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05 June 3:00 pm
Six months after meeting in the MLS Cup playoffs for a third straight postseason, Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo renew the rivalry tomorrow night at BBVA Compass Stadium. Friday's match will air live on KMCI 38 the Spot locally and on SKCTV across the Midwest with the team's official watch parties at Johnny's Tavern in the KC Power & Light District and Prairie Village.
 
Check out the video below as MLSsoccer.com's Dan Haiek and Matt Doyle look at the key storylines ahead of the Friday night fixture, including international absences, Houston's scoring struggles and the keys to snapping Sporting's five-game winless streak. Then tune in tomorrow night to see which Eastern Conference contender emerges on top.
05 June 11:53 am

The 2014 Community MVP Contest, presented by Major League Soccer and Wells Fargo, is now accepting nominations through July 6. 

Fans are encouraged to nominate themselves or others who have used the game of soccer to make a positive impact in their community in one of the following areas:

  • Social Issues focusing on acceptance, equality and inclusion
  • Health Issues affecting men, women or children
  • Community Service for a local, national or international charity or community organization

After the July 6 nomination deadline has passed, each of MLS' 19 clubs will select a winner to be entered into the Grand Prize pool. The Grand Prize winner, who will be selected by a combination of online and Twitter votes (using the hashtag #CommunityMVP), and his or her nominator will win a trip for two to the 2014 AT&T MLS All-Star Game in Portland. Each club's winner will be announced July 10, with the Grand Prize winner voting running through July 25.

For more information and to nominate your Community MVP, click over to www.mlssoccer.com/communitymvp.

05 June 10:48 am

All good things come to an end. And that's what happened on May 12, 2013, when Aurelien Collin's second-half goal gave Sporting KC a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo. The loss snapped Houston's 36-game home unbeaten streak, the longest streak in MLS history in all competitions.

The Sporting KC - Houston Dynamo rivalry will resume Friday night at BBVA Compass Stadium. The match will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on 38 the Spot and across the Midwest on SKCTV.

04 June 6:33 pm

On Tuesday, Sporting Kansas City announced the transfer of midfielder Oriol Rosell to Sporting CP in Lisbon, Portugal. Rosell joined Sporting KC in August 2012 and broke into the starting lineup prior to the 2013 season. The Barcelona Academy product started 31 matches in 2013 as Sporting KC won the MLS Cup championship.

Below is a letter that Rosell posted on his Instagram account thanking members of the Sporting Kansas City family.


Dear SKC Family,

As you may know, I have been given a wonderful opportunity to play soccer in Lisbon, Portugal with Sporting Clube de Portugal. Although I am no longer a Sporting Kansas City player, I didn’t want to leave without saying goodbye and giving you my sincere thanks for all the support you’ve given me during these past two years.

After coming here from my little hometown of Puig-Reig, Catalonia, to Kansas City, I could have never imagined all the experiences I would have both as a player and as a human being. In Kansas City, I was given the chance to grow and learn from Major League Soccer. The drive and the never-give-up mentality of the American people impressed me.

I would love to thank all the SKC coaches and staff for promoting this mindset and for all the support and confidence they gave me from day one. You’ve shown me the path to follow, so I can continue to grow as a soccer player.

Thanks to my teammates for all the great moments we’ve shared together. For me, you were not only SKC teammates, but also friends. I’ve learned so much because of you.

Thank you to the great SKC ownership group for giving me the opportunity to come to Kansas City.

Certainly, I can’t forget the amazing SKC fans. You all have been the 12th player to help us win two cups - the Lamar Hunt 2012 U.S. Open Cup and the 2013 MLS. Cup. I’ve enjoyed meeting you and giving everything I had in every game. And for those reasons, I’ll always be thankful for all your support.

Life sometimes presents us with difficult decisions. Given the opportunity proposed by the great Sporting Clube de Portugal to play in Europe where I am close to my family, and playing in the prestigious Portuguese league and UEFA Champions League, I couldn’t pass it up. I'm really excited to start this new adventure.

Thank you to all the friends who I’ve met and influenced my life during my stay in this great country. I wish you well.

Oriol “Uri” Rosell

04 June 5:16 pm

SI.com recently sat down with the 23 members of the U.S. Men's National Team to get their thoughts on the squad ahead of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Watch the interviews below with Sporting KC's Matt Besler and Graham Zusi and click here for SI.com's complete coverage ahead of this summer's tournament.

Matt Besler

Graham Zusi

04 June 10:55 am

Major League Soccer revealed on Wednesday the 15 top-selling jerseys in the league so far in 2014. Among the list were Sporting KC's Graham Zusi (No. 9) and Matt Besler (No. 12).

