You're not dreaming ... Sporting KC players and coaches are coming to a The Nutcracker performance near you.
Sporting KC defender Seth Sinovic, assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin and former goalkeeper and captain Jimmy Nielsen will perform in various The Nutcracker performances over the next week at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Below is the schedule of performances:
|Jimmy Nielsen||December 13||7:30pm|
|Seth Sinovic||December 15||1pm and 5pm|
|Kerry Zavagnin||December 18||7:30pm|
J.B. Marine Soccer Club of St. Louis, Missouri has officially joined forces with Sporting Kansas City and Sporting Club as the newest Academy Affiliate in the Sporting Club Network. Rebranded as Sporting J.B. Marine, they join Sporting StL Rangers and Sporting Columbia SC as the third Academy Affiliate in the state of Missouri and the Sporting Club Network’s seventh total Academy Affiliate.
"We're excited to welcome Sporting J.B. Marine as an Academy Affiliate and the first all-girls club in the Sporting Club Network," Sporting Kansas City Academy Director of Coaching Jon Parry said. "Their history of player development speaks for itself and their teams have represented our region at the highest levels."
Sporting J.B. Marine has produced players of the highest pedigree and the club has accounted for six of the eight national championships won by any girls program in the state of Missouri. They have also amassed an astounding 76 Missouri state championships, 22 regional championships and 17 Final Four appearances since being established in 1978.
Sporting J.B. Marine coaches will have the ability to take advantage of coaching lectures and premium coaching clinics at the Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo., as well as at other locations in the metropolitan area and throughout the Midwest. The partnership will also include numerous added benefits for exclusive access to Sporting Kansas City as an official Academy Affiliate.
In addition to becoming an Academy Affiliate in the Sporting Club Network, Sporting J.B. Marine has partnered with Sporting StL Rangers to provide even more opportunities to the coaches and players involved in their respective programs. Through this partnership, training, events, and other player opportunities can be provided to members more efficiently, economically, and productively for both players and their families. Both clubs are looking forward to working together and sharing resources to allow the area’s most qualified coaches and clinicians to continue producing the area’s most outstanding players.
Players that participate and compete through the Academy Affiliate program will be directly connected to Sporting Kansas City’s Academy and youth development initiatives. In turn, they will have the opportunity to gain experience while receiving heightened levels of training and development. Beyond this, all Sporting J.B. Marine players will now be invited to partake in the annual Academy Affiliate Tournament, an event that brings together some of the most competitive and talented youth soccer players from across the Midwest, all under the Sporting Club umbrella.
What do NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Russian president Vladimir Putin and Sporting Kansas City CIO Asim Pasha have in common? All three have been named by the Sports Business Journal among the top 50 most influential people in sports.
Pasha, No. 49 on the prestigious list, joined Sporting KC has CIO and Chief Architect in December 2010 and co-founded Sporting Innovations less than a year later.
Pasha has been instrumental in the launch of Sporting Club Uphoria, Sporting KC’s gameday mobile app that allows fans at Sporting Park to watch the replay of the action from their seats. The application is available on iPhone and Android devices.
The Sports Business Journal's 50 Most Influential People in Sports features folks from across the sports world including Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Philip Anschutz, the man widely credited with saving MLS and trying to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles and FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
Who doesn't love a good slowmo video? MLSsoccer.com's On the Edge of Glory is a must-watch video for those fans who want to relive Sporting KC's MLS Cup win at Sporting Park.
With the World Cup set to kick off in Brazil in six months, adidas introduced their new ball (the Brazuca) that will be used during the tournament. The folks at KICKTV, with the help of Finnish goalkeeper Lassi Hurskainen, came to Kansas City to test the durability, movement and "fitness" of the new World Cup match ball. Check it out:
Thousands of Sporting Kansas City supporters filled Union Station on Monday to celebrate the club's MLS Cup championship. Sporting Kansas City's 2013 team captain Jimmy Nielsen and U.S. Men's National Team defender Matt Besler addressed the crowd along with Manager Peter Vermes.
Vermes became the only person in MLS history to have won an MLS Cup as a player and coach with the same club. Vermes led Kansas City to their first title in 2000, playing every match that season, and earning Defender of the Year. Vermes thanked the audience, elated to see how soccer has grown in the place he now calls home.
View a photo gallery from the event below:
Be sure to check out a brand new episode of The Sporting KC Show tonight from 7-8 p.m. CT on Sports Radio 810 WHB with hosts Callum Williams, Andy Edwards, and Carter Augustine. The guys will be discussing Sporting KC's MLS Cup victory on Saturday over Real Salt Lake along with the latest Major League Soccer news. Live coverage of the show is available on locally on radio at 810 AM, online at 810WHB.com, or through the free 810 WHB Mobile App (iOS, Android).
Last night, Sporting KC goalkeeper and captain Jimmy Nielsen announced that he would retire from professional soccer. In front of 5,000+ fans at Sporting KC's MLS Cup celebration at Union Station, Nielsen announced that he would step away from the game after a 19-year professional career, the last four with Sporting KC.
Shortly after the announcement, Sporting KC assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin joined Josh Vernier on 610 Sports Radio to talk Nielsen's retirement and Sporting KC's MLS Cup championship.
Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen announced his retirement on Monday evening with thousands in attendance at the MLS Cup celebration at Union Station. Within seconds, the tweets of support and congratulation started rolling in for the fan favorite and two-time MLS All-Star.
See a sample below and use the hashtag #ThankYouJimmy to join the conversation.
This evening, Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen announced his retirement after a 19-year career. Since joining Kansas City in 2010, Nielsen has had a historic career with the club which was capped off on Saturday with the club's second MLS Championship. Let's take a closer look at The White Puma's career stats with Sporting KC.
Nielsen has the club record for goalkeeping in the following categories (MLS regular season).
- Matches Played (128)
- Matches Started (128)
- Minutes Played (11497)
- Matches Won (57)
- Shutouts (45)
- Goals Against Average (0.99)
- Winning Percentage (.575)
Along with those records, Nielsen holds the MLS record for the lowest Goals Against Average (minimum 4500 minutes played).
- Jimmy Nielsen - 0.99
- Kasey Keller - 1.06
- Donovan Ricketts - 1.10
- Bouna Coundoul - 1.13
- Pat Onstad - 1.14
And here's Nielsen's list of individual accolades earned with Sporting KC.
- 2012 MLS Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year
- 2012 MLS Best XI
- 2012 MLS All-Star
- 2012 Team MVP
- 2012 MLS Save of the Week (7, 13-15, 18, 19, 31, 32)
- 2011 Team MVP
- 2010 MLS All-Star
- 2010 Team Defensive Player of the Year
- 2011 MLS Save of the Week (19, 21, 25, 32)
Finally, here's Nielsen's all-time MLS stats with Sporting KC.
|MLS - TOTAL||138||138||12457||454||319||49||135||0.98||6||8||62||41||34|