All eyes in Major League Soccer will be on #SKCvDAL on Friday night at Sporting Park in the Week 13 "Viernes de Futbol" match-up. It kicks off a three-game homestand for Sporting Kansas City featuring back-to-back matches against the top two teams in the MLS power rankings followed by a highly-anticipated I-70 showdown with St. Louis FC in the U.S. Open Cup.
The best place to see all the action? Sporting Park of course. Standing Room Only tickets are available for tomorrow night's rematch with FC Dallas and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or at the stadium box offices on gameday.
But if you can't make it to the match, take advantage of the guide below so you don't miss a moment thanks to television, radio and online coverage.
Local TV: KMCI-TV 38 the Spot
Local Radio: Sports Radio 810 WHB (English) | La Grande 1340 AM (Spanish)
Sporting Kansas City's flagship station KMCI-TV 38 the Spot will be providing a live three-hour broadcast for local viewers with the commentary from Nate Bukaty, Andy Gruenebaum, Jake Yadrich and Kacie McDonnell available throughout the duration of the match. Tune in at 7:30 p.m. CT for a 30-minute pre-game show leading up to kick off at Sporting Park.
Sports Radio 810 WHB will simulcast the KMCI-TV call on 810 AM, 810whb.com and through the station's free mobile app before going live from the Boulevard Members Club with The Final Whistle postgame show hosted by Dave Borchardt and Carter Augustine. In addition, La Grande 1340 AM will air the match live for Spanish listeners through the voices of Enrique Morales, Raul Villegas and Alejandro Cabero.
National TV: UniMas and Unvision Deportes
National Radio: SiriusXM FC (Channel 94)
Online: MLS LIVE, UnivisionDeportes.com
Friday's match is the first of three Sporting KC matches in 2015 to be nationally televised on UniMas/UDN -- and streamed online at UnivisionDeportes.com -- as part of the new "Viernes de Futbol" national TV window. Raul Guzman (play-by-play), Marcelo Balboa (analyst) and Jorge Calvo (sideline reporter) will be on-site at Sporting Park for live Spanish commentary, while Paul Caligiuri and Ramsés Sandoval will be the talent for the English-language broadcast available through SAP functionality.
In addition, SiriusXM FC (Channel 94) will carry #SKCvDAL coast-to-coast on Friday for satellite radio subscribers in the U.S. and MLS LIVE users in Canada or Mexico will also have access to the broadcast in real-time on all supported devices. Please note: Friday's match will be blacked out for MLS LIVE users in the United States and made available in the archives 48 hours after the match.
Finally, Friday's encounter will be broadcast well beyond North American borders through the following MLS rights holders:
In each of my affiliate visits thus far, I have communicated a distinct message to the coaches and board of directors: The pathway to the pros. This message represents a topic that means a great deal to me.
Growing up, my path to the pros was not only unclear, but also almost non-existent. Players in today’s culture have the opportunity to associate themselves with an MLS club not only locally, but regionally as well as nationally.
Our Academy Affiliate program offers this clear pathway and as our 2015 Academy tryouts have concluded, an astounding 197 players -- out of approximately 750 total trialists -- were represented from 10 different Academy Affiliate teams. Of those 197 players, 32 players were added to the Sporting KC Academy teams from the U12, U13, U14, U16 and U18 age groups.
The U12 age group is a tremendous indicator of the impact of our Academy Affiliate program. For example:
- Sixty-two out of 150 players trying out came from our Affiliate program
- Eight of our affiliates across the nation were represented
- Fifteen out of 22 players, or roughly 70%, of players on the U12’s were developed within the affiliate program before making the U12 Academy team
This is a very exciting and clear indicator that our affiliate system is working and we are headed in an extremely positive direction. Families are moving to Kansas City to accommodate this prestigious accomplishment, distinctly demonstrating the change in the culture of youth soccer.
A special thank you to all of our Academy technical staff who poured in countless hours providing a competitive environment for which the enormous talent pool could compete in. Also, congratulations to all of the players who made Academy rosters or trials.
Sporting Blue Valley, Sporting Lincoln, Sporting Kaw Valley, Sporting Lee's Summit and Omaha FC are all represented in the Academy rosters and this should further encourage affiliate clubs’ participation in related experiences.
More information regarding Academy tryouts and rosters can be found here.
This week, The Victory Project hosted its annual fundraiser soccer clinics at Sporting Park. Over 135 participants registered for this year’s clinics, including five of The Victory Project’s previous in-game honorees.
Each clinic was 90 minutes, including 60 minutes of on-field instruction with Sporting KC players and Sporting Club Network coaches. Following the clinic, players hosted an autograph session and tours of the team’s locker room were provided.
During the clinics, participants learned various drills that were split up into four different stations designed to focus on a variety of attacking and defending skills. A Sporting KC player and Sporting Club Network coach was assigned to each station and groups rotated every few minutes to insure everyone had an equal chance to participate in each station.
Sporting KC players in attendance were Graham Zusi, Seth Sinovic, Servando Carrasco, Soni Mustivar, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Jon Kempin, Tim Melia, Connor Hallisey, James Ansu Rogers, Marcel de Jong and Jalil Anibaba. All funds benefit The Victory Project in its mission to help children thrive through life's challenges.
It’s every kid’s dream to hang out with a group of famous soccer players, let alone have the opportunity to lead them out to the field. Last week, this dream came true for nine-year-old Make-A-Wish candidate Vince Pham.
