Sporting Kansas City http://kcur.org en A Fan’s Notes: Hometown Heroes http://kcur.org/post/fan-s-notes-hometown-heroes <p></p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:40:45 +0000 Victor Wishna & Danie Alexander 59494 at http://kcur.org A Fan’s Notes: Hometown Heroes Announcement On National Soccer Training Center Expected Wednesday http://kcur.org/post/announcement-national-soccer-training-center-expected-wednesday <p>Collaborative efforts between the Sporting Kansas City soccer club, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kan., and the state of Kansas for a national soccer training center appear to be complete.</p><p>A “major announcement” is set for Wednesday night at Sporting Park with Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback expected to be in attendance, state officials said in a release Tuesday.</p><p>It will precede Sporting KC’s exhibition match against England’s Manchester City club.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:00:29 +0000 Greg Echlin 59354 at http://kcur.org World Cup: USA Needs To Draw With Germany On Thursday http://kcur.org/post/world-cup-usa-needs-draw-germany-thursday <p></p><p></p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with Sporting KC player, Chance Myers, for insight on team USA's strategy to move on to the next round and one step closer to the championship.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 21:02:29 +0000 Steve Kraske & Hannah Copeland 57931 at http://kcur.org World Cup: USA Needs To Draw With Germany On Thursday What To Watch For In The World Cup http://kcur.org/post/what-watch-world-cup <p></p><p>There will be crowds, cheering and that well-known cry of , "Futbol!" as the FIFA World Cup begins this week.</p><p></p><p>In the first part of Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with Sporting KC's Chance Myers about what to expect from the competition and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">what U.S. team members-- and Sporting KC players-- Graham </span>Zusi<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Matt </span>Besler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> might face.</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guest:</span></strong></p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:41:29 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 57017 at http://kcur.org What To Watch For In The World Cup Sporting KC Kicks Off New Season With A New Goalie http://kcur.org/post/sporting-kc-kicks-new-season-new-goalie <p>Sporting Kansas City will begin defense of their championship in Major League Soccer Saturday with a road game at Seattle to open the season.</p><p>There will be one noticeable difference in the look of this year’s team. Goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, nicknamed "The White Puma" and known for wearing pink, decided to go out on top.</p><p>Nielsen announced his retirement shortly after Sporting's 2013 MLS Cup win. He is now coaching in Oklahoma City, Okla.&nbsp;</p><p>Succeeding Nielsen will be Eric Kronberg.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:02:11 +0000 Greg Echlin 52276 at http://kcur.org Sporting KC Kicks Off New Season With A New Goalie 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 Two Days After MLS Cup Win, Sporting Kansas City Goalie Announces Retirement http://kcur.org/post/two-days-after-mls-cup-win-sporting-kansas-city-goalie-announces-retirement <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two days after helping his team win the MLS Cup, Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper and team captain, Jimmy Nielsen,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">announced he'll retire from soccer. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After the MLS Cup was one Saturday night, goalkeeper Jimmy </span>Nielsen<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said the last thing anyone would want is to have come out of a final like the MLS Cup thinking they could've tried harder.</span></p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:53:39 +0000 Greg Echlin 48081 at http://kcur.org Sporting KC Fans Invited To Union Station To Celebrate MLS Championship http://kcur.org/post/sporting-kc-fans-invited-union-station-celebrate-mls-championship <p>A celebration of Sporting Kansas City’s Major League Soccer championship victory is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Union Station area of Kansas City, Mo.</p><p>Sporting won the MLS Cup Saturday night after ten rounds of penalty kicks. The final score was 7-6, against Real Salt Lake.</p><p>The win is the first championship since 2000. Back then, two current starters followed the team to Washington D.C., for the match as native Kansas City fans when the team was known as the Kansas City Wizards.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:49:36 +0000 Greg Echlin 48023 at http://kcur.org Sporting KC Fans Invited To Union Station To Celebrate MLS Championship Despite Frigid Forecast, The MLS Cup Must Go On http://kcur.org/post/despite-frigid-forecast-mls-cup-must-go <p>Major League Soccer’s championship, the MLS Cup, will be played Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. between Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.