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04 June 2:38 pm

World Cup fever is back, Kansas City! Sporting Club Network and FC Kansas City have teamed up to create an exciting social media contest to celebrate the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup. We have some awesome prizes up for grabs, including chances to win Sporting KC and FCKC tickets.

Here’s how it works: similar to last year’s Sporting Club Network #ForClubAndCountry contest, any soccer fan who posts a picture of themselves on Facebook or Twitter wearing Sporting KC, Sporting Club Network, FC Kansas City or U.S. Soccer attire WHILE watching any Women’s World Cup games will be entered into our contest. It’s that simple!

Contest rules:

  • Must be following @SportingKC_SCN and @FCKansasCity on Twitter or “Like” their pages on Facebook
  • Must tag @SportingKC_SCN and @FCKansasCity in the tweet or post the picture on the respective Facebook page
  • Picture must be of a soccer fan wearing Sporting KC, Sporting Club Network, FC Kansas City or U.S. Soccer attire.

We will be picking one winner with the most creative picture after each U.S. Women’s National Team group stage game and we will announce the grand prize winner after the World Cup final – producing four winners in total.

Contest prizes:

  • First three winners will win either FCKC tickets, a signed FCKC t-shirt or a FCKC 2014 NWSL champions scarf
  • Grand Prize: This lucky winner will receive a signed away jersey by FCKC team, four tickets to the Sporting KC vs. Montreal Impact match on July 18 AND a #ForClubAndCountry scarf

Additionally, FC Kansas City and Sporting Club Network are co-hosting an all-girls Mini Clinic on June 23, the 43rd anniversary of Title IX. Several Sporting KC and FCKC players will be in attendance and registration is free. More details on registration can be found on here.

What are you waiting for? Start following the Sporting Club Network and FC Kansas City on Twitter/Facebook and be sure to take a picture showing your support for the #USWNT in the World Cup!

03 June 5:19 pm

Sporting Kansas City may have had off today, but World Cup veterans Graham Zusi and Matt Besler took to the airwaves to promote Saturday night's match against the Seattle Sounders. The weekend affair pits two of the hottest teams in MLS with a combined 7-1-5 record in their last six matches. Saturday's match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. CT with pregame coverage beginning at 7 p.m. CT on 38 the Spot and Sports Radio 810.

Zusi started the morning in-studio with Sports Radio 810's Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. The three-time MLS All-Star discussed his return from a concussion and playing against USMNT teammate Clint Dempsey. 

In the afternoon, Besler visited 610 Sports KC's The Drive to chat with Danny Parkins and Carrington Harrison. Besler discussed the life of aprofessional athlete including his chance encounter with Kim Kardashian. Besler also stuck around for a second segment to take part in a "guys movie" draft. Which four movies did the Sporting KC captain pick? Listen to the podcast to find out:

03 June 4:36 pm

Let your voice be heard! The first week of MLS All-Star voting has passed and the numbers are in. Four of eight eligible Sporting KC candidates are in the top five of their respective positions. 

Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia is currently fifth among all goalkeepers only 1,100 votes behind World Cup veteran Nick Rimando. Sporting KC captain Matt Besler is second among all defenders behind his USMNT center back partner Omar Gonzalez, while midfielders Benny Feilhaber and Graham Zusi are currently third and fourth among all midfielders, respectively.

Voting is open through July 3 at 2 p.m. CT via the online poll at MLSsoccer.com, through social media and through a goalscoring competitiong on EA SPORTS FIFA 15. Eleven total players (one goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders and three forwards) with the highest combined votes will be named to the All-Star Fan XI..

An eligible social media vote must include the hashtag #MLSAllStar AND:

1. the player's full name (first and last required) with or without a space (e.g., Graham Zusi or GrahamZusi) OR

2. the player's Instagram / Twitter @handle (e.g., @gzusi).

Also, every goal scored by either Dom Dwyer or Krisztian Nemeth in any format of EA Sports FIFA 15 will count as one All-Star vote.

Visit www.sportingkc.com/allstar for more details.
 

02 June 10:04 pm

Fresh off his first MLS start and first professional assist -- a clever backheel for Graham Zusi in Sporting Kansas City's 4-0 win over FC Dallas last Friday -- rookie Connor Hallisey was a guest on The Sporting KC Show tonight with hosts Nate Bukaty, Andy Gruenebaum and Carter Augustine on Sports Radio 810 WHB.

