16 October 8:33 am

With two weeks left in the 2014 MLS Regular Season, the playoff picture has become a lot more clear. Eight teams have punched their playoff ticket - including Sporting KC - with two more to go. Columbus needs one point from their remaining two games to clinch the final spot in the Eastern Conference. Toronto FC needs to win their final two games, and for the Crew to lose their remaining two games, to clinch their first playoff spot in club history.

Over in the Western Conference, the Vancouver Whitecaps hold a one-point lead over the Portland Timbers for the final playoff spot. A Vancouver win this weekend coupled with a Timbers lose would secure the Whitecaps a playoff berth. If the Timbers can earn a point against Real Salt Lake, their playoff fate will go down to the final weekend.

So how does this all relate to Sporting KC? Well even though we are in the playoffs for the fourth straight year, seeding is still up for grabs. Sporting KC can still finish anywhere from first to fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Sporting KC's penultimate regular season match will be Saturday evening when they take on the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park. The match will kick off at 6pm CT and can be seen locally on KMCI TV's 38 the Spot and across the Midwest on SKCTV.

Here is a list of games we'll be watching this weekend that could impact Sporting KC's playoff seeding, as well as a few national TV games to keep an eye on.

1. Houston Dynamo vs. New England Revolution | Thursday, Oct. 16, 7pm CT | ESPN2

Tonight's match at BBVA Compass Stadium is big for a number of reasons. Sporting KC and New England are tied on points with 49 apiece. A Revolution, coupled with a Sporting KC win or draw, would put the reigning MLS Cup champs in the driver's seat for the second seed in the Eastern Conference. New England currently holds the tie-breaker edge on Sporting KC with one more victory so a win tonight in Houston would give Jay Heaps' squad the edge heading into next weekend's regular season finale vs. Toronto FC.

For Houston, it will be an emotional night. The team was officially eliminated from playoff contention last week, but news broke this week that head coach Dominic Kinnear - the only head coach in team history - will be stepping down at the end of the season. Kinnear will go back to his former club and lead the San Jose Earthquakes in their inaugural season in their new stadium. It should be a a raucous atmosphere in Kinnear's final home game and expect the players to come out fighting.

2. Portland Timbers vs. Real Salt Lake | Friday, Oct. 17, 9pm CT | NBCSN

This game is important for a number of reasons. First and foremost, a Timbers loss puts the reigning regular season Western Conference champions on the brink of playoff elimination. A single point from the game and they are still alive.

For Real Salt Lake, Jeff Cassar's team is fighting to stay out of the Knockout Round game, but there is also a bigger picture in play. Bear with me ...

Currently, the Seattle Sounders have locked up a berth in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League group stage by virtue of winning the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. That means that three CCL spots are up for grabs. Those will go to the Supporters' Shield winner, the conference winner that does not win the Supporters' Shield and the MLS Cup champion. If one team takes two of those spots (i.e. Seattle wins Open Cup an Supporters' Shield) then the second berth goes to the next highest team in the Supporters' Shield standings.

So hypothetically speaking Seattle wins the Open Cup, LA Galaxy win the Supporters' Shield, D.C. United win the Eastern Conference and one of those three teams wins MLS Cup, then the final CCL berth will go to the next highest team in the Supporters' Shield standings.

That is added incentive for teams to finish with as many regular season points as possible. Real Salt Lake is currently in line for that next spot, but any of six teams could move into that spot including Sporting KC. It's confusing yes, but the picture should get more clear after this weekend's matches.

3. Toronto FC vs. Montreal Impact | Saturday, Oct. 18, 1pm CT | Univision Deportes Network

Plain and simple, Toronto FC needs to win their final two games and Columbus needs to lose their final two games for the Reds to clinch a playoff berth.

4. Colorado Rapids vs. FC Dallas | Saturday, Oct. 18, 2pm CT | NBCSN

FC Dallas has been one of the hottest teams in MLS, while the Colorado Rapids have been one of the worst.

