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Sporting Kansas City

Opposite View: Three Questions With The Blue Testament

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We caught up with Ben Gartland from SB Nation's Sporting Kansas City blog The Blue Testament to ask them a few questions regarding the defending MLS Cup holders Sporting Kansas City.

tBG) Sporting Kansas City's president Robb Heineman recently said that SKC was "the greatest (club) in MLS)".

Preview: Philadelphia Union at Sporting Kansas City

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The playoff race is on and the Union are in the thick of it. Will they continue their good form against Sporting Kansas City?

Moving past the Rais M'Bolhi press conference, the Union need to focus on their Friday night opponent. This is the second of three meetings between the Union and Sporting Kansas City this season with the Union currently up 1-0-0 against Kansas City by virtue of a 2-1 win on May 14th that saw goals from Danny Cruz and Cristián Maidana.

This is YOUR House Kansas City - Toronto lacks guts and skill and finish-TFC 1 SportingKC 2

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Sporting Kansas City visited Toronto last night and it was a rare home game missed for me. I watched it on TSN. I had spent the day at the Hillside Music Festival just north of Guelph at it was just too much of geographical challenge to get from Wellington County to lakeside Toronto in time.
TFC went into halftime with a 1-0 lead.

U.S. Soccer National Training Center heading to Kansas City

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By TATE STEINLAGE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The U.S. Soccer Federation is heading to this burgeoning soccer mecca in a major way.

Joined by the United Government of Wyandotte County and representatives from Schlitterbahn Water Park and EPR Properties Wednesday, Kansas Gov.

"Major Announcement" Today

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It's game day for Sporting Kansas City as the team takes on BPL Champions, Manchester City in a friendly at Sporting Park. The game though looks like it may not be the biggest news of the day (at least for me). Yesterday, Sporting Club announced that they would have a "major announcement" today that would include the club, Wyandotte County unified government representatives, and Kansas governor Sam Brownback.

Match Day Friendly - Friendly Time

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Let's face it, this game tomorrow between Sporting KC and Manchester City is not a game that I'm the primary target for. This game is set up for the fans of City and those neutrals who are interested in seeing the BPL champions play. I was much more interested in Saturday's league game against the Galaxy than I am in the game tomorrow against City.

Feilhaber caps off big week, leads Sporting KC past Galaxy

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By TATE STEINLAGE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — It's been a good week to be Benny Feilhaber.

The 29-year-old midfielder followed up his midweek dominance over the Columbus Crew with a marvelous free kick in a 2-1 victory over the LA Galaxy Saturday to help Sporting Kansas City see its unbeaten streak move to six matches.

Besler and Zusi Given New Contracts, Made DPs

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A big announcement today ahead of Sporting KC's game against the LA Galaxy, the team announced that they'd re-signed the clubs two World Cup veterans, Matt Besler and Graham Zusi to new contracts. The new contracts will not only keep the pair in Kansas City through the 2018 season, but also makes the two players designated players, filling all three of KC's DP slots at this time.

Zusi, Besler sign Designated Player contracts to stay in KC

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By TATE STEINLAGE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Graham Zusi and Matt Besler are fine calling Kansas City home.

Ahead of its home match against the LA Galaxy Saturday, Sporting Kansas City has announced that both Zusi and Besler have signed Designated Player contracts to stay with the club long term.

Besler confirms transfer bids from Sunderland and Fulham

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By TATE STEINLAGE

Matt Besler's stock is at an all-time high following an impressive World Cup campaign with the United States. His options? Equally so.

Wednesday the Sporting Kansas City defender and captain confirmed two of at least 10 clubs in England and Germany bidding for his talents.

Sporting KC sign midfielders Claros and Steuble

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By TATE STEINLAGE

More than a month after transferring Oriol Rosell to Portugal, Sporting Kansas City has refueled its midfield depth with the signings of Jorge Claros and Martin Steuble.

"We are always looking for players to enhance our roster," Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said in a release.

Kansas City Sweep Montreal

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Sporting KC allowed a goal against the Montreal Impact for the first time this season, but it wasn't enough to keep Kansas City from sweeping the season series last night in Montreal. Sporting KC got a pair of goals from Dom Dwyer, his fourth and fifth against the Impact this year.

Dwyer got Kansas City going very early.

Match Day 18 - Sporting Begin the Second Half of the Season

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Sporting KC begins the second half of their MLS season tomorrow in Canada when they'll take on the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo. The Impact has been a welcome opponent for Sporting in the first half of the season. In their two prior meetings his season, Sporting has outscored the Impact 7-0, including a 3-0 win in Montreal earlier this season.

Mid-Season Player Grades

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Last week at home against the Chicago Fire was the midpoint of the season for Sporting KC. They currently sit on 26 points, second place in the Eastern Conference, 2 points behind leaders, DC United. That's the same number of points that the team had last year at this point of the season as well. With the half way point hit, here is a look at player grades for the first half of the 2014 season.

