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Sporting Kansas City

Ike Opara returns to practice with Sporting KC

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Several weeks after suffering a frightening injury, Ike Opara is back on the field.

According to the Kansas City Star, Opara participated in team drills on Tuesday for the first time since suffering a concussion in U.S. Open Cup action on July 11.

Dynamo are healthy again, preparing for end of toughest march to MLS Cup yet

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Calen Carr could be back for the Dynamo for Sunday's MLS Cup game after injuring his leg earlier in the playoffs against Sporting KC. (Kansas City Star)

For the first time since the Eastern Conference semifinals, the entire Dynamo squad is training this week. Forward Calen Carr, who hasn't played since the second game of the Eastern Conference semifinal, is back.


KU names Montell Cozart as starting QB

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Monday must have been a day that Big 12 teams chose to name their season-opening quarterbacks.

Kansas joined Oklahoma in naming its signal caller as new Jayhawks coach David Beaty said that Montell Cozart will be KU's starting quarterback for its Sept. 5 opener against FCS team South Dakota State.

89-year-old former KU player scores TD at the Jayhawks’ spring game

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Bryan Sperry hadn't run on Memorial Stadium at Kansas in a long time.

But his return turned into one of the feel-good stories of spring games across the country.

Sperry, 89, put on a Jayhawk uniform for the first time in nearly 70 years when he appeared at the Jayhawks' spring game on Saturday.

Major League Soccer

Sporting KC transfer Rosell to Sporting CP

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When Oriol Rosell arrived at Sporting Kansas City two years ago, he was a very young midfielder still trying to establish himself as a professional player. After two seasons in the Sporting KC system, Rosell is returning to Europe a player in demand, one ready for the next significant step in his budding career.

Sporting KC nearing resolution with Myers, open preseason slate with win

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One notable face was missing as Sporting Kansas City kicked off their preparations ahead of the 2014 Major League Soccer season.

Starting right back Chance Myers has remained away from Sporting KC's preseason camp in Tucson, Ariz.

Vermes signs contract extension with Sporting KC

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Peter Vermes has played a major role in Sporting Kansas City's turnaround from bottom-half club to Eastern Conference power in recent years, and he has been rewarded with a lengthy contract extension.

Sporting Kansas City is set to announce a contract extension for Vermes that will lock the 46-year old down as the club's head coach and technical director through 2017.

Upside: Played in MLS

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Their Words "He's not only played in MLS and is familiar with the league, but he's also been very successful in MLS. We believe he'll be a valuable player for us." New England GM Michael Burns. Other Sources Trash-talking Herculez haunts TFC - from the Toronto Sun's Kurtis Larson: He backed it up. Sporting's Bunbury tears knee ligaments, will miss rest of season - from the Kansas City Star's Tod Palmer: "I talked to him.

The du Nord 2012 NSCAA Convention Recap

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du Nord spent two great days last week in Kansas City attending the National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention and the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

It was filled with fun, frolicking, food, fantasy, fast cars, fast women (not nearly enough), french fries, famous players, a funky monkey, fruit plates, flaun, freaky beards, finely tuned speeches, frumpiness, factotums, flora & fauna, fajitas, fabulous lawns, firm handshakes, fake smiles, fake boobs, fantasmagorical nightlife, flibbertigibbets, florescent lighting, ferrets, fission, fusion, fashion, fabulous frickin barbeque, fat fucks, fine fine music, and more futbol fanaticos then you could ever hope to find in one place!

Kansas City’s Bobble-head Obsession is Unhealthy

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Some supporters throw flares, some supporters throw urine, some supporters throw feces and some throw streamers on the pitch, all equally stupid. But Kansas City has gone to a new low by some stupid fan that threw a Omar Bravo Bobble-head at their own keeper.

Everything is up to date in Kansas City

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Portland and Vancouver are justifiably getting the attention this year, along with the Sounders. But maybe I'm just helplessly MLS 1.0, because I'm really excited about Kansas City.

Well...not the roster, so much. But everything else.

Oh, God, no, not the name. Yes, all these people are wrong.

A few things...

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Old habits die hard. Just ask John McClane...#1 - The Kansas City Star explains why Sporting KC decided to pay for their stadium naming rights. Awesome.And for those KC folks who pay attention to such silly things: The Distracter super-duper approves of this. Despite the Wizards name change, which was upsetting, they remain "her team".

Soccer Marketing 101 - In Praise of Sporting KC

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If you're a subscriber or a regular reader of the Kansas City Star you may have noticed a small, column-sized advertisement in the sports section of Sunday's paper. It was wishing the local National Football League's Chiefs good luck in their afternoon match up against the Baltimore Ravens in the first-round of the playoffs.

What Chivas USA fans can expect from new signing Jimmy Conrad

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Said Conrad after signing with Chivas USA via the Re-Entry Draft:

"The funny thing is people used to say I was young and slow. Now they're saying I'm old and slow. At least there's one thing that's been constant in my career."

