Andy Gruenebaum

Sporting Kansas City

Sporting Announce New Broadcast Team

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Sporting Kansas City announced their broadcast team for the 2017 season. Late in 2016 when Sporting announced their new affiliation with Fox Sports Kansas City they said that there would be changes to the broadcast team, out was color commentator, Andy Gruenebaum and sideline reporter/color commentator Jake Yadrich.

A Look at where Sporting's Roster Stands

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Preseason is underway for Sporting KC, the team plays their second preseason game of the season this coming weekend in a closed door scrimmage against FC Tucson. With preseason well underway now, and eyes turned towards the 2015 season, I thought I'd take a look at where the roster stands at this point of preseason.

Sporting Clinches Playoff Berth on Backs of Gruenebaum and Zusi

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Sporting KC clinched their fourth straight playoff berth last night at Sporting Park as they beat the Chciago Fire 2-0. Sporing was led by goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum who recorded six saves and Graham Zusi who had a goal and an assist in the game.

The game started well for Sporting as they pressured the Fire early on and in the12th minute won a penalty kick.

Sporting Pick Up a Point on the Road

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Sporting KC wasn't able to keep DC United from clinching a playoff birth, but they did limit them to one point and in the process earned a shut out in a 0-0 draw at RFK Stadium. It won't go a long way towards getting the team back on track, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.

Sporting actually came out in the first half and had plenty of the run of play.

Match Day 24 - Injury Issues Continue for Sporting KC

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Sporting Kansas City will put out their 24th different starting lineup in 24 MLS games tomorrow when KC welcomes Toronto FC to Sporting Park. The injury issues for KC has continued throughout much of the season and has now hit the goalkeeping position hard. After losing Eric Kronberg for two months with a broken bone in his hand, KC lost back up Andy Gruenebaum for at least tomorrow's game and Tuesday's CONCACAF Champions League game with a shoulder injury.

Sporting Fall (Hard) to Vancouver

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It wasn't a pretty game, it was probably one of the worst games KC has played in a while, and there have been some bad ones (Toronto on the road a few weeks ago, Philadelphia at home the first time this year, and last year). KC looked out of sorts from the start of the game and the Whitecaps would eventually make them pay as they would end Kansas City's eight game unbeaten run and five game road winning streak, losing 2-0.

SKC Remain Unbeaten But Drop Points at Home

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Sporting KC pushed their unbeaten run to eight games last night, but couldn't extend their four game winning streak, settling for a draw against the Philadelphia Union. Kansas City controlled the game, getting 70% possession, but the same old home problems cropped up, an inability to finish chances, and opponents getting one of theirs to go in.

Brown-ing the Blue: Sporting Kansas City 1-1 Philadelphia Union

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The Philadelphia Union entered the realm of MLS Cup contender Sporting Kansas City and left with a very valuable point.

Facing a somewhat depleted Sporting Kansas City line-up, the Philadelphia Union took advantage and managed to wrangle yet another point from Sporting at Sporting Park, this time a 1-1 draw thanks to a goal from second half substitute and newly signed Jamaican mystery man Brian Brown.

Sporting KC Fall to Manchester City

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Last night at Sporting Park, Sporting KC fell to BPL champions, Manchester City in the Champions Shield match up. The visiting Citizens grabbed the lead in just the 2nd minute when Bruno Zuculini picked up a loose ball and beat Andy Gruenebaum with a very well struck finish. Even though KC went down early, they actually looked pretty good and had a couple opportunities to equalize.

GAME THREAD: Sporting Kansas City vs. Philadelphia Union

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Well, here goes nothing. Perhaps literally.

Sporting Park, Kansas City, KS
May 14, 2014
8:30 PM ET
CSN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas
Know Thy Enemy: The Blue Testament
Starting XI
Sal Zizzo, Claudio Bieler, Graham Zusi Forward Danny Cruz, Andrew Wenger, Cristian Maidana
Oriol Rosell, Benny Feilhaber, Paulo Nagamura Midfield Vincent Nogueira, Amobi Okugo, Leo Fernandes
Igor Juliao, Matt Besler, Aurelien Collin, Seth Sinovic Defense Fabinho, Sheanon Williams, Austin Berry, Ray Gaddis
Eric Kronberg Goalkeeper Zac MacMath
Andy Gruenebaum, Lawrence Olum, Chance Myers, Alex Martinez, Antonio Dovale, Jacob Peterson, Dom Dwyer Bench Andre Blake, Aaron Wheeler, Ethan White, Corben Bone, Sebastien Le Toux, Antoine Hoppenot, Conor Casey
Stats (Explained Here)

Sporting Player Salaries Released

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The MLS Players Union has released the first set of salaries for the 2014 season. As always these are probably a good base, but these probably are not the 100% number for many of the players. You have to remember that some salaries get paid down with allocation money, or retention funds (which KC used last year on both Matt Besler and Graham Zusi).