Ernest Hemingway’s Game Recap: No Passion in Kansas City

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Papa explaining why draws are bullshit. (photo: theredlist.com)

A frustrating day in Kansas City, but any day at the fights is a good one for Ernest Hemingway. OTF's Nick Fox has the latest dispatch from Papa...

We were sitting in the blue stands on the north bank of the arena and I was already tired of Cohn.

Fire 1 Sporting Kansas City 1 - recap and ratings

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Normally a point on the road in Kansas City wouldn't be a bad thing. In past seasons, the Fire have gone into Sporting Park and essentially parked the bus, waited for counter opportunities, and played for a draw on the road. In the context of an individual effort this draw shouldn't draw much concern.

Dwyer, Magee score in 1-1 draw at sweltering Sporting Park

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By TATE STEINLAGE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The temperature and humidity in Kansas City skyrocketed Sunday afternoon, and the action on the field between Sporting Kansas City and the Chicago Fire could only keep up for so long.

Forwards Dom Dwyer and Mike Magee scored for their respective teams in the first half as the two sides played to a 1-1 draw in front of 20,585 fans at a sticky Sporting Park.

Besler weighing ‘dream’ options at home and abroad following World Cup

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By TATE STEINLAGE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — In 2009, Matt Besler was a 22-year-old rookie defender for the Kansas City Wizards. Unsure of whether or not he'd be with the club come summertime, Besler made the choice to stay at home with his parents over renting an apartment.

D.C. United's laundry status clean, blanks Kansas City 1-0

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D.C. still scoring few goals, but allowing fewer as they regain their winning ways against the Sporks.

While some of what occurred for D.C. United was not new to the team, they managed to not only defeat a foe they had not beaten in more than four years, they did so in front of the largest crowd at RFK Stadium in 18 months, beating Sporting Kansas City 1-0 to a happy group of 18,522.

D.C. United Scouting Report: Sporting Kansas City

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Sporting Kansas City is usually a nightmare for D.C. United, but KC is on a four-game winless streak and have been absolutely hammered by player absences. It's an exceedingly rare opportunity for United to put one over on the defending champs, but only if they can cope with Sporting's typical high pressure.

Friday Freedom Kicks for 30 May 2014: Sporting BBQ

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Get your DCU-SKC previews - and watch what you eat in Brazil.

The main things I remember from a trip to Kansas City in 1999 were to-die-for BBQ ribs and a total jerk at one of the riverboat casinos complaining about the manner in which I was playing blackjack at his table. Hit me on 17. I must have cost him fifteen bucks.

D.C. United versus Sporting Kansas City lineup: Will Eddie Johnson and Fabian Espindola both start?

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When D.C. United takes on Sporting Kansas City this Saturday, will they have their full complement of players available?

After losing to the New England Revolution last week, D.C. United dropped one spot to third in the Eastern Conference. This Saturday, they take on the team that leapfrogged them, welcoming Sporting Kansas City to the friendly confines of RFK Stadium.

Wright-Phillips notches 11th goal, salvages draw for Red Bulls vs. Sporting KC

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By TATE STEINLAGE

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The script was all-too familiar for Sporting Kansas City Tuesday. An early go-ahead goal gave fans a sense of optimism and excitement, only for the visitors to storm back for a crushing equalizer.

The New York Red Bulls were the antagonists — or benefactors, if you will — this time around as the two sides played out to a 1-1 draw in front of 19,221 at Sporting Park.

Match Day 12: Who Needs Center Backs Part 2: Electric Boogaloo

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Sporting Kansas City is back at it in league play tomorrow night when they'll take on Toronto FC at Sporting Park. Like Sunday against Chicago, Kansas City continues to have issues with the center back position, and they've been multiplied now by the red card that Erik Palmer-Brown picked up against the Chicago Fire.

FC Kansas City

Match Recap: Spirit defeat FC Kansas City 2-1 to Remain in Playoff Contention

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After falling behind early, goals from Christine Nairn and Kerstin Garefrekes, both assisted by Lisa De Vanna, lift a resilient Washington side to victory over FC Kansas City Wednesday night in front of 2,744 at the Soccerplex in Boyds, Md.

In what can only be described as a stunning turnaround from the woeful season that was 2013, the Washington Spirit (9-8-4, 31 points) have surged into third placed in the NWSL with three games remaining.

FC Kansas City Fall in Washington

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From FC Kansas City.

FC Kansas City (11-6-4 37pts) lost 2-1 to the Washington Spirit (9-8-4 31pts) tonight in front of 2,744 fans at Maryland SoccerPlex. The Blues got on the board first when Becky Sauerbrunn scored in the 18th minute but two late goals from Kerstin Garefrekes and Christine Narin gave Kansas City a road loss.

FCKC Draw in Rochester

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From FC Kansas City

FC Kansas City (10-5-4 34pts) tied 1-1 with the Western New York Flash (7-9-3 24pts) tonight at Sahlen's Stadium in front of Rochester fans. Sarah Hagen scored the Blues' sole goal of the night in the 17th minute. Samantha Kerr scored the Flash's goal in the 22nd minute.

