sporting kc http://kcur.org en Sporting Announces New Facility, Makes Kansas City Indisputable 'Soccer Town' http://kcur.org/post/sporting-announces-new-facility-makes-kansas-city-indisputable-soccer-town <p>Much like the winning drivers at Kansas Speedway next door, Sporting Kansas City is taking a victory lap.</p><p>Firmly planted in Kansas City with a state-of-the-art soccer venue and a first class practice facility and fields, Sporting Kansas City steered the area to another level with an announcement Wednesday of a proposed National Training and Coaching Development Facility in Kansas City, Kan.</p><p>Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback was on hand for the formal announcement at Sporting Park before Sporting KC took the field for an international friendly match against Manchester City FC.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:24:26 +0000 Greg Echlin 59407 at http://kcur.org Sporting KC Signs Besler, Zusi For Four More Years http://kcur.org/post/sporting-kc-signs-besler-zusi-four-more-years <p>Long term commitment or not? That’s the question with a few of the biggest sports stars in Kansas City.</p><p>Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex reports to training camp this week without a contract beyond this season. On the other hand, Sporting Kansas City locked up their two biggest stars for the long haul.</p><p>Before Sporting Kansas City took the field in their Saturday match at Livestrong Park against the Los Angeles Galaxy, the announcement came out that Matt Besler and Graham Zusi agreed to four-year extensions with the team.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:16:34 +0000 Greg Echlin 59219 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Soccer Fans Celebrate U.S. Victory Over Ghana http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-soccer-fans-celebrate-us-victory-over-ghana <p>Swarms of soccer fans packed the Power and Light District Monday to watch the United States beat Ghana 2-1 in the U.S. team's first World Cup match.</p><p>The KC Live Stage was filled to the brim of fans wearing red white and blue, chanting U.S.A., and S.K.C. to cheer for the two Sporting KC players on the team, Matt Besler and Graham Zusi.</p><p>Kansas City native, Matt Besler played in the first half but had to leave the game due to a hamstring injury. Graham Zusi was brought in at the 77th minute, and assisted in scoring the second goal that brought the team to victory.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:49:57 +0000 Suzanne Hogan 57437 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Soccer Fans Celebrate U.S. Victory Over Ghana Team USA Departs For World Cup In Brazil http://kcur.org/post/team-usa-departs-world-cup-brazil <p>The USA team that will participate in the World Cup soccer tournament departed for Brazil Sunday night.</p><p>Kansas City soccer fans will have a watchful eye on this team with two players from Sporting Kansas City on the roster. Seventeen-year-old Ady Barraza, a soccer player at Olathe Northwest High School, was at the Overland Park Soccer complex over the weekend along with other teens trying out for club teams. While trying to map out their own futures, they’re in tune to what will be happening at the World Cup in Brazil.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:41:00 +0000 Greg Echlin 57007 at http://kcur.org 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 A Fan's Notes: The Comforts of Home http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-comforts-home <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’ve heard the statistics: Over the next two days, some 44 million of us will pack ourselves into trains, planes, and automobiles for Thanksgiving—and perhaps a few more for Hanukkah. Nearly all of us will be headed home. Why? Because even in this age when “contact” is for lists, “touch” is for screens, and </span>“FaceTime”<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is an app, it’s being at home, together with family, that still brings out the best, or at least, the most emotional, in all of us. Home is where the heart is.</span></p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 16:53:43 +0000 Victor Wishna & Cody Newill 47427 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: The Comforts of Home Sporting KC’s Kamara Makes Premier Move http://kcur.org/post/sporting-kc-s-kamara-makes-premier-move <p><a href="http://www.sportingkc.com/club/peter-vermes">Sporting Kansas City</a> forward Kei Kamara will be making a move across the pond at least temporarily.</p><p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 17:13:45 +0000 Maria Carter 31169 at http://kcur.org Sporting KC’s Kamara Makes Premier Move 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