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|Zach|
03-15-2011, 08:20 PM
2011 Sporting Kansas City Highlights

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Eastern Conference Semifinals

We dominated the punk ass bitch Colorado Rapids with two 2-0 wins giving us a 4-0 aggregate victory.

Eastern Conference Finals

Lost 2-0 to the Houston Dynamo to end the season.

|Zach|
03-15-2011, 08:20 PM
Pretty even exciting match. Sounders have had some solid shots. Montero's first touch was nice.

|Zach|
03-15-2011, 08:25 PM
Seattle had about a million chances right in front of the net. lol Still no score.

Demonpenz
03-15-2011, 08:28 PM
how do those layers like sport turf? I caught a bit of the action. Man U is on at Fox sports

|Zach|
03-15-2011, 08:35 PM
how do those layers like sport turf? I caught a bit of the action. Man U is on at Fox sports

Yea I saw they moved on today with a win.

|Zach|
03-15-2011, 08:36 PM
I forgot how dominant LA was last year only to flame out in the playoffs. Supporters Shield and everything...then the Crew got beat as well.

|Zach|
03-15-2011, 08:45 PM
Awesome shot. So close.

Silock
03-15-2011, 08:47 PM
WIZARDS TIL I DIE

|Zach|
03-15-2011, 08:51 PM
WIZARDS TIL I DIE

http://cache2.asset-cache.net/xc/98558018.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=77BFBA49EF878921A343B2C87A49D8F5132201CC82812AB3A5F0C229B1F492AA09F833F1DB7AFE02E30A760B0D811297

Reaper16
03-15-2011, 08:53 PM
I LIKE THAT BOON BOO REE

KcMizzou
03-15-2011, 08:54 PM
Will there be a heads-up in this thread when a game's gonna be on TV?

schneider221
03-15-2011, 08:54 PM
Zach are you going on the Chicago road trip?

Reaper16
03-15-2011, 08:55 PM
Will there be a heads-up in this thread when a game's gonna be on TV?
Of course. We be steady bumpin' this thread.

KcMizzou
03-15-2011, 08:56 PM
Of course. We be steady bumpin' this thread.Cool.

|Zach|
03-15-2011, 08:57 PM
Zach are you going on the Chicago road trip?

Oh man I wish. It looks like an awesome time and an awesome deal I just have to much stuff on my plate. Leaving for Mexico here on Thrus morning and ahve a lot of crap to do when I come back.

|Zach|
03-15-2011, 09:00 PM
Will there be a heads-up in this thread when a game's gonna be on TV?
Of course. We be steady bumpin' this thread.

I think my plan is to keep Sporting's latest result and future game up at the top as well as standings updates. Maybe throw up recap videos after wins?

I am open to whatever people would like. Hoping some people new to the game will enjoy it as a resource and people already into it can get even more engaged.

Reaper16
03-15-2011, 09:01 PM
I think my plan is to keep Sporting's latest result and future game up at the top as well as standings updates. Maybe throw up recap videos after wins?

I am open to whatever people would like. Hoping some people new to the game will enjoy it as a resource and people already into it can get even more engaged.
:thumb:

|Zach|
03-15-2011, 09:03 PM
:thumb:

The anti soccer mafia will be around trying waaayyy too hard as always. Hoping everyone just lets them pass. Its not even worth it.

schneider221
03-15-2011, 09:03 PM
Oh man I wish. It looks like an awesome time and an awesome deal I just have to much stuff on my plate. Leaving for Mexico here on Thrus morning and ahve a lot of crap to do when I come back.

Ya I know how that goes. This is the first year I am approaching it as 100% a fan as I have help work stadium operations at CAB for the last 3 years(only a handful of games last year but pretty much every game the previous two years). It was a lot of fun but hard to really enjoy a game when you are at the stadium 7am-midnight.

If anyone is interested the Cauldron has 2 charter buses going to Chicago the weekend of March 26th. It's 80 bucks for the bus trip and the front office is providing free tickets. More information at http://kcisa.com/#!/chicago you may have to disable ad blocker.

Al Bundy
03-15-2011, 09:04 PM
Worst sports name ever... Sporting KC lol.

Silock
03-15-2011, 09:06 PM
I think my plan is to keep Sporting's latest result and future game up at the top as well as standings updates. Maybe throw up recap videos after wins?

I am open to whatever people would like. Hoping some people new to the game will enjoy it as a resource and people already into it can get even more engaged.

Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp

Edit: Fuck... "Must spread."

|Zach|
03-15-2011, 09:07 PM
Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp

Edit: ****... "Must spread."


Damn Silock you are giving me a rash.

Reaper16
03-15-2011, 09:08 PM
Fuck... "Must spread."

Damn Silock you are giving me a rash.
This is why Americans think soccer is gay. C'mon, guys.

|Zach|
03-15-2011, 09:09 PM
This is why Americans think soccer is gay. C'mon, guys.

LMAOLMAO

Demonpenz
03-15-2011, 09:17 PM
LA scores. Tremendous strike

Silock
03-15-2011, 09:19 PM
This is why Americans think soccer is gay. C'mon, guys.

You just said "Come on guys." You're not helping!

schneider221
03-15-2011, 09:20 PM
LA scores. Tremendous strike

Something about LA and great goals from distance when playing @ Seattle

Also feel free to make fun of Seattle's awful uniforms. Their rave green jerseys were pretty good and then they added an awful silver "sports bra" look.

|Zach|
03-15-2011, 09:34 PM
Seattle coming on strong.

Demonpenz
03-15-2011, 09:38 PM
the green jerseys for seattle looks like the seahawks. I like it. The runaround sue chant was alittle irksome since I have it stuck in my head now

Saulbadguy
03-15-2011, 09:38 PM
I'm going to put forth my best effort. I don't know much about the game but I'm looking forward to the season.

teedubya
03-15-2011, 09:41 PM
I think my plan is to keep Sporting's latest result and future game up at the top as well as standings updates. Maybe throw up recap videos after wins?

I am open to whatever people would like. Hoping some people new to the game will enjoy it as a resource and people already into it can get even more engaged.

Model it after the KU megathread, with the complete schedule up there, with the final score after that game is finished. It's a great way to keep track.

|Zach|
03-15-2011, 09:43 PM
Model it after the KU megathread, with the complete schedule up there, with the final score after that game is finished. It's a great way to keep track.

Complete schedule would be a bit long and annoying. Ill do some similar stuff though.

schneider221
03-15-2011, 09:52 PM
Complete schedule would be a bit long and annoying. Ill do some similar stuff though.

Sounds awesome... Maybe put the previous game highlights up there from the mls website? I don't post much here but will definitely help keep this thread active.

|Zach|
03-15-2011, 09:53 PM
LA beats Seattle. That was a pretty damn good game. I have a pretty healthy dislike of Seattle after that horse shit goal they got last year against KC in the waning moments.

Demonpenz
03-15-2011, 09:54 PM
Trey Astenado on the postgame

|Zach|
03-15-2011, 10:10 PM
FWIW Sporting listed 8th in preseason power rankings.

http://www.sportingkc.com/news/2011/03/mls-preseason-power-rankings

Ultra Peanut
03-16-2011, 01:03 AM
This is going to be an awesome season. Seeing MLS evolve on a yearly basis is the coolest thing.

|Zach|
03-16-2011, 06:24 AM
This is going to be an awesome season. Seeing MLS evolve on a yearly basis is the coolest thing.

Agreed. Should be a great year.

penguinz
03-16-2011, 06:52 AM
LA beats Seattle. That was a pretty damn good game. I have a pretty healthy dislike of Seattle after that horse shit goal they got last year against KC in the waning moments.If Keller uses proper technique he saves that goal. Oh well... people lose their mental edge when they get that old.

Saulbadguy
03-16-2011, 07:14 AM
Complete schedule would be a bit long and annoying. Ill do some similar stuff though.

Do the exact opposite of anything teedubya recommends.

Old Dog
03-16-2011, 07:21 AM
Complete schedule would be a bit long and annoying. Ill do some similar stuff though.

Maybe put the last few and next few in the post and the others in a spoiler. Won't be as long, but would be available for whoever wanted to look at it.

CHENZ A!
03-16-2011, 07:25 AM
Thanks for starting this thread zach. I'm excited for this season.

Another thing that I don't think was mentioned on here is that Kansas City will be hosting the USMNT for their Gold Cup match against Guadeloupe. That should be a lot of fun too.
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|Zach|
03-16-2011, 07:29 AM
Maybe put the last few and next few in the post and the others in a spoiler. Won't be as long, but would be available for whoever wanted to look at it.

Good idea.

Al Bundy
03-16-2011, 11:24 AM
I just heard the manager of the Wizards just say "Sporting KC" and I literally laughed out loud. This is why soccer is laughed at.

Reaper16
03-19-2011, 10:36 PM
No one bumped the thread for the opening game? Poor form.

Sporting Kansas City defeats Chivas USA by the score of 3-2. Omar Bravo scored two goals in his MLS debut, and rookie C.J. Sapong scored a goal as well.

|Zach|
03-20-2011, 02:38 AM
No one bumped the thread for the opening game? Poor form.

Sporting Kansas City defeats Chivas USA by the score of 3-2. Omar Bravo scored two goals in his MLS debut, and rookie C.J. Sapong scored a goal as well.

Sorry! I am usually on it but I am in Mexico this weekend and internet access is hit and miss.

Good win to start the season off for Sporting.

Demonpenz
03-20-2011, 10:10 AM
I will just download the torrent

schneider221
03-20-2011, 10:55 AM
SKC looked pretty good despite missing key players. Bravo is class and should make SKC one of the highest scoring teams in the league. Sapong looked pretty good for a rookie and has a lot of potential. I can't wait to see this offense when Smith and Bunbury both return.

Midfield was just ok. Rocastle got hurt early and Auvrey stepped in and played well but Davy and the new guy Stojcev were pretty much invisible. Stojcev played better in the second half and did have a shot from distance that was well taken.

I am not a big fan of Davy in the midfield and think its about time someone took his spot but with him being the captain I don't think it will happen any time soon. He broke into this league and used his speed and hard work/hustle to become a very good MLS player but he has lost a step and the quality of the league doesn't allow his style of play to be as rewarding.

Defense was alright. Besler and the other new CB both looked alright and with more playing time they should become a solid pairing. Espinoza was his normal self, and Sassano did a OK job filling in for Harrington. Both goals were not the fault of the defenders as one was unlucky bounce on a corner and the other was a palyer being lazy and keeping a player onside after another corner.

|Zach|
03-20-2011, 12:08 PM
Just saw the highlights. Really loved seeing our guys finish. Didn't get a total view of the game but I loved some of the entry passes and really liked CJs touch on that goal.

Wow...Bravo. Dude was so close to a hat trick.

|Zach|
03-20-2011, 12:25 PM
Header updated.

CHENZ A!
03-20-2011, 04:11 PM
That game was a great start to the season. A lot of things to be encouraged about. I know we played a team that probably won't win much this year, but a win is a win. Also we did it on the road, and without probably 4 guys who will likely be starters for us this year. When we are at full strength I think we should score with anyone. Defense will be the key.

1st place baby! :)

Superturtle
03-20-2011, 04:19 PM
What ever happened with Ocho's tryout with SKC? He seemed to at least be a decent kicker.

CHENZ A!
03-20-2011, 04:19 PM
It hasn't started yet.

Ultra Peanut
03-21-2011, 07:08 PM
Hey, this MLS Review Show is a new thing MLS is doing that's in the vein of the amazing weekly EPL review show and it owns, like a bunch: http://www.mlssoccer.com/videos?catid=112&id=12935

Watching all of these game recaps in succession really drives home how much better the fan support, stadiums, and quality of play is in MLS compared to even five years ago. It's staggering.

|Zach|
03-21-2011, 11:33 PM
Bravo takes first Player of the Week Award

http://www.sportingkc.com/news/2011/03/bravo-takes-first-player-week-award

NEW YORK – Talk about making a great first impression.
With two goals in his MLS debut, Sporting Kansas City forward Omar Bravo earned the first MLS Player of the Week award of the season as voted on North American Soccer Reporters (NASR). He was also named futbolMLS.com's Latino of the Week, announced on Monday.

The brace by Sporting's Designated Player helped his team down Chivas USA 3-2 at The Home Depot Center.

Bravo's first strike came just before the halftime whistle when he capitalized on a failed defensive clearance by Chivas USA from a Kei Kamara cross. Bravo was in perfect position to get to the ball first and lob the ball over goalkeeper Zach Thornton for a 2-0 KC lead.

With 16 minutes remaining, Bravo put the game out of reach, finishing a passing combination involving KC’s three forwards and poking the ball past an onrushing Thornton.

“I actually think the first 25 minutes he was struggling a little bit,” Sporting manager Peter Vermes told MLSsoccer.com after the match. “The reason why is because he wanted to prove so much. He’s a DP, it’s his debut, he’s playing against Chivas – there’s so much that I just think he was too anxious.“
After each of his two goals, the 31-year-old forward engaged in a muted celebration, clasping his hands together almost as if to apologize to the Chivas USA fans, many of whom also applauded his tallies. Bravo came to Kansas City after a decade during which he became a legend with Mexican giants Chivas de Guadalajara, sister club of Chivas USA.

Sporting’s road victory was the perfect start to an MLS-record 10 consecutive away games to start the 2011 season as the team awaits to christen new LIVESTRONG Sporting Park on June 9 against the Chicago Fire.
“This start gives me hope, but we’ve got a tough calendar ahead of us,” Bravo said after the match. “It’s nine more games that we have to play on the road. We have to take it step by step and play just like [Saturday].”

SPATCH
03-22-2011, 02:34 PM
It hasn't started yet.

Apparently his four-day workout starts tomorrow.

I'm stoked. I've heard that he has been working with a trainer to get soccer fit. They've been working on his touch, striking, ball skills, etc.

Vermes talked to him personally before he granted the tryout to make sure it wasn't a publicity stunt. Chad is dead serious about this. Should be a lot of fun.

Silock
03-22-2011, 04:49 PM
Great win!

|Zach|
03-22-2011, 05:23 PM
Did anyone see Conrad's arm bar throw down of Sapong? WTF? He almost broke his fucking arm.

Silock
03-22-2011, 06:13 PM
Did anyone see Conrad's arm bar throw down of Sapong? WTF? He almost broke his fucking arm.

Yeah, that was fucking stupid. OTOH, I watched him do things like that for us all the time, so it wasn't totally unexpected.

|Zach|
03-22-2011, 06:14 PM
Yeah, that was ****ing stupid. OTOH, I watched him do things like that for us all the time, so it wasn't totally unexpected.

Guess I don't remember stuff like that. Weird.

ReynardMuldrake
03-22-2011, 06:47 PM
Apparently his four-day workout starts tomorrow.

I'm stoked. I've heard that he has been working with a trainer to get soccer fit. They've been working on his touch, striking, ball skills, etc.

Vermes talked to him personally before he granted the tryout to make sure it wasn't a publicity stunt. Chad is dead serious about this. Should be a lot of fun.

I'm just wondering what he'll do when football comes back. Would he seriously choose soccer instead?

-King-
03-22-2011, 06:53 PM
From Chad's twitter

@SportingKC (http://twitter.com/SportingKC) extremely nervous about tomorrows trial but anxious to meet the players and compete against some of the worlds best #salute (http://twitter.com/search?q=%23salute)

|Zach|
03-22-2011, 06:54 PM
From Chad's twitter

@SportingKC (http://twitter.com/SportingKC) extremely nervous about tomorrows trial but anxious to meet the players and compete against some of the worlds best #salute (http://twitter.com/search?q=%23salute)

Nice.

Silock
03-22-2011, 09:09 PM
Guess I don't remember stuff like that. Weird.

Really? Jimmy was a pretty dirty player.

Zeke
03-22-2011, 09:20 PM
Goin on the bus to Chicago. Can't wait. :p

CHENZ A!
03-22-2011, 09:24 PM
That's a really cool deal that the team is buying 300 tickets to give to fans making the trip. Wish I could go, going to be a blast.

teedubya
03-22-2011, 10:03 PM
Nice.

You should be there to take some pics!!

Demonpenz
03-26-2011, 03:07 PM
Sporting Kc is down by 2 to chicago.

Demonpenz
03-26-2011, 03:14 PM
bunbury had a great play but just kicked it right to the goal keeper

Demonpenz
03-26-2011, 03:17 PM
Kansas City Just had a goal but I have no idea the dudes name

Demonpenz
03-26-2011, 03:24 PM
Marco Papa has a awesome goal

Reaper16
03-26-2011, 04:58 PM
I didn't watch. For those who did, just how bad were the dives from Chicago?

Demonpenz
03-26-2011, 05:09 PM
i think there was a pk in the first half that was controversial I didn't get to see it.

Ultra Peanut
03-26-2011, 06:33 PM
Juan Motherfucking Agudelo

vpA9EFUHA

|Zach|
03-26-2011, 08:35 PM
That was pretty frustrating. The got 2 legit goals. The first one though? Sooo frustrating with the double hit of a BS PK goal AND a red card on Bravo for allegedly interfering with a goal scoring opportunity. He did nothing to knock him off his path or break his momentum. Left us with a man down the whole time. Then The Chicago Flops were being woman all over the place. Should have been a draw. Frustrating but really proud of the way those guys played missing so many guys and one of our best players being out on a BS red card.

* Teal looked great in limited action.

* We had some really really bad passing but still did decently in the middle

* Chance ****ed us a few times by not putting the biscuit in the basket.

I will say this. I love our goal keeper he is a great player and a good guy in person but he looked like a D-Bag McGee today. Haha.

http://www.sportingkc.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/dl-640x380/image_nodes/2011/03/Chicago%20DL.jpg

Ultra Peanut
03-27-2011, 09:56 AM
Sorry about the Sporks' tough day.

Personally, though? Quakes win, Galaxy get throttled, Revs win, USMNT draws with an Argentina side that played out of this freaking world in the first half while Agudelo and Chandler look great. Amazing day.

p.s. peep this fucking goal:

Yw1baFS4BIQ

|Zach|
03-27-2011, 12:36 PM
I will get the standings updated later. Good weekend of soccer though.

Spicy McHaggis
03-27-2011, 01:34 PM
Juan Mother****ing Agudelo

For the second time in as many games, the complexion of the match changed with his introduction.

I hope expectations stay realistic for US Fans and Agudelo's sake alike, but I love the fearlessness he shows.

Trevo_410
03-28-2011, 10:14 AM
nice sporting kc just got a tweet from the almighty cristiano ronaldo for support!

Good luck to sporting today about 2 hours ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

CHENZ A!
03-28-2011, 10:17 AM
I'm still pissed about that horrible call against Bravo.
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|Zach|
04-02-2011, 02:31 PM
Kick off this evening at 6 on KSMO in HD in Kansas City against the expansion Whitecaps. I was gonna go to the watch party at Johnny's but I think I am taking it easy at home.

|Zach|
04-02-2011, 02:36 PM
Teal is healthy and should start. Will be nice having him for a full 90.

http://www.mlssoccer.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/primary_image-620x350/image_nodes/2011/04/Bunbury.jpg

|Zach|
04-02-2011, 05:00 PM
Starting 11 - Nielsen, Harrington, Cesar, Besler, Espinoza, Diop, Arnaud, Stojcev, Sapong, Bunbury, Kamara

|Zach|
04-02-2011, 06:11 PM
Awesome goal by Teal right before halftime.

|Zach|
04-02-2011, 06:28 PM
Bunbury with a second goal. He is killing people out there and not even at 100% Sporting up 2-0

Ultra Peanut
04-02-2011, 06:31 PM
Nicely done, Sporks!

lol @ Bunbury scoring a brace in Canada. Those fans hate him SO much.

|Zach|
04-02-2011, 07:09 PM
wtf

Ultra Peanut
04-02-2011, 07:11 PM
... wow.

Reaper16
04-03-2011, 12:29 AM
God fuck

|Zach|
04-03-2011, 01:19 AM
I have only seen that once in my life. The Wizards did pretty much the same thing to the Crew years ago at Arrowhead. All header info is current.

|Zach|
04-03-2011, 01:42 AM
This team is looking like the 2003 Kansas City Chiefs. They have scored more goals and given up more goals than any team in the MLS through 3 weeks.

Silock
04-03-2011, 02:56 AM
Bunbury and Nielsen are amazing.

Everyone else can suck a cock.

Fucking let down.

DeezNutz
04-03-2011, 07:44 AM
Yikes. Didn't get a chance to see this game, and it sounds like that's a good thing. I watched the second game against Chicago, and our back line play was extremely shaky.

Is this an accurate assessment or is the small sample size skewing things?

Saulbadguy
04-03-2011, 08:07 AM
God fuck

heh.

|Zach|
04-03-2011, 03:39 PM
Yikes. Didn't get a chance to see this game, and it sounds like that's a good thing. I watched the second game against Chicago, and our back line play was extremely shaky.

Is this an accurate assessment or is the small sample size skewing things?

It is a fair take. injuries and call ups have made it a revolving door of sorts. I am confident they are not as bad as what was shown yesterday. The onslaught really came on when Ceasr came out but I worry they won't be good enough to achieve SKCs goals this season.

Silock
04-03-2011, 04:14 PM
The problem was the back line, but it was also the midfield, too. Wasn't enough defense to alleviate the pressure constantly streaking down the wings.

|Zach|
04-06-2011, 04:50 PM
Open Cup game against Houston tonight. Streaming at SportingKC.com

|Zach|
04-06-2011, 04:58 PM
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Saulbadguy
04-06-2011, 05:50 PM
Open Cup game against Houston tonight. Streaming at SportingKC.com

What the hell is an Open Cup game?

In the future, please update the threads with terms that non-soccer people will understand in hopes they will become soccer people. TIA.

CHENZ A!
04-06-2011, 09:00 PM
Much better performance on D tonight. SKC wins 1-0 on a goal in the 1st OT by CJ Sapong.

Frankie
04-06-2011, 09:54 PM
What happened to KC Wizards?

|Zach|
04-06-2011, 10:00 PM
What the hell is an Open Cup game?

In the future, please update the threads with terms that non-soccer people will understand in hopes they will become soccer people. TIA.

Alright so, during the span of the year a team will be involved in different league games in addition to their season. The results do not count towards their MLS season but are basically tournaments in and of themselves that sometimes overlap a normal season. Some are more important than others. A lot of times a club will not use all their starters for their matches. It is generally young starters and back ups.

The Open Cup actually has Lamar Hunt's name on it. It is open to all levels of US Soccer Clubs. The smaller teams start at round 1 and the top MLS teams enter in the 3rd round. Think of it like having a baseball tournament open to A level teams to big league teams with the big boys getting automatic bye's.

Sporting didn't automatically qualify for the tournament since they were not one of the top 8 MLS teams so they are playing to qualify right now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Lamar_Hunt_U.S._Open_Cup

Another similar tournament that is going on right now and is in the finals that involves an MLS team is the CONCACAF Champions League. This involves all the club teams in this region of the world. North America, Central American, and Caribbean teams.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010%E2%80%9311_CONCACAF_Champions_League

Real Salt Lake is in the final. First MLS team to do so.

CoMoChief
04-06-2011, 10:18 PM
The one and ONLY thing I like about soccer is the champions league tourney format.

|Zach|
04-06-2011, 10:20 PM
What happened to KC Wizards?

Name change. Organizational change. New stadium. Same team though.

Frankie
04-06-2011, 10:34 PM
Name change. Organizational change. New stadium. Same team though.

Thx.

Ultra Peanut
04-07-2011, 06:23 PM
Nnngh, I adore Vancouver's temporary stadium. Wish the Krafts would get moving on something like this for the Revs at Foxboro, or something.

I also love MLS MatchDay Live:

http://i.imgur.com/6Geod.jpg (http://imgur.com/ePWjj.jpg)

Ultra Peanut
04-07-2011, 06:26 PM
Hahaha, Baldomoro Toledo is the worst goddamn ref.

|Zach|
04-07-2011, 06:33 PM
Nnngh, I adore Vancouver's temporary stadium. Wish the Krafts would get moving on something like this for the Revs at Foxboro, or something.

I also love MLS MatchDay Live:

http://i.imgur.com/6Geod.jpg (http://imgur.com/ePWjj.jpg)

Yea, Matchday is awesome.

That temp stadium IS awesome. They had some shots of the crowd and a real wide view of the stadium. The shots of the people with the mountains in the back was amazing.

|Zach|
04-08-2011, 04:18 PM
Omar Bravo out for 3 to 6 weeks. Sports related hernia. Bummer!

Spicy McHaggis
04-08-2011, 09:15 PM
Well, shit balls. Sure would have been nice to get Bravo back. At least that injury happened at a position of strength. Loved Teal's composure on the finishes against Vancouver. The fact that he almost had an identical goal from the opposite side was nice as well. Really hope we see "Boonbooree" and "There's only Juan" Agudelo getting more time together for the Nats.


If it hasn't been mentioned, Najar declared his intent to play internationally for Honduras. I don't think anyone was expecting differently, but still disappointing a bit.

|Zach|
04-09-2011, 04:18 PM
I am no big fan of the Sounders but this is a really nice goal in the 6th min. of their win today against the Fire Flops. Great service and a header from 16 yards.

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schneider221
04-14-2011, 06:01 PM
If you have any interest in MLS you should check out Portland's first ever MLS home game tonight on ESPN 10cst. There fans are great and have done some cool stuff previously. I already find myself liking Portland for the pure hatred between them and the sounders... anyone who hates the sounders is cool in my book.

Both teams are just average to below average league teams but the environment should be worth tuning in.

|Zach|
04-14-2011, 06:07 PM
If you have any interest in MLS you should check out Portland's first ever MLS home game tonight on ESPN 10cst. There fans are great and have done some cool stuff previously. I already find myself liking Portland for the pure hatred between them and the sounders... anyone who hates the sounders is cool in my book.

Both teams are just average to below average league teams but the environment should be worth tuning in.

Oooo, I need to update the header.

|Zach|
04-14-2011, 10:01 PM
Crazy atmosphere for the Timbers...they are really bringing it out there in the new stadium up 2-0 on the Fire Flops.

Good shit.

|Zach|
04-14-2011, 10:06 PM
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Toadkiller
04-14-2011, 10:16 PM
Man this town is on fire for the Timbers. I never liked soccer but heck those Timber Army fans are awesome. I am going to have to take my kid to a game or two to witness that in person. Very cool they sing the national anthem also.

|Zach|
04-14-2011, 10:50 PM
Man this town is on fire for the Timbers. I never liked soccer but heck those Timber Army fans are awesome. I am going to have to take my kid to a game or two to witness that in person. Very cool they sing the national anthem also.

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|Zach|
04-14-2011, 11:10 PM
Expansion Timbers get their first win of the season with a 4-2 win over those bastards from Chicago. Game was bonkers.

Demonpenz
04-16-2011, 05:33 PM
alright I think they are playing today

|Zach|
04-16-2011, 10:26 PM
Didn't catch it because I was at a wedding but they lost 1-0. What a bummer. I did not expect their offense to studder. Damn. I know we are playing all these road games but we need more points than this.

schneider221
04-16-2011, 10:48 PM
You didn't miss much because it was pretty pathetic. The entire midfield was awful and Cesar was awful again at CB. The only time Davy was mentioned was when he was subbed off. Rookie referee was awful also. He cost Columbus a break away by not giving advantage and was way to quick to go to his pocket.

