Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza -- who contributed the game-tying assist on Dom Dwyer's goal in last weekend's 1-1 draw at D.C. United -- was a guest on The Sporting KC Show last night with hosts Nate Bukaty and Carter Augustine on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Listen to the full podcast embedded below for their thoughts on the road result and the club's form heading into an important stretch on the schedule with four of the next five games at home...
Now 27 (in jersey number and age), Espinoza moved to Denver from his native Honduras as a 12-year-old and will play a key role as Sporting Kansas City hosts the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night at Sporting Park. The 2010/2014 World Cup veteran and former MLS All-Star has earned Team of the Week recognitions on three occasions this season since returning from England, where he won the 2013 FA Cup with Wigan Athletic two years ago this week.
We sat down with Sporting KC defender Jalil Anibaba to get to know him a little better off the field. Check it out:
Jamila St. Ann: What is your post game routine after a win?
Jalil Anibaba: After a win I grab a bite to eat, chill for a little bit and then probably do something with the guys on the team.
JS: What’s your most commonly played song lately?
JA: Hmm, maybe…One Man Can Change the World by Big Sean.
JS: What video games do you play?
JA: FIFA, nothing else really.
JS: Are you any good?
JA: I hold my own. I’m not as good as Seth (Sinovic). I’ve heard Seth is amazing. And Soni Mustivar is good.
JS: Who’s the worst FIFA player on the team?
JA: Servando probably. Servando is terrible at FIFA!
JS: Any celebrity crushes?
JA: Eva Mendes!
JS: You’re crowned King for a day. What is your first royal rule?
JA: Hmm…everyone gets a day off from work with unlimitedly charged iPhones.
JS: Tell us an embarrassing story.
JA: When I was under eight years old, so about six or seven, we were playing in the city championship game. My dad was the coach and we were playing our rival team and I really had to pee…
JA: Yes! Like really, really had to pee. And I’m a little kid, I can’t deal with it. And my dad is intense, like Peter (Vermes) times five. So he’s yelling at us to do this and do that and I’m like, “Daddy, daddy! I have to pee! Sub me out!” And he’s like, “No just go!” So, I just peed on the field. No one knew what I was doing. So I squatted, took a pee and we ended up winning the game so I guess it was worth it!
JS: What’s one meal you would eat for the rest of your life?
JA: There’s a lot I’d pick. Maybe general tso chicken and fried rice? Not the healthiest for you obviously, but it’s the truth.
JS: What type of animal would you be and why?
JA: A cheetah just because it’s always been my favorite animal since I was a kid.
JS: What type of animal would Peter Vermes be?
JA: I don’t know, a tiger or something. Definitely something fierce.
JS: You’re stuck on a deserted island with the team. Who lives the longest? Why?
JA: Me of course. Because I’d like to think I’d survive.
JS: Who dies first? Why?
JA: Benny (Feilhaber) dies first because we all kill him because he’s talking way too much.
JS: Finally, what’s the last lie you told?
JA: Probably that I would survive longest on the team if we were stuck on a deserted island. But seriously, I jokingly told Benny I wanted to room with him in LA and that’s definitely a lie!
Sporting Kansas City midfielder and MLS Player of the Month (April) Benny Feilhaber leads the League for most assists in 2015 with five. His top-notch perfomances on the field may have been spurred by his newest good luck charm, 10-month old daughter Sofia Feilhaber. Crystle Lampitt from 38 the Spot sits down with Feilhaber in this week's Sporting Spotlight to chat about the adjustment to fatherhood and a potential return of The Benny Feilhaber Show. Catch the full interview below:
Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer scores his third goal of the season in the 45th minute, assisted by midfielder Roger Espinoza, to make it 1-1 against D.C. United at RFK Stadium.
On Monday, the Boulevard Members Club was transformed into a fully functioning dental clinic. Tooth decay is the most common chronic illness facing children and for the second year, The Victory Project partnered with TeamSmile to provide uninsured children in our area access to free dental care and education. With the help of over 100 volunteers -- including local dentists, dental assistants, hygienists and 3rd/4th-year students from the UMKC School of Dentistry -- nearly 230 kids received care.
TeamSmile, an organization with its roots in Kansas City, provides everything from x-ray’s to dental procedures, including teeth pulling and fillings. Each child's visit is completed with a cleaning and education on the importance of good dental hygiene. The students attending Monday's event also got the chance to meet World Cup veteran Graham Zusi and former KC defender Nick Garcia, who acted as a distraction leading up to the time when they began their examinations.
This week's edition of The Sporting KC Show aired last night on Sports Radio 810 WHB with goalkeeper Tim Melia joining hosts Nate Bukaty and Carter Augustine inside Jazz, A Lousiana Kitchen. Listen to the podcast below as the trio discussed Melia's club debut in the 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire on Saturday and the team's upcoming match at D.C. United on Saturday (6 p.m. CT on 38 The Spot and SKCTV).