Somehow, after witnessing the team's Swiss cheese-like central defense last season, I'm guessing not too many Chivas USA fans are laughing.

Late Night Links:

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Three more items with the 2011 Major League Soccer Player Combine/SuperDraft focus.

+ A closer look at the 2011 SuperDraft Charles Gooch/The Kansas City Star

+ Shuffling the Cards from College to Pro Jason Davis/Match Fit USA

+ Article on how academy programs influence MLS SuperDraft Kyle McCarthy/Goal.

The Upside

Upside: This Sunday

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Their Words "There is no doubt that it is the biggest game of the season for Bolton Wanderers, the ultimate 'must win'. It is as simple as that." Bolton manager Owen Coyle. Other Sources Sporting Kansas City in need of a new plan of attack - from The Kansas City Star's Charles Gooch: I hate criticizing a first-place team.

Upside: Hodgson

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Their Words "It is the team that counts. I will do my very best to ensure the team is well prepared for the task that lies ahead. I am grateful for the chance to be the manager of England I am a looking forward to it." England manager Roy Hodgson. Other Sources Sporting's hot start leads to comparisons with champs - from The Kansas City Star's Tod Palmer: the hard-luck result of an own-goal.

Upside: Games Won

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Their Words "I don't put a lot into it, to be honest. Obviously, they get counted up and it ends up at 100 wins, but I just want to do well for this club. Hopefully I can get a few more and we can make the playoffs." San Jose coach Frank Yallop on winning his 100th MLS game. Other Sources All good streaks must come to an end - from The Kansas City Star's Charles.

Upside: Stepping Up A Level

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Their Words "They're getting the music. They understand that the pace internationally is much faster. The demand is much faster in terms of the concentration, speed of play, speed of thought, speed of implementing certain things." US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Other Sources Montreal's first choice in MLS draft is versatile - from The Kansas City Star's Randy Covitz: Where to play him?

Monday's Upside: Squads

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Their Words They are an unbelievable team. The way they play, how they understand their system, and it's nice to play against a team like that. DC United coach Ben Olsen, after his club's 2-1 loss to Ajax. Other Sources Fans get first glimpse of Livestrong Park - from The Kansas City Star's Charles Gooch: However, the stadium wasn't quite ready for the traffic.

KC Star

Some Soccer News for Mon Apr 9, 2012

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Maradona fires back at Pele: "Maybe Neymar is the best player of the world, but only if we clarify that Messi is from another planet."


Brian Straus of Sporting News writes about one of my favorite new MLS implementations - retroactively cracking down on assaulters and fakers.

Stadium Love

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Yesterday, I was lucky enough to accompany Kansas City Star blogger extraordinaire and footie lover Charles Gooch on a stadium tour. It was the first time Charles had stepped inside the stadium, and he came away very impressed. Read his Full 90 post about the stadium here, then see the KC Star photo gallery and his Flickr gallery with even more pics.

Happy B-Day Stadium Project

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Today, as Charles Gooch over at the Kansas City Star has just discussed, marks the one year anniversary since the plan to build KC Soccer Stadium across from Nebraska Furniture Mart in Village West. What a year it has been. What a magnificent day 09-09-09 was to see the beautiful rendering on the front page of the Star.

New York Red Bulls

Some Soccer News for Thu Mar 15, 2012

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Last night was huge for Toronto in the CCL! Congrats to them and their long suffering fans.


I will be in Kansas City on Saturday for their season opener. It will be my 10th home opener in a row down in KC!


Now New England says that Jose Pepe Moreno will arrive next Monday.

Some News for Thu Nov 4, 2010

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Huge congrats go out to Prairie Seeds Academy and Apple Valley who won the Minnesota State High School Boys Class A and AA championships today. Both are unbeaten.
-So when do we see the real game, the two of them facing off. I say we get a dirt field and settle this thing on Sunday afternoon!

Tim Ream

Some Soccer News for Wed Jan 11, 2012

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The 2012 NSCAA Convention will take place January 11-15 in Kansas City MO. Included in this will be the MLS SuperDraft on Thu Jan 12.


du Nord will be there. Will you? Come find me!


Watch the MLS SuperDraft on Wed - 11am CT on ESPN2 and ESPN3.

Some Soccer News for Mon Dec 12, 2011

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Tigres is the winner of the Mexican Apertura Championship. Huge win! Congrats to them.


Sporting Kansas City has agreed to release Omar Bravo so he can return to Mexico and play for Cruz Azul in the upcoming Clausura.
-I have no idea what this really means.

Reaction to Union draw, playoff picture, more news

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Match recaps from last night's game:

  • Philly Soccer Page
  • Philadelphia Daily News
  • Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Kansas City Star
  • MLSSoccer.com
  • Associated Press

Kansas City players are disappointed with the draw.

MLSSoccer.com says MacMath shined in goal.

