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Thomas Named OKC Captain - Former SKC Wizards Update

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Sporting Kansas City's USL-Pro affiliate, Oklahoma City kicked off their season this past weekend in Los Angeles against Orange County and the LA Galaxy II. The team which features two loaned KC players, also features three former Sporting players and one former academy player. Of those six players with ties to Kansas City, another former Sporting player, Jimmy Nielsen, named one his captain.

Sporting KC Sign Former Real Madrid Academy Player Victor Muñoz

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Sporting Kansas City today announced the first of an expected couple signings today. The team announced that they'd signed Victor Muñoz, a former member of Real Madrid's academy and UCLA product. Muñoz was drafted in the second round of this past year's Superdraft by DC United. He participated in all of preseason with the club before being let go.

Sporting Set to Announce Igor Julião?

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The above screen shot is from the Sporting Club Uphoria app. It would appear to show the new player that Peter Vermes hinted at today that the club would be announcing in the next few days. The player, Igor Julião, had been linked with Kansas City earlier this month but it looks like the move will officially take place.

Cruz Azul - Sporting KC _ CONCACAF Champions League Running Blog

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Ok, here we go, folks. I'm missing Jeopardy for this, so it had better be good.
I have to confess that before I had to go journalistically objective, Cruz Azul was my favorite team in Mexico growing up. I mean, Cle Kooiman! Who wouldn't love that squad? He was a local hero.

Sporting Kansas City: Kronberg, Ellis, Opara, Besler, Gardner, Rosell, Nagamura, Feilhaber, Zusi, Bieler y Peterson.

Sporting to Play Manchester City this Summer

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Sporting KC announced today that the team will be playing a summer friendly this year as part of their Summer in the Soccer Capital. The first friendly since KC played Stoke City to a 1-1 draw at Sporting Park in 2012 will see Sporting KC take on a better English side, Manchester City on July 23rd.

Oriol Rosell had let word of the friendly slip back in December that the Capital One Cup winners this year would be traveling to Kansas City to play the defending MLS Cup champs at Sporting Park.

Sporting KC to host Manchester City in July friendly

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Kansas City might not be hosting the MLS All-Star Game again in 2014, but that will not prevent a marquee European club from paying a visit to Sporting Park this summer.

Sporting Kansas City announced Tuesday that it will host a friendly against Premiership heavyweights Manchester City on July 23.

Sporting Kansas City 1-0 Cruz Azul, CONCACAF Champions League [PHOTOS]

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In the opening leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals last night, Kevin Ellis scored for Sporting Kansas City against Cruz Azul to help the MLS side take a commanding lead into the second leg.

Ellis scored the goal in the 17th minute in only his fourth career start.

Here are several exclusive photos from a memorable night in Kansas City courtesy of World Soccer Talk photographer Mark Shaiken:

Sporting Kansas City's next game in its MLS schedule is against FC Dallas on Saturday, which will be shown live on MLS Live at 8:30pm ET.

Sporting Fall to Seattle Late. Again.

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It's becoming a bad habit for Sporting KC, allowing the Seattle Sounders to get a win on late goals. For the sixth time today Sporting allowed a goal in second half stoppage time that allowed the Sounders to take all three point. This time the goal came from Chad Barrett as he poked a shot home after a scramble in front of goal.

MLS Week 1: A Look Ahead

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By DAN ITEL

The 2014 MLS season opens Saturday with a blockbuster matchup between defending MLS Cup champion Sporting Kansas City and the team that many expected to be hoisting the trophy, the Seattle Sounders.

And heading into the upcoming season, both teams are expected to be among the best in the league once again.

Revs Acquire Teal Bunbury From Sporting KC

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A really good move by the New England Revolution on Wednesday as they acquired forward Teal Bunbury from Sporting Kansas City via trade. To get the 23-year-old striker, the Revs gave up their first-round draft pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft and that nebulous thing called allocation money.

In 89 career appearances in Kansas City, Bunbury made 48 starts while scoring 19 goals and adding seven assists.

Revs Acquire Bunbury

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Still searching for a Juan Agudelo replacement, the New England Revolution acquired striker Teal Bunbury from Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday in exchange for their 2015 first round MLS SuperDraft Pick and allocation money. Bunbury, 23, saw a promising career – that included stints with the U.

MLS Preseason: Tournaments kick off in Orlando and Tucson

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By DAN ITEL

It's MLS preseason tournament time, and a meeting of Cup champions will highlight the early proceedings as action kicks off today and runs through next week.

Cup champions Sporting Kansas City will meet the Supporters' Shield holders New York Red Bulls in the six-team Disney Pro Soccer Classic at Orlando'sESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at 3 pm(streaming live at SportingKC.

Sporting Bringing in Former Academy Player?

