SPORTING KC HEADS WEST FOR A CROSS CONFERENCE CLASH AGAINST THE SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES ON SUNDAY
Sporting KC visits Buck Shaw Stadium for the fifth time in club history on Sunday. The match will be broadcast live locally on KSMO-TV and nationally on the Univision Deportes Network and is set to kickoff at 9 p.m. CT. Sporting KC is winless in the previous four matches at the Earthquakes' temporary home. Sporting KC is winless in their last 15 road trips to San Jose, with a 0-10-5 record (including postseason) dating back to 2000.
Sporting KC and San Jose are the top two performing teams when it comes to home and away form over the last two years. Sporting KC's 13 away wins since 2012 are the most in MLS. San Jose's two home losses since 2012 are the fewest in MLS. Additionally, Sporting KC's 26 away goals conceded since 2012 are the fewest in MLS and San Jose's 61 home goals scored since 2012 are the most in MLS.
KEVIN ELLIS RETURNS TO ORLANDO CITY FOR LION'S FINAL TWO REGULAR SEASON MATCHES
Kevin Ellis has re-joined USL PRO affiliate Orlando City Soccer Club for the Lions final two regular season matches, including tonight's decisive match against the Richmond Kickers. The 22-year-old Homegrown defender started three games last month for Orlando City, who are in contention for their third straight Commissioner's Cup title, before sustaining an injury while training with Sporting KC and remaining with the club to receive treatment.
The Lions are currently tied atop the USL PRO standings with the Richmond Kickers ahead of Wednesday's meeting between the two clubs at City Stadium in Richmond, Virginia. Orlando City will then close out the team's 26-game regular season schedule at home on Saturday against the Charlotte Eagles.
Should Ellis appear in both matches for Orlando City, then he would become the fifth Sporting KC player eligible for participation in the 2013 USL PRO Playoffs. He joins goalkeeper Jon Kempin and midfielder Christian Duke currently on loan to the Lions, while forwards C.J. Sapong and Dom Dwyer have also met the five-game minimum required for postseason competition.
The 2013 USL PRO Playoffs begin with the quarterfinal round during the weekend of Aug. 23-25 and culminate with the USL PRO Championship the weekend of Sept. 6-8.
PETER VERMES TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME ON OCTOBER 11 IN KC
U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday that the former U.S. Men's National Team forwards Peter Vermes and Joe-Max Moore will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 11, in a ceremony taking place at 2 p.m. CT on the Sprint Plaza at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
SPORTING KC ACQUIRES MIDFIELDER JIMMY MEDRANDA AND DEFENDER BRENDAN RUIZ
Sporting KC announced last Friday that the club has acquired Columbian midfielder Jimmy Medranda on loan from Deportivo Pereira and U.S. defender Brendan Ruiz from Brazilian side Figuerense. Medranda and Ruiz will be added to the roster upon receipt of their P-1 Visas and International Transfer Certificates. Medranda will occupy an international spot on Sporting KC's roster. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
SPORTING KC TEAMS UP WITH UMB BANK
Sporting Kansas City and UMB Bank announced a multi-year partnership last week introducing the financial services provider as a "First Team Partner" of Sporting KC and the official commercial banking sponsor for the club.
The partnership includes the naming rights to the field club at Sporting Park (UMB Field Club) as well as the title sponsorship to Sporting KC's August 31 match against the Colorado Rapids.
SAAD-KAMARA CONNECTION HELPS SPORTING KC DEFEAT THE NEW ENGLAND REVOLUTION 3-0 AT SPORTING PARK
Soony Saad and Kei Kamara linked up for two of Sporting KC's three goals against the New England Revolution on Saturday. Kamara opened the scoring for Sporting KC in the 27th minute when he headed a cross from Saad past Bobble Shuttleworth. Kamara beat Shuttleworth again in almost identical fashion shortly after the halftime intermission.
Benny Feilhaber added an insurance goal in second half stoppage time when he curled a free kick from just outside the 18-yard-box over the New England wall. Watch match highlights here.
SPORTING KC HEADS TO HONDURAS FOR SECOND MATCH OF 2013-14 CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGE
Sporting Kansas City defeated Nicaraguan side Real Esteli FC in their opening CONCACAF Champions League match by a scoreline of 2-0 with goals from Ike Opara and Dom Dwyer earlier this month. Sporting KC will play CD Olimpia in their second match of CCL on Tuesday, August 27 before closing out the group stage with home matches against Real Estelí on September 17 and Olimpia on October 2.
Tickets for the decisive two home games in the CONCACAF Champions League group stage are on sale now. These tickets can be secured online at Ticketmaster.com or at the Sporting Park Box Offices.
