Crystle Lampitt, host of 38 The Spot, interviewed Sporting KC's Matt Besler and Graham Zusi to wrap up the 2014 season. Lampitt explores the origin of both players soccer carreers and their major milestones along the way to stardom for club and country.
View the full interview, which aired this morning on KC Live, below:
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Martin Steuble started and played the full 90 minutes for the Philippines on Sunday in a 3-0 loss at Thailand. The international friendly was played in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand as both teams prepare for the 2014 Asean Football Federation Suzuki Cup later this month. Thailand received goals from Mongkol Thosakrai (30'), Prakit Deeprom (54') and Kroekrit Thawikan (74').
Steuble also started in the Philippines last match -- a 3-0 win versus Nepal on Oct. 31 -- and now has 11 caps since making his international debut earlier this year. The Philippines are led by former U.S. Men's National Team defender Thomas Dooley and are No. 129 in the latest FIFA rankings.
The 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup begins Nov. 22 with Philippines in Group A, which also includes Vietnam, Indonesia and Laos. The eight-team tournament is co-hosted by Singapore and Vietnam.
Steuble, 26, is one of seven Sporting KC players to feature in international matches in 2014 along with Matt Besler (USA), Graham Zusi (USA), Lawrence Olum (Kenya), Jorge Claros (Honduras), Soony Saad (Lebanon) and Erik Palmer Brown (USA U-20).
The final Sporting KC Show of 2014 aired last night on Sports Radio 810 WHB with hosts Callum Williams and Carter Augustine wrapping up a season that stretched 43 games from March thru October. The 45-minute podcast is embedded below and features interviews with Sporting Kansas City defender Seth Sinovic and assistant coach John Pascarella.
Pascarella, who joined the club's technical staff prior to the 2009 season, shared his thoughts on the busy offseason ahead and the experience Sporting KC gained from the adversity faced in 2014.
On how he will spend the coming weeks...
A lot of combines, a lot of watching videos, a lot of preparing for the different drafts that are coming up. Whether it's the dispersal draft with the players from Chivas USA coming out or the different re-entry drafts with the free agents and especially, one of my big areas of focus, is the college draft. We have two first round picks this year, so we're hoping to make those count and continue to get some good players through the MLS draft. And then it's evaluating what happened over this past year. Every year brings obstacles. Every year brings its adversity. We had some adversity over the last few years. But it's a little bit different than the type of adversity that we encountered this year.
On how 2014 differed from previous seasons...
The adversity we faced a couple of years ago was one in which we were climbing and we were almost there but we didn't quite reach the summit. So we got knocked down a peg. And then we had to do it again and we got knocked down a peg. Then we had to do it again, so we were a team that were fairly experienced at that type of adversity. But then we turn around and we won it last year and the adversity we faced this year -- we had injuries in the other years, we had fixture congestion the other years -- but the adversity that I think was difficult for us to handle was being able to deal with being champions and everybody giving you their best game. Are you going to be competitive enough in every single match? Are you going to be able to deal with that type of adversity as the champion? In that respect, we weren't experienced at it. We are now because we've gone through a year of having been champions and gotten knocked off of our throne. But I think it's something from which we'll all learn from. The coaches will learn from it. I think the players will learn from it. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. From that perspective, I think it's going to be a great offseason and I think it's going to be a great preseason. I look forward to watching the team play next year.
It started as a fashion show during the 2013 MLS All-Star Week. It turned into a store on Kansas City's famed Plaza. And now, Sporting KC defender Aurelien Collin is ready to expand his fashion line - AC78 - into new territory with a store in Kansas City's Garment District.
AC78 is a collaboration between Collin and business partner Tom Paolini. The line started with a series of men's suits and has branched out into T-shirts for both men and women. Tom Paolini's company Paolini Garment is the official clothier of Sporting Kansas City. Sporting KC players and staff members wore Paolini Garment suits during their visit to the White House last month to meet President Barack Obama.
