Graham Zusi is throwing it back all the way to the 1960's. If you want to see these luscious locks in-person, you're in luck. Zusi and Chance Myers will be channeling their inner hippie on Friday at the Spencer Theatre. Our best mane duo will be in character at the KC Repertory's rendition of HAIR. The show will begin at 8 p.m. CT preceded by an autograph session and meet and greet in the theatre's lobby starting at 7 p.m. CT.
Get your tickets now to kick it with the guys and take a stroll back to the era that captured the essence of passion and brought rock music to the theatrical stage.
The Sporting KC Show returned to the airwaves last night with a brand new episode on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Hosts Nate Bukaty and Carter Augustine were joined by Sporting KC defender Seth Sinovic and FOX Sports' broadcaster John Strong.
Strong will be on the call this weekend when Sporting KC hosts the Philadelphia Union at 6 p.m. CT on Sunday. The match can be seen live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes and can be heard locally on Sports Radio 810 - with Bukaty calling the play-by-play - and La Grande 1340. Limited tickets are available for the match including recently released Standing Room Only tickets. Those can be purchased by calling 888-4KC-GOAL or by visiting Ticketmaster.com
The full podcast of last night's show can be found here:
In addition, Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes joined the KYW Philly Soccer Show last night to preview this weekend's match. Listen to the audio here:
FOX Sports 1 returns to Sporting Park this weekend as Sporting Kansas City hosts the Philadelphia Union at 6 p.m. CT on #SoccerSunday. Check out their interview above with Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer, which was conducted by Grant Wahl and aired during America's Pregame in the buildup to the U.S. Men's National Team's 1-1 draw in Switzerland on Tuesday.
The first 10,000 fans inside Sporting Park on Sunday will receive a commemorative Dom Dwyer poster -- painted by Kansas City's own John Bukaty -- courtesy of match sponsor adidas. A limited number of tickets remain available via Ticketmaster.com and can also be purchased at the Sporting Park box offices on gameday while supplies last.
Dwyer scored in two of the team's three matches against Philadelphia last year en route to breaking the team's single-season scoring record with 22 goals. In 2015, the MLS All-Star is one of two Sporting KC field players to have played every minute this season and he leads MLS with 15 fouls won after four games.
#canMNT starting XI: Borjan (GK); Ledgerwood, Jakovic, Edgar, de Jong; Piette, Ricketts, de Guzman (c), Bekker, Tissot; Haber.
— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) March 30, 2015
Sporting Kansas City defender Marcel de Jong starts for Canada today in his 33rd career international appearance. The Canadian Men's National Team takes on Puerto Rico at Estadio Juan Roman Loubriel in Bayamon to close out a training camp that also featured a 1-0 win over Guatemala last week.
Today's match -- streamed live below -- is Canada's final tune-up prior to the start of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualiying in June. Canada will play Dominica in a home-and-away series on June 8 and June 16 with the winner advancing to the third round of CONCACAF qualifying.
Yankee Stadium. Kansas City versus New York. Lead of only one. Controversial call.
Where have we seen this before?
Fast forward more than three decades, swap old Yankee Stadium for new Yankee Stadium and switch sports entirely to set the scene for last night's (loosely, if at all, comparable) drama.
Seth Sinovic was at the center of the confusion in the 68th minute of the 1-0 win at New York City FC when referee Edvin Jurisevic whistled the Sporting KC defender for a handball inside the penalty area. The decision -- eventually overturned after Jurisevic conferred with assistant referee Brian Dunn -- brought immediate protests from Sinovic and teammate Benny Feilhaber, among others.
Sinovic took to Twitter postgame to commend the officiating crew for correcting the error.
Side note: refs don't always get praise in the #mls but props to them for talking out the potential hand ball in the box. Never touched me.
— Seth Sinovic (@ssinovic) March 29, 2015
And then brought things full circle...by reenacting the infamous pine tar incident of 1983 with fellow KC native Matt Besler -- who wears No. 5 in George Brett's honor -- playing the starring role.
