Sporting Kansas City Weekly Update: June 6, 2012
*Sporting KC advances to U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals
*LSP to host USMNT in World Cup Qualifier
*Luke Sassano undergoes surgery to repair torn meniscus
*Cyprian Hedrick suffers fractured fibula
*Kamara, Espinoza on international duty
*Tony Meola inducted into National Soccer Hall of Fame
*U13 Juniors qualify for Midwest Regional Championships
*Celebrate the life of Kevin Gray with a 5K
*Sapong wins MLS Goal of the Week
*Sporting KC and Ink Magazine sponsor summer beer festival
*Sporting KC to host Stoke City FC on August 1
*Register for the Sporting Club 3v3 Classic Tournament
*Prorated 2012 Season Ticket Plans Available
*Join Sporting KC Over the Airwaves
*Sporting KC Unveils Boys and Girls Youth Soccer Camps for 2012
*Follow Sporting KC Online
Sporting Kansas City advanced to the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals with a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on Tuesday at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Sporting Kansas City opened the scoring on a header from Aurelien Collin in the 27th minute and secured their victory with a volley from Teal Bunbury in the 79th minute.
Sporting Kansas City will next host USL PRO side Dayton Dutch Lions, who were 2-1 winners over the Michigan Bucks (PDL), at 7:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday, June 26 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Tickets to the match are included for all Sporting Kansas City Season Ticket Members and will be available to purchase at Ticketmaster.com or at the LSP Box Offices.
The U.S. Men's National Team will play a World Cup qualifier at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park for the first time when it hosts Guatemala on October 16 in the final match of Semifinal Round qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, U.S Soccer announced on Monday. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3 and TeleFutura. Ticket information will be available at a later date.
The United States will begin their World Cup qualifying campaign this Friday, June 8, against Antigua & Barbuda at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The Semifinal Round opener kicks off at 7 p.m. ET, with live coverage on ESPN, ESPN3 and Galavision. The U.S. then faces Guatemala in World Cup qualifying at 10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 12, at Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City, with live coverage on pay-per-view ustream.tv.
Sporting Kansas City midfielder Luke Sassano underwent a successful operation on Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. Sassano is expected to miss up to two months of action to fully recover.
Sassano signed with Sporting Kansas City in 2011 and has appeared in 10 MLS matches with the team.
Sporting Kansas City defender Cyprian Hedrick underwent surgery on Friday to repair a fractured fibula in his left leg. Hedrick is expected to miss up to four months of action.
Sporting Kansas City selected Hedrick 30th overall in the second round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft and officially added him to the roster in February. Hedrick has appeared in MLS Reserve League and exhibition matches for Sporting KC this year after earning minutes in six pre-season games.
Sporting KC striker Kei Kamara and midfielder Roger Espinoza are each with their respective national teams for the ongoing FIFA international match dates. Kamara started and played the full 90 minutes for Sierra Leone in their 2-1 victory over Cape Verde Islands in the nation's opening match of 2014 World Cup qualifying. Sierra Leone will next face Equatorial Guinea on Saturday in a second World Cup qualifier before hosting Sao Tome e Principe on June 15 in the decisive second leg of 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifying.
Espinoza is in camp with Honduras, who were 3-0 winners over El Salvador on Saturday in an international friendly. Espinoza entered in the 64th minute of the match for Los Catrachos, who will begin 2014 World Cup qualifying at home against Panama on Friday before travelling to Canada for another critical qualifier four days later.
Former Kansas City goalkeeping great Tony Meola was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame last week prior to the U.S. Men's National Team's friendly with Brazil at FedEx Field. Meola played 141 MLS matches in his KC career and helped the club reach the MLS Cup in 2000 and 2004 with the two best single-season goals against averages in club history (0.92 and 1.05, respectively). His 16 shutouts, 129 saves and 79.6% save percentage during the 2000 season are also all-time records.
He played in five MLS All-Star matches (1996-1998, 2000, 2002) and was named to the League's All-Time Best XI in November 2005. His 681-minute shutout streak in 2000 still stands as the longest such feat in MLS history and that 2000 season will go down as one of the best ever, in which he received MLS MVP, Goalkeeper of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year, MLS Best XI and MLS Cup MVP honors.