Melia is one of five finalists for Major League Soccer's Save of the Week. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. PT tonight on MLSsoccer.com.
Goalkeeper Tim Melia made his Sporting KC debut on Sunday, making three saves en route to the first victory of his MLS career. Now, fans will have the opportunity to meet Melia as he'll be the guest on tonight's Sporting KC Radio Show on Sports Radio 810 WHB.
The show will air live from Jazz A Louisiana Kitchen (1859 Village West Parkway) from 7-8 p.m. CT with hosts Nate Bukaty and Carter Augustine. Melia will discuss his journey to Sporting KC as well as last weekend's 1-0 win over the Chicago Fire.
JAZZ SPECIALS: Half price chicken a la mer and discounts on Abita beer
Sporting KC fans are encouraged to visit Jazz to listen to the show live as well as take pictures and receive autographs from Melia. The show will be broadcast on Sports Radio 810 WHB, on 810WHB.com as well as the station's mobile application. The call-in number for the show is 913-3-810-810.
Sporting Park is known for its infectious energy on game days. This past Saturday it was home to a different kind of energy when The Victory Project hosted its inaugural Yoga on the Pitch fundraiser.
Over 150 local yoga enthusiasts of all ages and levels joined Sporting KC players in an hour-long class in the middle of the pitch. Yoga was led by lululemon athletica ambassadors and Pop-Up Yoga KC with funds raised benefitting both The Victory Project and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society through Man of the Year Candidate Hunter Re.
Participants received a commemorative event tank top and were also able to get autographs from Sporting KC players in attendance, including Graham Zusi, Jacob Peterson, Krisztian Nemeth, Servando Carrasco and Bernardo Anor.
To learn more about The Victory Project and future fundraising events, please visit VictoryKC.org or follow us on Twitter.
Jalil Anibaba notched his first assist in a Sporting Kansas City uniform on Sunday, marking the milestone on the game-winning goal no less. Anibaba, who joined Sporting KC via a trade with Orlando City SC in the offseason, has started Sporting KC's last seven matches - a span in which the club has lost only once.
The North Carolina product has lived in three different cities over the past five seasons of his professional career, most recently in Seattle before calling Kansas City home. But the 26-year-old outside back will always have a special appreciation for his Nigerian heritage.
Anibaba -- with his father's help -- taught himself Yorùbá, the dialect of his father's Nigerian tribe. Anibaba took the time to teach 38 the Spot host Crystle Lampitt how to say "I love Kansas City" in his native tongue. Catch the two-part interview below:
Sporting Kansas City captain Matt Besler joined The Border Patrol on Sports Radio 810 WHB this morning to discuss his team's 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire last night at Sporting Park. Besler led all players on Sunday with 13 clearances, six aerial duels won and five interceptions as Sporting KC recorded the team's fourth clean sheet of the season.
Among the excerpts from the 20-minute interview:
On Paulo Nagamura's goal...
"We talked about that at halftime, as well, about being patient. I think you saw it on that goal. There were 12 passes in a row. I think if you look at the replay again, once we finally do get the ball wide after we've played it around and allowed our team to get higher up the field, there's 5-6 players in the box. I think that's why Paulo found some space and obviously the header finish was unbelievable."
On the play of Benny Feilhaber...
"It's really exciting to see him play at this level. This is the Benny that we all know and that we all hope for. When he's playing at this level, he's a different player. He's just fun to watch, even as a player on his own team, he's fun to watch."
On Tim Melia's debut for Sporting KC...
"He was excellent. He's had the right mentality from day one, even in preseason...He's challenged that position from day one and he's done it in the right way. He's been encouraging and he's been committed. He's given everyone on the team confidence. I think I speak for everyone in saying we're all very happy for him. He was strong and he was commanding. I think he should gain a lot of confidence out of that performance."
On moving up to fourth in the West...
"We believe that we're a team that can be at the top of the standings when the season's over. All it takes is a run. Everything is so tight right now in the standings that if you get on a decent run -- 3, 4, 5 games unbeaten -- you can find yourselves right at the top...We've got to enjoy the win, it was a great, great team win. But we've also got to improve. We've got to continue to get back to work and get better."
On playing Eastern Conference leaders D.C. United...
"I am looking forward to it. It will be a little different this year since we moved over to the West. In years past, it's always been an extremely big game because we're always fighting with them in the East...I think we always go to D.C. and play well. I think we've gotten some decent results in years past. We respect them a lot, that's probably why we always come out and play well because we don't take them lightly. They are playing well so it's going to be interesting."
Listen to the full audio archive embedded below and tune into Sports Radio 810 WHB from 7-8 p.m. CT on Tuesday for a new episode of The Sporting KC Show live from Jazz, A Louisiana Kitchen in The Legends.