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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.