Kansas City has had a strong history of great goalkeepers highlighted by the likes of Jimmy Nielsen and Tony Meola. Meola, a New Jersey native, played six seasons for KC and is still the only goalkeeper to win an MLS MVP award. Meola helped lead KC to the 2000 MLS Cup title and 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title.
Check out the video below for highlights of his career as featured in the MLS Legends Series, courtesy of MLSSoccer.com.
When Sporting Kansas City and Rally House announced a new three-year sponsorship agreement earlier this month, we hinted that there would be some pretty cool promotions coming out of the partnership. Like Kei Kamara signing autographs last night at their Oak Park location. And Jimmy Nielsen hosting a book signing event at the NKC store on June 8.
Now comes tomorrow's launch of the Rally House Ultimate Fan Experience which is offering up a major prize pack for one lucky Sporting KC supporter. Check out what the winner walks away with:
- $500 credit/gift card for shopping spree with a Sporting Kansas City player
- Authentic Sporting Kansas City jersey
Two (2) tickets to July 13 match against Toronto FC, featuring...
- Sporting Kansas City player meet and greet
- Sporting Park stadium tour
- Pre-game field access to watch warm-ups
Starting tomorrow, enter to win online at SportingKC.com/RallyHouse or fill out a form at one of the seven Kansas City metro area Rally House and Kansas Sampler locations. The contest ends June 30th and the winner will be randomly chosen on July 2nd.
Sporting Kansas City striker Kei Kamara made an appearance at Rally House on Thursday night to sign autographs and mingle with fans. Below are a few of our favorite tweets surrounding the event.
— Samantha Baker (@Samanthasayshii) May 31, 2013
— KEI KAMARA (@keikamara) May 31, 2013
— KEI KAMARA (@keikamara) May 31, 2013
View a photo slideshow from last night here:
Sporting Park hosted a press conference to announce AS Roma as the 2013 MLS All-Star Game opponent earlier today. With that in mind, we present to you this gem:
For a little background, one of AS Roma's key contributors is American midfielder Michael Bradley. The U.S. Men's National Team standout played two seasons in Major League Soccer before going overseas.
The video clip above shows Bradley's lone goal during his MLS career which came in his final regular season match while playing in the League. Bradley's game-winning goal came in a crucial 2-0 victory for the MetroStars as they defeated Chivas USA. The victory clinched a playoff berth for a MetroStars side led by former Kansas City goalkeeper Tony Meola. Ironically, the MetroStars victory ended Kansas City's hopes for a playoff spot during that 2005 season.
While we are excited to welcome Bradley back to America this summer, we haven't forgotten the tangible mark he left in his last regular season match.
Today, Major League Soccer announced AS Roma as the opponent for the 2013 MLS All-Star Game at Sporting Park on July 31.
In conjunction with the match, Kansas City will host three days worth of festivities including a free concert at Power and Light on ASG eve. Here's the catch, while the concert is free, you'll still need a ticket for admission. Be on the lookout for these tickets over the next several weeks.
Here are a few tips:
- Tune into 96.5 the Buzz and follow @SportingKC on Twitter to see where the tickets will be distributed.
- The tickets will be silver in honor of the band, Silversun Pickups.
The first two opportunities to get the tickets will be this Saturday at:
- The Boulevard Members Club at Sporting Park following Sporting Kansas City's match against the Montreal Impact.
- Buzz Under the Stars at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater.
See below for a special message from the band:
It's now official. AS Roma will face the MLS All-Stars in the 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game. Get to know a bit about the opponent below with information on the club's history, titles, and more.
AS Roma were founded in 1927 and are tied for second-most seasons in Italy's top flight (Serie A) with 80. The club has competed in Serie A for 61 consecutive seasons. Roma currently play in the Stadio Olimpicio but will be constructing a new stadium to be completed by 2016.
- Italian Cup (9) - 1963–64, 1968–69, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1983–84, 1985–86, 1990–91, 2006–07, 2007–08
- Serie A (3) - 1941-42, 1982-83, 2000-01
- Italian SuperCup (2) - 2001, 2007
- Francesco Totti - The team captain who has scored over 200 goals for the club. He helped lead Italy to the 2006 FIFA World Cup title and is widely considered one of the greatest players in the history of the club.
