Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber and assistant coach John Pascarella were guests on this week's edition of The Sporting KC Show on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Coming off a thrilling 4-4 draw in Houston last weekend, the club now returns home to host rivals Chicago at 4 p.m. CT on Sunday at Sporting Park in a nationally televised match-up on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
Feilhaber scored twice in the comeback, including a 95th-minute game-tying goal that is nominated for MLS Goal of the Week. Voting is open on MLSsoccer.com until 1:59 a.m. CT tonight.
Today is also the final opportunity for fans to participate in Feilhaber's "Master the Mane" initiative. The World Cup veteran is helping to raise money for The Victory Project by allowing fan donations to determine his hairstyle for Sunday's match. To cast a vote for The Mullet, The Bieber or The Mohawk, visit SportingKC.com/Benny and make a minimum $10 donation.
Midfielder Benny Feilhaber scores in the 95th minute with a stunning strike at BBVA Compass Stadium against the Houston Dynamo.
Midfielder Benny Feilhaber converts a 74th minute penalty kick to score his first goal of the season at BBVA Compass Stadium against the Houston Dynamo.
Forward Dom Dwyer pounces on a back pass to score his second goal of the season in the 74th minute at BBVA Compass Stadium against the Houston Dynamo.
Forward Krisztian Nemeth scores his third goal of the regular season in the second minute at BBVA Compass Stadium against the Houston Dynamo.
Week 8 of the MLS season is upon us and with it comes a slew of nationally-televised matches. Five matches will be featured on national TV highlighted by a Friday night Univision Deportes Network doubleheader.
Aside from Sporting KC's Saturday night match against the Houston Dynamo (7pm; 38 the Spot), here are the MLS matches we'll be keeping an eye on.
Chicago Fire vs. New York City FC - Friday - 7pm CT | UDN
After losing their first three matches of the year, the Chicago Fire have rebounded with back-to-back wins over the Philadelphia Union and Toronto FC. Friday's match is a must-watch affair if for no other reason than Harry Shipp has emerged as one of the premier players in MLS. NYCFC have been reeling of late (winless in last five matches) and the road doesn't get any easier tonight as they'll likely play on the road without David Villa, Josh Saunders and Jason Hernandez.
Colorado Rapids vs. FC Dallas - Friday - 9pm CT | UDN
The last match between these two squads featured one of the more surprising results of 2015. The Rapids had entered the match without a win (or a goal) and put up four on the road in a 4-0 demolition of FC Dallas. Oscar Pareja's side rebounded quickly with a 3-2 win over Toronto FC last weekend. There is a lot of attacking talent to watch tonight including Dallas' Fabian Castillo and Blas Perez and Colorado's Dillon Powers.
New York Red Bulls vs. LA Galaxy - Sunday - 4pm CT | ESPN2
Without Landon Donovan and Thierry Henry the glitz might be off this matchup, but it still features two of the top teams in MLS. The Red Bulls are tied for first place in the Eastern Conference, are the only undefeated team in MLS and have the best points per game in the League. The Galaxy are coming off a dramatic 2-1 win over Sporting KC and sit in third place in the Eastern Conference. Reports indicate that the defending MLS Cup champions could be without Robbie Keane for the third consecutive week as the reigning MLS MVP recovers from a groin injury.
Orlando City SC vs. Toronto FC - Sunday - 6pm CT | FOX Sports 1
MLS fans have a busy Sunday with three games including a FOX Sports 1 doubleheader. There is plenty of star power on display in the first match when Orlando City hosts Toronto FC. Orlando City features Kaka, the last World Player of the Year winner not named Ronaldo or Messi, while Toronto features USMNT stalwarts Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley as well as Sebastian Giovinco. The Italian international has three goals and two assists in five games this year.
Seattle Sounders FC vs. Portland Timbers - Sunday - 8:30pm CT | FOX Sports 1
After a great weekend of matches, we get to finish things off with arguably the best rivalry in MLS. The Sounders have won two of their past three matches including an emphatic 3-1 road win over the Colorado Rapids last weekend. Nigerian international Obafemi Martins is well worth the price of admission with his 29 goals in 56 League matches. Portland will look to carry the momentum from last week's road win over NYCFC into Sunday's match. The Timbers enter the weekend in a five-way tie for fourth place in the Western Conference
After a day off on Wednesday, Sporting Kansas City will return to training on Thursday ahead of this weekend's match against the Houston Dynamo. The Western Conference matchup will kick off at 7:30 p.m. CT and will be broadcast locally on 38 the Spot and across the Midwest on SKCTV.
Sporting Kansas City assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin joined last night's Sporting KC Show (Sports Radio 810 WHB) to look ahead to this weekend's match. Listen to the podcast of the show below:
Tickets are now on sale for the fifth annual Westport Beer Festival. The event will be held on Saturday, June 13 from 5-9pm CT.
Hosted by Beer KC, McCoy's Public House and Sporting KC, the festival will feature more than 35 American craft and International breweries and more than 80 beers. The beer styles are geared toward refreshing summer quenchers including but not limited to Saison, Lagers, Wheats, Sours, Spring and Summer Seasonals, in addition to a commemorative tasting glass. Food will be provided for purchase by Beer KC.
This week's Sporting Spotlight on 38 the Spot featured Amadou Dia. The first year professional was born in France and spoke no English when he arrived to the United States as a youth. Now Dia is fluent in English and loves living in the USA, but there are some things from the homeland that he'll always find hard to live without.
Catch the two-part segment below with host Crystle Lampitt to find out what Dia misses the most from his childhood:
Forward Krisztian Nemeth scores his second goal of the season in the 22nd minute to tie it up at 1-1 at StubHub Center against LA Galaxy.