After scoring five goals this past preseason, Sporting KC fans relished the thought of Krisztian Nemeth complementing Dom Dwyer in the club's attack. And although it took five games for the Hungarian international to get on the scoresheet, Nemeth did so in emphatic fashion last weekend, scoring the game-winning goal in stoppage time of Sporting KC's 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Union.
Robbie Keane has the cartwheel, Tim Cahill shows off his boxing skills and Dwyer does backflips. All great goalscorers have a patented goal celebration and it's clear Nemeth is no different.
After scoring the game-winning goal on Sunday, Nemeth sprinted to the sideline and dropped to his knees for an Usain Bolt-like lightning bolt pose. So for today's #TBT, we're throwing it back to a previous Nemeth goal (9/10/13). The colors were different (Hungarian red), the venue was bigger (38,000-seat Ference Puskas Stadium) and the stakes were higher (World Cup qualifier against Estonia), but the celebration remained the same and if Sunday is any indication, it always will be.
Get to know Colombian midfielder Jimmy Medranda away from the field.
Outside of soccer, what do you like to do?
JM: I like to talk with my family and listen to music
What type of music?
JM: Salsa and vallenato. Vallenato is like a national symbol of Colombia and people on the coast listen to it the most. My favorite Vallenato artist is Diomedes Diaz and my favorite salsa artist is Julio Garcia.
If you were on a deserted island, what song would you bring with you?
JM: I would bring “volver a vivir” by Diomedes Diaz.
Other than the necessities, what would you take with you to a desert island?
JM: A soccer ball!
If all the Sporting KC team were on this island, who would die first and who would last the longest?
JM: Hmm I´m not sure. I would say that Jalil would last the longest because he is strong. I think Connor would go first just because he is young and hasn´t been on his own for very long.
Who is the best dancer on the team? You? I hear you like to dance.
JM: I am the worst dancer but I would say that Mateus, the fitness coach, dances very well.
If Peter Vermes were an animal, what animal would he be?
JM: Hmm I would say a dog because sometimes he is calm and at other times he is intense.
What is your favorite place to visit?
JM: My hometown Mosquera Nariño.
What is your favorite food?
JM: I really like my Mom´s Shrimp Ceviche. I also really like “Arroz Aliñado” which is yellow rice with chicken, beef, fried noodles and vegetables.
What is your favorite book?
JM: The Secret. I´m not sure who wrote it but it is about overcoming obstacles and self-improvement.
What is the most daring thing, like skydiving, that you have ever done?
JM: I don´t really like extreme activities.
Do you have a fear?
JM: I have a fear of heights but more so than that, I fear being high up in risky situations like in extreme sports.
Which country will win the Copa America?
What is the biggest lesson that your parents have taught you?
JM: Respect. They taught me that you should always respect people.
Coming off back-to-back wins, Sporting KC looks to move up the Western Conference standings when they host Real Salt Lake Saturday night at Sporting Park. The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. CT and will broadcast locally on 38 the Spot and across the Midwest on SKCTV. Limited tickets are available for the match and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL.
Ahead of Saturday's match, Sports Radio 810-WHB aired a new Sporting KC Show on Tuesday with hosts Nate Bukaty and Carter Augustine. They were joined by Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer, who opened his 2015 account with a 16th-minute strike against Philadelphia last weekend. Dwyer leads the club with 17 shot attempts this year and seven on target.
"I'm always looking to score," Dwyer said on last night's show. "We are getting better as a team and I'm getting better through the season as well. I'm getting sharper and they'll start going in."
The other guest on Tuesday's show was Real Salt Lake and FOX Sports broadcaster Brian Dunseth. The former MLS defender gave his take on RSL's team and this weekend's matchup.
"These are two teams that are unapologetic defensively … and I think it's going to be one of the best matchups of the season." Dunseth said.
Listen to the entire podcast of the Sporting KC Show below.
Game of Thrones, Chipotle and Sporting KC … What could be better?
On Sunday, we're throwing the ultimate watch party for the season five premiere of Game of Thrones (8pm CT) and we want YOU to be there. The watch party will take place at Three Points, the roof-top bar at our downtown office (1511 Baltimore Avenue).
Ten lucky fans will have the opportunity to be a part of #HouseSporting and watch the premiere with Sporting KC midfielders Connor Hallisey and Servando Carrasco as well as defender Jalil Anibaba. Each winner will be allowed to bring one guest to the event catered by Chipotle.
