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Match Day 9: Two Separate Streaks

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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.

Fire v Sporting KC match preview

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Here's another look at the upcoming game by Martin Tomszak. Sporting is nowhere near the defensive club they were two seasons ago.

What Are They All About? Sporting Kansas City Preview

Three in a row. That's the phrase on the tip of everyone's tongue after another hard fought win by the Chicago Fire.

Palmer-Brown Called into US U20 Camp

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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.

HOW TO WATCH And GAME THREAD: Sporting Kansas City vs. Philadelphia Union

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Will this be the Union's first win of the season?

UNION GAME #5
VS
Sporting Park, Kansas City, KS
April 5, 2015
7:00
FS1 - John Strong and Alexi Lalas, Reporter: Julia Stewart-Banks
TBG Game Preview
Know Thy Enemy: The Blue Testament
Starting XI
Jacob Peterson, Dominic Dwyer, Jimmy Medranda Forward Fernando Aristeguieta
Roger Espinoza, Servando, Carrasco, Benny Feilhaber Midfield

Sebastien Le Toux, Eric Ayuk Mbu, Andrew Wenger

Michael Lahoud, Brian Carroll

Marcel de Jong, Matt Besler, Ike Opara, Jalil Anibaba Defense Fabinho, Steven Vitoria, Maurice Edu, Ray Gaddis
Luis Marin Goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi
Tim Melia, Seth Sinovic, Kevin Ellis, Paulo Nagamura, Soni Mustivar, Bernardo Anor, Krisztian Nemeth Bench John McCarthy, Raymond Lee, Vincent Nogueira, Jimmy McLaughlin, C.

Match Day 5: The Union Visit Looking to Bust Another Slump

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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.

Philadelphia Union vs. Sporting Kansas City: The Whole Story - Match 5

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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.

Hate.

HATE!

I HATE SPORTING KANSAS CITY

There is no team in Major League Soccer I hate more than Sporting Kansas City.

I hate Sporting Kansas City

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"Hate" is such a strong word. Sometimes though, it's not strong enough.

I hate.

Hate.

HATE!

I HATE SPORTING KANSAS CITY

There is no team in Major League Soccer I hate more than Sporting Kansas City.

I have no respect for them.

I have no respect for their fans.

Match Day 4: Still Searching for a Win

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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's Defense Cleans Up, but Offense Still Lacks in 0-0 Draw

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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.

De Jong and Espinoza Called Up

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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.

Match Day 1: Sporting KC vs New York Red Bulls

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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.

Sporting are Offering van der Vaart How Much?

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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 Sign 3rd Round Pick, James Ansu Rogers

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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.

Claros Called Up by Honduras

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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 KC Open Preseason with Loss to Portland

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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.

Bieler's Departure From Kansas City Official

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Sporting KC officially today announced that Claudio Bieler would not be back with the club in 2015. The team announced today that they had come to a mutual agreement with Bieler to terminate his contract. The move allows Bieler to officially join Quilmes in Argentina, who Bieler had signed a contract with yesterday.

Bieler Set to Leave Kansas City?

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Over the past few days the rumors have started to pick up regarding Claudio Bieler and his departure from Sporting Kansas City. Some of the rumors have been again linking Bieler with a move to Barcelona SC in Ecuador. Bieler though has spent much of the last few days on Twitter engaging Barcelona fans and saying how the rumors are were not true.

Draft Day

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The 2015 MLS SuperDraft is upon us. Unlike last year when Sporting KC had a fairly uneventful day, not making a single selection until the very last pick of the day, Sporting will be quite busy tomorrow. Of the 42 picks scheduled to be made tomorrow, Kansas City has four of them. Three are in the first round.

Juliao in Preseason with Fluminense

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With his loan to Sporting KC expired, Igor Juliao has returned to his parent club, Sporting KC partner, Fluminense. And while Sporting KC is trying to bring the Brazilian back, Peter Vermes is also moving on as if Juliao will not be back.

Fluminense is moving forward as well as they are beginning their preseason for their upcoming season.

Sporting to Announce "Major Playing Signing" Tomorrow

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Sporting Kansas City has scheduled a press conference for tomorrow to announce a "major player signing." The assumption, fueled by Robb Heineman's tweets from December 29th and last night is that the signing will be announcing the return of former Sporting midfielder, Roger Espinoza to KC.

One of the "worst" kept secrets (if it's really even considered a secret) is that Espinoza is returning to Kansas City.

Sporting KC Sign Tim Melia

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Sporting Kansas City have their third goalkeeper, today announcing the signing of Tim Melia. Melia's name is a little familiar to Sporting KC as the goalkeeper spent time last year with Kansas City as a backup keeper when both Andy Gruenebaum and Eric Kronberg had gone down injured. He sat on the bench for three MLS games and traveled with the club to Nicaragua for the CONCACAF Champions League against Real Esteli during his time with the club.

SKC was never in for MacMath

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Cross SKC off the list.

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.

Saad Headed to Thailand, Juliao Weighting Options

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The departures from Sporting Kansas City continued today. To go along with the departures of Aurelien Collin and CJ Sapong, it looks like the team will be losing Soony Saad as well.

Saad is currently out of contract with Sporting KC, reaching the end of his original contract with the club.

Sporting KC Have the Third Pick in the Dispersal Draft and Thoughts on What to Do

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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.

Besler Called Up for US Friendlies

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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.

New York Red Bulls Advance In MLS Playoffs After Late Win Against Sporting KC [VIDEO]

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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 Loss Sees them Drop to the Fifth Seed

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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.

What We Want to Happen 10/26

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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.

Match Day 34 - Looking for Some Form

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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.

Juliao Suspended for Season Finale

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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.

Where KC Stands With One Game Left

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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.

Roger Espinoza

RVDV Deal Unlikely, de Jong Injured, Espinoza Sits, and More

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Catching up on some news from the past day or so that I've brought up on Twitter, but I'll mention further here.

RVDV Deal Unlikely

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.

Claros Departing Kansas City for China?

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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.

Espinoza Talk Continues

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The talk of Roger Espinoza returning to Kansas City continues to make the rounds. Today, the BBC got quotes from Espinoza's current coach at Wigan, Uwe Rosler.

According to Rosler, Espinoza has twice come to the German asking to leave the club, Rosler said that Espinoza told him he wanted to return to Kansas.

The Rest

Single Season Minutes Played

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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.

1. Jimmy Nielsen - 2012 - 3060
Jimmy Nielsen - 2013 - 3060
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Mexico vs Paraguay Friendly Confirmed for Arrowhead

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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.

Kansas City on List to Potentially Host Copa America Centenario

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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.

Sporting Pass on Dispersal Draft

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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.

Sporting KC Adding Retail Store at Sporting Park

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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).

KYW Philly Soccer Show: Getting ready for the Union season finale

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Greg and Eli look at the Union's win over Kansas City in the last home game of 2014 before talking about Sunday's season finale in Columbus.