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01 September 12:36 pm

Sporting Kansas City and Kansas City Marriott Downtown are launching a month-long, enter-to-win sweepstakes beginning today. Sporting KC fans can enter to win online at SportingKC.com/Marriott.

Monday’s launch of the KC Staycation with the Marriott is offering up a major prize pack for one lucky Sporting KC supporter. The winner receives the following:

  • Two (2) free nights at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown (Dates based on availability)
  • One (1) free dinner for two (2) at the MetropolitanKC
  • Twenty-five (25) dollar voucher to CoffeeCentral
  • Two (2) tickets to a Sporting KC home game
  • One (1) VIP Parking pass
  • Pregame tour and field access pregame
  • Two (2) Sporting KC jerseys
  • Two (2) Sporting KC scarves

The contest ends on September 30th at 11:59 p.m. CT and the winner will be randomly chosen on October 3rd. Be sure to use this discount code to Kansas City Marriott Downtown the next time you're looking for a hotel room in Kansas City! For the official promotion rules, click here.
 

28 August 9:49 pm

Friday night's match between Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo will be the 16th competitive match between the two sides since 2011. And while he has only featured five times in that span, Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer has had his share of unforgettable moments.

The 2012 MLS SuperDraft first round pick scored the game-winning goal in the 2013 Eastern Conference Championship, receiving a scoop pass from Benny Feilhaber, dribbling around a defender and placing his shot past goalkeeper Tally Hall.

Dwyer then continued his strong form into 2014, converting a penalty kick and putting in a strong 90-minute shift in Sporting KC's 10-man 2-0 win at Houston on June 6, 2014.

But for today's TBT, we're throwing it back to Dwyer's first match against Houston in 2012. Although this match won't count in the official record books, Dwyer played 90 minutes in a 3-0 MLS Reserve League loss to Houston at Swope Park on March 27, 2012. That Reserve League lineup was also packed with players who have made major contributions to Sporting KC over the past 18 months including: Jon Kempin, Lawrence Olum, Kevin Ellis, Paulo Nagamura and Jacob Peterson.

27 August 12:10 pm

Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler and midfielder Graham Zusi are two of 20 Major League Soccer stars in the running for this year's FIFA 15 custom cover. Fans can choose the World Cup duo to be among the four players that will appear on the downloadable MLS cover and all who cast votes will be entered to win a VIP package for two to MLS Cup 2014.

VOTE NOW: Cast your ballot

Voting is unlimited and runs through Sept. 9. The league's official FIFA 15 custom cover, as well as a Sporting Kansas City custom cover, will be unveiled on the MLS Facebook page on Sept. 19. FIFA 15 hits stores on Sept. 23 in North America and is currently available to pre-order on EASports.com.

   

27 August 8:43 am

This week, The Pitch has revealed the finalists from their Best of Kansas City 2014 ballot and Sporting KC is nominated in multiple categories.

Best Place to Watch KC Pro Sports
Arrowhead Stadium
Sporting Park
Johnny's Tavern

Best Sporting KC Player
Dom Dwyer
Graham Zusi
Matt Besler

Best Stadium
Arrowhead Stadium
Kauffman Stadium
Sporting Park

Best Local Hero
Lazlo, 96.5 the Buzz
Matt Besler
George Brett

Best Thing That's Changed in KC in the Past Year
Westport
Streetcar
Sporting KC

Additionally, Buzz Beach Ball -- which returns to Sporting Park on Friday, Sept. 5 -- is up for "Best Concert" and "Best Music Festival" in this year's awards.

Voting is open until September 17 with the winners to be revealed in their annual Best of KC issue on October 9. Users must have a registered account to complete the survey and must answer at least 20 of the 279 questions.

25 August 11:54 am

Want to try your hand at outshining Benny Feilhaber and Sal Zizzo? Here’s your chance!  Using the hashtag #AskBenny, show us your best lip-syncing moves on Instagram or Vine as your entry to win two (2) Benny Feilhaber Show shirts. Entries must be submitted by Aug. 31 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Good luck!

