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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every week we "Monday Morning Manage" every game with our fellow Union faithful. What could have been done better? What were the missed opportunities? Did that sub really need to happen? We bring all the talking points to you each week right here.
With two games in a week, it was a busy time for the Philadelphia Union.
After a long hunt, the Union were finally able to bring down the ever elusive "win".
What... what was that? I live in New York City, so I asked some friends who follow the Red Bulls what it was that the Philadelphia Union just experienced. He tells me it was a "win". Interesting theory.
Get to know how Sporting Kansas City matches up in preparation for Wednesday's game against the Union with Sporting KC fan (and Union fan as well), Phillip Bupp.
Sporting Kansas City and the Philadelphia Union are on two opposite ends of the MLS spectrum. While Sporting is tied for the lead in the East with games in hand on most teams, Philadelphia is next to last and has played as many or more games than every other team in MLS.
The Union travel to face Sporting Kansas City in the middle of a nine match winless run. Maurice Edu becomes the first Union player called up to the full USMNT squad. Is this the match that could break Hackworth's tenure, or will it finally click for the misfiring Zolos?
Philadelphia Union vs Sporting Kansas City Sporting Park 8:30 pm
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The Philadelphia Union travel to Kansas City for a midweek match against MLS CUP Champions Sporting 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 (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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.