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6:00 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Futsal Soccer Catches On In Kansas City

Children play a game of futsal soccer, which involves fewer players and a smaller field, at Wyandotte High School.
Credit Greg Echlin / KCUR

The soccer craze in the Kansas City area wasn’t just captured in the Power & Light District watch parties for the World Cup games.

It’s evident on full-size soccer fields on both sides of the state line. But the metropolitan area's newest soccer passion may be churning up on mini-courts in Kansas City, Kan.

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Up to date
4:02 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

World Cup: USA Needs To Draw With Germany On Thursday

Sporting KC player Chance Myers
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

On Wednesday's Up to Date, 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.

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Up to Date
10:23 am
Wed June 18, 2014

World Cup: The Next Steps For Team USA

Players from Brazil and Mexico play at the 2014 World Cup.
Credit Copa2014.gov.br / Wikimedia Commons

  The U.S. soccer team no longer carries the specter of a prospective defeat against Ghana--so where does that leave them?

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with players from Sporting KC and FC Kansas City to get some analysis of the American team's strategies and chances as they move through the World Cup line-up.

Guests:

  • Chance Myers, Sporting KC player
  • Frances Silva, FC Kansas City player
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Sports
7:49 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Kansas City Soccer Fans Celebrate U.S. Victory Over Ghana

Swarms of soccer fans packed the Power and Light District to watch the United States beat Ghana 2-1 in last night’s World Cup match.
Suzanne Hogan KCUR

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.

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.

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.

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Up to Date
10:41 am
Mon June 9, 2014

What To Watch For In The World Cup

Sporting KC player Chance Myers joins Steve Kraske in the studio.
Credit Beth Lipoff / KCUR

There will be crowds, cheering and that well-known cry of , "Futbol!" as the FIFA World Cup begins this week.

In the first part of Monday's Up to Date, we talk with Sporting KC's Chance Myers about what to expect from the competition and what U.S. team members-- and Sporting KC players-- Graham Zusi and Matt Besler might face.

Guest:

  • Chance Myers, Sporting KC
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Sports
7:41 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Team USA Departs For World Cup In Brazil

The USA team that will participate in the World Cup soccer tournament departed for Brazil Sunday night.

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.

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Sports
11:42 am
Tue April 29, 2014

New Sport Phenomenon 'FootGolf' Coming To Kansas City

FootGolf combines soccer with golf and is played on a traditional golf course.
Credit vanderlanos / Flickr--CC

A new sport is catching on across the United States, and soon you will be able to play in Kansas City. The sport will make its Missouri debut at the city-owned Heart of America Golf Academy at Swope Park in Kansas City, Mo.

FootGolf has been gaining popularity since its inception in Europe around 2008. According the the sport's Wikipedia page, the first ever FootGolf tournament was organized in the Netherlands in 2009.

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Central Standard
1:01 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Sporting KC: An Entertainment Business

Credit Wikimedia / Creative Commons

Sporting KC kicked off its 2014 season with a 1-0 loss to Seattle Sounders FC on March 8.

On today's Central Standard we discuss the entertainment aspect of a franchise that has become a business model for soccer clubs across the country.

Guests:

  • Jake Reid, chief revenue officer for Sporting KC
  • Thad Bell, managing editor for The Daily Wiz
  • Sean Dane, leader of the KC Cauldron
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Sports
7:53 am
Thu December 12, 2013

NCAA Championships Heading to Kansas City

Kansas City led the way in cities awarded future men's and women's NCAA championships.

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.

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.

Up to Date
11:45 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Preview: Sporting KC Takes On Salt Lake For MLS Cup

Sporting KC will cap off a successful season by taking on Real Salt Lake this weekend in the MLS Cup.
Credit Brent Flanders / Flickr-CC

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. 

On Saturday, Sporting Kansas City will host Real 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.

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Up to Date
12:24 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Sporting KC Heads To Championship Game

Sporting KC's Aurelien Collin plays during a game against the San Jose Earthquakes.
Credit Ryan Knapp / Flickr-CC

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.

In the second part of Monday's Up to Date, KCUR's Greg Echlin joins us to give a preview for that game.

Guest:

  • Greg Echlin, KCUR sports reporter
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Sports
6:27 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Roma Defeats MLS All-Stars, But Kansas City Still Wins

The opening ceremony at the MLS All-Star game Wednesday included audience participation with signs and flags.
Laura Ziegler KCUR

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.

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.

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Sports
7:55 am
Wed July 31, 2013

After Great Progress, Sporting Kansas City Looks For Next Step

Sporting Kansas City home games have been sold out 27 consecutive times.
Credit Brian Davidson

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.

Kansas City: soccer hotbed

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.

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Central Standard
6:29 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

MLS All-Star Game Gives Kansas City A Fever Pitch

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Wednesday is the 18th Major League Soccer All-Star Game and it will pit the best that MLS has against Italy’s AS Roma team.  All of this will happen right here in Kansas City.

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KC Currents
4:27 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Kansas City Women Pave Their Path To The Soccer Pitch

A coach talks to his team at halftime during the US Youth Soccer National Championships at the Overland Park Soccer Complex.
Credit Sangeeta Shastry / KCUR

The pop of the ball as it’s booted down field. Shouts from the sidelines. Cleats kicking up clumps of grass.  

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.

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Sports
2:29 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Sporting Kansas City Coach Signs Through 2017

Peter Vermes signed on as coach and technical director of Sporting Kansas City through 2017
Credit Courtesy photo / Sporting KC

Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes had his contract with the team extended Tuesday. Vermes is now under contract through the 2017 season

He says he really wasn't thinking about going anywhere else.

"When you're around this every day and you're around the leaders of this club, and you hear and understand what their vision is, it's an easy choice," said Vermes. "You'd be an idiot to not want to be a part of it."

Sporting Kansas City is currently in first place in the East Division of Major League Soccer.

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Central Standard
4:32 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

FC Kansas City

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.

 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.  Today we're are joined by  the coach for FC Kansas City, Vlatko Andonovski and forward Melissa Henderson.

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Central Standard
9:37 am
Wed October 3, 2012

KEI: Refugee To Soccer Superstar

There were happy days for soccer star Kei Kamara growing up in war-torn West Africa. But then, there were also days that haunt his dreams to this day.

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Central Standard
11:14 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Sporting KC: Players Tell All

Three Sporting Kansas City players - left to right - Jimmy Nielsen, Jabulani Leffall, Seth Sinovic and Kei Kamara.

Get to know a sliver of this season’s Sporting KC soccer team, including the leading goal-scorer from Sierra Leone, a hometown boy from Rockhurst High & the Danish goalie fans call the white puma.

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Soccer
12:04 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

MLS Prospects Try Their Feet At Art

Laura Spencer KCUR

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, MLS prospects mixed it up...at a museum.

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KCUR News
9:40 am
Sat June 12, 2010

Power And Light District Draws World Cup Watchers

Kansas City, Missouri – In case you haven't heard, The World Cup Soccer Tournament started Friday.

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KCUR News
4:18 pm
Fri December 18, 2009

Wizards President: 'We're Moving To Kansas'

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. That's bad news for Kansas City officials, who had, until recently, still hoped to lure the project back to the old Banister Mall area.

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