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#TBT The Gold Cup

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With the Gold Cup rosters being announced this week, I thought it'd be a good Throw Back Thursday to take a look at some past Gold Cup highlights that involve people currently with Sporting Kansas City.

First, we'll go back to the very first Gold Cup, after it had previously been the CONCACAF Championship, in 1991, the federations championship was officially played as the Gold Cup.

S.A.S. Wednesday After Stats

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The game was Peter Vermes' 200th game in charge of Sporting KC, he's 92-59-49 in those games.

In the 61st minute, Aurelien Collin moved past Jose Burciaga and into 19th place for minutes played in all competitions. Collin finished the game with 10,654 minutes played.

Collin made his 120th start in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with Chance Myers for 19th on that list.

S.A.S. Monday After Stats

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Jon Kempin made his league debut for Kansas City, at 21 years, 124 days, he's the 18th youngest player to make his debut.

Kempin's debut means that KC has had three keepers see action this year for the first time since 2002 when Tony Meola and Bo Oshoniyi played most of the games and Taly Goode played an Open Cup game.

Besler Linked with SC Freiburg in Germany

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We'd heard that the Bundesliga was one of the three locations that Sporting KC captain, Matt Besler, was looking at, along with staying in KC and a move to the Premier League. Today, German magazine, Kicker has put the name of a German club to the interest in Besler.

SC Freiburg, who finished 14th in the 2013-2014 Bundesliga season is apparently one of the teams interested in Besler's services.

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MLS Fines Heath and Orlando for Comments on Dwyer

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When Adrian Heath made comments on his radio show about Dom Dwyer and Orlando's interest in bringing him back to Orlando, the question was always whether the coach would get fined for his comments, which included "there is no secret that Dom wants to be here." The league's tampering rules are fairly vague compared to other American leagues, but most people expected there would be some comment coming form MLS.

Kristian Nemeth is proving his worth with Sporting KC

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Peter Vermes has had a knack for drafting industrious, contributing forwards during his time with Sporting KC.

Teal Bunbury, C.J. Sapong and Dom Dwyer were all drafted under the Vermes regime, and at one point, all provided goals for the club.

While Sporting KC have drafted and developed good young strikers, the team have been unlucky in finding similar players from abroad.

#TBT Vermes First Win

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While yesterday's game didn't turn out to be Sporting KC's Peter Vermes' 100th win in all competitions like I'd originally said, I thought this would be a good thing to look at in this week's Throw Back Thursday. With Vermes just one win away I thought we'd take a look at Vermes' first win as head coach of the then KC Wizards.

S.A.S. Thursday After Stats

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The win was Peter Vermes' 100th in all competitions as coach of Sporting KC.

Krisztian Nemeth's first goal of the night was the 500th scored at home in league play for Kansas City.

Saad Abdul-Salaam was the 187th player to appear in a league game for KC. In all competitions he was the 193rd player to appear in a game.

United extends unbeaten streak to seven with draw against visiting Sporting KC – Match Gallery

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DC United extended their unbeaten streak to seven after a 1-1 tie with visiting Sporting KC. Photos: Martin Fernandez

D.C. United Scouting Report: Sporting Kansas City

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How set pieces, long balls, and attacking down the left will help United get another win at RFK tonight.

By now, our longtime readers have come to expect a certain pattern when it comes to a piece like this. Normally a scouting report involving Sporting Kansas City would involve a lot of talk about pressure to start.

D.C. United versus Sporting Kansas City lineup: Prelude to chaos

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D.C. United welcome Sporting Kansas City, Benny Feilhaber's hair, and Peter Vermes to town.

D.C. United welcomes a new member of the Western Conference back to RFK Stadium this Saturday as Sporting Kansas City comes to town. SKC is currently in the last playoff spot in the Western Conference, but are only 4 points out of first (though they already have a game in hand on United).

Conflicting Stories on van der Vaart

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Over the past two days, a pair of conflicting stories have come out regarding Sporting KC and their potential new designated player, Rafael van der Vaart. The Dutch international has been linked with a summer move to Kansas City once his contract expires with German club Hamburg.

Yesterday, KC Star beat writer, Sam McDowell provided an update on the situation saying that Peter Vermes and SKC were still in contact with van der Vaart, but that the two had no movement in regards to a new contract.

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.

USMNT: Peter Vermes said what?

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You heard, Peter (sportingkc.com)

USMNT editor Austin Fido has another look at Peter Vermes' views on player fitness...

If you've been following USMNT recently, you'll know media coverage in the US has been increasingly at odds with Jürgen Klinsmann's tactics, thoughts about MLS, about young players exploring options outside the USA, about how long a season should be, and.

Sporting Set to Sign Another Haitian?

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Looks like Sporting Kansas City may have a new player heading their way. Peter Vermes has mentioned that Sporting KC was likely not done with player signings, and Robb Heineman has hinted at the signing of a defensive midfielder and a "number 10" for a little while now. Soni Mustivar, a French born, Haitian international is set to sign with the club according to reports out of France.

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.

A Look at Vermes Drafting History

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Since taking over the KC Wizards Technical Director role in 2006, Peter Vermes has developed a reputation for his player scouting and his ability to find quality players to bring in. Part of that has been his ability to find talent in the draft, with players like Dom Dwyer, CJ Sapong, Matt Besler, and Graham Zusi on his resume; it's certainly hard to argue with much of that.

DM Deal Dead (And Who Could it Have Been?)

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Failed physical. ...dm deal dead
— Robb Heineman (@RobbHeineman) January 11, 2015



Robb Heineman posted the above Tweet earlier today, letting Sporting KC fans know that a player that Sporting KC had been chasing would not be coming to the team.

