Rumors of Zac MacMath's departure filled twitter last Monday, as he was reported to be going the other way in the CJ Sapong trade. Soon after surfaced conflicting reports saying that Sporting Kansas City would receive a first-round SuperDraft pick in exchange for Sapong.
MLS today held a drawing to determine the order for next week's dispersal draft for the players that had been on Chivas USA's roster. The one exception being the team's leading scorer, Erik Torres, who the league is working out an option to buy and will go through a different allocation process to a team.
Sporting KC's season is over, but some of KC's players are still going playing. Two players are currently with their respective national teams.
Team captain, Matt Besler was called up this morning for a pair of friendlies in Europe against Colombia and Ireland. While calling him up makes sense from a team composition stand point, and Jurgen Klinsmann likely wants to get him more time in central defense next to Jermaine Jones, this seems like a foolish call up.
Last night the New York Red Bulls hosted Sporting Kansas City in the knockout round of the MLS playoffs. It was a chilly evening. Fans clustered in the parking lots before the game laughing and keeping warm, and you had the impression of a much larger crowd than the 15,518 who trickled into the seats.
Sporting Kansas City's late season form continued to hurt them on Sunday at home against the New York Red Bulls as Sporting fell 2-0 at home to New York, dropping them from the third seed to the fifth seed, meaning a trip to New York on Thursday in an attempt to make the conference semifinals.
Kansas City came out with some fire looking to strike early.
I haven't been doing these "what we want to happen" the past few game days because with Kansas City's position, none of the games have really had an effect on Kansas City. Today though, there is a big game that could have implications on Kansas City.
Philadelphia at Columbus What we want to happen - Columbus loss
A loss by the Crew before Sporting even takes the field against New York would guarantee that KC at least hosts the play in game next week.
Heading into the final league game of the season Sporting Kansas City is looking to find some semblance of the form that they had earlier in the season and last season. Sporting has really struggled the second half of this season. Of the playoff teams, Kansas City has probably the worst record in the last 10 games, only 3-6-1 in those games heading into tomorrow's game against New York.
Sporting Kansas City's defensive issues just got worse ahead of Sunday's game against the New York Red Bulls. Today the MLS Disciplinary Committee announced that starting right back, Igor Juliao was suspended for one game and fined for his actions in KC's 2-1 loss to Philadelphia.
In the 55th minute, Juliao cleared a ball up field just in front of Philadelphia forward, Andrew Wenger.
There's just one week left in the season for the Eastern Conference and there's still quite a bit to play for in the East. While DC United has wrapped up the top seed and New England has wrapped up the second seed, the other three playoff teams can still finish anywhere between third and fifth depending on the final results.
Sporting KC didn't help themselves out at all yesterday with the loss to Philadelphia. The result means that KC can only finish third through fifth in the Eastern Conference. It also means that KC's chances of hosting MLS Cup are incredibly slim. Kansas City can only finish ahead of one of the West's playoff teams, the fifth seed currently held by Vancouver.
Results yesterday didn't really go Kansas City's way as both Columbus and New York got wins to keep the Eastern Conference tight all the way from first to fifth in playoff positioning. Here's a look at today's games.
DC at Houston What we want to happen - Houston win
A win by the Dynamo will keep DC just three points ahead of second place New England and KC.
I'd failed to bring this up the other day, but Sporting Kansas City announced on Monday that the team and jersey sponsor, Ivy Funds, had agreed to extend the sponsorship for another five years. The current deal, signed in 2013 was through the 2017 season. Now with the new extension, the investment firm will be displayed on the front of Sporting KC's jerseys through the 2022 season.
Sporting Kansas City can clinch a playoff berth this weekend with a win over Chicago Friday and a loss by the Columbus Crew to the Philadelphia Union. Before that though, Sporting can get some further help in one of tonight's league games.
Houston at Toronto What we want to happen - Houston win
A Toronto loss would keep them six points behind Kansas City with three games to play for the Canadian side, which currently sits in sixth place.
Jermaine Jones may have gotten the glory and done the nationally-televised postgame interview for scoring the decider in Friday's 3-2 win over Sporting Kansas City, but according to Jay Heaps, the Revolution's success rested heavily on a critical second half substitution.
Sporting Kansas City head back to league play tomorrow after having last weekend off between their two home Champions League games. And they return to action in a big game against the New England Revolution at Sporting Park. The Revolution sit just three points behind second place KC at the moment. Meanwhile KC sits just three points behind first place DC as the Eastern Conference playoff race gets tighter.
Sporting Kansas City lost their third straight game for the first time since early 2012, and once again gave up three goals. This time on the road to the New England Revolution. It's the first time since 2009 that Sporting has allowed nine goals in three games (that streak was helped by a 6-0 loss in Dallas that cost then coach, Curt Onalfo, his job).
