#SKCnation is made up of the best fans in MLS.
Capacity crowds in 34 straight MLS games. Traveling hundreds for away games. National anthems. Tifos. Pep rallies. Watch parties. Hosting this year's Independent Supporters Council summit. The list goes on.
Which is why we think one of our own belongs in ESPN's Fan Hall of Fame. In its second year, the worldwide leader is looking for three new inductees in 2013. Submit an application -- for yourself or a fellow fan -- online at FanHallofFame.com until Nov. 18. Ten finalists will be announced on Dec. 2.
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Uri Rosell is a busy man these days, what with CONCACAF Champions League and MLS Cup playoffs on the brain. I caught up with him to get the easy answers: His favorite foods, his favorite musicians, and why Peter Vermes could easily take on a bear. Check it out!
Jamila St. Ann: When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up, outside of sports?
Uri Rosell: I wanted to have my own business, my own company. That’s why I’m learning English and I speak it well. Next year I will start at the university to learn more. Football, soccer, is my life but you have to have other plans because you never know what will happen.
JS: So you like music. If you were a performer, what would stage or band name be?
UR: That’s tough. It depends who would be in the band with me.
JS: In your video series “Uri Rosell: Music Critic”, people were surprised that you like Phil Collins. What other artists would they be surprised you liked?
UR: Bon Jovi maybe because of my age, maybe. I’m a little young for this kind of music. I like Bon Jovi and I like jazz. I like the kind of music that, maybe in Europe, isn’t popular.
JS: What scares you?
UR: A lot animals! Snakes scare me. Big spiders. It’d scare me if I found one where it wasn’t supposed to be. I don’t want to see those. And sometimes food! Weird foods, foods I’ve never seen before, I stay away from those things too.
JS: If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
UR: Ham. Spanish ham. I would pick that. You can’t find it anywhere except in Spain. It’s delicious.
JS: What do you like most about Kansas City?
UR: A lot of things! Parks, good places to go, but I like most the people. They are so sweet and have a lot of patience with me. When I arrived, I couldn’t speak English and they helped me. They were all nice. It’s like a family.
JS: When you go on a trip, what do you make sure you always have with you?
UR: I’d like to make sure that my family comes. That’s the most important part. The material things I bring are my phone and headphones. I always bring ideas too! To have things to do there.
JS: If you could be any animal, what animal would you be?
UR: Hmmm. (Fitness Coach Mateus Manoel enters). Mate, ¿puedo ser un animal, qué animal sería?
Mateus Manoel: ¿Yo?
UR: Sí, si yo fuera un animal…
MM: Well, I would be a lion. He’d be a squirrel. *both laugh*
MM: He’d need to be an animal that gets surprised often.
UR: Pequeño pero efectivo.
MM: Small but effective.
UR: No! Something more fierce.
MM: What animal hides, then attacks?
MM: A fox. I like a fox for him. Fast, agile.
JS: Red hair, like Uri.
UR: Okay, a fox.
JS: Last question: who would win in a wrestling match between Peter Vermes and a grizzly bear?
UR: *laughs* I don’t know! Peter is a very strong guy. It depends. Maybe if Peter is angry, then he would definitely win.
To celebrate the second leg of the Eastern Conference Championship coming to sold out Sporting Park, Sporting Kansas City is auctioning off five unique packages for fans. Each package includes an autographed item and a pair of tickets for the most anticipated match of the season to date. Proceeds from this auction will go to support the mission of The Victory Project -- our foundation to encourage, celebrate and help kids in Kansas City who are battling cancer.
The auction -- operated online at biddingforgood.com -- is now open and will close at 12 p.m. CT (noon) on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Check out the package options below:
Auction #1: This package includes an authentic, game-worn Sporting KC jersey signed by Graham Zusi on both the front and back, along with two (2) tickets to the Sporting KC vs. Houston Dynamo playoff game on Saturday, November 23. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. CT. Seat location: Section 103, Row 12, Seats 15-16.
Starting Bid: $250 (Click Here)
Auction #2: This package includes an authentic, game-worn Sporting KC jersey signed by Aurelien Collin on both the front and back, along with two (2) tickets to the Sporting KC vs. Houston Dynamo playoff game on Saturday, November 23. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. CT. Seat location: Section 103, Row 12, Seats 13-14.