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 KC Re-Sign Peterson

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Sporting Kansas City announced today that forward, Jacob Peterson had re-signed with the club. Peterson had been out of contract after the 2014 season and had been in negotiations with the club about returning. With those negotiations finalized, that leaves just one player, Kevin Ellis, out of contract that still has an offer on the table from the club.

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.

Espinoza to Leave Wigan, Return to US

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Word out of the United Kingdom today is that Wigan Athletic midfielder, Roger Espinoza will be leaving the club and returning to the United States. Espinoza's return to the US would give all the indications that he will be re-signing with Sporting KC since Sporting still hold his MLS rights.

There had been rumors of Espinoza's return to KC since October, but at the time, Sporting head coach, Peter Vermes said that he would not be willing to pay a transfer fee for the Honduran.

Sporting's Protected and Exposed List for the Expansion Draft

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With all the changes that Sporting KC has made near the end of the season there wasn't a lot of flexibility with who the team would choose to protect in this year's expansion draft. After the automatic protection of Kevin Ellis, Jon Kempin, Mikey Lopez, and Erik Palmer-Brown, there aren't a lot of players left on KC's roster to choose from.

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.

KC Closing in on Bringing Espinoza Back?

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A little under two weeks ago, Taylor Twellman tweeted that he bet Roger Espinoza would be on Sporting KC's roster come January 1st. At the time the rumor made sense because Sporting still held the Hondurans MLS rights after he left on a free transfer to sign with Wigan after the 2012 MLS season and Espinoza had been relegated to the U21 team at Wigan.

D.C. United versus Sporting Kansas City preview: Behind Enemy Lines w/ Kansas City blog The Blue Testament

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In which we talk to Ben Gartland of The Blue Testament about Peter Vermes and the sputtering Sporting Kansas City.

The suddenly sputtering Sporting Kansas City comes to RFK Stadium tonight. To get the preview of this match, we talked to Ben Gartland of The Blue Testament to get the lowdown on all things Sporting.

Sporting KC form Partnership with Brazilian club, Fluminense FC

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Sporting Kansas City announced today that they have entered into a "strategic partnership" with Brazilian club, Fluminense FC. The Brazilian club is the home club of current on loan defender, Igor Juliao. Based on the announcement, this is something that Sporting has been looking to do for at least a little while.

Stats

S.A.S. Saturday After Stats

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The win was Peter Vermes' 100th win in all competitions for KC.

Krisztian Nemeth scored the 600th home goal in all competitions for KC.

Graham Zusi's two assists gave him 53 for his career in all competitions, moving him ahead of Chris Klein and into second place all time on that list.

Sunday After Stats

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Not much stat wise from last night, but here they are.

The draw was the 50th in league play for Peter Vermes, he's now just one behind Bob Gansler for the most in KC history.

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Postgame quotes: Sporting Kansas City 3-2 Philadelphia Union

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Postgame quotes from Jim Curtin, Brian Carroll, and Sebastien Le Toux.

Postgame video and quotesheet: Union 2-1 KC

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Video and full transcript of Jim Curtin's postgame press conference, and video of interviews with Zac MacMath, Andrew Wenger, Jimmy McLaughlin, Amobi Okugo and Ray Gaddis. Also, postgame quote sheet.

The Union and the US Open Cup

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The Union play Seattle Sounders in the 2014 US Open Cup final on Tuesday. Here's a look back at the Union's past US Open Cup campaigns.

Mbolhi, Valdes & Lahoud to miss TFC games with NT call ups, the Toronto mess, league results, more

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Six Union players receive international call ups. Coaching change in Toronto. MLS results. KC wins NWSL title. USMNT news. Record transfer window in England. More.

Postgame quotes: Sporting KC 1-1 Union

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Comments from Jim Curtin, Brian Carroll, and Brian Brown following the Union's 1-1 draw in Kansas City.

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KYW Philly Soccer Show: Peter Vermes

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Greg and Eli talk to Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes. After that, Kevin Kinkead drops by to talk about the loss in Chicago before the guys answer questions from listeners.

Back to Clearwater, Wheeler released, Berry no longer with Cosmos, Nashville group not happy about HCI link, more

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Union release five players from preseason roster ahead of today's return to Clearwater. Berry no longer with Cosmos. Nashville FC doesn't want City Islanders. League and national team news. More.

The Rest

With the 10th Pick Sporting Select

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Connor Hallisey. The winger was a Mac Hermann trophy semifinalist. He'll come in and be able to play as a wide midfielder in Peter Vermes' 4-3-3 system. His attacking mindset for KC will be good, they need more players on the wing that are able to take players on.

Heineman and Vermes Q&A

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Yesterday as a follow up to the announcement of Roger Espinoza's signing, Espinoza, Peter Vermes, and Robb Heineman did a Q&A at Sprint hosted by Nate Bukaty. While there was a lot of good information given out during it, there's one area that I want to focus in on specifically. Heineman and Vermes were asked about accommodating players wants to go abroad and whether that would continue.

D.C. United versus New York Red Bulls MLS playoffs first leg staff and reader predictions

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We all think that the game between D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls will be tight, but what do you think will happen?

D.C. United takes on its old foe, the New York Red Bulls, in the Eastern Conference semifinal first leg on Sunday. It had to happen this way and it is the sequel to the epic series these two teams put on in 2012.

Sporting Name Three to be Inducted as Sporting Legends

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Sporting Club announced today that they will be inducting three people as Sporting Legends this year. After a fan vote that included Kerry Zavagnin, Chris Klein, and Mo Johnston, two players were chosen, Peter Vermes and Jimmy Conrad. The team also announced that the team's original owner Lamar Hunt would be inducted as well.