22 August 3:28 pm


Photo by USA Tooday Sports Images

Since returning from Nicaragua after Tuesday night's CONCACAF Champions League opener, Sporting Kansas City has turned the team's attention to a top of the table clash with D.C. United on Saturday at Sporting Park. Two points separate the last two U.S. Open Cup champions in the Eastern Conference standings with two months remaining in the regular season.

Ahead of the 2004 MLS Cup rematch, listen to this week's interviews as heard on local sports radio.

Sporting KC Show on 810 WHB feat. Dom Dwyer and Kerry Zavagnin (Aug. 20)

The Border Patrol on Sports Radio 810 WHB feat. Peter Vermes (Aug. 21)

Fescoe in the Morning on 610 Sports Radio feat. Jon Kempin (Aug. 22)

21 August 6:42 pm

Four years ago this month, Jon Kempin became the club's first homegrown player and the youngest signing to that point when he turned pro at age 17.

"This is a great day for our organization," Peter Vermes said at the time. "We had the opportunity to identify a talented player in the area, bring him into the (Academy) program and develop him to the point where we could sign him to a professional contract. Jon has incredible talent and now he has the opportunity to continue his development at a professional level and not have the pressure to perform on the field right away.”

Pressure to perform, like being told at halftime to warmup for your MLS debut and then facing a penalty kick for your first shot on goal faced.

Or lining up across from the League's top paid player, U.S. Men's National Team star Michael Bradley, in your first career MLS start.

Or following that with a 2,000+ mile trek to Central America three days later for a Champions League encounter in Nicaragua.

Kempin aced all three tests since being summoned back from his loan to USL PRO affiliate OKC Energy FC in the aftermath of an injury to starting goalkeeper Eric Kronberg and then stepping into the spotlight when Andy Gruenebaum was sidelined with a strained shoulder. Now 21, Kempin is the youngest goalkeeper to start an MLS match in team history and the youngest at his position to appear in MLS this season.

To quote Kempin on his first day as a professional, "Now is when the fun starts."

19 August 11:36 pm

Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match from Sporting Kansas City's 1-1 draw against Real Esteli on Tuesday night at Nicaragua. Voting is open through Wednesday evening.

19 August 6:47 pm

Update: Congratulations to Ryan McDonald for submitting the winning caption. Please contact mdreska@sportingkc.com to claim your prize.

Sporting Kansas City moved into first place in the race for the Supporters' Shield after defeating Eastern Conference foes Toronto FC 4-1 at Sporting Park last weekend. Needless to say, the boys brought nothing but smiles during postgame interviews with SKCTV commentator Jake Yadrich - especially two of the three goalscorers (Dom Dwyer and C.J. Sapong) and man of the match himself (Jon Kempin) pictured above.

Dwyer opened the scoring on Saturday by converting two first half penalty kicks to move his goal scoring total to 16, second most  in MLS this season. Sapong's second half strike moves the Virginia native into a tie for ninth on KC's all-time chart for career goals scored during the regular season with 20 and Sporting KC's record when Sapong scores is now 19-0-2 including the postseason.

Saturday was the first career MLS start for Kempin, who has been nominated for MLS Save of the Week honors for Week 23 after his crucial stop against Gilberto to preserve his team's lead. Kempin already earned the accolade in Week 22 on his MLS debut after stopping a penalty kick attempt by Darren Mattocks. 

Submit your best caption to the photo above by 6 p.m. CT on Thursday, August 21 and you'll be entered to win two tickets to Saturday's match against D.C. United and $20 worth of Kansas Lottery instant scratch tickets. Entries for this week's caption contest, brough to you by Kansas Lottery, can be submitted via the comments section below. You must be 18 years of age or older to be eligible for the prize. Good luck!