soccer http://kcur.org en Sporting KC: An Entertainment Business http://kcur.org/post/sporting-kc-entertainment-business <p>Sporting KC kicked off its 2014 season with a 1-0 loss to Seattle Sounders FC on March 8.</p><p>On today's <em>Central Standard</em> we discuss the entertainment aspect of a franchise that has become a business model for soccer clubs across the country.</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Jake Reid</strong>, chief revenue officer for Sporting KC</li><li><strong>Thad Bell</strong>, managing editor for <a href="http://www.thedailywiz.com/">The Daily Wiz</a></li><li><strong>Sean Dane</strong>, leader of the<a href="http://www.kccauldron.com/"> KC Cauldron </a></li></ul><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:01:07 +0000 Jeremy Bernfeld, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 52396 at http://kcur.org Sporting KC: An Entertainment Business NCAA Championships Heading to Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/ncaa-championships-heading-kansas-city <p>Kansas City led the way in cities awarded future men's and women's NCAA championships.</p><p>Of the 14 NCAA men's and women's championships awarded to Kansas City, 13 are scheduled for soccer venues built within the last three years - either at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., or the new Swope Soccer Village in Kansas City, Mo.</p><p>The most significant announcement centers around the Division II football championship. It will be played at Sporting Park, starting next year and running through 2017.</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:53:04 +0000 Greg Echlin 48212 at http://kcur.org Preview: Sporting KC Takes On Salt Lake For MLS Cup http://kcur.org/post/preview-sporting-kc-takes-salt-lake-mls-cup <p>There's a flurry of professional sports activity in Kansas City this weekend, but it's not for a football game. Soccer is taking center stage.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Saturday, Sporting Kansas City will host&nbsp;Real</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Salt Lake at Sporting Park for the MLS Cup championship. It’s the first time a championship game has been played in Kansas City, and if Sporting wins, it will be their first title since 2000, when they were still known as the Wizards.</span></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:45:32 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 47800 at http://kcur.org Preview: Sporting KC Takes On Salt Lake For MLS Cup Sporting KC Heads To Championship Game http://kcur.org/post/sporting-kc-heads-championship-game <p></p><p>The roar of the crowd confirmed what Sporting KC did this weekend at Sporting Park: They secured a spot at the MLS Cup being held in Kansas City Dec. 7.</p><p>In the second part of Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, KCUR's <strong>Greg Echlin</strong> joins us to give a preview for that game.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Greg Echlin</strong>, KCUR&nbsp;sports reporter</li></ul> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 18:24:04 +0000 Brian Ellison & Beth Lipoff 47361 at http://kcur.org Sporting KC Heads To Championship Game Roma Defeats MLS All-Stars, But Kansas City Still Wins http://kcur.org/post/roma-defeats-mls-all-stars-kansas-city-still-wins <p>AS Roma defeated the MLS All-Star team Wednesday night 3-1 in the MLS All-Star game at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.</p><p>The MLS team included three players from Sporting Kansas City, Aurelien Collin, Matt Besler and Graham Zusi. Their opponent from Italy included United States National Team center midfielder Michael Bradley who received high praise during from stadium fans on his announcement onto the field.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 11:27:50 +0000 Briana O'Higgins, Suzanne Hogan, Greg Echlin & Laura Ziegler 41218 at http://kcur.org Roma Defeats MLS All-Stars, But Kansas City Still Wins After Great Progress, Sporting Kansas City Looks For Next Step http://kcur.org/post/after-great-progress-sporting-kansas-city-looks-next-step <p>Major League Soccer’s all-star game will offer the best of its league against Italy’s AS Roma at Sporting Park Wednesday in Kansas City, Kan. Though it’s tough to get a ticket for the match, it follows the pattern lately for Sporting Kansas City’s home games with a string of 27 straight sellouts.</p><p><strong>Kansas City: soccer hotbed</strong></p><p>It was raining Monday afternoon, but fans showed up with umbrellas to watch professional soccer players aim for a soccer goal across Brush Creek in the plaza.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:55:09 +0000 Greg Echlin 41151 at http://kcur.org After Great Progress, Sporting Kansas City Looks For Next Step MLS All-Star Game Gives Kansas City A Fever Pitch http://kcur.org/post/mls-all-star-game-gives-kansas-city-fever-pitch <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Wednesday is the&nbsp;</span>18th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Major League Soccer All-Star Game and it will pit the best that MLS has against Italy’s AS Roma team. &nbsp;All of this will happen right here in Kansas City.