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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.

02 June 1:00 pm
Every year, The Victory Project along with Sporting KC players and Sporting Club Network coaches, host a fundraiser soccer clinic to help raise money for the foundation. This year, due to the great response by fans, two clinics were held. Each clinic was held at Sporting Park where kids between the ages of 6-12 learned soccer skills from their favorite players and coaches while their families cheered them on from the stands.
 
Each evening the children checked in to receive their Victory Project Soccer clinic t-shirt and once out on the pitch, players were there to greet them and were positioned at different stations. The kids rotated around the stations which included shooting, dribbling and scrimmaging as well as a question-and-answer opportunity. The clinics concluded with time for the kids to get autographs and take pictures with the players and the chance to tour the locker room and interview room.
 
Overall, the two clinics raised almost $15,000 for The Victory Project and provided 200 kids with an incredible occasion to learn more about soccer and Sporting Kansas City. For more information on The Victory Project or upcoming events check out the VictoryKC.org website or follow @VictoryKC on Twitter.
31 May 11:03 pm

Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match for Sporting Kansas City's 1-0 loss against D.C. United at RFK Stadium. Voting is open until Sunday evening.

30 May 4:09 pm

Prior to the month of May, Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer had six goals in 24 MLS regular season appearances. Thirty days later he's doubled his career total with six goals in the past six games.

Not only is Dwyer the league's leading scorer this month -- tied with New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips, who is idle this weekend -- he is also the only MLS player with two multi-goal games in May. Dwyer has one more opportunity to put an exclamation point on his recent run, and move back atop the Golden Boot race, when Sporting Kansas City takes on D.C. United at RFK Stadium at 6 p.m. CT on Saturday.

After all, Dwyer has scored goals in three of the team's past four road matches (including both in the month of May) and scored in the last meeting with D.C. United, a 1-0 victory at Sporting Park in October.

SIX GAMES. SIX GOALS. SIX GIFS.

 

30 May 12:36 pm

Two years ago this month, two of the most successful clubs in Kansas City, Blue Valley Soccer Club and Kansas City Football Club, completed a major merger that saw both clubs’ membership come together to form Sporting Blue Valley. This was the first instance of an Academy Affiliate in the Sporting Club Network taking on the “Sporting” name and for some time it was considered one of the main local feeder clubs for the Sporting KC Academy teams. Times have changed since then with the Academy Affiliate program growing immensely, now including 11 different affiliates across the Midwest, spanning as far as Minneapolis, Minnesota to Nashville, Tennessee.
 
As Sporting KC Academy tryouts returned this May, the influence of these Academy Affiliates was certainly apparent with trialists coming from at least seven different cities and five different states. Among the represented affiliates were Omaha FC, Sporting Wichita Rojos, Sporting StL Rangers, Sporting Nashville Heroes, Sporting Kaw Valley, Sporting Iowa, Sporting Columbia SC, and Sporting Blue Valley, with a number of these players receiving roster or developmental player spots across the four Academy age groups for the 2014-15 season.
 
A major goal of the Sporting Club Network and its Academy Affiliate program is to better scout and develop the youth talent throughout this region in hopes of providing a clear path for these players to strive for a place on the Sporting KC senior team. Seeing growth like this is a testament to this program and hopefully a sign of the club getting closer to having its first Academy Affiliate player starting in a competitive match at Sporting Park.
 
To keep up with the Sporting Club Network and the Academy Affiliate program, be sure to follow on Twitter and like on Facebook.
30 May 10:26 am
With upcoming plans to replace the pitch at Sporting Park during the World Cup break in MLS play, Sporting Kansas City offered up a unique opportunity to its partners: a chance to reserve 3-hour time slots to host events on the very field that the 2013 MLS Cup was won on. Academy Affiliate Sporting Kaw Valley took advantage of this occasion & will be hosting what they are calling “Party on the Pitch” on Saturday.
 
Attending SKV club members will get to come out to Sporting Park and participate in a variety of activities on the field, but the fun doesn’t end there with Sporting KC player appearances, autographs, music, giveaways and much more being included in the overall event. While on-field, participating youth players can compete in various skill-based games and will each be given a “passport” to travel through the different activities.
 
Upon completion of said activities, players will receive a stamp showing their accomplishment and completed passports will earn players the chance to win different SKC prizes including autographed merchandise. Following these on-field challenges from 3-6 p.m., members are welcome to stick around the stadium in the Boulevard Members Club for an additional player appearance during a Sporting KC watch party for the team's road match against D.C. United at 6 p.m.
 
For your chance to be a part of this exclusive event, register today at www.sportingkv.com/registration. And to stay up to date on all things Sporting Club Network, be sure to follow the program on Twitter and like it on Facebook.
29 May 5:05 pm

The Sporting KC Show aired last night on Sports Radio 810 WHB live from Jazz at the Legends. Hosts Callum Williams, Andy Edwards and Carter Augustine welcomed Sporting KC defender Aurelien Collin on site and Washington Post's Steven Goff was able to dial in to join the conversation.

Collin played the full 90 minutes against the New York Red Bulls on Tuesday after missing two matches with a right hamstring strain. The Frenchman led all players on the pitch winning 11 duels and seven of nine aerial duels at Sporting Park. Yesterday, Collin was nominated as a 2014 MLS All-Star, after receiving the accolade in each of the last two seasons (2012, 2013).

Hear Collin give his thoughts on Sporting KC's start to the 2014 season followed by Goff's preview of Saturday's matchup at RFK Stadium:

29 May 2:24 pm

Wednesday night, Sporting KC learned that they would be playing Real Esteli and Deportivo Saprissa in the group stage of the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League.

Remember the last time Sporting KC played Real Esteli? Of course you do ... it happened last September.

But were you there the last time Kansas City played Deportivo Saprissa? The two sides squared off in the quarterfinals of the 2005 CONCACAF Champions' Cup with Saprissa advancing with a 2-1 aggregate score.

Kansas City, with current assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin holding down the midfield, held the Costa Rican side to a scoreless draw at Arrowhead Stadium. Saprissa took care of business at home, however, winning the second leg 2-1 in extra time en route to their third CONCACAF Champions' Cup crown.