This week's edition of The Sporting KC Show aired last night on Sports Radio 810 WHB with goalkeeper Tim Melia joining hosts Nate Bukaty and Carter Augustine inside Jazz, A Lousiana Kitchen. Listen to the podcast below as the trio discussed Melia's club debut in the 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire on Saturday and the team's upcoming match at D.C. United on Saturday (6 p.m. CT on 38 The Spot and SKCTV).
Melia is one of five finalists for Major League Soccer's Save of the Week. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. PT tonight on MLSsoccer.com.
Goalkeeper Tim Melia made his Sporting KC debut on Sunday, making three saves en route to the first victory of his MLS career. Now, fans will have the opportunity to meet Melia as he'll be the guest on tonight's Sporting KC Radio Show on Sports Radio 810 WHB.
The show will air live from Jazz A Louisiana Kitchen (1859 Village West Parkway) from 7-8 p.m. CT with hosts Nate Bukaty and Carter Augustine. Melia will discuss his journey to Sporting KC as well as last weekend's 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire.
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Sporting KC fans are encouraged to visit Jazz to listen to the show live as well as take pictures and receive autographs from Melia. The show will be broadcast on Sports Radio 810 WHB, on 810WHB.com as well as the station's mobile application. The call-in number for the show is 913-3-810-810.
Sporting Park is known for its infectious energy on game days. This past Saturday it was home to a different kind of energy when The Victory Project hosted its inaugural Yoga on the Pitch fundraiser.
Over 150 local yoga enthusiasts of all ages and levels joined Sporting KC players in an hour-long class in the middle of the pitch. Yoga was led by lululemon athletica ambassadors and Pop-Up Yoga KC with funds raised benefitting both The Victory Project and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society through Man of the Year Candidate Hunter Re.
Participants received a commemorative event tank top and were also able to get autographs from Sporting KC players in attendance, including Graham Zusi, Jacob Peterson, Krisztian Nemeth, Servando Carrasco and Bernardo Anor.
To learn more about The Victory Project and future fundraising events, please visit VictoryKC.org or follow us on Twitter.
Jalil Anibaba notched his first assist in a Sporting Kansas City uniform on Sunday, marking the milestone on the game-winning goal no less. Anibaba, who joined Sporting KC via a trade with Orlando City SC in the offseason, has started Sporting KC's last seven matches - a span in which the club has lost only once.
The North Carolina product has lived in three different cities over the past five seasons of his professional career, most recently in Seattle before calling Kansas City home. But the 26-year-old outside back will always have a special appreciation for his Nigerian heritage.
Anibaba -- with his father's help -- taught himself Yorùbá, the dialect of his father's Nigerian tribe. Anibaba took the time to teach 38 the Spot host Crystle Lampitt how to say "I love Kansas City" in his native tongue. Catch the two-part interview below:
Sporting Kansas City captain Matt Besler joined The Border Patrol on Sports Radio 810 WHB this morning to discuss his team's 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire last night at Sporting Park. Besler led all players on Sunday with 13 clearances, six aerial duels won and five interceptions as Sporting KC recorded the team's fourth clean sheet of the season.
Among the excerpts from the 20-minute interview:
On Paulo Nagamura's goal...
"We talked about that at halftime, as well, about being patient. I think you saw it on that goal. There were 12 passes in a row. I think if you look at the replay again, once we finally do get the ball wide after we've played it around and allowed our team to get higher up the field, there's 5-6 players in the box. I think that's why Paulo found some space and obviously the header finish was unbelievable."
On the play of Benny Feilhaber...
"It's really exciting to see him play at this level. This is the Benny that we all know and that we all hope for. When he's playing at this level, he's a different player. He's just fun to watch, even as a player on his own team, he's fun to watch."
On Tim Melia's debut for Sporting KC...
"He was excellent. He's had the right mentality from day one, even in preseason...He's challenged that position from day one and he's done it in the right way. He's been encouraging and he's been committed. He's given everyone on the team confidence. I think I speak for everyone in saying we're all very happy for him. He was strong and he was commanding. I think he should gain a lot of confidence out of that performance."
On moving up to fourth in the West...
"We believe that we're a team that can be at the top of the standings when the season's over. All it takes is a run. Everything is so tight right now in the standings that if you get on a decent run -- 3, 4, 5 games unbeaten -- you can find yourselves right at the top...We've got to enjoy the win, it was a great, great team win. But we've also got to improve. We've got to continue to get back to work and get better."
On playing Eastern Conference leaders D.C. United...