MLS Week 1: A Look Ahead

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The 2014 MLS season opens Saturday with a blockbuster matchup between defending MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City and the team that many expected to be hoisting the trophy, the Seattle Sounders.

And heading into the upcoming season, both teams are expected to be among the best in the league once again.

A Look at the Depth Chart - Goalkeepers

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We're less than a week away from Sporting KC beginning their defense of their MLS Cup title they won in December. The journey begins when Sporting takes on the Seattle Sounders at Century Link Field. With the season so close let's take a look at the depth that KC has with each position on the field. Tonight we'll start in the back with the goalkeepers.

A Look at KC's Roster

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Preseason is starting on Friday for Sporting KC. Just 48 days after Jimmy Nielsen lifted MLS Cup, Sporting KC players will be back at Swope Park taking their entry physicals for the 2014 season.

With that we can already begin to speculate on the roster spots that are currently filled, and those that are up for grabs in preseason.

Sporting Bringing in Former Academy Player?

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Sporting KC interested in bringing back U18 GK Jacole Turner from Atletico Madrid C squad. Turner was standout Academy player #usynt
— USAprospects (@USAprospects) January 8, 2014

While on Twitter today, I came across the above Tweet from USA Prospects, an account that keeps track of US products playing abroad.

2014 Wishes

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With 2014 here it's time to take a look at what my wishes are for the year 2014 for KC's professional teams and players.

1. Silverware - I'm greedy, I want another trophy in the trophy case, and I want to paint the wall again.

2. Kronberg or Gruenebaum emerges as a clear number 1 goalkeeper - Eric Kronberg has been given the number one jersey right now but his lack of MLS experience is troubling.

Kronberg Re-Signed

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Looks like we are going to have ourselves a full on goalkeeper battle for the number 1 shirt this year with Sporting KC.

After the season, KC was down to just a single keeper on their roster. Jimmy Nielsen retired, and Eric Kronberg was out of contract, leaving KC with just Jon Kempin on the roster.

Second Stage of Re-Entry Draft Tomorrow

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The second stage of the re-entry draft takes place tomorrow via conference call. The draft, a way for players in the league with a certain amount of experience to get a chance to re-enter the league. The first stage sees teams having to pick up the player's option or contract. The second stage just gives the team's the right to negotiate with the player.

Sporting KC Acquire KC Native Gruenebaum from Columbus

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Sporting Kansas City made a move to attempt to fill their hole at goalkeeper today trading with the Columbus Crew to bring in Kansas City native, Andy Gruenebaum. In return KC sends a second round pick in the 2016 Superdraft to Columbus.

A move of some kind was inevitable for Gruenebaum, as the Crew today announced they'd traded for Steve Clark from Seattle.

Sporting KC Now Second in East Division

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Kansas City, KS-Sporting Kansas City moved into second place in the Eastern Conference with a 3-2 win over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night. Kei Kamara scored twice and Claudio Bieler added a third in front of more than 20,000 fans for the 25th straight MLS sell-out at Sporting Park.

Philadelphia Union

Casey negotiating, Curtin on losing Ribeiro, Madison a champion, more

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Casey wants to stay in Philly. Curtin on losing Ribeiro to Orlando. Darius Madison and Virginia national champs. Steffen Bundesliga move official. More

First preseason game announced, on the Academy, Valdes, Sony to end FIFA sponsorship, more

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Union announce preseason game in Jacksonville. On the Union Academy. Millonarios boss acknowledges interest in Valdes and others. More.

Last Union home game of 2014, Klinsy responds to criticism, USWNT WC qualifier, FIFA judge on why no report release

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Union ready for last home game of 2014. Klinsmann says he didn't mean to put down MLS, USWNT face Guatemala. FIFA judge says legal concerns prevent report release.

Postgame quotes: Sporting KC 1-1 Union

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Comments from Jim Curtin, Brian Carroll, and Brian Brown following the Union's 1-1 draw in Kansas City.

Union bits, West Chester United wins East PA Open Cup, MLS moves, more

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Is Liga MX side Morelia interested in Carlos Valdes? West Chester United claims third Eastern PA Open Cup title in a row. Looks like Johnson to DC. More news.

Union 3-0 Crew: Postgame quotes and video

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Video of John Hackworth's postgame press conference and locker room intervies with Ray Gaddis, Jack McInerney, Brian Carroll, and Amobi Okugo, plus postgame quote sheet.

Eric Kronberg

Sporting Pass on Re-Entry Draft. Kronberg, Gruenebaum Selected

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MLS held the first phase of this year's Re-Entry Draft. And like most years, there was little movement. The prior four drafts had averaged under three picks in the first phase. Today, three players were taken, none of them going to Kansas City, as Sporting passed on making a selection in the draft. Peter Vermes has still yet to pick someone in the first phase.