Starting Bid: $250 (Click Here)
Auction #3: This package includes a full team-signed Breast Cancer Awareness soccer ball, along with two (2) tickets to the Sporting KC vs. Houston Dynamo playoff game on Saturday, November 23. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. CT. Seat location: Section 131, Row 23, Seats 19-20.
Starting Bid: $150 (Click Here)
Auction #4: This package includes a full team-signed Boulevard Brewing Company playoff canvas, along with two (2) tickets to the Sporting KC vs. Houston Dynamo playoff game on Saturday, November 23. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. CT. Seat location: Section 104, Row 21, Seats 3-4.
Starting Bid: $150 (Click Here)
Auction #5: This package includes a full team-signed Boulevard Brewing Company playoff canvas, along with two (2) tickets to the Sporting KC vs. Houston Dynamo playoff game on Saturday, November 23. Kickoff is at 6:30 p.m. CT. Seat location: Section 104, Row 21, Seats 5-6.
Starting Bid: $150 (Click Here)
UMKC forward Jordan Rideout (Courtesy: UMKC Athletics/MSH Photography)
College soccer programs across the country are into the postseason stages and more than 30 Sporting KC Academy alums are playing a part for their respective schools. Check out the list below for updates on several of the players representing the Sporting KC Academy...
- Tom Adams (junior forward at Oral Roberts): Has made 11 appearances, including three starts with one goal on the year (Aug. 30 at St. Louis). The Golden Eagles (6-7-4) will have the two-seed in this weekend’s Summit League Tournament in Macomb, Ill. and face No. 3 Western Illinois on Friday.
- Joe Amico (freshman defender at Central Florida): Has made 14 appearances, including eight starts with one assist on the year. The Knights (8-4-5) have the No. 3 seed in the American Athletic Conference Championship and play No. 2. seed UConn in the semifinals on Friday in Frisco, Texas.
- Chris Arce (freshman midfielder at Neosho CC): Has made 15 appearances, including nine starts with one goal (Oct. 11 vs. Pratt) and one assist. The Panthers (11-6-1) season ended earlier this month in the Region 6 playoffs.
- Jovanny Bonilla (sophomore midfielder at Barton County CC): Has made 15 appearances, including 14 starts with one goal (Sept. 22 vs. Allen) and two assists. The Cougars (11-5-1) season ended earlier this month in the Region VI semifinals.
- Andrew Brown (sophomore midfielder at Bradley): Has made 18 appearances with two assists. The third-seeded Braves (10-6-2) host the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Soccer Championship beginning today and will face sixth-seeded Evansville.
- Paul Dean (freshman defender at Rockhurst): Has made 20 appearances, including eight starts with four assists. The Hawks (15-3-2) captured the Great Lakes Valley Championship and earned the third seed in Midwest Region of the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championships. Rockhurst will play at second-seeded Tiffin (Ohio) in a second-round game on Saturday.
- Eric DeJulio (sophomore defender at Creighton): Has made 11 appearances, including seven starts with two goals (Oct. 30 vs. Drake, Nov. 12 at Providence). The Jays (9-8-2) fell to Providence 2-1 in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals on Tuesday.
- Brandon Fricke (junior defender at Butler): Has made 19 appearances, including 18 starts with three goals (Sept. 22 vs Brown, Oct. 1 vs Evansville, Nov. 8 vs Xavier). Fricke recently earned Capital One Academic All-District V University Division Men's Soccer Team honors and on Monday was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week. The Bulldogs (11-7-1) face No. 2 seed Marquette on Friday at PPL Park in Philadelphia in the second round of the BIG EAST Tournament.
- Daniel Hare (sophomore defender at Loyola): Has made 15 appearances on the year. The fifth-seeded Ramblers (6-10-2) open the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament against No. 4 seed SIUE today on the campus of Bradley Unviersity in Peoria, Ill.
- Eric Hymer (junior defender at Fort Hays St.): Has started all 19 games on the year. For the second straight year, Hymer was named to the All-MIAA Men's Soccer First Team and the Capital One Academic All-District Team. The No. 20 ranked Tigers (12-4-3) will play No. 1 ranked Lindenwood in the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championships on either Nov. 21 or 22 at a site to be determined.
