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Sporting Miss Out on Social Media Campaign for Oduro

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Today Sporting Kansas City got some disappointing news about a free agent that they had publicly been chasing on social media. Robb Heineman had been courting Montreal Impact forward, Dominic Oduro as a free agent singing in a string of four Tweets this past Friday night, Benny Feilhaber even got in on the recruiting campaign posting a tweet of his own.

Sporting Miss Out on Social Media Campaign for Oduro

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Today Sporting Kansas City got some disappointing news about a free agent that they had publicly been chasing on social media. Robb Heineman had been courting Montreal Impact forward, Dominic Oduro as a free agent singing in a string of four Tweets this past Friday night, Benny Feilhaber even got in on the recruiting campaign posting a tweet of his own.

Robb Heineman and the "Young DP"

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A week and a half ago Robb Heineman did another one of his Q&A sessions as he flew down to Tucson for part of Sporting KC's preseason. While Heineman was candid, answering many questions that fans had. Looking back on it in the time since though it seems like some of the answers have been combined into something that I don't think is actually happen.

Vermes and Formation Changes

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Once again there has been plenty of talk in preseason about Sporting KC's head coach, Peter Vermes changing Kansas City's formation from what has become their traditional 4-3-3. This has become a yearly occurance for Kansas City over the years, from attempting a two forward system back in 2014 in an attempt to get both Claudio Bieler and Dom Dwyer on the field at the same time, to more tinkering in the 2015 preseason, to this year where according to Robb Heineman, the club has been using the 3-5-2 regularly in training.

Sporting KC Trade First Round Pick

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Sporting Kansas City had just one pick in the first two rounds of today's MLS Superdraft, the 11th overall selection, and with that pick Sporting decided to trade the pick. Kansas City ended up trading the 11th overall selection to DC United in exchange for targeted allocation money, which can be used to buy down a designated player down below the designated player threshold.

Heineman Confirms Interest in Everton in August, No Longer

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It looks like the rumors of Robb Heineman and Sporting Club purchasing an EPL team can be put to bed for at least the short term. Last night after Sporting's game against the San Jose Earthquakes, Jeff Carlisle got further quotes from Robb Heineman concerning the rumors of Sporting Club's interest in Everton FC.

Sporting KC Signing WBA U21 Player?

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Robb Heineman had mentioned this past weekend that the team had potential signings in town for games recently. Today, news out of the UK may have identified one of those players. According to the North Devon Journal out of Southwest England, West Bromwich Albion U21 player, Danny Barrow is set to sign for Sporting KC.

Sporting KC Moving Towards Deal with Ledesma?

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Back in February, Robb Heineman made a trip to Europe to visit both Frankfurt and Milan. The big news out of that had been the chase for Hamburg midfielder Rafael van der Vaart and attempting to get him to come to KC. While that target appears that it has fallen through and won't happen, a lesser known name that came up at the same time has reemerged as a target for Sporting KC.

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.

Palmer-Brown Transfer Almost Done

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Buried in the announcement of the new collective bargaining agreement and the announcement of Kansas City's new primary jersey was some news that could turn out to be quite big regarding Sporting KC and their youngest player, Erik Palmer-Brown. During yesterday's media day before the unveiling of the jersey, Robb Heineman said that the long rumored move by Palmer-Brown to Italian giants, Juventus looks like it's going to happen.

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.

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.

A Historic Look at Sporting KC's Draft Position

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The MLS Superdraft is less than a week away, and Sporting KC will be quite busy on Thursday. Sporting has six picks in the four round draft, including three in the first round, and four in the first 30 picks. Unfortunately from reading some reports from people that pay more attention to college soccer than I do, this doesn't appear to be the deepest draft, and appears to be weaker than most drafts in the recent past.

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 Closing in on Re-Signing Dwyer

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In a week that say the team trade two long serving and well liked players in Aurelien Collin and CJ Sapong, and saw the departure of play-by-play man, Callum Williams, Sporting KC fans really needed some good news this week. Fans finally got some tonight thanks to a Tweet from team president, Robb Heineman.

Opposite View: Three Questions With The Blue Testament

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We caught up with Ben Gartland from SB Nation's Sporting Kansas City blog The Blue Testament to ask them a few questions regarding the defending MLS Cup holders Sporting Kansas City.

tBG) Sporting Kansas City's president Robb Heineman recently said that SKC was "the greatest (club) in MLS)".

Weather, SKC vs MU, and Other MLS Cup News

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We're less than 48 hours away from MLS Cup. And with the game so close, there's lots of news coming out as soccer journalists around the US have descended on Kansas City for the final. Here's some news from today as MLS Cup gets closer.

Weather

This has been one of the big talking points for the last few weeks or so.

Orlando to be 21st MLS Team

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Orlando City announced today that next Tuesday, November 19th they would be making a major announcement. The emphasis on major was made by Orlando in their releases. With the stadium funding passing, it was only a matter of time before MLS officially made the announcement. And it looks like that is finally coming on the 19th.

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Another Tweet and Fly with Robb Heineman

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Sporting KC's Robb Heineman gave another one of his Q&As on Twitter tonight, another #TweetnFly time as Heineman made his way down Tucson to observe some preseason there.

As expected, one of the topics that brought out the most questions was the current roster and fan concern over the loss of Krisztian Nemeth to Qatar.

The First Fan: Reflections on 10 Years Without Peter Wilt

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Ten years ago last week, news broke that thefirst President and General Manager of the Chicago Fire was leaving the club. DespiteWilt's departure from Major League Soccer, his influence in the North American game remains.