What Happened and Where Do We Go From Here - Goalkeepers

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With the Sporting KC season over, it's time to take a look at how the season went for Sporting KC and where the team needs to go to move forward in 2015. With the move to the Western Conference, the expectation is that Sporting will be walking into a much stronger conference than the East. And with the likes of Seattle, Los Angeles, Salt Lake, and Dallas in the division, it's certainly hard to argue that the division is the stronger of the two, and should get stronger with the additions of KC and Houston.

Sporting news on Kronberg, Kempin, Medranda, and Palmer-Brown

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A busy day of Sporting KC news today involving a number of Sporting KC players.

The biggest news of the day was the announcement that Sporting KC will be without starting goalkeeper, Eric Kronberg for 8 weeks. Kronberg suffered a broken fourth metacarpal in his left hand in training today.

Columbus Crew

Crew Notes: Clark comes up big in win; Tchani dominates in midfield; and more

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When the Columbus Crew traded for the rights and then signed goalkeeper Steve Clark, there were few expectations from the fan base and media about if he'd be a solid replacement for Andy Gruenebaum.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Columbus Crew

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Not long into his tenure as owner of the Columbus Crew, Anthony Precourt hit the reset button when it became clear that the Crew would miss the playoffs for a third straight season.

Over the past eight months, the Crew waved goodbye to familiar faces such as head coach Robert Warzycha, technical director Brian Bliss, and players Chad Marshall, Eddie Gaven, and Andy Gruenebaum.

Know Your Enemy: Columbus Crew #2

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Higuain equalizer helps Crew in draw vs. Dynamo

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For the second time in seven days, Federico Higuain nearly won the game on his own for the Columbus Crew.

Converting a penalty kick last Sunday against the Red Bulls to take a 2-1 lead at the time, on Saturday, Higuain scored another spot kick and had a curling shot hit the post and carom away, as the Crew to settled for a 1-1 draw with the Houston Dynamo on Saturday night in front of 11,040 fans at Crew Stadium.

MLS Weekly: Week 10

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Article By Leanne Elston

Credit: USA Today Sports The Games
I hope you're fired up for this week's MLS Weekly, because these guys were!

Columbus Crew 0-1 New York Red Bulls

The New York Red Bulls claimed top spot in the Eastern Conference with a narrow away victory over the Columbus Crew, thanks in large part to a standout performance from goalkeeper Luis Robles.


Sunday After Stats

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Stats following yesterday's game against the LA Galaxy.

In the 81st minute, Jacob Peterson hit the 10,000 minute mark in MLS play for his MLS career. He finished the game at 10,009.

Andy Gruenebaum made his 100th start in all competitions in his MLS career.

All three of Lawrence Olum's career MLS goals have been game winners.

Sunday After Stats

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A lot of stats from yesterday's game.

In the 31st minute, Aurelien Collin hit 10,000 minutes in all competitions in his career with KC. He finished the game with 10,059 minutes played.

Andy Gruenebaum made his 100th start in all competitions in his MLS career.

Dom Dwyer's 2 goals give him 16 league goals for his career with KC, that puts him in 15th place all time.

The Rest

Gansler in the Hospital - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Some sad news to report first this week. Former Kansas City head coach and Sporting Legend, Bob Gansler was hospitalized over the weekend after suffering a stroke on Saturday. The 73 year old who led Kansas City to the 2000 MLS Supporters' Shield, 2000 MLS Cup, and 2004 US Open Cup is in the hopsital recovering from the stroke.

MLS Fantasy Focus: Beau Deric

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Well this is unexpected.

By hitting the century mark, Real Leftsider's 100 points set the pace this round. Captain Diego Valeri (POR, $10.3) led the way with 34 points on the strength of two goals. Behind him were Houston's Giles Barnes ($7.5) with two goals and 15 points in two games, and New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips ($9.

Stoppage Time Shocker

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Ninety minutes of ugly, scoreless soccer were capped off with an incredible four minutes of stoppage time as the New England Revolution grabbed a 2-0 victory in Columbus behind last minute strikes from Jose Goncalves and Diego Fagundez.

The Crew seemed to have the upper hand for most of the night, but were unable to make their offensive pressure count as the Revolution escaped with all three points from a late victory.

Fantasy Focus: Landon's Back?

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Something evil lurks on the horizon, and you had better start preparing now. I'm here to help, but before we get to that, we get to the week's leader and new overall leader. SGV Galaxy scored 112 points, on the strength of a captained Jack McInerney (PHI, $8.9M) and his 20 points. Just behind him, LA's Landon Donovan ($10.