- Seo-In Kim (freshman midfielder at Duke): Has made 19 appearances, including nine starts with four assists. The Blue Devils (8-5-6) fell to Notre Dame 1-0 in the ACC Men’s Soccer Tournament Quarterfinals on Tuesday.
- Raymond Lee (junior midfielder at Saint Louis): Has made 16 appearances with four goals (Sept. 11 vs Evansville, Oct. 19 vs Dayton, Oct. 27 vs Duquesne, Nov. 3 vs St. Joseph's) and one assist. The Billikens (12-4-2) won the Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season title and have the No. 1 seed at this week’s A-10 Championship in Dayton, Ohio where they will face No. 8 seed UMassin the quarterfinal round on Thursday.
- Adam Lightner (freshman defender at Northern Illinois): Has made 15 appearances, including six starts on the year. The Huskies (4-13-1) season ended on Friday with a 3-3 draw against Buffalo.
- Andrew Lightner (sophomore defender at Dayton): Has made 15 appearances, including 13 starts with one assist. The Flyers (14-2-2) play La Salle in the opening round of the A-10 Championship on Thursday.
- Andrew Miller (sophomore defender at Baker): Has made 11 appearances, including six starts with two assists. The No. 3 seed Wildcats (13-5-2) will take on No. 1 seed MidAmerica Nazarene on Friday in Olathe, Kan. for the HAAC Conference Tournament championship.
- Michael Oakley (junior defender at UMKC): Has started all 18 games on the year and was named to the Capital One Academic All-district team. The No. 7 seed Roos (4-10-4) will face No. 2 seed Bakersfield on Thursday in the WAC Men's Soccer Championship.
- Paul Oliver (junior midfielder at Cal Baptist): Has made 15 appearances, including 14 starts with two assists. The fifth-seed Lancers (10-5-1) take on fourth-seed Simon Fraser on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championships.
- Nate Opperman (sophomore forward at Evansville): Has made 17 appearances with two goals (Oct. 1 vs Butler, Oct. 8 vs Kentucky) and one assist. The No. 6 seed Aces (10-7-1) open the Missouri Valley Conference Men's Soccer Championship on Wednesday against No. 3 seed Bradley in Peoria, Ill.
- Jordan Rideout (junior forward at UMKC): Has started all 18 games with a team-high seven goals (Sept. 21 vs Incarnate Word, Sept. 24 at Omaha, Oct. 5 vs Houston Baptist, two goals on Oct. 13 at Grand Canyon, Oct. 18 vs Air Force, Nov. 1 vs SJSU). For the third straight season, Rideout was named first team all-conference and moved into a tie for second place on the UMKC all-time goal scoring chart with 21 in his career. The No. 7 seed Roos (4-10-4) will face No. 2 seed Bakersfield on Thursday in the WAC Men's Soccer Championship.
- Derek Schrick (sophomore midfielder at UMKC): Has made 17 appearances, including 12 starts with one goal (Aug. 31 vs Wisconsin) and two assists. The No. 7 seed Roos (4-10-4) will face No. 2 seed Bakersfield on Thursday in the WAC Men's Soccer Championship.
- Alex Sweetin (senior midfielder at Saint Louis): Has made 18 appearances with seven goals (Sept. 21 vs Connecticut, Sept. 28 vs Central Arkansas, Oct. 2 vs Creighton, Oct. 13 vs George Washington, Oct. 27 vs Duquesne and two goals on Nov. 8 vs Rhode Island) and seven assists. The Billikens (12-4-2) won the Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season title and have the No. 1 seed at this week’s A-10 Championship in Dayton, Ohio where they will face No. 8 seed UMass in the quarterfinal round on Thursday.
- Chris Tuso (sophomore midfielder at Baker): Has made 20 appearances, including 14 starts with two goals (Sept. 24 vs Ottawa, Oct. 12 vs Benedictine) and two assists. The No. 3 seed Wildcats (13-5-2) will take on No. 1 seed MidAmerica Nazarene on Friday in Olathe, Kan. for the HAAC Conference Tournament championship.
- Taylor Vinnage (junior goalkeeper at Benedictine): Has played all 16 games with a 1.24 goals against average, 60 saves and 0.759 save percentage. The No. 9 ranked Ravens (11-4-1) fell 2-1 in overtime to Baker University of the HAAC Tournament Semifinals on Tuesday.