In an age of "Circle the Wagon" franchise mentality,Wilt is a champion of fan culture, corporate accessibility, andorganizational transparency.

A Look at Heineman's Q/A on Twitter Tonight

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Tonight while on his way to Orlando, Robb Heineman did another one of his impromptu Twitter Q/A's. As always, there were a number of lighthearted questions and some trolling, but there were some good questions in there as well that he answered.

One of the early questions that Heineman was asked had to do with the team adding players to the current squad.

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Q&A on the Beach with Robb Heineman

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Sporting Club's CEO recently celebrated his birthday in Mexico and with his down time on the beach he conducted another of his Q&As with his followers on Twitter. As always Heineman touched on a number of topics from the Swope Park Rangers, to offseason additions, to Sporting Park and as always he threw in some of the trolling we've all come to expect.

National Training Center Given Final Approval

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Yesterday, final approval was given to Sporting Club for the construction of a national education and training center in Kansas City, KS, right down the road from Sporting Park. The Unified Government Board of Commissioners voted unanimously yesterday to authorize the project which will occupy two sites just East of I-435 on the Western side of the city.

Heineman Takes to Twitter Again

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Once again while killing time while on a flight, Sporting Club CEO, Robb Heineman took to Twitter again, conducting a Q&A with fans. Heineman answered a number of questions over an hour or so of Tweeting. There was lots of decent information in his tweets, but as always with these conversations you always have to take it with a grain of salt and remember Heineman's tendency to troll the fans on occasion.

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).

Sporting Park's Surface

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With the Flatlands Music Festival over at Sporting Park, the surface covering is off the playing surface and preparations are being made for Tuesday's Champions' League game against Real Esteli. With just that by itself questions would be asked of how exactly the surface will stand up after the concert.

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More reaction to that call, Chaco named to SI TOW, league could expand beyond 24 teams, more

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Union news. League confirms advanced talks with Minnesota United for next MLS franchise. Garber says league considering expanding beyond 24 teams. More news.

Union in Dallas, Edu & Okugo on switch, Klinsmann to test youth, WC ticket scalping investigation

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Union-Dallas previews. Edu and Okugo on position switch. Klinsmann to test young players in upcoming friendlies. Investigation alleges "someone in FIFA" involved in ticket scalping ring. More.

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Heineman's Trip to Europe and Who He May Be Looking At

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Robb Heineman is headed back to Europe. Last week on Twitter, Heineman tweeted that he was headed to Frankfurt and Milan in the next week, and asked fans who they may have been interested in. Immediately speculation went to who Heineman was going to see play, and who Heineman might be trying to get to come to Kansas City.

Sporting KC Announce New PBP Announcer and Other News From Heineman Interview

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Robb Heineman made an appearance on Between the Lines with Kevin Kietzman and made one big announcement and dropped news on other announcements coming. The main reason for his appearance was the announcement that Nate Bukaty will become the team's new play-by-play announcer for the club. Heineman said the move had to do with the club's commitment to being local.

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Let the Besler Transfer Speculation Begin

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It was to be expected given his play the last few years and after a stellar World Cup, but it stil hits with a shock that Matt Besler could be on his way out of Kansas City. The Sporting KC captain and center back has been making the media rounds today after the USA's elimination from the World Cup. Locally though all the talk has been about Besler's future.

The Palmer-Brown/Juventus Rumor Continue

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The transfer rumors surrounding Sporting KC's youngest player, Erik Palmer-Brown and Juventus continue to swirl. Today, ESPN's Marc Stein reported that "Juventus have moved a step closer to signing" Palmer-Brown. It's a continuation of a story that started last month when it was reported that Sporting turned down a $1 million bid for the teenager by the Italian giants.

Rumor Time - Man City, Dwyer, Heineman

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Been resigned to just Twitter over the past few days while doing family stuff and during that time, there's been a few rumors that have come out regarding Sporting KC.

First the rumor that has gotten the most talk and is probably based on the least information. It comes from what appears to be an off-handed comment from midfielder Oriol Rosell in an interview with a Spanish sports site.

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Marko Marin a Sporting Target

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Last night during the pregame show for the Sporting KC game, Robb Heineman was on the broadcast and gave some insight into the plans for the team during this summer transfer window that is getting ready to open. Beside one target being in town for last night's game and another target in town for Wednesday's US Open Cup game, Heineman also dropped the name of one target, Chelsea midfielder/winger, Marko Marin.

With the 20th Pick Sporting KC Select

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Amadou Dia. Another outside back for Sporting KC. He's listed as a midfielder/forward in college, but based on Robb Heineman's tweet will play defender. He's about Igor Juilao's size so the comments on the draft broadcast about his size are a little misplaced.

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.

Re-entry Draft phase 2 today, Clearwater spring training deal expected today, DC stadium deal approved, Garcia resigns, more

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Re-entry draft concludes today. Union expected to sign Clearwater spring training deal today. DC stadium deal gets final approval. FIFA investigator Michael Garcia resigns in protest. More.

Kei Kamara Transfer Deadline Day Tracking

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Here's a break down of how transfer deadline day in the UK has gone with regards to Sporting Kansas City forward, Kei Kamara.

First thing this morning while most KC fans were still in bed, word came out of northern England that Kamara was on a flight to England to finalize a deal for a move to Middlesbrough in the English Championship.