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Radio Rewind: Sam McDowell joins The Sporting KC Show on Sports Radio 810 WHB

Sporting Kansas City may be off this weekend, but Wednesday's episode of The Sporting KC Show on Sports Radio 810 WHB was chalk full of compelling talking points as the Kansas City Star's Sam McDowell joined hosts Nate Bukaty and Carter Augustine.

In a fast-paced hour of soccer-centric discussion, the trio addressed a flurry of pressing topics that either arose from Saturday's 1-1 draw with the LA Galaxy or will come under the microscope in the near term.

  • Was referee Jair Marrufo responsible for the outcome of Saturday's match?
  • Where will Sporting KC end up in the Western Conference playoff picture?
  • Will the U.S. MNT's return to Kansas City in 2019 help the city's 2026 World Cup cause?
  • Who has been Sporting KC's most valuable player throughout the season?

McDowell also mentioned his newly launched SportsBeat KC podcast with Sporting KC defender Ike Opara, a weekly series available for listening at and SoundCloud.

Currently tied for second in the Western Conference table, Sporting KC faces a pivotal two-game road swing next week — visiting Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday and leaders FC Dallas on Sunday, Oct. 21 — prior to hosting LAFC in the club’s monumental regular season finale on Oct. 28. Tickets for the all-important Decision Day showdown, slated for 3:30 p.m. CT, are now available at

Listen to the full podcast below.