- Austin Wilcox (freshman midfielder at UMKC): Has made 13 appearances, including three starts on the year. The No. 7 seed Roos (4-10-4) will face No. 2 seed Bakersfield on Thursday in the WAC Men's Soccer Championship.
- Drew Wilson (freshman defender at Fort Hays State): Has started all 19 games on the year. The No. 20 ranked Tigers (12-4-3) will play No. 1 ranked Lindenwood in the NCAA Division II Men's Soccer Championships on either Nov. 21 or 22 at a site to be determined.
- Shane Woods (sophomore forward at Drury): Has made 20 appearances, including 11 starts with one goal (Sept. 17 vs Southwest Baptist). The Panthers (13-7-0) fell 3-2 to Indianapolis in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship men's soccer tournament semifinals on Friday.
On Monday, Sporting KC midfielder Benny Feilhaber joined Houston Dynamo broadcaster Glenn Davis on his weekly radio show Soccer Matters. Feilhaber discussed a variety of topics including his route to becoming a professional soccer player, his top international moments and the current playoff series with the Houston Dynamo.
On becoming a professional soccer player
"I think I would have had a lesser chance of becoming a professional soccer player had I stayed in Brazil. Typically, you have to make a decision on if you are going to stay in school or become a professional soccer player in Brazil. Thankfully, in the U.S., I didn't have to do that. I could continue my studies through high school and college and continue playing soccer. My guess is, I probably would have picked the academic route had I stayed in Brazil."
On coming back to MLS
"I think it was the right time in my career. After three years in Denmark, I think I came at the right time. Unfortunately, when I went to the Revs, they were in a rebuilding stage. I wanted to play on a competitive team and obviously, we weren't that my first year. We improved a bit my second year, but I still was not able to play up to my abilities. I think, now, in my third year, I was able to move to a team that better suits my style and I've been able to play a more consistent and complete season."
On his top international moment
"I think playing in the World Cup and playing the Confederations Cup is definitely up there. I scored in the Gold Cup final aginst a bitter rival. That was pretty amazing, the feeling I felt that day, and having actually won a trophy."
On the first leg against Houston
"I would think that we were happier with the result than they were. But they played four games in two weeks, so they were definitely more tired than we were. And I think we also had some players that were able to start in the last game that didn't start vs. New England. And some guys that started in the second leg against New England that didn't start in the first leg. So we had a couple guys that weren't as tired as maybe it would seem with three games in a week. I think the guys, on our team, thought that a good result would be a draw. Not to say we didn't go out and try and grab a goal, but we were not going to go out and try and give up too much back there to try and push too many guys forward. I think we played the way we were supposed to."
Callum Williams, Andy Edwards and Carter Augustine returned to the airwaves last night for a new episode of the Sporting KC Show on Sports Radio 810-WHB. The hosts were joined by Sporting KC midfielder Paulo Nagamura and Houston Dynamo midfielder Andrew Driver. Listen to the podcast or read excerpts from the interview below:
Sporting KC midfielder Paulo Nagamura
On the return from injury
"It feels great to be back. We all knew how important these last two games were for Sporting KC, especially the game against New England. I had to fight against my fitness, I wasn't 100%, and I knew that I needed to help the team and fortunately I could do that."
On Sporting KC's position in the playoff series
"We are in a very much better position than last year. But I don't put us as a favorite. I think Houston has a good team. They are a team that has experience and they know how to do it in the playoffs. But in the same way, playing in front of our fans and our stadium, with the fans pushing us through the full 90 minutes, yeah, we might be able to say we have a slight advantage. But to be honest, it's going to be just another battle."
On gaining playoff experience the past two years
"It showed Saturday in Houston. It's not about playing beautiful soccer, it's about getting results. And we went down to Houston and we grabbed a 0-0 [tie], which is the result that we wanted. We wanted to bring the second leg home where we could just get a 1-0 [result] to go to MLS Cup. It shows that the team has the experience and is more mature. We did the job in Houston and now it's just about doing the job in KC."
Houston Dynamo midfielder Andrew Driver
On the first leg in Houston
"By no means was it a classic. It was a game where both teams had played so many games recently ... I think both teams will be fairly happy. Both teams wanted to win but will make for a good second leg.