So why should Sporting KC fans pay attention to this one? Go back a few paragraphs. Real Salt Lake has 52 points; FC Dallas has 51 points; Sporting KC has 49 points. There are a few teams jockeying to finish as high in the standings as possible and FC Dallas is one of those teams.

If Sporting KC earns three points on Friday, all of SKC Nation will be glued to Saturday's match at PPL Park. If both Sporting KC and the Philadelphia Union win, Peter Vermes' squad will be playing postseason soccer.

Columbus is currently in the final playoff spot, while Philadelphia sits four points behind them. A Crew win would all but eliminate the Union from booking a playoff spot.

5. D.C. United vs. Chicago Fire | Saturday, Oct. 18 6pm CT | MLS Live

A win or draw and D.C. United will clinch their first regular season conference title since 2007. A point would also secure them a spot in the 2015-16 CONCACAF Champions League.

6. New York Red Bulls vs. Columbus Crew | Sunday, Oct. 19 2pm CT | UniMas

Sporting KC holds a two-point edge on the Red Bulls and a three-point edge on the Crew. Those numbers could change depending on Sporting KC's result against the Union on Saturday. Neither Columbus nor New York can finish first in the Eastern Conference, but depending on other results, both teams could finish as high as second.

7. LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders | Sunday, Oct. 19 7:15pm CT | ESPN2

The penultimate week of the regular season concludes with a big one Sunday night when the LA Galaxy host the Seattle Sounders on ESPN2. The two teams are tied atop the Western Conference with 60 points. The Sounders hold the tiebreaker edge (more wins) so if they win Sunday night, they'll clinch the Supporters' Shield. Any other result and the Shield can't be won until the two teams play the following weekend in Seattle.

So what should Sporting KC fans root for on Sunday? At this point, no result can impact Sporting KC. Both teams have already secured Champions League spots. So Sporting KC fans can sit back, enjoy the game and enjoy Landon Donovan's last regular season home game.

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14 October 12:44 pm

Sporting KC captain Matt Besler joined The Border Patrol on Sports Radio 810 WHB this morning from Boca Raton, Florida, where the United States Men's National Team will take on Honduras in an international friendly tonight at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and ESPN Deportes Radio. The Overland Park, Kansas native -- who was added to the U.S. roster on Saturday along with teammate Graham Zusi -- discussed the match-up with a CONCACAF rival while also giving his thoughts on the Royals postseason run and Sporting KC securing a playoff berth of their own with Friday's 2-0 win over Chicago.

Listen to the 10-minute interview below and visit for a full match preview...

14 October 12:08 pm

Sporting Kansas City homegrown defender Erik Palmer-Brown is among the world's top 40 players at his age, acording to The Guardian's "Next Generation 2014" list released earlier today. The 17-year-old is the only American included in the compilation and one of two from CONCACAF along with Mexico's Erick Aguirre.

A Lee's Summit, Missouri native, Palmer-Brown appeared in six matches for Sporting Kansas City across all competition in 2014. He made his professional debut in May, becoming the youngest player in MLS history to start a regular season match as a defender and the youngest player to appear in a Major League Soccer match this season, for the first of three MLS games played. Palmer-Brown also started each of the team's two matches in the 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and he most recently started in the team's 3-0 victory over Real Esteli FC in the 2014/15 CONCACAF Champions League.

Palmer-Brown is a member of the United States Under-20 Men's National Team, participating in an international training camp in Buenos Aires, Argentina last month. He attended the prestigious U.S. Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida in 2013 before being named one of five finalists for U.S. Soccer's Young Male Athlete of the Year.

Palmer-Brown is a product of the Sporting Kansas City Academy. He became the club's third homegrown player upon signing a professional contract in August 2013.

10 October 10:07 pm

Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match from Sporting Kansas City's 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire on Friday night at Sporting Park.