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Sporting KC interested in bringing back U18 GK Jacole Turner from Atletico Madrid C squad. Turner was standout Academy player #usynt
— USAprospects (@USAprospects) January 8, 2014



While on Twitter today, I came across the above Tweet from USA Prospects, an account that keeps track of US products playing abroad.

Full Week: MLS Cup, World Cup Draw, and EPL – Soccer Yanks #26 recorded on 12/9/13

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After missing a week, we come back strong: MLS Cup Final was a great end cap to an exciting season, we throw out our early early World Cup predictions, and our usual EPL banter.

Download: full-week-of-mls-cup-world-cup-draw-and-epl-sy-26-recorded-on-12-9-13.mp3

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Sporting KC’s Nielsen announces retirement

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Jimmy Nielsen has strapped on his goalkeeper gloves for the last time.

Two days after helping Sporting Kansas City lift the 2013 MLS Cup by beating Real Salt Lake on penalty kicks, Nielsen announced his retirement from professional soccer on Monday evening.

Sporting Kansas City vs Real Salt Lake: 2013 MLS Cup

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The anticipation and excitement among Kansas City and Real Salt Lake fans is building, to find out who will eventually become the 2013 champion of MLS today in front of a sold-out crowd in Kansas City.

Weather will be a factor at Sporting Park today where the temperatures are currently 14F, and may drop later.

Discarded by RSL, Sinovic hoping to repay Sporting KC

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By FRANCO PANIZO

KANSAS CITY, Kan. Seth Sinovic will not be looking for revenge when he lines up on Saturday against Real Salt Lake, the same club that took him on trial two years ago before deciding against bringing him on board.

2013 MLS Cup Playoffs: Sporting Kansas City vs. Houston Dynamo Game Times, TV Schedule, Predictions, & Open Thread

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The MLS Cup Playoffs are back, with Sporting Kansas City taking on the Houston Dynamo for a spot in the MLS Cup Final.

Despite the fact that there is a waiver draft happening on Monday, there are still games to be played in this 2013 MLS season. Tonight is the second leg of the Eastern Conference Finals/MLS Cup Semifinals, with the Houston Dynamo traveling to Kansas City to take on the Sporks.

Technically Speaking: #SKCvNE

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Sporting Kansas City beat the Revs 3-1 Wednesday night to advance to the conference finals vs Houston. The most surprising aspect of this game was that the Revs were able to stretch it into the tie-breaking 30-minute mini-game, despite being overwhelmed (both statistically and in the run of play) for 90 minutes.

The Morning(ish) After: #SKCvNE

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It was a sudden end to a surprising season.

Late goals from Seth Sinovic and Claudio Bieler conspired to end the Revolution's postseason dreams as Sporting Kansas City claimed a 3-1 win (4-3 on aggregate) in Wednesday's second leg of the Conference semifinals.

Revs season ends in heartbreak loss to Sporting Kansas City

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The New England Revolution's season came to an end in Kansas City last night as they lost 3-1 to SKC (4-3 on aggregate) in extra time in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

It was amazing that New England were able to force the game into extra time considering how bad they were in the first half.

Season Over

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Sporting Kansas City ended the New England Revolution's playoff run on Wednesday night thanks in large part to the contributions of two former Revolution players. Sporting fought back from a 2-1 aggregate deficit to defeat the Revolution 4-3 thanks to a 3-1 home victory.

Aurelien Collin knotted the aggregate at 2-2 just before halftime, but Dimitry Imbongo put the Revolution back in the lead with a 70th minute goal.

Technically Speaking: #NEvSKC

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Despite being outplayed from a statistical standpoint, the New England Revolution scored two opportunistic goals, played tough defense, and beat Sporting Kansas City (probably the better team) 2-1. They have been playing this way for the most part in the past 4 games, all wins.

Is Bieler Being Bravo'd?

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Last night, for the seventh time in the last eight games in all competitions, Claudio Bieler, Sporting KC's designated player did not see the field for KC. In fact for the fourth time in that stretch Bieler wasn't even on the bench.

In fact, in the post game interview, Peter Vermes said it was a tactical decision to leave Bieler in KC.

Sporting KC Put Themselves in a Hole Again

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For the second year in a row, Sporting Kansas City head home for the second leg of their Eastern Conference Semifinal series in a deficient. The New England Revolution scored two second half goal and will head to Kansas City with a 2-1 aggregate lead against Sporting KC.

The first half way limited in the chances that were created as both teams seemed to be feeling each other out.

Revolution take 2-1 lead to KC

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Revolution struck twice through Andy Dorman and Kelyn Rowe in the second half to open their 2013 playoff campaign with a 2-1 victory against Sporting Kansas City in front of 15,164 at Gillette Stadium. The Revolution now head to Kansas City for the second leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinal with a one goal aggregate lead.