"I am looking forward to it. It will be a little different this year since we moved over to the West. In years past, it's always been an extremely big game because we're always fighting with them in the East...I think we always go to D.C. and play well. I think we've gotten some decent results in years past. We respect them a lot, that's probably why we always come out and play well because we don't take them lightly. They are playing well so it's going to be interesting."
Listen to the full audio archive embedded below and tune into Sports Radio 810 WHB from 7-8 p.m. CT on Tuesday for a new episode of The Sporting KC Show live from Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen in The Legends.
Sporting Kansas City defeated the Chicago Fire 1-0 Sunday afternoon in front of the 58th consecutive MLS sellout at Sporting Park. Following the match, Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes spoke with ESPN broadcasters Adrian Healey and Taylor Twellman about his thoughts on the match, the insertion of Paulo Nagamura and Dom Dwyer's form.
Midfielder Paulo Nagamura heads in a Jalil Anibaba cross in the 75th minute to make it 1-0 against the Chicago Fire at Sporting Park.
It began with an afternoon of joking around and juggling and ended with a hot dog derby that will go down in Royals lore.
Ahead of Sporting Kansas City's Sunday match against the Chicago Fire (4pm, ESPN2 / ESPN Deportes), Sporting KC players visited Kauffman Stadium to present new third jerseys to select Royals players. Venezuelan winger Bernardo Anor and Brazilian midfielder Paulo Nagamura participated in the fun as they presented jerseys to their fellow countrymen.
Royals players that received third jerseys included Venezuelans Salvador Perez, Alcides Escobar and Omar Infante as well as Brazilian sensation Paulo Orlando. Other players presented with jerseys were Eric Hosmer, who attended last year's World Cup watch parties at the Power and Light District, and Jeremy Guthrie, whose passion for soccer has been well-documented on his Twitter account.
The fun didn't stop there, however, as three Sporting KC players participated in the Kansas City Royals Hot Dog Derby. Sporting KC captain Matt Besler represented Team Mustard, while Dom Dwyer sported the green suit for Team Relish and Graham Zusi the red suit for Team Ketchup. After falling behind early, Besler made a triumphant comeback to win last night's race.
Best. Race. Ever. #HotDogDerby
Posted by Sporting Kansas City on Friday, May 1, 2015
A festive atmosphere is in store for Sunday when Sporting Kansas City faces longtime rival Chicago Fire. The hosts will debut their new third kits and the ESPN2 crew will be at Sporting Park to televise the match nationally at 4 p.m. CT.
Better yet, the club's official mobile companion is getting in on the fun. Sporting Club Uphoria will offer a free 12-pack pack of Mini Chips Ahoy cookies courtesy of match sponsor Price Chopper. Fans can claim their free cookies on either Sunday or Monday by following three simple steps outlined below. But don't hesitate, as the offer will expire at the end of Monday, May 4.
- If you haven't already, download Sporting Club Uphoria on the App Store or Google Play.
Open Uphoria on your smartphone and register an account through Facebook, Twitter or email. Do not skip this step, or you won't receive the offer. If you have already registered, sign in via one of these three options.
- On the app's home screen, scroll down and click on the Price Chopper offer card.
- Click "Get," then click "Save for later." The offer will appear under the "Redeemed" tab on the app's home screen. If you click "Use now," you will still be able to access the offer later on until it expires.
Head to a Price Chopper location in the Kansas City area before the end of Monday and select your 12-pack of Chips Ahoy cookies. Better yet, bring a few friends or family members so that they can redeem a free pack themselves. At checkout, click the "Redeemed" tab on the Uphoria home screen, access the offer card and click "Use." Present the offer to the cashier—similar to a Groupon and just as easy—and enjoy.
In addition to receiving this free treat from Price Chopper, Uphoria users will have access to live stats, exclusive video content, Sporting Park seat upgrades and chances to win free prizes throughout Sunday's match. Whether you're in attendance at the stadium or in the comfort of your own home, Uphoria is your comprehensive mobile companion for every game this season.
Sporting Kansas City hosts the Chicago Fire Sunday afternoon at Sporting Park. The match will kick off at 4 p.m. CT and will be broadcast live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
One player rounding into form for Sporting KC is English forward Dom Dwyer. After scoring a team-best 22 MLS goals in 2014, Dwyer has scored two in his past four games including one in the team's last match against the Houston Dynamo. "I'm starving and I'm not going to stop," Dwyer said in the interview.
Dwyer scored a goal in each of the three matches last year against the Chicago Fire. Ahead of Sunday's affair, Dwyer joined Adrian Healey, Shaka Hislop, Steve Nicol and Stu Holden on ESPNFC to preview the match, discuss his marriage to USWNT star Sydney Leroux as well as the disappointing campaign for his favorite EPL club Liverpool F.C. Watch a clip of the interview below: