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19 June 3:36 pm

Sporting Kansas City advanced to the fifth round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup tournament defeating Minnesota United FC 2-0 last night. Goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum, affectionately known as G-baum, recorded a shut out in his first competitive match for the team. Ever vocal, G-baum is shouting about something and we need you to tell us what! The winning entry will receive two (2) tickets to our next home match against the Portland Timbers on June 24 as we continue our Open Cup run. All submissions must be in by 5:30p.m. CT on Friday. Good luck!

19 June 2:34 pm

Think you know Matt Besler and Graham Zusi? Think again.

Jimmy Fallon gave a scouting report on the two Sporting KC stars as well as a few of their U.S. Men's National Team teammates on Tuesday night's The Tonight Show.

18 June 11:15 pm

Cast your vote below for the Man of the Match for Sporting Kansas City's 2-0 victory over Minnesota United FC at Sporting Park. Voting is open until Thursday evening.

17 June 8:35 pm

Tuesday was a day long-anticipated by Sporting KC fans as Central States Beverage Company began their deliveries of Sporting KC Championship Ale, a collaboration between the MLS Cup champs and Kansas City's Boulevard Brewing Company.

Sporting Kansas City Championship Ale is a crisp, refreshing Saison-style ale, featuring late hopping with Mandarina Bavaria, a new German hop with distinct tangerine and citrus flavors. Similar to other one-off releases in Boulevard’s Smokestack Series, only a limited amount of beer can be produced and released.

Roughly 2,000 cases of the 750mL bottles are being distributed throughout the Kansas City area. For a list of locations around Kansas City receiving the ale, be sure to follow @csbev on Twitter.

17 June 5:44 pm

A day after the United States began its 2014 FIFA World Cup by knocking off Ghana 2-1, defender Chance Myers and club owner and CEO Robb Heinemann appeared on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Myers talked to Nate Bukaty about the United States' win and Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi's game-winning assit. Heinemann, who has traveled to Brazil for the World Cup, talked to Kevin Kietzman about attending the U.S. match and other eye-opening experiences.

Chance Myers on The Border Patrol

Robb Heinemann on Between the Lines

 

17 June 4:33 pm

This past weekend Boulevardia took over the West Bottoms in Kansas City.

The beer, food and music festival started Friday evening and concluded on Sunday evening ... and The Victory Project was there for it all. There were nearly 50 volunteers from LiveKC, The Victory Project and partner organizations who helped serve beer and provide information at the Sporting KC bar next to the main stage.

All tips as well as a percentage of beer sales will go toward The Victory Project, Sporting Kansas City's charitable arm which helps local children thrive through life's challenges.

The Victory Project would like to thank everyone who donated to the cause. For those interested in volunteering for future events or for those interested in making a donation learning more about The Victory Project, please visit VictoryKC.org or follow @victorykc on Twitter.


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17 June 9:43 am

Thousands of soccer fans packed Kansas City Power & Light on Monday as the United States kicked off its 2014 FIFA World Cup with a 2-1 win over Ghana. The World Cup Watch Party, presented by The Sprint Framily Plan as part of Summer in the Soccer Capital, produced some moments that won't soon be forgotten. Catch them all here.

13 June 8:51 pm

The United States will kick off their World Cup campain on Monday when they play Ghana in Natal, Brazil. And while Sporting KC's Matt Besler and Graham Zusi have been with the team for almost a month preparing for the start of the tournament, for others, the journey starts this weekend.

KCTV5's Sandra Olivas sat down with Diane Besler - Matt's mother - to discuss the family's preparations ahead of their journey to Brazi.

KCTV5

12 June 8:23 pm

The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicked off this afternoon as Brazil defeated Croatia 3-1 in front of a sea of yellow at Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

On Monday, the United States will take the pitch in what many consider a "must win" match against Ghana, the African nation that has knocked the United States out of the previous two tournaments. Monday's match will also mark the fifth consecutive World Cup tournament that has featured a player from the Kansas City Wizards / Sporting KC in defender Matt Besler and midfielder Graham Zusi.

So for the next four weeks in #TBT, we'll be looking back at the past four World Cup tournaments that featured Kansas City players and how those players fared in their respective tournament.

First up? 1998.

1998 saw two Kansas City Wizards take the pitch in France as Preki lined up for the United States and Uche Okafor for Nigeria (pictured, right).

Okafor's Nigerian squad finished first in their group for the second consecutive tournament. The Kansas City defender made his World Cup debut in their third group stage match, starting and playing 90 minutes in a 3-1 loss to Paraguay. Okafor did not feature in their Round of 16 loss to Denmark.

Unfortunately for Preki (pictured, left, No. 14), the United States did not fare as well. Steve Sampson's side lost all three group stage matches, tallying only one goal in the tournament. Preki came on in the 57th minute of the USMNT's 2-1 loss to Iran and came on in the 58th minute of their 1-0 loss to Yugoslavia.

One of the most prolific goalscorers in Major League Soccer history, Preki went on to play three more years for the USMNT, tallying four goals in 28 career appearances.

Preki and Okafor played together in Kansas City for five years and - along with current Manager Peter Vermes and assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin - were part of the 2000 team that won the MLS Cup championship. Okafor retired from soccer after the 2000 championship-winning campaign, but Preki played five more years in MLS - four more with Kansas City - and finished his MLS career with 79 goals and 112 assists.

12 June 4:11 pm

As Brazil and Croatia kicked off the 2014 FIFA World Cup today, six Sporting Kansas City players with different nationalities offered their predictions for soccer's most coveted tournament. The picks indicate a shared belief among the players that their home countries will perform well in Brazil.

Player (nationality) World Cup Final prediction Golden Boot winner World Cup dark horse Prediction for native country
Dom Dwyer (English) Brazil over Spain Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) United States England will lose in the quarterfinals
Benny Feilhaber
(Brazilian-American)
Brazil over Argentina Fred (Brazil) Chile Brazil will win the tournament, and the United States will not advance from the group stage
Alex Martinez (Uruguayan) Uruguay over Germany Luis Suarez (Uruguay) Belgium Uruguay will win the tournament

Jimmy Medranda (Colombian)

Argentina over Brazil Lionel Messi (Argentina) Colombia Colombia will lose in the quarterfinals
Victor Munoz (Spanish) Spain over Argentina Neymar (Brazil) Belgium Spain will win the tournament
Paulo Nagamura (Brazilian) Brazil over Argentina Neymar (Brazil) Colombia Brazil will win the tournament