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution defeated Sporting Kansas City 3-1 on Wednesday night, overturning an early deficit behind a first half goal by Teal Bunbury and two second half strikes from Lee Nguyen at Gillette Stadium in front of 11,707 – the second lowest home crowd of the season – in U.
Sporting Kansas City head on the road for the beginning of a three game road trip, starting tomorrow night in New England. Kansas City will be looking to end their two game winless run after allowing six goals in their last two games, both at home. The hope has to be that going on the road where KC is 8-5-4 this year will help Kansas City to right the ship.
Sporting Kansas City finds themselves in a rare situation from the past few years. For the first time since opening Sporting Park, and the first time since 2010, KC has lost back to back home games, falling 3-1 to the Houston Dynamo. It's also the first time since 2010 that KC has allowed three goals in back to back matches (4-3 win over Houston 3-1 loss to Dallas).
Sporting Kansas City announced today that they have entered into a "strategic partnership" with Brazilian club, Fluminense FC. The Brazilian club is the home club of current on loan defender, Igor Juliao. Based on the announcement, this is something that Sporting has been looking to do for at least a little while.
We relive Saturday's win, check in on alumni and partners, and mull the grown up network TV drama.
As one who thought D.C. United didn't have much of a chance even after learning Sporting Kansas City, allow me to share that my words were sauteed in butter and olive oil, served over veggie pasta with focaccia.
With a win tonight, D.C. United will go to the top of the MLS table. To do so, however, they'll have to beat Sporting Kansas City on the road, which has been among the toughest assignments in MLS in recent years. Your spot for pre-, in-, and post-game discussion of tonight's game.
In which we talk to Ben Gartland to get the lowdown on all things Sporting.
D.C. United travels to Kansas City to take on Sporting Kansas City in a showdown of the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. To preview the game, we talked to Ben Gartland of The Blue Testament to get the lowdown on all things Sporting.
The life of a Major League Soccer forward is never easy. Ask Sporting Kansas City's Dom Dwyer.
After scoring25 goals for Orlando City SC last season onloan, the 24-year-old Dwyer made his way back to Kansas City — back to MLS action — only to struggle to find the net, scoring just twice in a four-month spell.
Kansas City might be the new home of soccer. Sporting KC were 2013 MLS champs. Now FC Kansas City are 2014 NWSL champions.
It's hard to call them underdogs, but when up against the 16-2-6 Seattle Reign FC, most fans and experts would not have been on the side of the Blues. Even away from home and facing the best team in the league, FCKC was able to capture the final victory of the season.
While the 2014 regular season of the National Women's Soccer League has allowed some teams to change course and blaze a new trail, for others it's looked like deja vu. With two very different playoff scenarios this weekend, both of those sentiments are set to play out.
Kansas City could be hosting the premier national team competition in the Western Hemisphere in 2016. The Copa America will be hosted in the US in 2016 as the Copa Centenario. It will include the nations of CONMEBOL as well as six teams from the CONCACAF region, including the USA and Mexico.
CONMEBOL is apparently eying 23 cities in the US as potential hosting cities for the tournament according to Globo in Brazil.
With the third pick in today's Dispersal Draft for the players on Chivas USA's roster, there were plenty of assumptions that Sporting Kansas City would use the pick to take someone from the club. Instead, when the time came, Sporting did what 11 other clubs did, and pass. Only seven players were taken in the entire draft, with the highlight being Dan Kennedy who went first to FC Dallas.
There will be an addition at Sporting Park in the coming years. No Sporting Kansas City will not be adding more seats to the stadium at this time, but they will be adding something the team has felt was lacking, a retail store to Sporting Park.
The new store will be 5,000 square feet, that's more than six times the amount of square footage the stadium currently has for retail (currently 750).
Grupos 1.- Estados Unidos, Trinidad & Tobago, Guatemala y Haití. 2.- México, Costa Rica, Martinica y Jamaica Calendario de Competencia Fase de Grupos Jornada Uno 15 de octubre 2014, Kansas City, Estadio Sporting Park, Grupo A Guatemala vs Haití 17:00 horas Estados Unidos vs Trinidad y Tobago 19:30 horas 16 de octubre 2014, Kansas City, Estadio Sporting Park, Grupo B Jamaica vs Martinica 17:00 horas Costa Rica vs México 19:30 horas Jornada Dos 17 de octubre 2014, Chicago Illinois, Estadio Toyota Park, Grupo A Haití vs Trinidad & Tobago 17:30 horas Estados Unidos vs Guatemala 20:00 horas 18 de octubre 2014, Chicago Illinois, Estadio Toyota Park, Grupo B Costa Rica vs Jamaica 15:00 horas Martinica vs México 17:30 horas Jornada Tres 20 de octubre 2014, Washington D.
In October 2009, D.C. United went into Kansas City needing a win over the team then known as the Wizards to make the playoffs. It came down to a red card and a penalty with practically the final kick of the ball.