30pm CT | NBCSN

The Red Bulls are fighting for their playoff lives while the Sounders are looking to claim their first MLS Supporters' Shield. With Thierry Henry, Bradley Wright-Phillips, Clinty Dempsey and Obafemi Martins on the pitch together, this match is "Must See TV" for any soccer fan.

5. Toronto FC vs. Chivas USA | Sunday, Sept. 21, 2pm CT | UniMas

The final MLS game of the week features two teams who are looking to regain their footing in the League. Chivas USA is winless in 10 while Toronto FC is winless in six. Three points on Sunday is a must for Greg Vanney's side if they wish to keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

15 September 11:33 am

Subway and Sporting Kansas City kicked off their partnership with a series of player appearances in August and September at various Subway locations in Kansas City and surrounding areas! The player appearances will continue this week with Eric Kronberg today in Ottawa, KS (902 S Main St, Ottawa, KS 66067) and Chance Myers on Friday, September 19th in Sedalia, MO (2750 S Limit Ave, Sedalia, MO 65301). The player appearances will be 5:00pm-6:30 p.m. CT and one Sporting KC player will attend to meet with fans, take photos and sign autographs. The first one hundred (100) fans will receive a free t-shirt!  

Listed below are the remaining player appearances at local Subway locations. The final player appearance at Subway will be Monday, September 29th in Overland Park (8340 W. 151st St, Overland Park, KS 66223).   

Subway Location

Dates

Time

902 S Main St, Ottawa, KS 66067

Monday, September 15th

5:00-6:30pm

2750 S Limit Ave, Sedalia, MO 65301

Friday, September 19th

5:00-6:30pm

8340 W. 151st St, Overland Park, KS 66223

Monday, September 29th

5:00-6:30pm

 

12 September 10:54 pm

Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match from Sporting Kansas City's 4-0 win over Chivas USA on Friday night. Voting is open through Sunday evening.