Three Questions With The Daily Wiz

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Ahead of tomorrow afternoon's game between the Philadelphia Union and Sporting Kansas City, in which the Union will look to stay alive for 24 more hours and SKC will try to get a strangle hold on #1 in the East and perhaps the Supporters' Shied, I had the opportunity to exchange emails with Ben Gartland from Sporting Kansas City's SB Nation blog The Daily Wiz.

Opposite View: Sporting KC

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It all comes down to this.

The MLS regular season will end the same way it began, with Sporting Kansas City facing the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park on NBCSN at 3:00 PM Saturday. Both teams are fighting for similar but different things. While Philadelphia has no option but to win and require help from the up to 4 teams above them, Sporting Kansas City has already clinched a bye in the wildcard round.

The End of the Regular Road: Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City

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I'm happy to report that I'm turning in my first (and probably last) post of the season. I'd like to start off by acknowledging my bias/borderline man-crush towards Keon Daniel and reminding everyone that I will not listen to logic/reason when talking about his playing time.

The final game of the Union's regular season will take place on Saturday October 26th at 3:00 PM against SKC.

Sporting to Face Cruz Azul in CCL Quarterfinals

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The final 8 for the 2013-2014 CONCACAF Champions League are set. Last night in their 0-0 draw with Olimpia, Sporting KC clinched a spot in the final 8, but had to wait until tonight to learn their opponent. With Houston losing in Panama tonight, Sporting KC got themselves locked into the 7th seed. Then the LA Galaxy lost 4-0 to Metapan setting Kansas City up against Mexican club, Cruz Azul.

The Last Word: D.C. United's Road to Nowhere Ends at Sporting Park

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It wasn't an Eastern Conference championship-deciding match like NBCSN surely envisioned before the season began, but D.C. United's 1-0 loss at Sporting Kansas City on Friday night reminded D.C. United fans what our franchise is striving for that Sporting already has: consistent excellence, a strong playing style, and a gleaming, state-of-the-art stadium.

New England Revolution

Semifinals Sandwich: #NEvSKC/#SKCvNE

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With a short turnaround between the first and second legs of the Conference Semifinals, we decided to put two slices of bread in between our regular"Five Things We Learned" and "Five Questions" features, add a leaf of lettuce and call it a sandwich. Or sammich, for those who like to call sandwiches "sammiches.

New England Revolution With Big Playoff Win Over SKC

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The New England Revolution hosted their first playoff game in four years as they beat Sporting Kansas City 2-1 in front of 15,164 at Gillette Stadium on Saturday. NE goals from Andy Dorman and Kelyn Rowe. Aurelien Collin scored for SKC.

This was far from a vintage New England opponent as they struggled to string two passes together against a physical opponent.

The Rest

FCKC Draw Opener

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From FC Kansas City

FC Kansas City ties Sky Blue FC 1-1 in the 2014 National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) season opener. Amy Rodriguez once again made FC Kansas City's goal the first in the league. In front of 3,107 fans at Verizon Wireless Field at Durwood Stadium, Rodriguez scored her first ‘Blues' goal.

Nielsen vs Meola

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While watching Sporting KC lift MLS Cup, a thought went through my head regarding goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen. It's hard not to judge Nielsen's career with Kansas City compared to that of Sporting Legend, Tony Meola. Up until Nielsen's arrival, Meola appeared to be on an untouchable level among goalkeepers for Kansas City.

PSP Coach of the Year: Tim Oswald

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It's one thing to take one team to the final four. Tim Oswald did it with two teams in the same year, and that's why he's PSP's Coach of the Year.

Magee credits Fire move, Chicago teammates, family for MLS MVP award

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KANSAS CITY Mike Magee found out about a week ago over a phone call that he was the 2013 MLS MVP.

He still found it surreal on Thursday.

Standing in front of family and media members on Thursday evening ahead of Saturday's MLS Cup Final between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake, Magee joined a distinguished group of players by being named the league's best player for the 2013 campaign.

Brian Bliss named as Fire Technical Director

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Frank Yallop needed someone with knowledge of MLS' inner workings and an eye for talent as his right hand man and he apparently got that with the hiring of former Columbus Crew Technical Director Brian Bliss. His resume includes a six year stint as TD in Columbus before taking over as interim coach to close this season and six years as an assistant in Kansas City.

And the Winner is?????

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Congratulations to.....Sporting Kansas City, the 2013 Footiebusiness Front Office Award winner. For the 2nd time in three years, Sporting takes home the award. This time, KC earned just over 47% of the vote, with Chicago earning second place and Portland third. Thank you to all who participated and cast votes.

The Best NFL Divisional Races Since 2002 Realignment

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Halfway through the 2013 NFL season, the AFC West race between divisional rivals, the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos, is positioned to be the best since divisional realignment in 2002 and potentially can be the best of all-time. The Chiefs are 8-0 and the Broncos are 7-1.

They play for the first time against each other in week 11 in Denver and two weeks later play again in Kansas City.