Sporting KC Show Podcast: Graham Smith reflects on first goal, Cal Williams previews #SKCvMIN

The Sporting KC Show Podcast, dropping throughout the season on Sports Radio 810 WHB, is now available on Spotify and iTunes. With Nate Bukaty and Carter Augustine hosting the weekly program, Sporting fans now have a place to go to catch up on club storylines, player achievements, guest interviews and more.

Sporting Kansas City boosted their playoff hopes in a big way last Saturday, earning a 2-1 comeback win over the San Jose Earthquakes at Children's Mercy Park.

The game-winning goal came from an unlikely source, as center back Graham Smith slotted home in the 76th minute to help the hosts secure a precious victory and move within six points of playoff positioning in the crowded Western Conference.

Among the guests on the newest episode of The Sporting KC Show Podcast was Smith himself, who joined hosts Nate Bukaty and Carter Augustine to relive the late stages of Saturday's match, reflect on his development as a young defender transitioning from the USL Championship to Major League Soccer, and discuss the challenge presented by Minnesota United FC in this week's Heineken Rivalry Week showdown at Children's Mercy Park.

In addition, Bukaty and Augustine caught up with Minnesota play-by-play man Cal Williams, who previously called matches for Sporting from 2011-2014. Williams discussed the Loons' recent success and provided a preview of Thursday's all-important fixture, which will kick off at 8:30 p.m. CT on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, the ESPN app, Sports Radio 810 WHB and ESPN Deportes KC 1480 AM. Tickets for the pivotal encounter are available now at

Episode Summary

  • 3:03 - Bukaty and Augustine recap Saturday's comeback win over San Jose.
  • 7:53 - St. Louis has been awarded an MLS expansion team that will begin play in 2022, giving Kansas City a new neighborly rival.
  • 18:23 - Sporting center back Graham Smith joins the show to talk #SKCvSJ, #SKCvMIN and his career development as a player who has jumped from the Swope Park Rangers to Sporting.
  • 35:45 - Cal Williams joins the show to break down Thursday's match and outline the reasons for Minnesota's drastic improvement from 2018 to 2019.

Listen to the full episode below.