So how can you enter? Simple. All you have to do is answer one question:
Which Sporting KC player would make the best Game of Thrones character and why?
Post your answer to Twitter with #HouseSporting and you're entered! The contest closes on Wednesday at 8pm CT. Winners will be notified via Direct Message on Twitter.
So what do you say? Do you have what it takes to lead #HouseSporting in the battle for Westeros?
Krisztián Németh scores the game-winning goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time at Sporting Park
Defender Jalil Anibaba levels the match with a goal in stoppage time at Sporting Park.
Dom Dwyer scores his first goal fo the 2015 regular season with a header in the 16th minute at Sporting Park.
The Sporting Club Network, presented by Price Chopper, has teamed up with Providence Medical Center for a new Team of the Game promotion. Providence Medical Center will reward youth soccer teams at each remaining Sporting Kansas City home match in 2015 for their hard work and dedication throughout the season.
Your team will have the chance to win this recognition starting April 11. Not only does Providence Medical Center’s Team of the Game receive 25 tickets, but they will also be recognized on field during pre-game!
Want to know how your team can become the Team of the Game?
In five words or less, tweet at @SportingKC_SCN and let us know why your team should be the Providence Medical Center’s Team of the Game. Whether there was a major accomplishment your team reached or there's a unique story to be told, we want to know why you deserve the title. At the beginning of each month, the Sporting Club Network will announce the Providence Medical Center Team of the Game for upcoming matches.
For the second time this season, Sporting Kansas City will be featured on national television. Sporting KC's match against the Philadelphia Union is the second match of MLS' #SoccerSunday doubleheader. Here are the matches that you should be tuning in to this weekend:
Orlando City SC vs. D.C. United - Friday - 6pm CT | UniMas
The MLS fun starts tonight with Viernes de Futbol, the weekly UniMas match to kick off the weekend slate. Tonight features an Orlando City squad looking for its first home win and a D.C. United team looking to prove that 2014 was not a fluke. United enters Friday's match in second place in the Eastern Conference with six points, while Orlando sits in a two-way tie for third place with five points. Click here for a tutorial on how to watch UniMas matches in English.
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Real Salt Lake - Sunday - 4pm CT | ESPN2
#SoccerSunday kicks off with a battle of two Western Conference teams. Under head coach Dominic Kinnear, the San Jose Earthquakes shocked MLS with a 3-2 road win two weeks ago over the Seattle Sounders. The Earthquakes followed that up with a 2-1 win in their inaugural match at Avaya Stadium over the Chicago Fire. On Sunday, they'll welcome a Real Salt Lake team that is coming off a dramatic 2-1 win over Toronto FC last weekend. San Jose is currently in third place in the Western Conference with six points, while RSL is one of four teams in the West with five points.
Sporting KC vs. Philadelphia Union - 6pm CT | FOX Sports 1; FOX Deportes
This match has and will be covered in-depth elsewhere on the site, but there are lots of intriguing storylines heading into the match. How will Sporting KC adjust without the injured Graham Zusi? Will Dom Dwyer score his first goal of 2015 this weekend? Will Philadelphia earn their first win of the year? John Strong and Alexi Lalas will be on the call for Sunday's match on FOX Sports 1. Another sell-out crowd is expected (56th straight MLS sell-out at Sporting Park) but limited tickets are still available and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL.
As a reminder, all out-of-market matches and non-nationally televised matches can be watched via MLS Live. Visit live.mlssoccer.com for more details.
Ike Opara scores game-winning goal against New York City FC on March 28 (VIDEO)
Sporting Kansas City defender (and H&R Block tax pro) Ike Opara -- fresh off appearances on The SBI Show on Monday and MLSsoccer.com's ExtraTime Radio on Thursday -- was a guest on Sports Radio 810 WHB earlier this morning with The Border Patrol hosts Steven St. John, Nate Bukaty and Jake Gutierrez. Listen to the full podcast embedded below as Opara discusses his return from a season-ending injury in 2014, his thoughts on the Final Four and a debate over his own basketball abilities.
What are the chances we can get Ike Opara in next years Slam Dunk contest?
— Dax McCarty (@DaxMcCarty11) March 30, 2015
Opara is off to a hot start to his 2015 campaign, scoring two goals and anchoring a backline that has posted back-to-back shutouts. He was named the SBIsoccer.com Player of the Month for March after securing a spot on MLSsoccer.com's Team of the Week in three of the first four opportunities.
The 26-year-old leads MLS in interceptions (25) and aerial duels won (23), while ranking second among all players in total clearances (36).