</p><p>The match, set for the latest date in the 18-year history of the league, is also expected to be the coldest championship in league history.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But, are temperatures in the </span>20s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> under these wintry conditions seem appropriate for an outdoor soccer game? </span></p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 14:16:07 +0000 Greg Echlin 47915 at http://kcur.org Despite Frigid Forecast, The MLS Cup Must Go On Tell KCUR: Sporting KC Fans Get A Kick Out of Connection To Team http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-sporting-kc-fans-get-kick-out-connection-team <p>Sporting Kansas City’s personal connection to fans help distinguish the soccer team’s fan experience from other professional teams in Kansas City, our listeners and online audiences tell us.</p><p>With Saturday’s Major League Soccer championship matchup between Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City in the MLS Cup, we wanted to know: <a href="http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-how-rooting-sporting-kc-different-other-pro-teams">How is rooting for Sporting Kansas City different than rooting for other pro teams in KC?</a></p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:07:41 +0000 Alyson Raletz 47869 at http://kcur.org Tell KCUR: Sporting KC Fans Get A Kick Out of Connection To Team Your Guide To Getting On The Sporting Kansas City Bandwagon http://kcur.org/post/your-guide-getting-sporting-kansas-city-bandwagon <p>You've probably heard by now that our very own Major League Soccer team, Sporting Kansas City, <a href="http://kcur.org/post/sporting-kc-heads-championship-game">has made it to the MLS championship game</a>, called the MLS Cup. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:05:00 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 47733 at http://kcur.org Your Guide To Getting On The Sporting Kansas City Bandwagon 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 Tell KCUR: How Is Rooting For Sporting KC Different Than Other Pro Teams? http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-how-rooting-sporting-kc-different-other-pro-teams <p>Major league soccer is hot right now in Kansas City as <a href="http://kcur.org/post/sporting-kc-heads-championship-game">we prepare to host this weekend’s MLS championship</a> between Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City.</p><p>And we want to know what all the buzz is about.</p><p>Tell KCUR: How is rooting for Sporting Kansas City different than rooting for other pro teams in KC?</p><p>Tweet us @KCUR, using the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23tellkcur">#TellKCUR hashtag</a>.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:36:32 +0000 Alyson Raletz 47701 at http://kcur.org Tell KCUR: How Is Rooting For Sporting KC Different Than Other Pro Teams? 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 Royals And Sporting Players Selected As All-Stars http://kcur.org/post/royals-and-sporting-players-selected-all-stars <p>It was a big weekend for All-Star announcements in Kansas City. &nbsp;Both the Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC had multiple players named to their respective league’s All-Star teams.</p><p>Outfielder Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals wasn’t on the American League team last year, but he was there when the cheers for his teammate Billy Butler drowned out the introduction.&nbsp;</p><p>“I don’t cry at all, but I actually cried when I saw Bill get announced and all the support he got,” says Gordon.</p><p>Gordon says playing with Butler for the past six years has been special.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 15:40:33 +0000 Greg Echlin 39764 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: The #1 That Got Away http://kcur.org/post/fans-notes-1-got-away <p>As the year comes to close, <em>A Fan’s Notes</em> commentator <strong>Victor Wishna</strong> looks back on “the year that was” in the world of Kansas City sports… with a glimmer of hope at what <em>could</em> be.</p><p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 16:46:59 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Victor Wishna 29385 at http://kcur.org A Fan's Notes: The #1 That Got Away The Wizards Sport a New Name http://kcur.org/post/wizards-sport-new-name <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d5c679ea928-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d5c679ea928-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d5c679ea928-"></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-935776.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, MO – The wizards soccer team has waved a marketer's special re-branding wand and done away with their name. Instead of the wizards, they will now be called Sporting Kansas City.</p> Thu, 18 Nov 2010 19:19:49 +0000 Andrea Silenzi 7298 at http://kcur.org The Wizards Sport a New Name