Don Garber made the announcement official today at Livestrong Sporting Park. LSP will be hosting the 2013 MLS All Star Game. The game will take place on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 airing on ESPN and Univision.
Like previous years, the host team's coach will coach the team, meaning Peter Vermes will be the coach (as long as he's not fired before the game like Peter Nowak last year).
Another stat for you, this one the top 10 most minutes played in a single season both in league and in all competitions. In league play, Jimmy Nielsen became the first Kansas City player to break the 3,000 minute mark in a single league season. Playing every minute of all 34 of KC's league games gives him the number one spot on the list.
MLS' disciplinary committee came out today with suspensions and fines from this past weekend's game ahead of tomorrow's slate of games. Unfortunately for Sporting KC, they'll be without Paulo Nagamura now for tomorrow's game against the Seattle Sounders. Nagamura was retroactively suspended for stepping on Edgar Mejia's fingers in the 52nd minute of Sporting's 4-0 win on Sunday.
Judging from the start of the MLS season, Claudio Bieler and Sporting Kansas City are a match made in heaven. Bieler provides Sporting KC the type of goal-scoring forward they have been sorely missing in recent years and the club offers him a new challenge in a relatively tranquil setting and a hefty payday.
Eighty-eight minutes into what turned out to be a gut-punch of a 1-0 loss, D.C. United looked like a team that was going to get a shutout. The performance wasn't going to be one to crow about, to be fair: A decent first half had given way to a second half that consisted of little beyond defending, and that despite Sporting Kansas City lacking in the execution department.
Today US Soccer announced this year's inductees to the US Soccer Hall of Fame. Sporting KC coach, technical director, and former player, Peter Vermes was one of two people inducted in the class of 2013, along with Joe-Max Moore (who coincidentally was once potentially coming to Kansas City).
Vermes started his career as a forward and played in Hungary, Holland, and Saping before moving to back to the US to join Major League Soccer in 1996.
Major League Soccer is taking the 2013 All-Star game to Kansas City as the league announced Thursday that Livestrong Sporting Park will host the summer showcase July 30.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN, Univision, TSN and RDS at 8:30 p.m. ET but an opponent has yet to be announced as the league is slated to take on an international opponent for the 10th time in its history.
Ike Opara appreciates everything the San Jose Earthquakes did for him during his three years there and he does not want that to go unnoticed. After all, San Jose is where he started his career and learned what it took to be a professional.
Sporting Kansas City continue to stock up ahead of what will be a busy 2013 for them.
Sporting KC announced the signing of defender Yann Songo'o, a 21-year-old Cameroon youth international. Songo'o is still awaiting the receipt of his P-1 Visa and ITC before being added to the team's roster.
As the season ran on, there were plenty of comments from KC fans that lamented the lack of subbing that was done by Peter Vermes in games. Fans felt that the lack of substitutions led to tired legs that were unable to help carry the team through the playoffs. This was especially true considering Kansas City had touted the depth that the team had early in the season as one of the advantages of the squad.
MLS announced today that Sporting KC defender, Matt Besler had won the league's Defender of the Year Award. Besler finished with 70.51 of the weighted total, winning 46.97% of the media vote, 10.35% of the club vote, and 13.19% of the player vote to top Victor Bernardez who finished with 64.39 (15.
If 2-0 is the most dangerous lead in soccer, the Houston Dynamo should be on high alert.
The Dynamo lead Eastern Conference favorites Sporting Kansas City, 2-0, on aggregate in their Eastern Conference semifinals series after winning at home over the weekend, and they will try and maintain that advantage inside of Livestrong Sporting Park on Wednesday night.
Sporting KC will try to knock off NY once again. (Getty Images)
Breathe it in folks. Fall is surrounding us (even here in Dallas for me!) and playoff soccer is so close you can taste it. There are just two more weeks left in the season and this week could be the biggest of them all as we close in on who will be the last four teams that reach the post season.
Captain Carroll says Union midfield need to be better to get a result in New York. Henry is day-to-day. Donovan wants back in the national team. Fox Soccer to be replaced by new "comedy focused" channel. More.
As exit interviews and physicals continue at the Union, a report says "a couple" of nameplates in the locker room have already been removed. Valdes & Gomez called up. Donovan emerges from existential malaise to flop LA past Vancouver, more
The US hosts Costa Rica in a FIFA World Cup Qualifier tonight at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado, tonight (ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas from 7 p.m. CT.). Inpreparation for the matchUS Soccer has posted some classic video's of the two sides. So I'm putting them up here for your enjoyment.
Word earlier tonight from Grant Wahl on Twitter is that Roger Espinoza is one step closer to leaving Kansas City for England and Wigan Athletic. Wahl posted that Espinoza is on his way to England for a physical with the Greater Manchester club. The news is confirmed by his agent in this article from Honduran sports site, Diez.
We're now less than 48 hours away from the end of the European transfer window for the vast
majority of clubs (some countries have through 9/1), which means that Sporting KC fans only have to
wait with bated breath a little while longer to see if Roger Espinoza will finish the season with
Sporting KC or not.
Major League Soccer released their 2013 MLS All-Star Ballot on Monday, featuring 115 players across all 19 MLS teams.
Fans can choose one goalkeeper and ten field players when they vote and can vote online, through text message (SMS), on Twitter, and between July 3 and July 10 using FIFA Soccer 13 Ultimate Team, part of the AT&T MLS All-Star "In The Game" Challenge.
US Soccer came out with their list of players eligible for election to the US Soccer Hall of Fame. On the main list and the veteran ballot, there is a total of five former Wizards on the ballot. On the main ballot there are two players. Chris Henderson and Roy Lassiter. Henderson, who is currently the technical director in Seattle spent the 1999 and 2000 season with Kansas City before being traded to Miami.
Some sad news for Portland Timbers fans as it appears that the Portland Timbers and Steven Smith will not be re-upping their contract heading into the 2013 season. Those of you who were with us for the bulk of the 2012 season will remember Smith as one of the most consistent defenders throughout the season.
Chicago enters Friday night's match with 2 victories over Kansas City earlier in the season. The first game was a 2-1 win at Toyota Park on May 12 and the second was a 1-0 victory on June 29 at Kansas City. The Fire have made a couple of significant mid-season transactions while KC by and large stayed firm.