Defender Ike Opara heads in a Matt Besler long throw-in in the 12th minute to make give Sporting Kansas City a 1-0 lead vs New York City FC.
This weekend, Sporting Kansas City will head north to take on New York City FC at Yankee Stadium. It will be Sporting KC's first match against the expansion side and lone meeting between the two clubs this season. Saturday's match will kick off at 6 p.m. CT and can be seen locally on 38 the Spot and across the midwest on SKCTV.
For those looking for other soccer matches to watch this weekend, here are a few nationally televised games to keep an eye on.
Chicago Fire vs. Philadelphia Union - Sunday - 4pm CT | ESPN2
Not the marquee matchup ESPN is accustomed to, but the first game of the Soccer Sunday doubleheader has its fair share of shorelines. Both teams are looking for their first win of 2015 after a combined 0-4-2 start. The Fire will be out two of their Designated Players - Shaun Maloney and David Accam - who are with Scotland's and Ghana's National Teams, respectively, but homegrown midfielder Harry Shipp is worth the price of admission. The 23-year-old has eight goals in 36 games in his young career. For the Union, U.S. Men's National Team midfielder Maurice Edu is already a household name, but Venezuelan striker Fernando Aristeguieta is on his way to joining Edu. The DP striker has two goals in his first three games in Major League Soccer.
Real Salt Lake vs. Toronto FC - Sunday - 6pm CT | FOX Sports 1
The second game of the Sunday Soccer doubleheader features a pair of teams with MLS Cup aspirations. Although Nick Rimando, Luis Gil, Alvaro Saborio, Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore will not feature due to national team commitments, these teams don't lack for firepower. Real Salt Lake is lead by Argentine maestro Javier Morales and welcomed back familiar face Jamison Olave in the offseason. Italian striker Giovinco will pull the strings for The Reds on Sunday as they continue their eight-game road trip to open the season.
As a reminder, all out of market matches can be viewed each week through MLS Live. Click here for details.
Photo by Gary Rohman
Sporting Kansas City captain Matt Besler was a guest on Sports Radio 810 WHB this morning, joining The Border Patrol hosts Nate Bukaty and Steven St. John to discuss Saturday's match at New York City FC (6 p.m. CT on SKCTV) and his alma mater Notre Dame taking on Wichita State in the Sweet Sixteen.
On the opportunity to play at Yankee Stadium...
"I can not wait. I think it's going to be awesome. (It's) one of the most historical stadiums in the world. We get to experience it and play there. I am really looking forward to it."
On the reduced field dimensions...
"It's a factor. Again, we're going to try to turn it and play it into a positive for us. The way that NYCFC plays right now is they keep a lot of possession. They like to keep the ball on the ground. With a smaller field though, it allows us to pressure the ball. And that's one of our strengths. When we're on our game and we're working hard and pressuring, there are not a whole lot of teams that can keep the ball against us. That's how we feel. We're going to go up there and try to use the field to our advantage to disrupt their rhythym."
On aiming for team's first win...
"There's definitely some urgency to get some points, we all realize that. In no way are we panicking. It's still so early in the season. It would be great to be sitting on nine points right now, but we're not. The great thing is we've seen improvement with our performances. Last Saturday against Portland was a great sign. If we can play like that and create the chances that we created, more times than not we're going to win games and we're going to be just fine."
On the fans support...
"Our fans are unbelievable. They show up every week and give everything they have. Last Saturday, it felt like a different atmosphere. When the ball went out of bounds for a corner kick, you could just feel the energy in the stadium pick up because everyone believed we were going to create a chance. More times than not on those set pieces, we did. For whatever reason, the ball just didn't want to go in."
On preparing to face David Villa...
"He is really shifty. He's not the biggest guy. He's probably not the fastest guy either. But his center of gravity is low. He's got unbelievable balance. And he can go either way. As a defender, that's sometimes some of the hardest people to guard...With David Villa, he's very unpredictable. Because he so's talented, he can do a lot of different things. That's what makes him difficult."