He becomes the third former Kansas City player to be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame as a Player, joining Preki (2010) and Alexi Lalas (2006). Former Kansas City Managers Bob Gansler (2011) and Ron Newman (1992) were each inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on the Builders ballot.
The Sporting Kansas City under-13 Juniors won the 2012 Kansas State Cup on Tuesday and qualified for the U.S. Soccer Midwest Regional Championships. Matt Trumpp's team were 2-0 winners over Kansas Rush at the Overland Park Soccer Complex, completing a State Cup performance in which they scored 14 goals in four games and never conceded a goal.
The U.S. Youth Soccer Midwest Championships will be held from June 23-27 in Saginaw, Michigan featuring the best teams from Region II. Follow @SKCJuniors on Twitter or visit the Junior Way on SportingKC.com for more information on the Sporting Kansas City youth development academy.
The Inaugural Kevin Gray Father's Day 5K Run, held on June 16, will celebrate the life of Kevin Gray, former President of the KC Sports Commission and will recognize his contributions to the Sports Commission and the Kansas City community. The 5K Run will also coincide with honoring the 2012 Kevin Gray Player of the Year awards. Details and nomination forms are available at www.sportingkc.com/kevin-gray-awards.
The course will take participants through LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, CommunityAmerica Ballpark and the Kansas Speedway. For more detailed information and event registration, visit www.sportkc.org/KGRun2012.
Sporting Kansas City forward C.J. Sapong's left-footed, bending goal from Sporting Kansas City's 2-1 win over San Jose won MLS AT&T Goal of the Week for Week 12. Sapong captured 37 percent of the vote, more than doubling the runner-up. Sapong now has four goals through 11 games after scoring five in 34 appearances last season. This is his first Goal of the Week award.
Sporting Kansas City and Ink Magazine have teamed up with BeerKC to present its first annual Summer Beer Festival, a tribute to craft beers. The event will take place from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday at Pennsylvania Avenue, between McCoy's and Kelly's in Westport. The event will benefit AIDS Walk Kansas City.
More than 20 breweries will be showcased during the event. Participants will receive a commemorative tasting glass and will be able to sample the variety of beers. Sporting Kansas City players will also be in attendance. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For more information visit here.
Founded in 1863, Stoke City are the oldest club in the Premier League and are led by Manager Tony Pulis and forward Peter Crouch, an England international with 22 goals in 42 appearances.
GSI Sports & Sporting Kansas City are proud to host the 13th annual Sporting Club 3v3 Classic on July 7, 2012 at the Stump Park Soccer Complex in Shawnee, Kan. All teams will receive tickets to the Sporting KC vs. Houston Dynamo match and championship games will be played at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park after Sporting Kansas City's Eastern Conference championship rematch with the Dynamo.
For more information and to register your team, click here.
Sporting Kansas City prorated season ticket plans are available for the remainder of the 2012 Major League Soccer season. The benefits include discounted rates, priority for purchasing playoff tickets, preferred parking and access to special events.
For ticket information, visit www.sportingkc.com or call 888-4KC-GOAL.
The State Line Soccer Show will be available over the airwaves on Thursday with hosts Callum Williams and Jake Yadrich on 610 Sports Radio. Call 913-576-7610 to join the discussion around all the latest news.
Sporting Kansas City and the Sporting Kansas City Juniors youth development academy will again offer a series of youth soccer camps in 2012 for boys and girls of all ages. Please see the list of scheduled camps below:
- Boys & Girls Development Camp: June 18-20 for boys and girls ages 8-12 ($130)
- St. Teresa's Academy Camps: July 9-12 or July 30 - Aug. 3 for boys and girls ages 4-13 ($75-100)
- Sporting Youngsters Camp: June 11-14 for boys and girls ages 4-7 ($100)
- Sporting Development Camp: June 11-14 for boys and girls ages 8-12 ($150)
Sporting Kansas City fans looking to keep up with the club on the worldwide web now have a place to go. The new social media page on SportingKC.com features Twitter account information for the club, its players as well as many staff members. Additionally, fans may take advantage of the Media Recap page for all the latest independent news coverage available online.