Some News for Fri Oct 12, 2010

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UEFA has launched match-fixing investigations in both Bulgaria and Greece. Wow.


Matches & Scores:
-Sat Nov 13
Colorado Rapids v San Jose Earthquakes - 8:30pm Central on FSC
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City CO
-Sun Nov 14
Los Angeles Galaxy v FC Dallas - 8pm Central on ESPN2
Venue: The Home Depot Center - Carson CA



Daniel Girard of the Toronto Star previews the 2 big games.

Real Madrid

Some Soccer News for Mon Nov 28, 2011

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Bayern Munich was beaten this weekend and knocked from #1 in the Bundesliga.


Barcelona lost too, for the first time in 27 games, and fell 6 points behind Real Madrid in La Liga! And the Classico is just two weeks away!


Top seeded Guadalajara was knocked out of the Mexican playoffs in the Quarterfinals.

Some News for Tue Mar 8, 2011

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Sporting Kansas City announced today that they have partnered with the Livestrong foundation run by Lance Armstrong and will name their new stadium Livestrong Sporting Park. Wow.


Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated with a big article on the return of Charlie Davies.

concacaf champions league

Pool GK to back up Zac, KC paper expects Sporting win, Nowak on lineups, more news

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Kansas City Watch

Chris Vito reports that the Union will be using a MLS pool goalkeeper as a backup to Zac MacMath for the Kansas City game.

The Kansas City Star expects Sporting to defeat the Union, saying, while they "might plan on playing the 'bunker' game on the road," the Union haven't shown "the strength to withstand anyone.

Some News for Thu Aug 18, 2011

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The curse is over! Dallas has done it! It's the first MLS team to ever win a game in Mexico! Oh yeah oh yeah! It only took 25 tries! But its over!


Clint Dempsey scored twice for Fulham as they won in the Europa League today. Nice.


9 Americans played in the Europa League today.

Thursday Afternoon Union Freekicks: MLS Finally Victorious

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Well, it took a number of years, and a couple dozen tries, but an MLS team has finally scored a victory south of the border in CONCACAF Champions League group play as FC Dallas defeated Pumas UNAM 1-0 in Mexico City. It shouldn't have taken this long, but sincere congratulations to Schellas Hyndman's side for finally breaking the ice.

World Cup

FIFA World Cup 2018 News: Russia to Host FIFA World Cup 2018 – Escambray

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Kansas City Star Russia to Host FIFA World Cup 2018 Escambray The Russian PM said that to host FIFA World Cup 2018 it will be built roads, railroads, stadiums and will be a development in the communications. ... FIFA & Russia sign World Cup 2018 declaration of appointment Goal.com Russia officially awarded host status for 2018 World Cup insideworldfootball (blog) Russia gets official status as 2018 World Cup host The Voice of Russia Prince Albert Daily Herald - Fifa.

Podcast: Byline 2 Backpost 12/4/2010 part 1

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The latest podcast is now available.Another gathering of bloggers for this podcast. Mike from Downthebyline and Thad from Backpost.Net are joined by Andy Edwards from TheDailywiz.com, James Starritt from the recently re-named Sportingtimes.net and Charles Gooch from the Kansas City Star and theFull90.

The Rest

Schmetzer denies telling Vermes that Alonso should have been sent off

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Vermes was quoted as saying that Schmetzer told him post-match that Ozzie deserved a second yellow

After Peter Vermes' Sporting Kansas City were defeated 1-0 by the Seattle Sounders on Thursday, he had a few choice words for the referee crew about their performance. But on Friday, Vermes expanded on his fury to The Kansas City Star:

"Every day in the regular season, that's a card (on Osvaldo Alonso).

Some Soccer News for April 5, 2016

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It's Day 96 of 2016.

SKC going retro! From what I have heard, these will not be worn in a game, just for warm ups. Gloriously ugly:
What do you think of @SportingKC's retro rainbow jerseys? https://t.co/9alBK6T86s pic.twitter.com/7MV8rNKdWz — The Kansas City Star (@KCStar) April 5, 2016


A deep look into many avenues of how the business of US Soccer is run, and accusations of possible illegal treatment of the USWNT.

Previewing KC, Columbus & Houston, other news

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Today is about the Union sitting at home and waiting for three other teams to either succeed or fail. The Inquirer breaks down the Union's prospects for falling into the wild card game.

Bottom line: Union fans basically have to watch Kansas City, Houston, and Columbus this weekend and hope they don't win.

Podcast: Byline 2 Backpost - 9/11/2010

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It is time for the second Blogger Summit podcast.The participants:Mike - Downthebyline.comJames - KCWFans.comGooch - Kansas City Star and The Full 90Thad - Backpost.netIn part 1 we discuss the Wizards turnaround, why it happened and will the Wizards make the playoffsIn part 2 we discus re-branding of the Wizards, the stadium, the international call ups, roster status and anything else we can