Thoughts going into the second leg
"As teams go, we are pretty even. So I don't think anyone is massively the favorite. Obviously, Kansas City is at home, but we were massive underdogs against New York and went in and did a good job up there. We need to take the same mentality into this game. I think the quality of the game will be a lot better having a couple weeks to rest and recuperate. Both teams know it's a Cup final, it's a one-off, so anything can happen."
Ever wonder what it would feel like to score a goal in front of the KC Cauldron at halftime during a Sporting KC match? Well, according to Sporting Kaw Valley player Kanak Masten, there may have been “a lot of people watching, but there was no pressure really.” Confident words, to say the least, from the Academy Affiliate player and 2013 Chipotle Challenge Champion.
Kanak recently earned the opportunity to compete in the final Chipotle Challenge of 2013 after winning a skills competition at the end of a Sporting Club Network mini-clinic in September. At various camps and mini-clinics throughout the year, Sporting KC’s youth soccer staff held Chipotle Challenges to test the dribbling, juggling and shooting abilities of all participants involved. Kanak was one of six to win these contests and with this honor came not only a spot in the final Chipotle Challenge on-field at Sporting Park, but also a gift card provided by Chipotle worth 25 free burritos for him and his friends!
If a team’s worth of free burritos and the chance to compete in a skills contest in front of a sold-out Sporting Park wasn’t enough, Chipotle and the SCN even had a grand prize lined up for the eventual Chipotle Challenge Champion: dinner with a Sporting KC player! As you can see in the video above, Kanak got to take some of his close friends to a Chipotle location in Kansas City and have dinner with one of his heroes, Sporting KC forward Dom Dwyer.
To see pictures from the final Chipotle Challenge at Sporting Park, view the slideshow below. And to stay up to date on future promotions and engagements from the Sporting Club Network, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
The Sporting KC Show will air from 6-7 p.m. CT tonight on Sports Radio 810 WHB with hosts Callum Williams, Andy Edwards and Carter Augustine. They'll be taking listeners' calls at 913-3-810-810 and discussing all the latest around the world of soccer, including Major League Soccer's postseason and the upcoming FIFA fixtures.
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Paulo Nagamura will join the show for a live interview. Nagamura has recovered from an ankle strain to start each of the club's last two playoff matches. On Saturday, he surpassed 17,000 minutes played in his MLS career (including postseason). Sound like a lot? No other active Sporting KC player has more than 10,000 minutes played in their MLS career.
Sporting KC earned their third shutout of the season at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Championship. Looking deeper into the stats, Sporting KC's defense has been second to none this season against their Eastern Conference rivals.
In two regular season matches at Houston this season, Sporting KC limited the Dynamo below their home season averages in passing accuracy, passes, duel success rate, goals, shots, and chances created. Saturday's first leg in the Eastern Conference Championship was no different as Sporting KC limited Houston to only six chances, 10 shots, and a passing accuracy under 65%.
The table below illustrates Houston's averages at home compared with their three matches vs Sporting KC.
Averages in home matches
|Stat||Average||May 12||October 9||November 9|
Go in-depth behind Sporting Kansas City's 0-0 draw against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday with the match's fast facts.
- Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo played to only the second scoreless draw in the past 48 MLS playoff matches on Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium.
- Saturday's draw was Sporting Kansas City's first playoff tie since 2008.
- The second leg of the Eastern Conference Championship will be at Sporting Park on Nov. 23 following the FIFA international break (Nov. 15-19).
- Seven points separated Sporting KC (17-10-7, 58 pts.) and Houston (14-11-9, 51 pts.) in the regular season standings.
- Sporting Kansas City is now unbeaten in their last five games against Houston (2-0-3), allowing just one goal in those five games.
- Saturday marked the fourth meeting between Houston and Sporting Kansas City this season. Sporting KC is 1-0-3 against the Dynamo on the year, including a 1-0-2 record on the road.
- Sporting KC's victory in Houston on May 12 broke a 36-game unbeaten streak for the Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium dating back to the stadium's opening in 2012.
- Houston was held without a win for only the third time in team history in a home playoff match (9-1-2).
- Houston has finished as MLS Cup runners-up the last two seasons, knocking Sporting Kansas City out of the playoffs en route to the final both years.
- In 2011, the Houston Dynamo defeated Sporting Kansas City 2-0 in the Eastern Conference Championship.