Besler and Zusi are both currently with the U.S. Men's National Team as the squad prepares for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Sporting Kansas City was one of five teams to have two or more players in Major League Soccer's top-selling jersey list. USMNT captain and Seattle Sounders striker Clint Dempsey ranked No. 1, followed by the LA Galaxy's Landon Donovan.

The rankings are based on sales of adidas MLS jerseys on MLSgear.com and MLSGearCanada.ca since the beginning of the 2014 season.

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Rank Player Team
1 Clint Dempsey Seattle Sounders FC
2 Landon Donovan LA Galaxy
3 Michael Bradley Toronto FC
4 Thierry Henry New York Red Bulls
5 Tim Cahill New York Red Bulls
6 Robbie Keane LA Galaxy
7 Jermain Defoe Toronto FC
8 Omar Gonzalez LA Galaxy
9 Graham Zusi Sporting Kansas City
10 DeAndre Yedlin Seattle Sounders FC
11 Kyle Beckerman Real Salt Lake
12 Matt Besler Sporting Kansas City
13 Chris Wondolowski San Jose Earthquakes
14 Maurice Edu Philadelphia Union
15 Diego Fagúndez New England Revolution

 

04 June 9:57 am

Sporting KC captain Matt Besler, defender Kevin Ellis and Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman each made an appearance on Kansas City's Sports Radio 810 WHB on Tuesday to discuss happenings with both club and country. Listen to Besler's segment on the Border Patrol, Heineman's call in to Between the Lines and the full episode of the Sporting KC show below.

On the Border Patrol, Matt Besler discusses his time with the U.S. Men's National Team as it undergoes final preparations for Brazil:

Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman talks transactions, team dynamics and World Cup watch parties on Between the Lines:

Kevin Ellis joins The Sporting KC Show to talk about re-joining Sporting KC midseason and adjusting to an ever-changing back line at Sporting Park:

03 June 7:37 pm

Sunday night, Fox4kc continued their three-part series on Matt Besler leading up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup (Click here for part one).

The second part of the series looked at Besler's hectic 2013, which included winning the MLS Cup and in less than a week later, marrying his long-time girlfriend Amanda Miller.

The feature also looks at the rise of Kansas City from a franchise that once ranked last in MLS in merchanise sales to one that is considered by some to be the Soccer Capital of America. Watch the second part of the series below and tune in to Fox4kc Sunday night for the final part.

03 June 3:40 pm
Traditions are a vital and unique part of every sport. Soccer is no different, especially in Kansas City.
 
One of the greatest traditions at Sporting Park is honoring a child who is battling one of life’s challenges by accommodating them in the Victory Suite. The game on May 27 was no different – except for this game not only was a child in the Victory Suite, but a second individual was honored as well by fulfilling his wish to be a member of the KC Cauldron.
 
The largest supporters group for the team, the Cauldron is over 2,000 members strong and is the loudest section in the stadium. The fans stand throughout the game and spend 90 minutes shouting cheers and chants to keep the team’s spirits up and welcoming opponents into "The Blue Hell."
 
Enter Ryan Robinson, a student at Olathe South High School. He has a passion for sports and hopes to gain the skills in college to someday become a sports commentator.  
 
Ryan mentioned his dream of becoming a member of the KC Cauldron during the KC Parks and Recreation Abilities Clinic in April. His eyes lit up when he spoke about how amazing it would be to be a part of the family and he began watching all the YouTube videos he could to learn the chants.
 
On gameday, he participated in a pre-game tour of the stadium, took pictures on the team’s benches and spent the game cheering with his fellow fans in the Cauldron.
 
“My desire to be in the Kansas City Cauldron began two years ago after I attended a Sporting Kansas City soccer clinic at Swope Park. Thanks to Brandi's help, I finally was able to achieve my dream and sat right in the middle of the action at the Cauldron. I learned every song, chant and cheer, and made so many friends I lost count. I would like to thank Josh and Zach for meeting me at practice, giving me sweet Sporting gear and helping to make me feel welcome like family. Sitting next to Leo was tons of fun because we cheered on Sporting together. Leading 'I Believe' was a blast and a total honor. Thanks to everyone who made this awesome experience possible! GO SPORTING!!!”
02 June 5:39 pm

In case you missed it, episode 5 of The Benny Feilhaber Show dropped last week. And while the latest episode featured the ever-popular lip-syncing intro with Benny and Sal as well as recurring segments "What the Bleep" and "#AskBenny", last week's episode also added new segment.

Many MLS fans might be familiar with the weekly series Instant Replay, where MLSsoccer.com's Simon Borg gives his take on the controversial calls from the previous weekend. Well Benny decided to one-up Simon with his version of Not So Instant Replay (fast forward to 3:00).

Not So Instant Replay was so well-received, that Simon chose to incorporate into his latest Instant Replay. Check out the latest episode.