On Tuesday, the Sporting KC Academy U-17 squad took home the proverbial gold, grabbing first place in the US Youth Futsal national championship.
Are you really surprised, though? 25 years ago, Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes won his own futsal medal, taking third place at the first FIFA Five-a-Side World Championship in Holland.
Vermes scored six goals in the tournament, including two in the bronze medal match to lead the United States back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Belgium in overtime.
Photo courtesy of U.S. Soccer Communications
Sports Radio 810 WHB host Nate Bukaty is embedded in Sporting Kansas City's preseason training camp in Orlando, Fla. this week. Prior to Wednesday's doubleheader (Sporting KC picked up shutout victories over Eastern Florida State College and the New York Red Bulls), Bukaty sat down with Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes, central defender Ike Opara and winger Sal Zizzo in his latest round of interviews. For previous podcasts and all the latest from Sporting Kansas City's official radio partner, visit 810whb.com and download the station's free mobile app.
Who are the top 20 goalscorers of all-time in MLS and how many can you name in one minute? During preseason, MLSsoccer.com caught up with several players and coaches to test their knowledge on MLS history. One of these players is Matt Belser, who correctly answered nine of the 20 in one minute.
Check out the video below as the Sporting KC defender takes the MLS goalscorer quiz.
Sporting Kansas City will kick off the 2014 Disney Pro Soccer Classic on Wednesday afternoon against the New York Red Bulls. Ahead of today's match, Sports Radio 810 WHB's Nate Bukaty caught up with several Sporting KC players and coaches to get their thoughts on preseason. Later on 810 WHB, Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman was a guest on "Between The Lines" to discuss winning MLS Cup and looking ahead to the upcoming season.
Check out podcasts of all the interviews below.
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One day after appearing on FOX Sports 1 alongside Omar Gonzalez and Kyle Beckerman, Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler joined U.S. MNT teammate Brad Evans on Bloomberg Television's "Taking Stock" on Tuesday. Host Carol Massar talked with Besler about the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Major League Soccer's 19th season and the players' perspective on the growth of American soccer.
"I think in the next couple years you're really going to see guys come back and (MLS will) be the choice league of top players," Besler told Massar. "Unless something drastically changes, I see myself staying here and playing my whole career."
Watch the six-minute segment below and for more video of Besler, visit the official MLS YouTube channel. Besler made a guest appearance on The Brad Evans Show and sat down to take the MLS leading goalscorer quiz while in New York City for the annual pre-season media and marketing tour.
Sporting Kansas City's Matt Besler and Graham Zusi are currently in New York participating in the annual Major League Soccer Media / Marketing tour. As part of the tour, Besler joined Real Salt Lake's Kyle Beckerman and LA Galaxy's Omar Gonzalez Monday on FOX Sports 1's Crowd Goes Wild.
The first segment is a roundtable discussion with the hosts - Georgie Thompson, Trevor Pryce and Katie Nolan - which touches on a variety of topics from Brazil to MLS to offseason weddings. The second is a skills challenge, where each player is tasked with trying to score as many baskets in 30 seconds with a soccer ball without using their hands.
Sports Radio 810 WHB host Nate Bukaty is on assignment in Orlando, Fla., bringing listeners all the latest news and notes from Sporting Kansas City preseason. Today, he was joined by defenders Chance Myers and Seth Sinovic during The Border Patrol to discuss their time in the U.S. Men's National Team January Camp, the outlook for 2014 as reigning MLS Cup champions, fitness and conditioning expectations and the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals among other topics.
Bukaty later joined The Program with Soren Petro to share his thoughts on the abbreviated offseason, the value of homegrown talent and the change in goalkeeper for Sporting KC this season. New starter Eric Kronberg sat down prior to the team's afternoon training and commented on lessons learned under Jimmy Nielsen.
— Nate Bukaty (@nate_bukaty) February 17, 2014
Registration is now open for MLS Fantasy Soccer Manager for the upcoming 2014 season. This year's game is free to sign up with over $10,000 in prizes available. Full details and registration is available on MLSsoccer.com.
In 2013, it was a great year in fantasy for several Sporting KC players. Aurelien Collin led all players with 220 points and Graham Zusi was tied for second with 205 points. Players are awarded points for a variety of actions such as goals, assists, clean sheets, saves, and minutes played (full breakdown is available here).
Each manager is allotted $120 million (each player is valued between $3 million and $11 million) to spend on their team of 18 players. This includes at least two goalkeepers, six defenders, six midfielders, and four forwards along with a maximum of four players from one club. A full list of the rules can be found on MLSsoccer.com.
In case you missed it, our All-Star center back Aurelien Collin tied the knot this week. Twitter was buzzing last night with congratulatory messages for the Frenchman.
For today's #TGIF, we thought, what better way for AC to say thank you than with a kiss?
Happy Valentine's Day, SKC Nation!
Sporting KC defender Aurelien Collin participated in Kansas City Fashion Week with his line AC78. The fashion show was featured in an episode of the CBS show Game Changers.