FC Kansas City Blown Out by Portland

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From FC Kansas City

FC Kansas City (10-5-3 33pts) visited Portland Thorns FC (7-6-4 25 pts) tonight and lost 7-1 in front of 9,672 fans. This was the first unfortunate result for the Blues since May 14th. Katrina Gorry tallied her first National Women's Soccer League goal for FC Kansas City tonight.

FCKC Tops Portland

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FC Kansas City (9-4-3 30 pts) won 1-0 over Portland Thorns FC (6-6-2 20 pts) in front of 2,421 fans on Verizon Wireless Field tonight. Lauren Holiday scored her sixth goal of the season tonight late in the first half. FC Kansas City stays comfortably in second place after gaining another 3 points at home.

FCKC Unbeaten Run Now at 7

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Second place FC Kansas City (8-4-3 27 pts) shut out Chicago Red Stars 1-0 in front of 1,493 fans tonight on Verizon Wireless Field. The Blues' stay in second and create space between the third place Red Stars. Jen Buczkowski scored the lone goal of the night with Merritt Mathias is credited with the assist.

Pair of PKs Sees FCKC Top Boston

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FC Kansas City (6-4-3 21 pts) moves to a 3 game winning streak and 5 games undefeated with a 2-0 win over Boston Breakers (2-8-0 6 pts) in front of 1,457 fans tonight. Lauren Holiday capitalized on two penalty kicks in the first half. The first penalty came from Amy Rodriguez being fouled and the second from Erika Tymrak being fouled.

NWSL Power Rankings (Week 6)

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By CAITLIN MURRAY

And the sixth week of the National Women's Soccer League was the week when the Seattle Reign finally got beat.

Just kidding.

But FC Kansas City came awfully close, managing to score twice on the Reign more than any team has in one game so far this season.

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Game Recap: Spirit Squeak Out 1-1 Draw with Houston, Remain in Third Place

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After a playoff-boosting win last Saturday on the road against Western New York, the Washington Spirit managed to escape Houston with one valuable point Thursday night against the Dash.

In the hunt for one of only four playoff spots, the win helped Washington (8-7-3, 27 points) hang on to third place, after Portland (7-6-5, 26 points) and Chicago (7-6-5, 26 points) tied last night, as well.

FCKC Draw with Expansion Dash

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FC Kansas City draws 2-2 with Houston Dash at Verizon Wireless Field in front of 1,483 fans. The Blues credit two beautiful goals to Lauren Holiday and Erika Tymrak. Jordan Jackson and Tiffany McCarty scored Houston's goals for the night. Each team takes a point away from tonight's match bringing Kansas City to 11 points and Houston to 4.

Chicago Red Stars

NWSL Week 14: A Look Ahead

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By SARAH HALLETT

With the Seattle Reign FC and FC Kansas City holding a firm grasp on the top two-playoff positions, a little over a month remains for the rest of the league to claim the other two spots. This week is crucial as four teams came into it within one point of each other and all those teams play this weekend.

NWSL Week 6: A Look Back

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By SARAH HALLETT

Several teams had opportunities to make a big move in the standings this week, but only the Chicago Red Stars were able to take full advantage.

The Red Stars won both their games this week and grabbed six points to move up to second in the league.

New England Revolution

Transfer windows opens as Fire search for reinforcements

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This is a busy week for Frank Yallop and the Chicago Fire technical staff. Following Sunday's 1-1 draw in Kansas City, the team returned to training today and depart for Atlanta this afternoon ahead of tomorrow night's US Open Cup quarterfinal match against the NASL's Silverbacks. They'll go from Atlanta to Boston, where they'll train on Friday in preparation for a Saturday match with the New England Revolution.

Red Bulls notes: McCarty injures knee; Petke unconcerned with Villa effect; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

With a matchup with conference leaders New England Revolution looming, the Red Bulls needed all hands on deck in the midfield to combat the absence of Australian World Cup departure Tim Cahill.

Unfortunately for the Red Bulls, the hands, and feet, of midfielder Dax McCarty will be absent for the next few weeks.

Poetry Corner Kicks: Union 3 - Revolution 5

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Poetry Corner Kicks had a ridiculous dream this weekend.

I had the worst dream this weekend. I dreamed that the New England Revolution came into PPL Park and completely dismantled the Philadelphia Union. I know it couldn't have been true because the Union had just had such an encouraging win last week against Kansas City, right?

The Rest

FaKe Fakes Their Way To A Win

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Poor play and poor officiating led to a poor result on Saturday. The Rapids waited for 50+ minutes and 2 goals to start playing and the hole was too deep by that point. The Rapids barely played well enough to get a draw but can't be that upset by the loss. PK luck tends to even out over the course of the season, and the questionable calls we got in NY and against Kansas City (the first PK call at least) are balanced out by the poor PK call in this one.