07 October 3:47 pm

The road to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup begins in Kansas City for the No. 1 ranked U.S. Women's National Team, who began training at Swope Soccer Village on Monday in preparation for next week's 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship at Sporting Park. The eight-team tournament will qualify three teams directly to the World Cup finals in Canada next summer, while the fourth-place finisher will advance to a two-game playoff against Ecuador.

The United States opens the competition against Trinidad and Tobago in the second game of the Group A doubleheader on Wednesday, Oct. 15. Tickets start at $32 and are available online at

07 October 1:21 pm

With three weeks left in the 2014 MLS Regular Season, three teams have clinched a playoff spot, five teams are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and the remaining 11 teams are vying for the final seven playoff spots.

For the first time all year, Sporting KC enters a weekend with the opportunity to clinch a playoff spot. If Sporting KC defeats the Chicago Fire Friday night at Sporting AND the Philadelphia Union defeat the Columbus Crew on Saturday OR Toronto FC grab two or fewer points from their two matches this week, Sporting KC will book its fourth consecutive playoff berth.

If you haven't purchased MLS Live this season, now is as good a time as any. At only $18.99, the streaming service is a huge bargain for the remainder of the season.

Sporting KC's match vs. Chicago will kick off at 7:30 p.m. CT and can be seen locally on KMCI TV's 38 the Spot and across the Midwest on SKCTV. Limited tickets are available and can be purchased at or by calling the Sporting Park Box Office.

Outside of Sporting KC's on Friday, here are a other games that we'll be keeping an eye on this week.

1. Toronto FC vs. Houston Dynamo | Wednesday, Oct. 8, 6:30pm CT | MLS Live

Houston's playoff hopes are hanging on by a thread. The Dynamo are currently seven points back of fifth place in the East, so at this point in the season every game is a must-win.

Toronto FC has a bit more leeway, but not by much. The Reds are three points back of the Crew for the final playoff spot and have a game in hand on Columbus. A win on Wednesday would move Toronto into a tie for fifth place in the East and give them the edge in the first tiebreaker (most wins).

2. Seattle Sounders vs. Vancouver Whitecaps | Friday, Oct. 10, 9pm CT | NBCSN

Plain and simple, the 2014 Supporters' Shield will be decided by the two Seattle-LA matches to close the season. But with the two teams tied atop the West at 60 points, this week will be critical for each team as they head into the final two weeks of the season. Seattle hosts Vancouver Friday night on NBCSN in their final Cascadia clash of the season. The Whitecaps are currently one point ahead of Portland for the final playoff spot in the West and will need a strong defensive effort to slow down Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins and the high-powered Sounders attack.

3. Montreal Impact vs. New England Revolution | Saturday, Oct. 11, 3pm CT | Univision Deportes Network

New England has been one of the hottest teams in MLS with seven wins in their last eight matches. The Revolution are currently in second place in the East, two points ahead of Sporting KC and four points back of D.C. United. Saturday's match is the first of three Conference matches for the Revs to conclude the regular season.

4. Philadelphia Union vs. Columbus Crew | Saturday, Oct. 11, 6pm CT | MLS Live

If Sporting KC earns three points on Friday, all of SKC Nation will be glued to Saturday's match at PPL Park. If both Sporting KC and the Philadelphia Union win, Peter Vermes' squad will be playing postseason soccer.

Columbus is currently in the final playoff spot, while Philadelphia sits four points behind them. A Crew win would all but eliminate the Union from booking a playoff spot.

5. New York Red Bulls vs. Toronto FC | Saturday, Oct. 11 6pm CT | Univision Deportes Network

Thierry Henry, Bradley Wright-Phillips and Jermaine Defore; Three reasons MLS fans will want to tune in to this match on Saturday night. Another reason? Toronto FC is in a dog-fight for a playoff spot and cannot afford to drop many points over their final four games.