Vince, who was diagnosed with a rare form of muscular disorder, had his wish to escort Sporting KC captain Matt Besler onto the field come true thanks to the Make-A-Wish Missouri Foundation and The Victory Project.
Prior to his big moment, Vince and his family had the opportunity to visit with Sporting KC players at Swope Soccer Village. In addition to watching the players run drills and getting various Sporting KC items signed by the team, he also received a special message from Manager Peter Vermes and a special visit from ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman after training.
The next day, decked out in their Sporting gear, Vince and his siblings watched the players warm up from the sidelines at Sporting Park. During pregame, Vince and his family were recognized on the videoboard and received a visit from Sporting mascot Blue.
Finally, the moment was here. With his father’s assistance, Vince got to live his wish by escorting the World Cup veteran onto the field in front of a sold-out crowd during the pre-game ceremony shown live on ESPN2.
Four points in two goals against two of the top teams in Major League Soccer. That was Sporting KC's previous week in a nusthell after a 4-2 win over the New England Revolution at Sporting Park and a 0-0 draw vs. the Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field. The four points in two games kicked off a difficult stretch for the club which will place five 2014 MLS Cup Playoff opponents in five matches. The next match in that stretch will take place Friday night when Sporting KC welcomes FC Dallas to Sporting Park.
To recap a busy week and look ahead to Friday's match, Sporting KC captain Matt Besler joined The Border Patrol on Sports Radio 810. In addition, goalkeeper Tim Melia - who has two shutouts in four starts - joined Soren Petro on The Program. Listen to the two interviews below:
Matt Besler on The Border Patrol
Tim Melia on The Program
Summertime is soccer time! The Sporting Club Network (SCN), presented by Price Chopper, is excited to announce that its summer events are now open for registration!
Just as in the past, all members of clubs in partnership with Sporting Club are eligible for participation in these events, most of which will be free. Located at venues across the Kansas City metro area -- from Sporting Park to the newly-opened, state-of-the-art Swope Soccer Village -- these events will provide players, coaches and parents with countless opportunities to enhance their soccer knowledge and skills, interact with some of Sporting KC’s stars and take advantage of the benefits of their Sporting Club membership.
Beginning with a Women’s World Cup social media contest on June 5, SCN will host numerous events each month in hopes of engaging its members so as to create a closer tie between Sporting Club and the various youth/adult athletic clubs organized throughout the Midwest. Also featured on this year’s calendar are the popular SCN mini clinics, open training sessions, pre-game “chalk talks” given by SKC technical staff, as well as other fun social media contests, engagements and initiatives.
Be sure to stay tuned on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as these events quickly approach.Check out the full calendar of events here. To sign up, click on the event(s) for which you’d like to register.
If your club or organization is interested in joining the Sporting Club Network to gain access to these exclusive events, please contact Alex Firchau at afirchau@SportingKC.com.
"It's a special time to be an athlete in Kansas City."
Matt Besler wasn't kidding when he uttered those words on Thursday afternoon. The night before, a sold-out Sporting Park crowd watched Sporting Kansas City defeat the New England Revolution 4-2 on national TV. Across town, 30,000+ fans packed into Kauffman Stadium to watch the Kansas City Royals defeat the Cincinnati Reds. And did we mention that day was the coldest May 20 in Kansas City history?
Well Sporting KC captain Matt Besler took notice and wanted to give thanks to the Kansas City faithful that support the teams in this city. On his drive to the airport on Thursday, Besler called into Kevin Kietzman's show on Sports Radio 810 WHB to express his gratitude. Listen to the full call here:
Drive around the streets of Kansas City in the evenings or on the weekends and you will most certainly find soccer being played. Athletes of all ages and levels play the beautiful game while enjoying the benefits of teamwork, comradery and physical activity. With a new partnership between the Special Olympics and MLS WORKS, teams from around the league are partnering with local Special Olympics chapters to host exchange games in their stadiums in order to give athletes with intellectual disabilities a taste of what being a professional soccer player would be like.
On Saturday, Special Olympics Colorado traveled to Kansas City for an exchange game versus Special Olympics Kansas at Sporting Park. Both teams were given the first team experience – including a pregame meal, locker rooms complete with full team uniforms, a pre-game visit from midfielder Roger Espinoza and a special message from Manager Peter Vermes. Following the first team match, the teams were scheduled to take the field for warmups and be announced to the crowd before playing on the pitch in front of the supporters. This was before a series of thunderstorms delayed and ultimately cancelled the evening's games.
With Special Olympics Colorado traveling from Denver, both sides decided to meet on Sunday morning at the Sporting KC training facility located within Swope Soccer Village to play the much anticipated game. Both unified teams consisted of Special Olympians or “Athletes” and neuro-typical classmates or “Partners." Two 20-minute halves were played and the game was full of excitement with goals being scored throughout. Ultimately, Special Olympics Colorado traveled home with a 3-2 victory but not before both teams received commemorative medals and exchanged scarves.
In August, Special Olympics Kansas will travel to Colorado for the second half of the home-and-away series following the Sporting KC versus Colorado Rapids match on August 29. To learn more about the upcoming game or other Community events, please follow @VictoryKC on twitter or visit VictoryKC.org.
Krisztian Nemeth scores his fifth goal of the season in the 46th minute (assisted by Jacob Peterson and Benny Feilhaber) at Sporting Park against the New England Revolution.
Benny Feilhaber scores his third goal of the season in the 43rd minute at Sporting Park against the New England Revolution.