The Sporting Spotlight series this week focuses on Sporting KC team captain Matt Besler. The hometown star talks about changes to his personal life after success as an MLS All-Star and as a member of the US Men's National Team. Besler also discusses his love for giving back to the community he grew up in, the fans that support Sporting KC and his new commercial with Me Undies.
Continue to watch 38 the Spot every Monday morning for a new Sporting Spotlight with Crystle Lampitt.
Up to snuff on Sporting Kansas City trivia? Have a penchant for creativity? If so, your chance to win free Open Cup tickets has arrived.
When the team hosts Montreal on Saturday, users of the Sporting Club Uphoria mobile app will have the opportunity to win free tickets to next Tuesday's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match against archrivals Houston Dynamo at 7:30 p.m. CT.
That's right, supporters will have three separate opportunities to win a pair of tickets on Saturday night—so long as they have a Uphoria account registered through Facebook, Twitter or email.
Three separate Comment Cards will be deployed throughout the evening, each prompting a different response from contestants. The first trivia question will revolve around captain Matt Besler, who is set to make his 200th appearance for Sporting KC in all competitions. The second will be tied to last year's results between Sporting KC and Montreal. Answer correctly on either one, and you'll be entered to win.
Not a trivia guru? The third and final Comment Card will allow fans to use their imagination, and the most creative entry will take the prize. (Hint: think theatrics and Dom Dwyer!)
Pictured in this post are sample Comment Card trivia questions so that you know what to look for on the home screen come Saturday. Please note that only one Comment Card will be displayed on the app's home feed at any given time.
The first Comment Card will deploy at 6 p.m. CT and the second at 7:45 p.m. CT. The third will launch at 9 p.m. CT and expire at midnight. Select "Give Feedback," then type your response and click "Send" to enter.
Participants will be able to submit one single answer for all three cards, and winners will be contacted via Facebook, Twitter or email by Monday afternoon.
In addition to playing for free Open Cup tickets, Uphoria users will have access to live video, statistics, seat upgrades and Sporting KC social feeds throughout Saturday's match.
The app will also link users to Sporting KC's online auction, feauring game tickets, signed gear and more! Bidding is open at auctions.sportingkc.com until Monday with all proceeds going to The Victory Project.
Did you miss your chance to purchase VIP tickets to Buzz Beach Ball? Have you been looking for some exclusive autographed Sporting KC items and experiences?
Sporting KC supporters now have the opportunity to bid on some serious swag in an online auction featuring five separate items:
- 2 Buzz Beach Ball VIP tickets
- 4 Victory Suite tickets for Sporting KC vs. Houston Dynamo on Tuesday, July 21
- A Dom Dwyer poster signed after his record-setting four-goal performance in the U.S. Open Cup
- A 2014 team-signed canvas (one of only 50 made!)
- An authentic 2015 team-signed jersey
Bidding is open online at auctions.sportingkc.com until July 20! All proceeds will benefit The Victory Project in its mission to help children thrive through life’s challenges.
Congratulations to Kenton Noonan from Topeka, KS for being this year's winner in the Rally House Ultimate Fan Experience! Kenton won a $500 shopping spree with Sporting Kansas City Defender, Seth Sinovic. His friends and family were treated to quite the experience on July 7th at the Kansas Sampler across from Oak Park Mall and stocked up on lots of great merchandise to go with the authentic Sporting Kansas City jersey she won as part of the prize package. Kenton also received two tickets to a home match on August 15th vs. Vancouver at Sporting Park, which will included a meet-and-greet, stadium tour and pre-game field access to watch warm-ups.
In 2013, Amazon launched the AmazonSmile Foundation to help charitable organizations with just the click of a button. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for customers to support their favorite charitable organization every time they shop, at no extra cost.
When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the same products, features, services and great low prices as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to The Victory Project.
On your first visit to AmazonSmile, select “The Victory Project” and begin shopping through the tens of millions of products all eligible for donations. AmazonSmile is available for both mobile devices and desktop.
Each year, MLS WORKS teams up with Wells Fargo to help honor individuals who have helped their community. One Community MVP is chosen from each of the 20 MLS club markets based on their efforts in social programs, health issues and community service. This year’s finalist for Sporting Kansas City is Renee Terrill.
Terrill - a volunteer with Oceans of Mercy and One Life -- serves on the Board of Directors and Advisory Task Force for each organization. She has made the ultimate commitment to serving the less fortunate across the world and believes “the impact of soccer can transform lives of young people all over the world.”
Each year, Renee travels internationally to places like South Africa, India and Thailand with gently used soccer equipment to facilitate soccer clinics, camps and tournaments run by local and Kansas City volunteers. These events are used not only to promote play and fun amongst the kids they serve, but Renee also teaches life lessons such as sportsmanship, respect and self-confidence.
Fans can vote here until July 29. Each of the Community MVP's will be recognized at the 2015 MLS All-Star Game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Colorado on July 29. The overall winner will be announced during halftime of the 2015 MLS All-Star Game.
Sporting Park hosted the Group A finales for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup last night as a sold-out crowd saw Haiti defeat Honduras 1-0 in the opening match before the U.S. Men's National Team earned a 1-1 draw against Panama. As always, fans captured a wide array of photos and videos to share on social media during the doubleheader. Check out some of the best posts below for a first-hand look...
Are you a fan of Graham Zusi? Do you have Snapchat skills? If you’ve answered yes to both questions, then this contest is for you.
This week, Sporting Kansas City and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City have partnered to give away the ultimate Graham Zusi prize package. From Tuesday-Thursday, Sporting Kansas City fans will have the ability to draw Zusi on Snapchat for a chance to win great prizes. Only one winner will be selected.
Here’s how you enter:
- Sign up for Snapchat and follow ‘sportingkc’
- Send us a snap with your best Zusi drawing
- We’ll pick our 6 favorite drawings and post them into a Facebook photo gallery
- The Facebook photo that gets the most likes within the designated time period wins the grand prize
Zusi drawings will be accepted starting today through 11:59 p.m. CT on Thursday. Entrants are encouraged to be creative with their drawings, showcasing Zusi in his element in a Sporting Kansas City jersey. The five finalists will be notified via the chat feature in Snapchat. Those drawings will then be posted in a Facebook photo gallery on the official Sporting KC Facebook page on Friday morning. The image that receives the most likes through 12 p.m. CT on Saturday will receive the grand prize, which includes:
- Two tickets to an upcoming Sporting KC game
- Two customized Graham Zusi jerseys
- Two Graham Zusi limited-edition posters
Crystle Lampitt's Sporting Spotlight series continued today on 38 the Spot with Peter Vermes taking his turn to be showcased in the weekly video segments. The Sporting KC Manager shared his connection to U.S. Women's National Team star Carli Lloyd, his thoughts on the growth of soccer in Kansas City and across the United States, as well as insight into his coaching philosophy.
Check out the interviews below and tune in to 38 the Spot every Monday morning for the latest features on Sporting Kansas City players and staff.
Sporting KC defender Kevin Ellis heads in a Krisztian Nemeth cross in the 52nd minute to make it 1-0 against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The goal is Ellis' second of the regular season.