Established in 2012, Sporting Club Network aims to create a more personal relationship between its members, their local communities, Sporting Kansas City and its parent company, Sporting Club. Athletes, coaches and families within the Sporting Club Network are provided with exclusive opportunities to interact with members of Sporting Kansas City’s senior team, receive coaching and education instruction from the senior team technical staff, and be recognized at Sporting Park for their efforts to expand the game in their locality.
The end of the year reception gives Sporting Club Network members the opportunity to meet fellow members, exchange ideas and reflect on the many on-and-off-the field accomplishments achieved throughout the year. In conjunction with the annual reception, Sporting Club Network hosts the Kevin Gray Awards.
The Kevin Gray awards, presented by Pepsi, were established in honor of the late Kansas City Sports Commission President. Kevin’s passion for the game and his desire to see it grow in the Kansas City area are exemplified in the winners of his namesake. The Kevin Gray Player of the Year Award recognizes youth, as well as adult, players for their outstanding performance on the field. The Kevin Gray Coach of the Year Award is given to a Kansas City coach who has led his or her team to remarkable success. The final award, Soccer Ambassador of the Year, is presented to an individual whose commitment to the game and tireless effort in support of its growth reflects the ideals that the Sports Commissioner Gray embodied.
The Kevin Gray Awards, co-sponsored by Sporting Kansas City and Global Sports International, bestowed the following awards, as decided by a panel of soccer leaders in Kansas City:
- Male Youth Player of the Year – Jo Jo Piatczyc
- Female Youth Player of the Year – Cristina DeZeeuw
- Adult Player of the Year – Seth Sinovic
- Coach of the Year – Peter Vermes
- Soccer Ambassador of the Year – Robb Heineman
Gutierrez has a special connection to the club and the Kansas City area. He was a graduate of Blue Springs High School and was a two-time NSCAA All-American at Rockhurst University before joining the club in Major League Soccer’s inaugural season in 1996. He would go on to win the MLS Cup in 1998, four U.S. Open Cup championships and record 40 career playoff appearances (third most in MLS history).
At the conclusion of the reception, guests enjoyed the game and took in the electric atmosphere as they watched Sporting KC go on to beat the Galaxy by a 2-1 scoreline. The award winners, however, were given a truly unique experience as they were escorted onto the field and recognized for their achievements at halftime.
Thank you to all of our network members and guests for making this year's Sporting Club Network Reception and Kevin Gray Awards Ceremony such a memorable experience! To stay up-to-date on upcoming events and for all things Sporting Club Network, be sure to follow on Twitter and like the SCN on Facebook.
Delaware North Companies (DNC) is hiring for all food and beverage positions during a job fair from 2-6 p.m. CT on Thursday at Sporting Park (1 Sporting Way, Kansas City, KS). Available positions include beer vendors, stand attendants, utility workers, porters/barbacks, cooks, bartenders and concession supervisors.
Interested candidates must be at least 18 years of age to apply and must be 21 years of age to sell alcoholic beverages. Parking for Thursday's job fair is available in Lot D (click here for map/directions) and all attending should enter through the security entrance on the east side of the stadium across from Best Western. Those unable to attend the job fair are encouraged to apply online.
DNC is a global leader in hospitality and food service with 55,000 associates across the United States and around the world. For more information, contact Brianna Loy at (913) 912-7578 or email@example.com.
It was another exciting day in Portland as we moved one day closer to the 2014 MLS All Star Game that will pit the MLS All-Stars vs. German champions Bayern Munich.
The day began with an open training session at Providence Park. Bayern Munich kicked things off before the MLS All-Stars took the field. Following training, Sporting KC captain Matt Besler joined Max Bretos, Alexi Lalas and Alejandro Moreno for a segment on ESPNFC. Besler discussed midseason friendlies against foreign competition and the growth of soccer in the United States
The afternoon was an eventful one for the quartet of Sporting KC players, as Graham Zusi and Aurelien Collin went to Tursi Soccer for an autograph soccer, while Dom Dwyer did his best DeAndre Yedlin impersonation.
Besler joined Chipotle Homegrown Game MVP Jon Kempin as well as New York Red Bulls' Tim Cahil and Bradley Wright-Phillips, D.C. United's Bobby Boswell and other celebrities for the MLS Footgolf Challenge. A full recap is coming later on MLSsoccer.com, but in the meantime, we'll leave you with this...
— Sporting Kansas City (@SportingKC) August 6, 2014
On Saturday afternoon, several Sporting KC players joined NAPA KC and The National Guard to host a barbecue and soccer clinic for local military families affected by injuries obtained during service for our country.
The idea for the gathering was originally proposed by Sporting KC defender Kevin Ellis, who has strong family ties to the United States military. Ellis was joined by teammates Matt Besler, Mikey Lopez, Andy Gruenebaum and Graham Zusi for a pick-up game of soccer with the families before enjoying barbecue and ice cream at the Swope Soccer Village. At the end of the event, each of the families received a signed soccer ball from the players.
"It takes a special person to do what they do and I can't put into words the respect I have for these guys," said Ellis, a Kansas City native who has made 14 MLS appearances for the club this season.