"(It was an) awesome result, 4-0 against Dallas which everybody was saying was the best team in the League," Hallisey said. "I think we really showed them what we're doing even though we're depleted with injuries. We're showing how deep we are and the guys that are getting their opportunities are taking it. We're playing really well right now."

Ahead of Sporting Kansas City's showdown with the Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday at Sporting Park, tonight's show also featured an interview with three-time MLS Defender of the Year Chad Marshall. Listen to the full episode embedded below, as well as separate Sports Radio 810 WHB segments with Sporting KC's Kevin Ellis (The Program) and Benny Feilhaber (Sports Night) from the past 24 hours.

SPORTING KC SHOW - 6/2/15

KEVIN ELLIS - 6/2/15

BENNY FEILHABER - 6/1/15

02 June 5:09 pm

Dom Dwyer takes over New York. That's essentially what happened on Monday as the Sporting KC forward went through the proverbial car wash, visiting media members around the city to talk about this season with Sporting Kansas City and the upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup.

After watching the U.S. Women's National Team in their final World Cup tune-up at Red Bull Arena, Dwyer went to New York along with his wife USWNT star Sydney Leroux to discuss her preparation for their World Cup campaign this summer and his recent MLS Goal of the Week winning strike against the New England Revolution. Here is a recap of Dwyer's day in Manhattan.

Dom started the day as a guest on CBS News and discussed the FIFA scandal and the growth of soccer in the United States.

Dwyer then popped by the MLS League office to have some fun on Periscope and join the guys on ExtraTime Radio. Dwyer discussed the recent form of Sporting KC, the addition of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard to MLS and played a quick newlywed game with Leroux.

From there, Dwyer sat down with ESPNFC to check in on his preseason bet with broadcaster Alejandro Moreno.

To close out the day, Dwyer spoke with CNN about last year's infamous selfie goal celebration and the coming Women's World Cup.

02 June 4:31 pm

The Sporting Active Readers program launched in 2013 to help increase enthusiasm for reading through the beautiful game of soccer and is now integrated into schools across the Kansas City area. 

Throughout this six-week program, 3rd-5th grade students meet once a week for a before-school class which includes 30 minutes of on-field soccer instruction followed by 30 minutes of reading and literacy instruction. As a reward for completing each week's homework, participants earn the opportunity to attend private Sporting KC training sessions at Swope Soccer Village. 

For schools interested in learning more about the Sporting Active Readers program, please contact Brandi Thomas at bthomas@sportingkc.com.

01 June 2:58 pm

Entering the month of May, goalkeeper Tim Melia had made five starts in his five-year MLS career. All came with Chivas USA, which by and large explains the resulting stat line: zero wins, zero shutouts and a 2.95 goals against average.

Now with Sporting KC, the 29-year-old has stepped into the starting lineup for each of the past five matches to earn three straight home wins to go along with back-to-back road draws against each conference's top team. His stats this time around? Three wins, three shutouts and a 0.60 goals against average that ranks best in MLS among goalkeepers with a minimum of 45 minutes played.

Crystle Lampitt caught up with Melia earlier this month for the latest segment in the "Sporting Spotlight" series, which aired earlier today on 38 the Spot. Check out the video playlist below and follow Sporting Kansas City's flagship station on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

01 June 12:14 pm

Sporting KC's training facility is less than a mile from the Kansas City Zoo and on Sunday, the two Swope Park destinations teamed up for "Sporting KC Day at the Zoo." Benny Feilhaber, Roger Espinoza, Tim Melia and Chance Myers were all in attendance to interact with fans and zoo animals alike.

In addition, The Victory Project's portable futsal court was set up behind Tropics for free use by guests of all ages. Check out a photo slideshow above, as well as video for sights and sounds below.

29 May 10:31 pm

Defender Kevin Ellis heads in a Graham Zusi corner kick to score his first career MLS goal at Sporting Park against FC Dallas.

29 May 9:46 pm

Midfielder Graham Zusi scores his first goal of the season (assisted by Connor Hallisey) in the 64th minute at Sporting Park against FC Dallas.