</span></p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 23:29:41 +0000 Suzanne Hogan & Matthew Long-Middleton 41133 at http://kcur.org MLS All-Star Game Gives Kansas City A Fever Pitch Kansas City Women Pave Their Path To The Soccer Pitch http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-women-pave-their-path-soccer-pitch <p></p><p>The pop of the ball as it’s booted down field. Shouts from the sidelines. Cleats kicking up clumps of grass.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Sound familiar? You might have played on a soccer team when you were growing up, or perhaps these are the sounds you hear when you shuttle your kids to practices and games.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:27:51 +0000 Sangeeta Shastry 41032 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Women Pave Their Path To The Soccer Pitch Sporting Kansas City Coach Signs Through 2017 http://kcur.org/post/sporting-kansas-city-coach-signs-through-2017 <p>Sporting Kansas City coach&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Peter Vermes&nbsp;had his contract with the team extended Tuesday.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Vermes is now under contract through the 2017 season</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He says he really wasn't thinking about going anywhere else.</span></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:29:25 +0000 Greg Echlin 40707 at http://kcur.org Sporting Kansas City Coach Signs Through 2017 FC Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/fc-kansas-city <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s taken years, but the world’s most popular sport is finally catching on in the United States. Sporting KC has regular sell-outs at its stadium, and the team has fared well in its young history.</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Now it’s turn for the U.S. women to take the pitch. This year marks the inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League, and FC Kansas City, our town’s team, join 7 other cities – Boston, Seattle, Chicago, Washington DC, Portland, Rochester NY, and Piscataway NJ on the field. &nbsp;Today we're are joined by &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the coach for FC Kansas City, </span><strong>Vlatko</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong> Andonovski</strong> and forward <strong>Melissa Henderson</strong>.</span></div><p></p><p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 22:32:07 +0000 Stephen Steigman, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 31958 at http://kcur.org FC Kansas City KEI: Refugee To Soccer Superstar http://kcur.org/post/kei-refugee-soccer-superstar <p>There were happy days for soccer star <strong>Kei Kamara</strong> growing up in war-torn West Africa. But then, there were also days that haunt his dreams to this day.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 14:37:43 +0000 Tomeka Weatherspoon & Jabulani Leffall 25410 at http://kcur.org KEI: Refugee To Soccer Superstar Sporting KC: Players Tell All http://kcur.org/post/sporting-kc-players-tell-all <p>On this Thursday's Central Standard, get to know a sliver of this season’s Sporting KC soccer team, including their leading goal-scorer from Sierra Leone, a hometown boy from Rockhurst High, and the Danish goalie fans call the white puma.</p> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 16:14:42 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 14213 at http://kcur.org Sporting KC: Players Tell All MLS Prospects Try Their Feet At Art http://kcur.org/post/mls-prospects-try-their-feet-art <p>Major League Soccer has tried new ways in recent years to generate publicity for the SuperDraft – when college graduates and others are signed to the league. On January 11, the day before the SuperDraft took place in Kansas City, M-L-S prospects mixed it up...at a museum.</p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 18:04:47 +0000 Laura Spencer 11821 at http://kcur.org MLS Prospects Try Their Feet At Art Power And Light District Draws World Cup Watchers http://kcur.org/post/power-and-light-district-draws-world-cup-watchers <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-5353449f51072-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-5353449f51072-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="5353449f51072-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-907127.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, Missouri – As the World Cup Tournament began on Friday, the Power and Light District's open living room became a destination point for viewing. The Lonely Planet website identified the location as among the top 10 places to view the matches.</p> Sat, 12 Jun 2010 14:40:55 +0000 Laura Ziegler 6719 at http://kcur.org Power And Light District Draws World Cup Watchers Wizards President: 'We're Moving To Kansas' http://kcur.org/post/wizards-president-were-moving-kansas <p>Kansas City, MO – The President of the Kansas City Wizards soccer team says work will start next week on a new stadium near the NASCAR track in Wyandotte County.</p> Fri, 18 Dec 2009 22:18:38 +0000 Frank Morris 6079 at http://kcur.org Wizards President: 'We're Moving To Kansas'