On Sunday, millions of people will be tuned into Super Bowl XLVIII as the Denver Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks. As Sporting KC continues their pre-season in Arizona, we caught up with some of the players and staff to get their predictions and thoughts on the game.
Carolina Panthers…Cam Newton, baby.
San Francisco 49ers…niners all the way, baby. Oh this year? Broncos. Richard Sherman is going to mess up.
Denver Broncos by 3…Peyton Manning is pretty motivated. Doesn't have very many years left, I think he's going to have a very good game.
Do I watch football? Just joking. Denver will win. I'm a Manning fan.
Don't know, don't care. I'll probably be hiking during the Super Bowl.
Omaha, Omaha! Peyton Manning, Denver.
Broncos. I played in Denver for four years so I like the Broncos. And being an Indiana guy, I want Peyton to win.
Seattle. Richard Sherman is my kind of player. With a defender that like and that mentality, to win you need a good defense. Sporting KC proved that. Defense wins championship.
What is the Super Bowl? The Cowboys are going to win, probably. Romo. He can throw the ball pretty well.
Seattle Seahawks, because of Russell Wilson. Beast mode.
The Detroit Lions. Detroit's a winner.
I think the Seattle Seahawks are going to win because Russell Wilson is a great quarterback.
Broncos…Manning is a mastermind. I had him, Eric Decker and Julius Thomas in fantasy this year. And gotta go for the AFC West.
Denver Broncos, Peyton Manning is unbelievable -- a student of the game.
It's hard to believe that one year ago today, Sporting KC defender Matt Besler had only one cap with the U.S. Men's National Team. The Kansas City native was coming off an impressive 90-minute performance the night before in a scoreless draw against Canada at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.
One year later, however, the two-time MLS Cup All-Star has featured 12 times under USMNT head coach Jurgen Klinsmann and was a big reason the United States finished first in the Hex and qualified for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
So with the US Soccer's January camp set to wrap up, and the squad set to host the Korea Republic on Saturday (4pm, ESPN2, WatchESPN, UniMas) in Carson, Calif., we're throwing it back to January 29, 2013, the night Besler made his international debut for the red, white and blue.
After a ten-day training stint in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the U.S. Men's National Team returned to Carson, Calif., this week to continue preparations for Saturday's friendly vs. the Korea Republic.
Three Sporting KC players are training with the squad including Matt Besler and Graham Zusi, who played integral roles in the USMNT qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The third is Benny Feilhaber, the Brazilian-born midfielder who played in three of four games for the USMNT during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Feilhaber recently spoke with SI.com's Grant Wahl about playing for Sporting KC and his thoughts ahead of this year's World Cup.
The 56th annual Grammy Awards aired last night on KCTV5 with the biggest names in the entertainment business taking the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Fans across the country that tuned in were treated to remarkable performances by Beyonce and Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons and an unforgettable Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Madonna performance. But the fans in Kansas City were given an extra treat as we debuted our 2014 commercials last night during the program.
Four ads ran last night, each using footage from the missed penalty kick that gave Sporting KC the 2013 MLS Cup. But that wasn't just any footage, three of the four ads used footage that you, the fans, took. Check out the spots below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
And don't forget, single game tickets for the first nine games of 2014 go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. You can purchase your tickets by calling 888-4KC-GOAL or by visiting Ticketmaster.com.
Sporting Kansas City official kicked off the 2014 preseason today as players arrived players headed out to Tucscon, Arizona. The team will play three matches in Arizona before participating in the 2014 Disney Pro Soccer Classic. The 2014 season begins on March 8 at Sporting KC heads to CenturyLink Field to face the Seattle Sounders.
Check out the video below at Sporting KC Manager Vermes spoke with SI.com's Grant Wahl. In the interview, Verme discusses MLS Cup 2013 and looks ahead to the 2014 season.
I sat down with our newest addition, goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum to talk about what he's looking forward to this season, important things SKC Nation needs to know about him, and why you should call him the "Hebrew Hammer."
Jamila St. Ann: Are you excited to have SKC Nation on your side now, rather than against you?
Andy Gruenebaum: Yeah, it’s one of those things where I remember coming back to play where they really don’t care where you’re from, if you’re not on their team, so it’s great to be on the other side of that. Here now, helping this team win another championship.
JS: Speaking of SKC Nation, give them, the proper pronunciation of your last name, because there are some disagreements.
AG: Well I’m in the school of thought that it’s pronounced “Green-a-baum”, but I know other people in my family even that say “Gru-ne-baum”. But for years, my friends have justcalled me G-baum, just cut out the middle man, and it’s just easier that way.
JS: You roomed with our own Eric Kronberg at the MLS Combine together nine years ago, and last year our GKs roomed together on the road, are you looking forward to sharing a space with Krony again?
AG: If that happens, I’m sure it’ll be fun. It all depends on our sleep schedules. I’m kind of an early riser and I make a big production out of breakfast, it’s my favorite meal of the day. Whoever I room with, I hope is on the same time schedule, so we’ll see.
JS: Our goalkeepers have been given nicknames by SKC nation. Jimmy Nielsen was the ‘White Puma’, Eric Kronberg has been dubbed ‘Krony’ or ‘Kronic’, and Jon Kempin gets referred to as ‘Big Kempin’. Do you have any suggestions for what they should call you?
AG: This nickname stuck with me from college all the way to the Crew, so everyone has called me the “Hebrew Hammer”. My roommates in college started calling me that after they saw this movie called ‘The Hebrew Hammer’, and so that’s how it got started. So that’s what I’ve got going right now.
JS: Last year I asked Eric to give himself a team title and he said, “Eric Kronberg: Team Badass.” Give yourself a Sporting KC team title. “Andy Gruenebaum: Team _________.”
AG: That’s putting me on the spot…*laughs* Just, uh, Team Glad to Be Here.
JS: Describe your personal style. We have a lot of big personalities here, what style does Andy Gruenebaum bring to Sporting KC?
AG: I think I’ll bring a good team presence. I’m all about doing whatever is best for the team and whatever it takes to win. I kind of put my head down and work and whatever role I’m given, I take that on. I’ll try and push other guys as well as myself. That’s always been my mentality and that’s what I hope to bring to this squad.
JS: What’s an embarrassing moment you’d be willing to share with SKC Nation?
AG: *laughs* Go on YouTube and type in ‘Danny Cepero’. I’m most known for being the first goalkeeper to get scored on by another goalkeeper, in MLS history. You can see me do the backstroke, a little bit. That moment, as embarrassing it was, made me mentally stronger. But yeah, it was definitely my most embarrassing moment.
JS: Is there anything else these SKC fans should know about you?
AG: I have a pet rabbit, Roo. People got a kick out of that in Columbus. I know my rabbit loves Sporting Blue already, so I’ll be tweeting out a picture of that soon. She’s a blast.
JS: What are you looking forward to most this season?
AG: Just getting to know these guys, and being apart of a really good team that has the chance to win a championship, year in, year out. Being back home, also. My wife and I are both from here, and we’ve felt like vagabonds up until now.
One year ago today, Sporting Kansas City and Orlando City Soccer Club announced a partnership that would make the Florida-based club the USL PRO affiliate of Sporting KC. A month later, Sporting KC sent four players on loan to Orlando City SC and the rest was history.
For today's #TBT, we're throwing it back to Dom Dwyer, a player instrumental to the success of the partnership. Dwyer broke the USL PRO scoring record in only 13 games, scored four goals in the championship game to give Orlando City the USL PRO title and scored the game-winning goal that sent Sporting KC to the MLS Cup Final.
We're going to call this deal a win-win for everyone!