On Wednesday, the duo will host a grand opening event for their new store located in Kansas City's Garment District (1350 Main Street). The event will run from 4pm-7pm and will include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and music from DJ Allen Michael.
The Sporting KC Show season finale will air from 7-8 p.m. CT tonight on Sports Radio 810 WHB with hosts Callum Williams and Carter Augustine joined by Sporting Kansas City outside back Seth Sinovic and assistant coach John Pascarella. Sinovic -- a Leawood, Kansas native -- was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year after leading the team in both minutes played (2,755) and interceptions (76) during the regular season, while ranking third among MLS defenders with 2,083 touches in 2014. Since 2011, no player in Major League Soccer has contributed to more shutouts than Sinovic (43) in MLS play.
Pascarella is a six-year veteran of Sporting Kansas City's technical staff since being hired in January 2009. In addition to training the first team and Academy goalkeepers, Pascarella is heavily involved in the team's domestic scouting network to identify and evaluate players at the collegiate and professional levels in the United States.
Fans can listen to tonight's Sporting KC Show on 810 AM, at 810whb.com or via the station's free mobile app. To join the discussion, call 913-3-810-810.
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Martin Steuble started and played 45 minutes as the Philippines defeated Nepal 3-0 in Doha, Quatar on Friday.
Steuble earned his 10th cap for the Philippines, who won their first of a two-game training camp in Doha ahead of the 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup. Simon Greatwich opened the scoring in the 49th minute before Phil Younghusband and Mark Hartmann added stoppage time goals.
Steuble and the Philippines will play a minimum of three matches in the Suzuki Cup, facing Laos (Nov. 22), Indonesia (Nov. 25) and Vietnam (Nov. 28) in the group stage.
The 26-year-old Steuble joined Sporting KC on July 16 from Swiss club FC Wil 1900. He featured in Sporting KC's international friendly against Manchester City on July 23 before making his MLS debut against the Philadelphia Union on Aug. 1 for the first of three league appearances.
The midfielder previously spent his entire professional career in Switzerland, featuring for FC Wil 1900, Grasshopper Zurich, Lausanne Sport, FC Wohlen, and Neuchâtel Xamax. In 2013, Steuble committed to the Philippines Men's National Team and made his international debut this March. He competed in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup in May, helping the Philippines to a second place finish.
Early this year, the Sporting Club Network announced its #MLSCupTour. As a celebration of Sporting Kansas City's 2013 MLS Cup championship, the Sporting Club Network packed up the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy and took it on a tour throughout the Midwest. Throughout this nine-month excursion, stops were made at a variety of Academy Affiliate cities to provide members of our network the chance to celebrate our championship in the comfort of their own backyard.
More than 50,000 Sporting Club Network members had the opportunity to see the cup as it traveled to 10 cities across four states. From Sporting Kansas City’s senior team to each and every youth player around the Midwest, this tour signified that we are all part of the same club by allowing our members to touch, feel and imagine raising the trophy themselves. Check out our Storify chronicling the tour and take a look at our video and photo album below highlighting this awesome series of events.
Thank you to the countless players, coaches, administrators, board members, fans and families that supported Sporting KC as they were crowned 2013 MLS Cup champions and celebrated the achievement along our tour throughout the Midwest. We’re so happy to have had the opportunity to share this victory with all of you and can’t wait to #DefendTogether!
The 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs will kick off Wednesday night in Frisco, Texas, when FC Dallas hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps in the Western Conference Knockout Round. The winner of that match wil advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals to take on Supporters' Shield champion Seattle Sounders.
Over in the East, Sporting KC will get things started Thursday night when they travel to Harrison, New Jersey, to take on the New York Red Bulls in the Eastern Conference Knockout Round. The two teams squared off Sunday night at Sporting Park with the Red Bulls earning a decisive 2-0 victory.
Ahead of Thursday's match, Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes joined the MLS ExtraTime Radio podcast to discuss the state of his team, the move back to the Western Conference in 2015 and the club's pursuit of a former player. Click here to listen to the full show.