After conceding an early goal to FC Dallas, Sporting KC midfielder Roger Espinoza levels the match at 1-1 with a left-footed strike from just outside the 18 yard box.
Remember that time Graham Zusi hit a 45-yard screamer in Frisco? Well let us remind you with this week's #TGIF below.
Soccer Sunday lived up to its hype during the first week of the MLS season. Orlando City SC and NYCFC played to a 1-1 draw in front of 62,000 fans with Kaka tying the match late in dramatic fashion. Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls tied 1-1, but there was no shortage of chances for either side in the match, while the Seattle Sounders showed why they are one of the favorites to hoist MLS Cup after defeating the New England Revolution 3-0 at home.
So what's in store for MLS this week? Let's take a look. As a reminder you can watch all out-of-market and non-national TV matches LIVE through MLS Live. Click here for details.
Houston Dynamo vs. Orlando City SC - Friday, March 13 | 6pm CT | UniMas
The first of three nationally televised matches this weekend involves the only MLS Player to also win FIFA World Player of the Year. Kaka's Orlando City side travels to Houston tonight for their first road match of the year. The Dynamo won their first match under new head coach Owen Coyle after a Team of the Week performance from homegrown goalkeeper Tyler Deric. For those looking to watch tonight's match in English, UniMas debuted their new SAP feature last week. Click here for details.
NYCFC vs. New England Revolution - Sunday, March 15 | 4pm CT | ESPN2
With D.C. United, Philadelphia Union, New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution, there's been no shortage of great matches along the I-95 corridor. Throw in NYCFC and fans in the northeast can watch great rivalry matches almost every week. The Revolution will get their first look at NYCFC and World Cup winner David Villa this weekend when they travel to Yankee Stadium for the venue's first MLS match.
Portland Timbers vs. LA Galaxy - Sunday, March 15 | 6pm CT | FOX Sports 1
It wasn't a perfect opener for the defending MLS Cup champs, but they got the job done once again with a 2-0 victory over Chicago Fire. LA Galaxy received goals from Jose Villarreal and Robbie Keane in their first MLS match without Landon Donovan. Portland Timbers narrowly missed out on a playoff berth last year, but hope 2015 is a different story. Caleb Porter's side earned a 0-0 draw with Real Salt Lake in the team's home opener last weekend.
A new edition of The Sporting KC Show aired on Sports Radio 810 WHB tonight as hosts Nate Bukaty, Andy Gruenebaum and Carter Augustine discussed Sporting KC's 1-1 draw against the New York Red Bulls and looked ahead to Saturday's match at FC Dallas. This week's episode was highlighted by interviews with defender Ike Opara -- who scored on Sunday in his return from a season-ending injury in 2014 -- and FC Dallas midfielder Ryan Hollingshead.
Listen to the show in its entirety below...
In addition, Manager Peter Vermes was a guest on The Program with Sports Radio 810 WHB's Soren Petro on Monday. Vermes spoke in-depth about a variety of topics, ranging from the result against the Red Bulls to the debuts of Luis Marin and Krisztian Nemeth to the scouting work involved at the youth levels through the Sporting KC Academy.
Hear those comments and more in the 23-minute segment below...
— Track Sweeper (@TrackSweeper) March 8, 2015
In 2014, Sporting KC launched an initiative to engage the SWAG -- "Sporting Wives And Girlfriends" -- to have the group participate in philanthropic events around Kansas City to further the mission of The Victory Project in helping children thrive through life’s challenges.
Last Friday, the group partnered with the Shadow Buddies foundation to host a Pink Party at Children’s Mercy Hospital. The Pink Party was for girls diagnosed with Turner Syndrome (TS), a chromosomal disorder that affects one in 2,000 female births. There are approximately 70,000 women and girls affected with TS in the United States.
Every four month's Children’s Mercy hosts an all-day clinic for girls in the area diagnosed with TS and it was our job to pamper those in attendance. The morning was spent painting nails, doing hair, applying make-up and talking with the nearly 45 girls and their families. Each participant also left with a Shadow Buddy and a goodie bag filled with items any girl would love.