- In 2012, the Dynamo earned a 2-0 win in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at BBVA Compass Stadium and prevailed 2-1 on aggregate after a 1-0 loss at Sporting Park in the return leg.
- Sporting KC made two changes to their starting lineup from Wednesday's match against the New England Revolution. Teal Bunbury and Jacob Peterson replaced Dom Dwyer and C.J. Sapong.
- Ricardo Clark exited the match in the 26th minute after suffering a knee injury following a collision with Benny Feilhaber. He led all Houston midfielders in minutes played (2,517) in 2013 and had played all 300 minutes this postseason entering Saturday's match with a goal and an assist.
- Sporting KC earned a 4-3 aggregate triumph over the New England Revolution in the Eastern Conference Semifinals after winning 3-1 at Sporting Park in extra time on Wednesday night.
- Houston also earned a 4-3 aggregate victory in the semifinals, advancing past the Supporters' Shield winners New York Red Bulls with a 2-1 victory at Red Bull Arena in extra time on Wednesday.
- Sporting KC defender Aurelien Collin and Houston Dynamo forwards Will Bruin and Omar Cummings lead all MLS players with two goals scored during the 2013 postseason.
- Dynamo defender Corey Ashe missed Saturday's match due to yellow card accumulation. Mike Chabala replaced him in the starting lineup.
- Four players were out due to injury on Saturday: Jermaine Taylor (foot fracture), Lawrence Olum (fibula fracture), Josh Gardner (ankle sprain), Peterson Joseph (illness).
- Matt Besler created four chances on Saturday, most among all players. His 76 touches were also most among all players.
- Oriol Rosell had six interceptions on Saturday, most among all players. Rosell led all MLS players in the regular season with 130 interceptions.
- Aurelien Collin had 20 clearances and 23 duels on Saturday, most among all players.
- Houston completed 63.5% of the team's passes on Saturday, their lowest percentage of the season.
- Sporting KC's eight crosses (excluding throw-ins) tied the team's season low. Three days earlier, Sporting KC attempted an MLS season high 40 crosses against the New England Revolution.
- Saturday was also the team's first MLS match of 2013 without a completed cross.
- No cards were shown on Saturday, marking Sporting Kansas City's first match of the year and first playoff match in team history without a caution or ejection.
- No players will be suspended for caution accumulation in the Eastern Conference Championship second leg or MLS Cup.
- Jimmy Nielsen has 49 career shutouts in MLS competition (including playoffs) and a 0.84 career postseason goals against average.
- His three saves on Saturday are the second most for a postseason match in his MLS career.
- Nielsen's four career playoff shutouts are second most in team history behind Tony Meola (7).
- Sporting KC has held opponents to a goal or fewer in 29 of the team's 37 MLS matches this season.
- Six Sporting KC players to have started all eight of the team's playoff matches in the last three seasons: Jimmy Nielsen, Matt Besler, Aurelien Collin, Chance Myers, Seth Sinovic and Graham Zusi. Prior to Saturday, C.J. Sapong had started every postseason game in his three-year MLS career.
- Seth Sinovic has started and played every minute in each of the team's last 19 MLS matches, the longest active games played streak on the team. Sinovic leads all players with 3,523 minutes played in all competition this season.
- Sporting Kansas City has played 43 games in all competition this season (MLS, MLS Cup Playoffs, U.S. Open Cup and CONCACAF Champions League).
- Paulo Nagamura surpassed 17,000 minutes played in his MLS career (including postseason) on Saturday. No other active Sporting KC player has more than 10,000 minutes played in an MLS career.
- Peter Vermes is now 4-3-1 as a coach in the postseason.
- More than 100 Sporting Kansas City supporters traveled to Houston on Saturday for the match.
- The Boulevard Members Club at Sporting Park hosted the team's official watch party on Saturday.
- Saturday's match was nationally televised on NBC with Arlo White, Kyle Martino and Russ Thaler on the commentary team. The game also streamed for free online via NBC Sports Live Extra.
- Locally, the match was broadcast on ESPN 1510 AM and La Gran D 1340 AM. ESPN 1510 AM also aired The Final Whistle: Sporting KC Postgame show immediately afterward.
- The Sporting KC Show will air live on Sports Radio 810 WHB from 7-8 p.m. CT on Monday.