We assign numbers to those who wore Black-and-Red Friday night.
D.C. United came into Friday night's game with Sporting Kansas City with nary a road win in a stat that was particularly entertaining to some jerk on the masthead. So naturally when a 1-0 win happened for the good guys following a hectic 24 hours of travel and redirection, combined with a weather delay, it was a earned win in the karma department to some degree.
After weather troubles before and during the game, Alhaji Kamara handed United their first win of the season on the road with a goal in the first 33 seconds of his MLS debut
D.C. United had a torrid time even getting to Kansas City for Friday's night game against Sporting Kansas City. But after a whirlwind 24 hours, United picked up all three points at Children's Mercy Park, with new signing Alhaji Kamara supplying the only tally in a 1-0 win.
We will have soccer tonight, but not when we thought
Due to extreme weather yesterday in Kansas City, D.C. United's flight was diverted to Chicago. And due to continuing bad weather, United is unable to get to Kansas City, forcing MLS to delay the game. The game will still be played today but, to allow for travel and for some of the storms to pass, the game has been moved to 9:30PM Eastern time.
The mental game, pressure, and a specific match-up in the midfield are all important for United in tonight's match
D.C. United's 2016 season has been a roller coaster, with wins and losses generally following one another with regularity. They have one last chance to put together a winning streak before MLS takes a break for the Copa America Centenario, and that requires taking all three points against a Sporting Kansas City team that is also looking to bounce back from a dissatisfying loss last weekend.
For the first time in five weeks Sporting KC finally got a win on Sunday with a 2-1 win over Orlando City. Now with that monkey off of Sporting KC's back, the club needs to move forward and start to string some results together. This is especially important because while still early, Kansas City is below the red line in terms of playoff positioning and have played the most games in MLS so far this season (along with Dallas and Vancouver).
Super-sub Jacob Peterson snapped Sporting KC's winless streak Sunday afternoon, coming on as a halftime substitute and recording a goal and an assist in Sporting KC's 2-1 win over Orlando City. A barrage, and even a club record, of shots for Sporting was barely enough for Sporting to get the win.
A pair of teams with a combined 11 games winless meeting in a game, while a draw was a possibility, something had to give. Unfortunately for Kansas City that didn't give in their favor as they fell on the road to the Houston Dynamo 2-0 to end the Dynamo's six game winless streak, and extended Kansas City's to six, their longest since 2011.
Tomorrow night in Houston two teams that are winless in a combined 11 straight games will square off a BBVA Compass Stadium when Sporting KC and the Houston Dynamo face off. While Kansas City is winless in their last five games since a 2-0 win over the New York Red Bulls, the Dynamo are winless in six since a 5-0 win over FC Dallas.
Sunday night against the LA Galaxy, Sporting KC played up a man for the final 20 minutes of their 1-1 draw at Children's Mercy Park. The red card given to the Galaxy's Ashley Cole was the fourth given to a Sporting KC opponent this season, the most in all of MLS. The next closest teams have only been up a man twice.
Two bits of news today regarding Sporting Kansas City. The first is that Sporting KC's Matt Besler and Graham Zusi have both been named to the US national team provisional roster ahead of the USA's CONCACAF Cup match up against Mexico at the Rose Bowl on October 10th. The match will decide which country will represent CONCACAF in Russia at the 2017 Confederations Cup.
Tomorrow night at Sporting Park, Sporting KC will begin their process of making up the one to four games in hand on the rest of the Western Conference when they host the San Jose Earthquakes. It will also be Kansas City's fourth game in 12 days when you include last week's 3-1 US Open Cup win over Real Salt Lake.
Sporting KC welcome the Chicago Fire to Sporting Park tomorrow in a match up of two teams currently in two different kinds of streaks. The Fire head into the game in Kansas City riding a three game winning streak. That three game winning streak though has bee over the course of a month, their win last week against New York City FC was their first game in 20 days due to MLS' schedule and moving games to accommodate Montreal's CONCACAF Champions League run.
US Soccer today announced Tab Ramos' roster that had been called in for a US U20 camp in Linz, Austria ahead of this summer's U20 World Cup in New Zealand. Sporting Kansas City center back, Erik Palmer-Brown was named to the 20 man roster that will train in the central European country from April 18th through the 26th.
Sporting Kansas City return home, one week after getting their first win of the season. This weekend they'll play a team that's made Sporting Park a bit of a second home over the past few years. The Philadelphia Union, who I mentioned in this week's Throw Back Thursday is unbeaten in their last three trips to Sporting Park, going 2-0-1 in the three games played here.
While the Philadelphia Union have historically done well against Sporting Kansas City in Kansas, they're also 0-2-2 on the season and desperately need the points. From previews to reviews, this is the whole story.
I HATE SPORTING KANSAS CITY
There is no team in Major League Soccer I hate more than Sporting Kansas City.
Sporting KC are back on the road for their fourth game of the season as they travel to New York City to take on the expansion New York City FC at Yankee Stadium. Kansas City is still searching for their first win of the season after two home draws and a road loss to Dallas. New York on the other hand is actually unbeaten on the season with a 1-0-2 record after a 0-0 draw on the road last week against Colorado.
Sporting Kansas City is off to their worst start to the season since 1999. Last night at Sporting Park made it three straight to start the season without a win as they played the Portland Timbers to a 0-0 draw. The defense stepped up against a Portland team that has shown to cause Kansas City trouble on the counter in the past, shutting out the Timbers offense while Luis Marin came up with saves when he was called upon.