“All of the Sporting families have been tremendously blessed by the Kansas City community and this was a great opportunity for some of the wives and girlfriends to get together to give back to some well deserving young ladies," said Amanda Besler. "The pink party was a great event for girls of all ages to get together for a day of pampering in hopes to make their long day of doctor’s appointments a little easier."
Sporting KC captain Matt Besler (shown on right at Sporting EVOLUTION) joined The Border Patrol on Sports Radio 810 WHB on Friday morning. Hosts Nate Bukaty and Steven St. John welcomed the World Cup veteran in studio for a 25-minute interview, available for listeners below.
Besler enters his eighth professional season and leads all current Sporting KC players with 181 appearances across all competition for the club. The Overland Park, Kansas native has started each of the team's last five season openers and is set to his lead his side onto the field this Sunday when Sporting Kansas City welcomes the New York Red Bulls for a 6 p.m. CT kickoff at Sporting Park.
Later on Friday, Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman was a guest on Between the Lines with Kevin Kietzman. The two discussed the team's 20th season including developments on and off the field, as well as the recent agreement reached with the MLS Players Union for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
A limited number of tickets are available for Sunday via Ticketmaster.com or at the Sporting Park Box Offices on gameday. The match will be nationally televised on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes with radio coverage available locally on Sports Radio 810 WHB (English) and La Gran D 1340 AM (Spanish).
— Matt Besler (@MattBesler) March 6, 2015
There are many exciting things to look forward to in 2015 - new players, new teams, new stadiums - but top of the list are the new broadcast deals with ESPN, FOX and Univision that offer MLS fans a set schedule of matches on a weekly basis.
Looking ahead to the first week of the season, four matches will be broadcast on national TV, highlighted by Sporting KC's 2015 debut on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday at 6 p.m. CT. Here is a list of the other national TV matches to watch this weekend:
LA Galaxy vs. Chicago Fire - Friday, March 6 | 9pm CT | UniMas
The defending MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy open the 2015 MLS regular season at home against a revamped Chicago Fire. Friday's match is the first of the year on UniMas. It's also the first opportunity for fans to test out the new SAP feature for those wanting to watch UniMas matches in English in 2015. Click here or watch the video above for details.
Orlando City vs. New York City FC - Sunday, March 8 | 4pm CT | ESPN2
ESPN's first match of the year has everything you could ask for in a season opener including the only MLS player to have also won a Ballon d'Or (Kaka). Throw in World Cup winner David Villa and 60,000+ fans at the Citrus Bowl and Sunday's match is must-see TV.
Sporting KC vs. New York Red Bulls - Sunday, March 8 | 6pm CT | FOX Sports 1
Sporting KC does not have to wait long to seek revenge on the team that knocked them out of the 2014 MLS Cup Playoffs as the New York Red Bulls visit Sporting Park this weekend. Sunday's match is the first for FOX under the new broadcast deals and features the top two goalscorers in MLS from 2014 - New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips and Sporting KC's Dom Dwyer.
Seattle Sounders FC vs. New England Revolution - Sunday, March 8 | 8:30pm CT | FOX Sports 1
After Sporting KC's game finishes on Sunday, you're going to want to stay glued to FOX Sports 1. The Seattle Sounders are expecting another sold-out crowd as they welcome the 2014 MLS Cup runners-up. With Clint Dempsey, Obafemi Martins and Lee Nguyen expected to take the field, you can expect a high-scoring match at CenturyLink Field.
The Sporting KC Show returned to the airwaves last night with its debut episode of 2015. SKCTV's Nate Bukaty and Andy Gruenebaum were joined by Carter Augustine to discuss Sporting KC's offseason transformation and look ahead to the 2015 season. The trio was also joined by Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes who offered his thoughts on Sporting KC's roster and the offseason move to the Western Conference.
Listen to the full podcast of the show below: