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A Look Back at my 2015 Wants and Wishes

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With 2015 about to end, here's a look at my 2015 wants and wishes and how they turned out ahead of the calendar switch to 2016.

1. Silverware - Silverware is always fun and this year Kansas City soccer teams brought home two trophies. Sporting KC started the season off strong and for a period of time looked to be one of the favorites to win MLS Cup.

From the Highest of Highs to the Lowest of Lows

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After the dramatic comeback on Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps you had to expect a bit of a letdown at some point soon. That said I'm not sure anyone expected this much of a letdown. Last night at Sporting Park, Sporting KC suffered their biggest defeat ever at Sporting Park and the second largest home defeat in the club's history as the San Jose Earthquakes came in and got their first win in KC in 11 years in emphatic fashion, playing KC off the field to the tune of a 5-0 win for the Quakes.

Match Day 23: Games in Hand

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Tomorrow night at Sporting Park, Sporting KC will begin their process of making up the one to four games in hand on the rest of the Western Conference when they host the San Jose Earthquakes. It will also be Kansas City's fourth game in 12 days when you include last week's 3-1 US Open Cup win over Real Salt Lake.

Match Day 20: A Busy Month Starts

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Sporting Kansas City starts a busy month of August tomorrow at Sporting Park when they take on the Houston Dynamo at Sporting Park. KC play seven games this month, but the good news is that four of those seven games are at home, including three straight. In the stretch is also the club's US Open Cup semifinal against Real Salt Lake.

Match Day 14: Lacking Options Up Top

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Tomorrow at Sporting Park, the two highest scoring teams in the league will face off. Unfortunately those high scoring offenses may not be seen as both teams are faced with injuries and national team call ups that will limit the rosters that both teams will have to choose from tomorrow, especially up top.

Match Day 11: Cross Conference Game with a Shortened Lineup

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After Saturday's game against Colorado was postponed, Sporting KC will try to get their eleventh game of the season in tomorrow night at Sporting Park against the New England Revolution. This will be the only meeting between the two teams this year after they met three times last year, with the Revolution winning all three, including a 3-2 win last year at Sporting Park as KC slumped down the stretch.

Match Day 5: The Union Visit Looking to Bust Another Slump

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Sporting Kansas City return home, one week after getting their first win of the season. This weekend they'll play a team that's made Sporting Park a bit of a second home over the past few years. The Philadelphia Union, who I mentioned in this week's Throw Back Thursday is unbeaten in their last three trips to Sporting Park, going 2-0-1 in the three games played here.

MatchPreview - Philadelphia Union at Sporting Kansas City

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Up next for Philadelphia Union is an Easter Sunday walk along the yellow brick road as they take on Sporting Kansas City where they have historically done well. How is the game going to play out? Here's my preview and some predictions.

The what: Sporting Kansas City vs Philadelphia Union

The where: Sporting Park, Kansas City KS.

#TBT Sporting's History at Home vs Philadelphia Since The Last Win vs the Union

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Not going to be going as far back into history this time for this week's Throw Back Thursday. Instead I'm going to use it to build on this weekend's game against the Philadelphia Union at Sporting Park. Since Philadelphia came into the league in 2010, they've not had much success, making the playoffs just once along with making the US Open Cup final last year, losing to Seattle.

Sporting's Defense Cleans Up, but Offense Still Lacks in 0-0 Draw

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Sporting Kansas City is off to their worst start to the season since 1999. Last night at Sporting Park made it three straight to start the season without a win as they played the Portland Timbers to a 0-0 draw. The defense stepped up against a Portland team that has shown to cause Kansas City trouble on the counter in the past, shutting out the Timbers offense while Luis Marin came up with saves when he was called upon.

Same Old Issues Arise in Sporting Draw with New York

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It's a new year for Sporting KC, but it's the same old problems that came up again in their 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls Sunday at Sporting Park. Kansas City had 18 shots yesterday, just four of those 18 ended up being on goal, just 22%, and just one goal as KC played to a 1-1 draw, closing the game with just 10 men after Matt Besler was sent off for two cautionable offenses.

K-State Spring Game at Sporting Park Confirmed

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Sporting KC today confirmed that Kansas State University will be playing their spring football game at Sporting Park this year. Due to the renovations at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, the Wildcats were looking for a new location for this year's game. Rumors that Sporting Park would be the site of the game have been around for the last couple weeks and they were finally confirmed today.

FCKC Home Opener to be at Sporting Park

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FC Kansas City and Sporting KC announced today that the Blues' home opener will in fact be played at Sporting Park. The plan since the two clubs formed their partnership had been to have the home opener at Sporting Park to start the Blues' 2014 season as they look to defend their NWSL title. With the Blues at home the first weekend of the season against Sky Blue FC the question was all about the date.

2015 Wishes

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Time to make my wishes for the year 2015. Yesterday I reviewed my wishes for 2014, so let's move forward.

1. Silverware - As always, number 1 on the list is trophies. I want more trophies. For a period of time last year, Kansas City held the MLS Cup, NWSL championship, and MISL title all at the same time.

Sporting Set New Attendance Record

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For the fourth straight year, Sporting KC has set a new record attendance for the club. This year, Sporting KC broke the 20,000 per game average for the first time in club history, averaging 20,003 per game in the 2014 season. Sporting sold out all 17 league home games increasing their record to 53 in MLS play (league and playoffs).

Match Day 32 - Playoffs Within Reach

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Despite the losses, the winless run, and the two wins in their last 10 games, Sporting Kansas City have the chance to clinch a playoff berth tomorrow night against the Chicago Fire, a win and Sporting is into the playoffs again this year. Standing in their way at Sporting Park, the Fire have been eliminated from the playoff race this year already.

SBI MLS Team of the Week: New England Revolution

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Photo byPeter Aiken/USA Today Sports


Jermaine Jones has proven to be the missing link for the New England Revolution.

The visiting Revs topped Sporting Kansas City, 3-2, at Sporting Park last Friday due to Jones' 85th minute game-winner, as the Revs bounced back to pickup their sixth victory in seven games.

Sporting Fall at Home Again

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Sporting Kansas City finds themselves in a rare situation from the past few years. For the first time since opening Sporting Park, and the first time since 2010, KC has lost back to back home games, falling 3-1 to the Houston Dynamo. It's also the first time since 2010 that KC has allowed three goals in back to back matches (4-3 win over Houston 3-1 loss to Dallas).

Sporting Fall to DC, Suffer Worst Defeat in Time at Sporting Park

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Sporting Kansas City suffered their largest defeat in the history of Sporting Park, falling 3-0 last night to DC United. The loss was KC's first by three goals at home since a 3-0 loss to New York in June of 2010 when the team played at Community America Ballpark. Three goals in less than 10 minutes allowed DC United to easily beat KC and move past them and into first place in the Eastern Conference.

"Major Announcement" Today

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It's game day for Sporting Kansas City as the team takes on BPL Champions, Manchester City in a friendly at Sporting Park. The game though looks like it may not be the biggest news of the day (at least for me). Yesterday, Sporting Club announced that they would have a "major announcement" today that would include the club, Wyandotte County unified government representatives, and Kansas governor Sam Brownback.

Match Day 20 - Looking for Some Home Form

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Sporting KC are the defending MLS Cup champions. Tomorrow at Sporting KC welcome the winner of the previous two MLS Cups, the LA Galaxy to Sporting Park. Kansas City will be looking for their first win at home since early May when KC beat the Columbus Crew 2-0. Since then they have played four games at home, getting a loss and three draws in those four games.

Dwyer, Magee score in 1-1 draw at sweltering Sporting Park

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The temperature and humidity in Kansas City skyrocketed Sunday afternoon, and the action on the field between Sporting Kansas City and the Chicago Fire could only keep up for so long.

Forwards Dom Dwyer and Mike Magee scored for their respective teams in the first half as the two sides played to a 1-1 draw in front of 20,585 fans at a sticky Sporting Park.

Wright-Phillips notches 11th goal, salvages draw for Red Bulls vs. Sporting KC

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The script was all-too familiar for Sporting Kansas City Tuesday. An early go-ahead goal gave fans a sense of optimism and excitement, only for the visitors to storm back for a crushing equalizer.

The New York Red Bulls were the antagonists — or benefactors, if you will — this time around as the two sides played out to a 1-1 draw in front of 19,221 at Sporting Park.

Sporting to Play Manchester City this Summer

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Sporting KC announced today that the team will be playing a summer friendly this year as part of their Summer in the Soccer Capital. The first friendly since KC played Stoke City to a 1-1 draw at Sporting Park in 2012 will see Sporting KC take on a better English side, Manchester City on July 23rd.

Oriol Rosell had let word of the friendly slip back in December that the Capital One Cup winners this year would be traveling to Kansas City to play the defending MLS Cup champs at Sporting Park.

It's Game Day

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It's game day at Sporting Park.For the second year in a row, Sporting KC's home will be hosting a final. Last year, Sporting prevailed over the Seattle Sounders on penalty kicks to win their first trophy since 2004.

And while that trophy was important to the team and the fans, this afternoon at Sporting Park is a much bigger game.

2014 Schedule Released

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The 2013 season hasn't ended, and we already have the 2014 schedule. For the past few years it's been January, or even February before we got the schedule for the new year, so getting it in late November is already a real treat.

For the fourth straight year, Sporting KC opens the season on the road.

Robb Heineman

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).

United States

Sporting Park to Host US vs Panama in the Gold Cup

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CONCACAF today announced the groupings for this summer's Gold Cup, including the USA and their fourth trip to Sporting Park since the stadium opened. The United States, already grouped in Group A will play in Dallas, Foxborough and Kansas City for their three group games. Joining them will be Panama, Haiti, and Honduras or French Guiana (those two meet in a home and away playoff in late March to decide the final team in the tournament).

Sporting Park to Host Women's World Cup Qualifiers

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There will be more international soccer coming to Sporting Park this year. For the first time since 2011, the US women's national team will be coming to Sporting Park this October Sporting Park has been named as one of four sites in the United States that will host the final round of qualification for the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada.

Review of 2013 Wishes

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With 2013 behind us now, it's a chance to take a look at my 2013 wishes that I posted back in January 2013 and see how they worked out.

1. Silverware - An MLS Cup is certainly a nice way to end a season and fulfill this wish. We should do that more often.

2. 15 goals from Claudio Bieler - Sporting KC's DP finished with 10 regular season goals, he adding another in the US Open Cup, and another in the playoffs, so even counting all competitions, this one didn't get fulfilled.

The Rest

End of Season Look at SKC Academy Players in College

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The Stanford Cardinal won the NCAA Division 1 championship this weekend at Sporting Park, defeating Clemson 4-0, marking the end of the college season. With the season over here is a look at how all the Sporting KC academy players did in college this season.

Class of 2012

Andrew Brown (Bradley University) - MF - Sr - Played in 17 games, scoring 1 goal and assisting on 3 as Bradley went 7-10-1.

#TBT The Renderings on the Way to Sporting Park

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On Tuesday of this past week was the anniversary of the first game played at Sporting Park between Sporting KC and the Chicago Fire. In honor of that for this week's Throw Back Thursday I'm going to share some renderings of KC's stadium history that I either have gotten over the years, or that can be found online.

Sporting Park to Host K-State Spring Football Game?

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It started out as just a rumor on Twitter, that with the construction on going at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas State University was looking to move their spring football game to Sporting Park. The KC Star was able to get confirmation that the school has "reached out to Sporting KC and have had preliminary discussions about bringing the spring game to Kansas City tentatively on the afternoon of April 25.

Sporting Park to Host Gold Cup and USA Again

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For the fourth time in five years, Sporting Park will host the US men's national team next summer as part of the Gold Cup. The US national team will close out Group A on Monday, July 13th at Sporting Park against an opponent still to be determined. The US will open play in the Gold Cup on Tuesday July 7th in Frisco, Texas before moving to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on the 10th for the second game before finishing the group phase in Kansas City.

NCAA Championships Coming to Sporting Park and Swope

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The NCAA announced today the cites for upcoming championship series throughout the US. A number of those events will be taking place at around KC. Fourteen events in all will be hosted in KC between 2014 and 2017. Of that, 13 of the events will be hosted at Sporting KC facilities.

The Swope Soccer Village in Swope Park will be hosting eight championships over the four years, starting next year.

Monday After (Cup Final Edition)

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Saturday night saw a thrilling end to the 2013 MLS season, with Sporting topping RSL after 10 rounds of penalties. After a first half punctuated by injuries, stoppages and poor play, the teams turned in a riveting final 45 minutes, overtime and spot kicks. A standing room only sellout at Sporting Park provided the backdrop to the Final, and the fans stayed through to the end to create a raucous environment that came through clear on the television.