Sporting Kansas City's first trip to Yankee Stadium will be with a bit of an undermanned roster. Today Canada and Honduras named their rosters for the upcoming FIFA International window and Kansas City had players from both countries named to the rosters.
Canada has called up KC left back, Marcel de Jong for their friendlies on March 27th against Guatemala and March 30th against Puerto Rico.
Compared to the offseason ahead of the 2014 MLS season, this past offseason seems like it has dragged on forever for Kansas City. The early playoff exit last season has made for a long offseason, but tomorrow it finally ends when Sporting KC take the field against the New York Red Bulls at Sporting Park.
Germany media has really picked up on the Rafael van der Vaart to Sporting KC rumors. After Robb Heineman and Mike Illig were at Saturday's Bundesliga match between Frankfurt and van der Vaart's Hamburg, the rumors really picked up with German site Bild jumping all over it.
Now the German tabloid is reporting the price tag that Kansas City is offering the Dutch international.
Sporting Kansas City announced today that they had signed third round draft pick, James Ansu Rogers to a contract with the club. Ansu Rogers was selected with the 53rd pick of this year's MLS Superdraft, and becomes the fourth of Kansas City's five draft picks to sign with the club this year.
Ansu Rogers has been impressive this preseason, appearing in all four of KC's games, scoring one goal, the game winner on Saturday against Seattle, as well as providing an assist to Krisztian Nemeth in KC's 4-2 win over FC Tucson in the team's first phase of preseason.
Sporting KC midfielder, Jorge Claros has been called up by the Honduran national team for a pair of upcoming friendlies against Venezuela. The two teams will play once in Honduas on February 4th and again in Venezuela on February 11th.
With the call up, Claros will join Sporting captain, Matt Besler and goalkeeper, Jon Kempin in missing Kansas City's second preseason game on February 9th against FC Tucson.
Sporting Kansas City opened the 2015 season with a loss in their first preseason game, 2-0 to the Portland Timbers.
Sporting kicked off without a number of players, beside Matt Besler and Jon Kempin who are still with the US national team, Roger Espinoza, Chance Myers, Ike Opara, Saad Abdul-Salaam, and Graham Zusi all sat out the game for Kansas City.
KANSAS CITY, Kansas — For those following the U.S. Men's national team, any time Dortmund's 17-year-old Christian Pulisic takes the field is a landmark.A player so young playing in a top European league and featuring regularly with the national team is somethingto behold.
Pulisic and the national team completed their preparation for the upcoming Copa America Saturday night with arout of Bolivia, 4-0, at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kans.
The friendly between Mexico and Paraguay to be played in Kansas City has been confirmed today by the Mexican Federation. The game will take place on Tuesday, March 31st with an 8pm Central Time kick off at Arrowhead. The game will be the second of two friendlies that Mexico is playing in the United States during that international break.
Catching up on some news from the past day or so that I've brought up on Twitter, but I'll mention further here.
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Sports Illustrated writer Grant Wahl was present at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night for Sporting KC's game against New York City FC. Around half time, Wahl provided an update on the rumored move by KC to acquire Rafael van der Vaart, who has been told he won't be offered a new contract at Hamburg.
Reports out of Honduras today by journalist, Julio César Núñez are that Jorge Claros' time in Kansas City is coming to an end. Núñez is reporting that Claros is headed to join Qingdao Jonoon, of the Chinese League One (the second division in China).
The move, while a little surprising considering that Claros was brought in just this past summer, isn't a huge surprise.
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D.C. United started Thursday in Washington, started Friday in Chicago, and start Saturday in Kansas City after a hectic 30-plus hour travel snafu put them at the mercy of charters, wings and prayers. And late Friday night, a goal to seal a 1-0 win by a team who last won on the road in August?
One Kansas City soccer team finally got themselves back into the win column. After a rough couple of weeks for all Kansas City soccer teams, the Swope Park Rangers were finally able to get a win for Kansas City tonight against the visiting Tulsa Roughnecks. The win was the Rangers second of the season over the Roughnecks, winning the previous encounter by the same 2-1 scoreline.
Seattle takes on their playoff nemesis when they host the two-time defending champions FC Kansas City at Memorial Stadium today.
The Seattle Reign will be looking to right two ships when they kick off against FC Kansas City at 4pm this afternoon. For one, it'll be their first home match since the shock opening weekend loss against Sky Blue — their first ever loss at Memorial Stadium.
Thorns salvage a point on the road against 10-man FC Kansas City as Horan scores in second-straight match
Lindsey Horan scored her second goal in as many matches to rescue a point for Portland Thorns FC as the club battled to a 1-1 draw on the road against 10-man FC Kansas City Saturday night in front of 3,022 at Swope Soccer Village.
The USMNT has clinched first place in Group A, but they'll still want to show well against Panama tonight.
The United States and Panama meet tonight in Kansas City in the final group stage games for both sides in the 2015 Gold Cup. The US has sealed first place in Group A and will be more focused on improving on what have been two straight poor performances.
Another updated stat, this time it's single season minutes played for Kansas City. In league play, no new players joined the top 10 for minutes played, the closest was Seth Sinovic who played 2,755 in league play this past season.
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