During this past weekend’s match against Austin FC, Children’s Mercy Park played host to an event like none other: the 2022 Sporting KC Media Game.
In total, 32 media members from around the region took the field at halftime – split into two teams, Sporting Blue (primary jerseys) and Sporting Indigo (secondary jerseys). On the night, Sporting Indigo took the bragging rights with a 2-0 victory.
After a sloppy opening to the match, Kansas City Star beat reporter Daniel Sperry took the game by the scruff of the neck and bundled home the opening goal for Sporting Indigo after Julio Ayala (Azteca TV Arkansas) could only parry Jared Koller’s (KCTV5) cross.
With the game being played strictly around each goal with no midfield to speak of, it was anyone’s guess who would nab the next goal. In the end, Sporting Indigo sealed the 2022 Media Game victory after KSHB 41’s Tod Palmer took advantage of some great build-up play from Sperry and Cody Tapp (610 Sports Radio), juking past his man inside the area before slotting the ball into the back of the net to send the Cauldron into raptures.
2022 Sporting KC Media Game
Sporting Blue 0-2 Sporting Indigo
Children’s Mercy Park | Kansas City, KS
Weather: 74 degrees and partly cloudy
Sporting Blue: Julio Ayala, Marcus Officer, Nick Vasos, Alan Shope, Jamie Weiss, Samuel Stueve, Mitchell Riberal, Jordan Betts, Dan Cohen, Hayley Lewis, Marco Marquez, Todd Leabo, Dave Borchardt, Steve Downing, Adan Manzano, Gabriel Ornelas
Sporting Indigo: Dave D’Marko, Alex Gold, Cody Tapp, Daniel Sperry, Jared Koller, Neville Miller, Jackson Kurtz, Jasmine Palmer, Steve Walls, Chris “Playmaker” Stimpson, Tod Palmer, Aaron Ladd, Walfri Rodas, Jimmy Mack, Robert Rusert, Thad Bell
IND – Daniel Sperry (Jared Koller) 4’
IND – Tod Palmer (Daniel Sperry) 8’