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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
photo courtesy of Graham Greem 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Tuesday night, the United States Men's National Team played Panama knowing at the US result could well save the World Cup dream of arch rivals Mexico. As it turned out, that's exactly what happened, as El Tri lost and was rescued only by Graham Zusi's stoppage time equalizer (and Aron Johansson's subsequent winner).
Sporting Kansas City enter the final month of the regular season tomorrow in Columbus when they take on the Crew. Clinching a playoff birth is in sight right now for KC, but they have to have their goals aimed higher. Sitting second in the East right now KC is only 4 points clear of fourth place Houston.
Friday night in Kansas City, Sporting KC dropped a game at home for the 5th time this season. The 1-0 loss to the Philadelphia Union saw KC equal their loss total at home for the past two years at Sporting Park combined. In 2011, Kansas City lost just twice at home, in 2012, KC lost three times. This year, Kansas City has lost to Portland, Seattle, Montreal, New York, and Philadelphia.
Sporting Kansas City head into tomorrow night's game against the Columbus Crew undermanned. The club will be without five players and recently sold a sixth in Kei Kamara. Kansas City needs to continue to get results at home, with how close the entire Eastern Conference is, and with a number of teams having games in hand, KC cannot afford to lose points at home.
Sporting Kansas City return home to Sporting Park after three straight games on the road in two competitions. From the MLS side of things, that road trip hasn't gone well at all. Kansas City lost both MLS games in the stretch, falling 1-0 in San Jose and Chicago. While they pulled out a win on the road in Honduras, the team really needs to start turning around their form.
While Sporting KC is on their third straight road trip, and on the road for the fourth time in the month of August, they have to feel better about tomorrow night's game not being in league play. In MLS play Kansas City has now lost four of their last five league games after their 1-0 loss in Chicago on Friday.
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.
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.
It was a big weekend for Major League Soccer and national television. Games on NBCSN, ESPN and of course the NBC Mothership. The NBC went up against football on multiple networks, so it will be interesting to see if the ratings improve over prior network disappointments. The soccer was also somewhat lacking from an attractiveness standpoint, but these games are important for MLS and the expansion of its brand.
Sporting Park could be a future host of the NCAA men's and women's college cup. Kansas City is bidding for 13 NCAA division 1 and 2 championships in the coming years. Sporting Park would be the host site of three of those potential finals. Not only that, Sporting's training facility at the expanded Swope Park could host two finals as well.
Prairie Village, KS- Via FCKansascity.com "The Inaugural Season for FC Kansas City comes to a close in front of over 4,000 fans at Verizon Wireless Field, despite an early score from Rookie of the Year, Erika Tymrak, and the first goal of the season from Melissa Henderson.
Contra todos los pronósticos Portland Thorns FC dio la sorpresa al remontar y vencer en tiempos extras al favorito FC Kansas City este sábado en el primer partido de las semifinales. El equipo de Kansas, como localy favorito se mantuvo al menos en el primer tiempo dominando paraabrir el marcadortan sólo a los 12 minutos cuando Erika Tymrak galardonada recientemente por la NWSLcomola Novata del Año,marcó su séptimo gol de la temporada.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scoring 72 points this week vaulted Galacticos FC to the top of the round's leaderboard. Federico Higuain (CLB, $9.8M) wore the armband and notched a goal and an assist to get to 20 points. Columbus teammate Dominic Oduro ($7.0M) also notched a goal and an assist for 11 points, and Mike Magee (CHI, $10.
Both teams have made the announcement, Kei Kamara is officially on his way to England to play for Middlesbrough FC, currently in the Championship. Boro, who is currently in 15th place in the Championship in this very young season has signed the Sierra Leone striker to a 2 year contract with an option for a third (although their post on the club's site has a picture of Teal Bunbury instead of Kamara).
Every game is big from this point forward. As the Eastern Conference playoff race approaches the stretch run every club still has a realistic chance of qualifying for postseason play (with the exception of DC and Toronto FC). The Fire are two points behind fifth place Houston and only one point ahead of the Revolution.