CLAUDIO BIELER AT BOOST MOBILE IN TOPEKA TODAY
Sporting Kansas City Designated Player Claudio Bieler made a special appearance in Topeka, Kan. from 4-5:30 p.m. CT today at the Boost Mobile Store by Monterrey Bakery. Bieler -who has appearred in every MLS match for the club this season and contributed a team-high nine goals and three assists - signed autographs, took pictures and met with fans throughout the event.
KAMARA, BEITASHOUR ON SPORTING KC SHOW
This week's Sporting KC Show aired on Tuesday night on Sports Radio 810 WHB with hosts Callum Williams, Andy Edwards and Carter Augustine. Sporting KC's Kei Kamara - an MLS Goal of the Week nominee - and San Jose Earthquakes defender Steven Beitashour also joined the conversation. Listen to the full podcast here.
KAMARA, SAAD, VERMES NAMED TO MLS TEAM OF THE WEEK
Peter Vermes' squad is back in first place in the Eastern Conference after defeating the New England Revolution 3-0. Kei Kamara tallied twice in the weekend win, while Soony Saad assisted on both of Kamara's goals. Following their strong performances, MLSSoccer.com named Kamara and Saad to their Team of the Week for Week 24.
Kamara's brace pushed his season total to seven goals scored in only 14 games. Saad became the youngest player in club history to record multiple assists in a game and increased his season total to four. In addition, Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes was named Coach of the Week after earning his 56th regular season win, good for 19th on the MLS all-time coaching wins chart.
#VOTESPORTING: KEI KAMARA FOR GOAL OF THE WEEK
Kei Kamara's 50th minute goal against the New England Revolution has been nominated for MLSSoccer.com Goal of the Week. Voting is open through Thursday evening; click here to vote for Kei. Along with Goal of the Week, Kamara was selected as a Top 3 Performer of the Week by MLSSoccer.com.
TICKETS ON SALE FOR ALL SPORTING KC HOME MATCHES IN 2013
Individual tickets for the final four MLS home matches at Sporting Park are on sale now. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or at the Sporting Park Box Offices.
SINGLE-DAY TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR FLATLANDS FESTIVAL
Single-day tickets for the Flatlands Country Music Festival at Sporting Park from Sept. 12-14 are on sale to the general public, starting as low as $59 each. The new country music and camping festival, presented by Marquee Events and Sporting Club, will feature performances from several of the most popular artists in country music over three days.
Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Rodney Atkins, Thompson Square and Kevin Fowler will perform on Friday, Sept. 13. Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Kellie Pickler, Love and Theft, and JT Hodges will then take the stage on Sat., Sept. 14.
The 24,000 expected to be in attendance will have the opportunity to camp in nearby areas and enjoy all amenities associated with the state-of-the-art venue. For more information visit flatlandsfestival.com or call 800-493-3378.
SPORTING KC SEASON TICKETS RENEWAL CAMPAIGN
Sporting KC supporters can now renew their season tickets. The First Touch Campaign will continue through Saturday, August 31 and add extra incentives for Sporting KC fans who renew early. Renewals can be processed online through Sporting Kansas City Account Manager or by contacting your Client Services Executive directly. The last day to guarantee your current seat location is Friday, September 27.
SPORTING PARK TO HOST U.S. MNT IN WORLD CUP QUALIFIER
Sporting Park will host the U.S. Men's National Team on Oct. 11 in the team's final home qualifying match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The USMNT returns to Sporting Park to play Jamaica, live on the ESPN family of networks, WatchESPN and UniMas at 5:30 p.m. CT. Ticket information will be released at a later date.
Sporting Park, home to Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City, will host the U.S. Men's National Team for the third time since opening in June 2011. The state-of-the-art, $200+ million venue recently hosted the 2013 MLS All-Star Game on July 31.
AWAY TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW
Reserve your free away ticket to Sporting Kansas City's September 21 against Toronto FC at BMO Field, October 5 at the Columbus Crew and October 9 at the Houston Dynamo by clicking here. Additionally, tickets for the team's August 23 match against the Chicago Fire at Toyota Park can be secured at a discounted rate.
FOLLOW SPORTING KC ONLINE
Sporting Kansas City fans looking to keep up with the club on the worldwide web now have a place to go. The social media page on SportingKC.com features Twitter account information for the club, its players as well as many staff members. Additionally, fans may take advantage of the Media Recap page for all the latest independent news coverage available online.
Also, Sporting Kansas City's 2013 media guide is now available online and fans can find all the latest information for Sporting Kansas City matches at SportingKC.com/GameOn.