Without a few of the team's top players on the eve of the 2014 MLS All-Star Game, Sporting Kansas City welcomed a star from another sport to their training session on Tuesday at the Swope Soccer Village. NASCAR driver Joey Logano paid a visit to the MLS Cup champions while in Kansas City for a media tour to promote the Hollywood Casino 400 race weekend at Kansas Speedway from Oct. 3-5.
Logano led the first 30 laps and finished third on Sunday in the GoBowling.com 400. His eighth top-five finish of the year moved the 24-year-old up to eighth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver standings and he is one of only seven drivers to have clinched a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with five races remaining until the field is set.
For all the sights and sounds from Tuesday's training, check out the video above and photo slideshow below. Plus, click here to see the social media chatter captured from the festivities.
After a light training session at Providence Park this morning, each player went their separate ways for various appearances around the city.
Sporting KC captain Matt Besler participated in the MLS All-Star press conference alongside Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter, New York Red Bulls striker Thierry Henry and Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey. Besler answered a variety of questions ranging from "Is Wednesday a revenge game for the World Cup loss to Germany?" to "How do you defend in an MLS All-Star Game?" to "What impact has Landon Donovan had on American soccer?" Watch the video above for the full archive of the press conference, including the first portion with Bayern Munich Manager Pep Guardiola as well as Julian Green, Robert Lewandowski and Franck Ribery.
Monday night is also an exciting one for fans who want to see the future of MLS, as a team comprised of MLS homegrown players - including Sporting KC's Jon Kempin and Erik Palmer-Brown - will square off against the Portland Timbers U-23s at Providence Park. That match will kick off at 9 p.m. CT and can be seen on MLSsoccer.com or on ESPN3.com.
Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match from Sporting Kansas City's 1-1 draw against the Philadelphia Union on Friday at Sporting Park. Voting is open through Monday.
Sporting Kansas City and the University of Missouri-Kansas City are kicking off Rally with the Roos month in August with a fan sweepstakes, sponsored by UMKC. Ten winners will receive two Sporting Kansas City tickets with all inclusive food and beverage, one parking pass, two Rally with the Roos t-shirts and one team-signed soccer ball! Enter to win online at SportingKC.com/RallyWithTheRoos from August 1st at 10:00 a.m. through August 31st at 11:59 p.m. CT.
You might know him as one of the most decorated defenders in Major League Soccer history. Or you might know him as the face of KickTV.
And now, after Tuesday's announcement, Jimmy Conrad can also add "Sporting Legend" to his resume. The six-time MLS All-Star and 2005 MLS Defender of the Year will be inducted as a Sporting Legend on Friday alongside current Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes and the original owner of the Kansas City Wizards, the late Lamar Hunt.
Conrad flew to Kansas City on Wednesday for a series of media / community appearances and has carved out time from his busy schedule to take questions from you, the fans who voted for him as a member of Sporting KC's Wall of Honor.
On Friday, at 11am CT, Conrad will host a Facebook Q&A on SportingKC's official Facebook page.
The Sporting Legends induction ceremony will take place at halftime of Sporting KC's match against the Philadelphia Union. Kickoff set for 7 p.m. and the match will be broadcast nationally on the NBC Sports Network. Limited tickets are available and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL.
On Thursday, Graham Zusi joined The Program with Soren Petro on Sports Radio 810 WHB to discuss an eventful month for the Sporting KC midfielder that included a knockout round match in the World Cup (July 1), an MLS match five days later, an All-Star selection, a Designated Player contract and a goal in Toronto to move Sporting KC atop the Supporters' Shield standings.
Next up? Tomorrow's Eastern Conference encounter with the Philadelphia Union (7 p.m. CT on NBC Sports, 810 AM & 1340 AM) at Sporting Park before departing for the 2014 MLS All-Star Game on August 6.
Zusi touched on a number of topics throughout the 16-minute interview. Listen to the full podcast embedded below for the following excerpts, as well as his timeline for the United States Men's National Team to win their first World Cup and the mystery surrounding how a postgame jersey exchange led to a hotel room theft.
On his decision to re-sign with Sporting KC...
"It's the direction this club is headed. You've seen over the past four years now what it's done for the city and the vision hasn't stopped there. Our ownership group is probably the best in sports. Their vision is incredible. They have stuff planned out in the next couple years that I want to be part of."
On his experience in Brazil...
"The experience itself was an incredible one for me. To be matched up against the best players in the world, especially against Germany as the eventual winners, it really gives you a bar that you can set and something you can really work towards. You have to be honest with yourself at the end of the day. I was able to do that and know that I'm not there yet. It really gives me something to work towards on that front."
On the United States progress at the international level...
"I think we're well on the way and definitely headed in the right direction. I think Jurgen has done a great job so far with implementing what we need to do to get to that level. He's been very honest with the U.S. fans along with the players, telling us what we need to do to one day be competing against the Germany's and the Brazil's. What we saw from this tournament is we're certainly capable of it. We can hang with some of the best teams in the world on a given day. What we want to do now is do that on a consistent basis every time we're up against them."
On Sporting KC's remaining schedule...
"The second half of the season is always a grind. There's jostling for the playoff positions. We have a team tomorrow in Philly who has always played us well and especially at home. We definitely owe them one. They came in and kind of took it to us last time they were here in Kansas City; definitely not a team to take lightly...At this point of the season, we're sitting in a great spot at the top of the table. Every time we can put another three points up there and distance ourselves, especially from the people in our own conference, that's what it is all about."