The Red Bulls are in a better spot after last weekend's win over Houston, sitting in fourth place in the East, four points above the red line.

6. FC Dallas vs. LA Galaxy | Sunday, Oct. 12 6pm CT | ESPN2

A good matchup to end a great weekend of soccer. Bruce Arena has his team firing on all cylinders right now, outscoring their last three opponents 9-1 and carrying a 10-game unbeaten streak into the weekend. FC Dallas is six points above the red line and can clinch a playoff spot this weekend with a win over the Galaxy.

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07 October 12:53 pm

This weekend of October 10-13, Sporting KC and Swope Soccer Village will host the U17, U14 & U12 Central Region MLS Generation adidas Cup featuring Six MLS Academy clubs, including Sporting KC, Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo.

U17 Division: All six MLS Academies will compete in the U17 division featuring two MLS GA cup games on Friday and Sunday with one Friendly on Monday. The schedule can be found online at

U14 Division: Sporting KC, Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids & Columbus Crew will play in the U14 division. Games will be held on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. The schedule can be found online at

U12 Division: Sporting KC, Chicago Fire, & Houston Dynamo will play in the U12 division. Multiple games will be held on Saturday (7v7) & Sunday (11v11). The schedule can be found online at

For more information on Swope Soccer Village including a map of the fields, please visit

You can also get updates by following @SKCAcademy on Twitter!


06 October 2:27 pm

Congratulations to Sporting St. Croix and El Padrino, who were named Sporting Club Network Academy Affiliate of the Year and Sporting Club Network Club of the year, respectively. Guests from both clubs will attend Sporting Kansas City’s annual team awards ceremony, Pitch Black, on Saturday at Sporting Park.

In their first year as an Academy Affiliate, Sporting St. Croix fully embraced the Academy Affiliate program and rebranding process. Despite being the furthest Academy Affiliate, located in the twin cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, St. Croix consistently had some of the best participation in Academy events. Whether it was sending players and teams to compete during Academy Affiliate Weekend and MLS/MRL league play, or welcoming new Academy Affiliate Technical Director Desmond Armstrong on a visit, St. Croix was always well represented. The club even helped Sporting Kansas City’s Academy teams open up their seasons by playing in their first friendlies.

Sporting Club Network Club of the Year, El Padrino, has enjoyed a tremendously successful year in a variety of ventures. In just their second year as a member, El Padrino secured an agreement with Kansas City Power and Light through the Sporting Club Network and has seen their relationship flourish. Always looking for new ways to grow the game and foster the development of youth players throughout the Kansas City area, El Padrino teamed up with Soccer Nation and unveiled a new, two-field indoor complex, while also helping to support the planned construction of new futsal courts throughout Wyandotte County.  El Padrino has hosted three different Sporting Club Network events this year, benefitting both their players and coaches, and has been instrumental in helping the Network and The Victory Project launch the community-focused Recycle Your Game program.

Sporting St. Croix and El Padrino will be formally recognized during Saturday’s Pitch Black awards ceremony in conjunction with Sporting Kansas City’s annual team awards. Fans are invited to vote for the various team awards online here through Thursday, October 9th. To stay up-to-date on the latest Sporting Club Network news, follow the Network on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

06 October 2:06 pm

The U.S. Women's National Team -- ranked No. 1 in the world and in the midst of an 87-game home unbeaten streak -- arrived in Kansas City on Sunday, 10 days before the start of the 2014 CONCACAF Women's Championship at Sporting Park on Oct. 15. Head coach Jill Ellis named her 20-player roster earlier today for the World Cup qualifying tournament, featuring Lauren Holiday, Becky Sauerbrunn and Amy Rodriguez from reigning NWSL champions FC Kansas City.

Follow @ussoccer_wnt on Twitter for updates throughout their stay in Kansas City and secure your tickets online at for the international doubleheaders on back-to-back nights at Sporting Park.