- Michael Bradley - The American started his career in MLS and has settled in as a two-way midfielder for Roma. Bradley has 75 caps for the United States Men's National Team.
- Daniele De Rossi - The midfielder has consistently been one of the top players in Serie A and still features for the Italian National Team. De Rossi has made over 300 appearances for Roma and played in two FIFA World Cups (2006 & 2010).
The Sporting KC Show aired live from La Bodega last night. Hosts Dave Borchardt and Andy Edwards were joined by Sporting Kansas City midfielder Oriol Rosell. The former Barcelona B player made his English radio debut last night after coming to America in August of last year. Upon arrival, "hello" was the extent of Rosell's English vocabulary.
Nine months later, it is quite the contrary. Oriol Rosell moved to the states with his girlfriend and the two have been taking on the Midwest together including learning the native dialect.
Rosell talks with Dave and Andy about his move to America and more specifically about his thoughts on Kansas City.
Find the full interview here to listen to Rosell talk about his Sporting KC family.
Here is this week's caption contest featuring Mechack Jerome and Aurelien Collin. What is going on? We need YOU to fill us in by submitting your best caption in the comments section below. You have 24 hours to crack this caper. Deadline is 5:30 p.m. CT on Thursday, May 30 for your chance to win a prize. Good luck!
Jacob Peterson is no doubt one of Sporting Kansas City’s most tenacious players, but off the field this fierce competitor is a recently engaged hopeless romantic. Continue reading to find out about Jakes sentimental side, as well as his booming American pride and love for country music.
First off, tell us how you proposed to your fiancé, in detail.
Jake: It was December 27th and we were in Chicago (where she is from) in front of Water Tower Place. She loves the Christmas feeling of the city in the winter. I was extremely nervous and I was actually shaking the whole dinner. She noticed and I had to play it off like I was cold [laughs]. I think I blacked out when I eventually proposed because I have no idea what I said, and thankfully she doesn’t remember either [laughs again]. Luckily my sisters were there to take pictures so they got a few candid shots of the proposal.
Did she say yes?
Jake: Yes, thankfully she did.
I heard you have somewhat of an obsession with America, can you elaborate on that?
Jake: Yes I would have to say I am a proud American. When I played for Toronto I didn’t really enjoy the country. I grew up very patriotic. Living in Canada made me really miss America.
What about Toronto made you miss America the most?
Jake: Mostly I missed the prices of things. I want to be diplomatic with this question because I have already been crushed by the people of Toronto for saying negative things about my time there. So, I will just tell you I missed literally everything.
Explain to me how you express your American pride on a day to day basis.
Jake: Well, I have a flag hanging up in my house, as every American should. I also wake up every morning, face my flag, and say the pledge of allegiance.
If you could pick one individual to define America who would it be and why?
Jake: Besides me?! Aw man, I don’t even know. Michael Thomas. No, honestly though Aaron Lewis, because he is very patriotic.
There are rumors that you may take this obsession to the next level and get and American inspired tattoo, is this true?
Jake: Yes, I am currently in the process of designing a patriotic tattoo. It will be pictures and drawings formulated into one.
What would you get and where?
Jake: It is going to contain an American eagle and a flag incorporated with other things. It is a work in progress because I don’t want it to be something obnoxious, especially because it is going to be a half sleeve.
Do you have any other tattoos?
Jake: I have a cross right here (motions to ribs on his left side) as well as ‘Praise be to God’ here (Lifts up his right arm to show script on the inside of his right bicep).
What inspired your tattoos?
Jake: Well the cross is self-explanatory. The inspiration for my quote was mainly my faith but also I guess my American pride because this is the quote on top of the Washington monument.
Since you like America so much, you must like country music? Who is your favorite band, what is your favorite song?
Jake: I would typically say, Kenny Chesney, but without his new stuff that resembles pop. I also really like Zac Brown Band, and Aaron Lewis, for patriotic reasons. Honestly, I like it all and I can’t choose just one, like any good American.
It turns out, Jacob Peterson is nothing short of hilarious. We didn't want to serve you an injustice by burying any of his witty responses. Check back next week to read up on Part Two.