Silock
04-16-2011, 11:35 PM
Fire Vermes. Never should have been promoted to start with.

|Zach|
04-18-2011, 11:02 PM
SI: Sporting Kansas City at forefront of MLS innovation

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/steve_davis/04/15/reshaping.kansas.city/index.html#ixzz1JwTUBATE

When MLS insiders discuss various clubs' operational ways, they tend to categorize teams in one of two ways: those still running the sluggish, old MLS 1.0 (figuratively speaking, of course) and those having graduated to the higher-capacity 2.0.
Whether innovative approaches translate into more wins and better attendance, only time and prevailing market factors can say. But there's little question that committed ownership, armed with smart and modern plans, provides the optimum opportunity for success.
We're seeing a lot of that around Major League Soccer. Grounds have been grandly renovated for expansion outfits in Portland and Vancouver. Ownership in Seattle is a leader in forward thinking, of course.

But not all the trendy and cool things around MLS are happening in the Pacific Northwest. In fact, if you had to choose the most innovative group now thinking its way around the MLS chessboard, one that might even be running "MLS 2.5" at this point, you might be surprised where to find it. It lies deep in heartland, in Kansas City. There may not be a stronger embodiment of local, committed, innovative ownership.

That may be hard to see at the moment, but it won't be for long. That's because new Livestrong Sporting Park, with a full set of fancy technological advances, opens in less than two months, on June 9.

There is nothing wrong with AEG or Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd or any MLS ownership group. But there's a lot to like about a completely organic ownership outfit like Kansas City's, created and run by five wealthy, local businessmen with the singular aim of building a Major League Soccer power. OnGoal, LLC, led by Robb Heineman, Neal Patterson and Cliff Illig, bought the team late in 2006. This group has been steadily sprucing up the organization ever since.

Now if these folks make a mistake, it's because they made a mistake, not because they lost the plot while concentrating on NFL or hockey or selling concert tickets, which could be the case elsewhere in MLS.

It's not just the stadium that says "innovative and creative." It's everything. The owners are young by professional sports ownership standards, with backgrounds in health care information technology. The team practices at Swope Park, a $5 million complex funded in a creative public-private partnership with the city.

The club's major re-branding last year was the lead element in efforts to be more than a soccer team; they aim to be a community anchor, a noble and useful goal. Opinion might differ on the new name (Sporting Kansas City) and the artificially generated "history," but the organization formerly known as the Kansas City Wizards did generally get rave reviews for the spiffy new logo.
As for financial commitment, if the on-field product doesn't get better after two consecutive years of missing the MLS playoffs, it won't be from lack of spending. The club has five full-time assistants (including a full-time strength and conditioning coach) -- some MLS teams manage with three or four. And while a half-dozen clubs don't have a Designated Player at the moment, Kansas City's Omar Bravo, a popular Mexican international, has passed early tests.

Innovative marketing? Well, if "innovative" equals "guerrilla," Sporting KC easily leads the league. The PR bit with Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco last month was just the latest caper. It certainly worked; how many other MLS sides got as much (or any) national media exposure in March?

None of it surprises MLS commissioner Don Garber, who told Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl last month that Livestrong Sporting Park will be the league's most innovative facility. "They're outside-the-box thinkers, very creative," he said.
Garber has long known the road to MLS success is mostly about committed ownership, a fertile market and the right facility. Kansas City always had committed owners. Fans and media might have bemoaned the original owner's spendthrift ways, but no one could deny Lamar Hunt's famous dedication. What Kansas City lacked most was the facility, banging around all those years at cavernous Arrowhead Stadium, then later in the minor league baseball grounds that became something of an MLS punch line. So developing the stadium was critical -- and then a resourceful naming-rights gambit put the cherry on top of it all.

The soccer team is years behind the NFL's Chiefs and MLB's Royals, of course. No point in challenging them head-on locally. But what if ownership practically created a new playing field? They did just that, finding a way for Sporting Kansas City to elbow its way into the conversation -- and for everyone to appreciate the effort. Ownership simply gave away stadium naming rights. And make no mistake, donating in this fashion to Livestrong is a gamble; the soccer team is leaving money on the table. For instance, the Eastern Conference rival Philadelphia Union will receive about $2 million a year through 2020 from naming rights at PPL Park. In MLS, that covers a substantial share of the player budget. Instead, Sporting KC hopes to donate somewhere around $8 million to Livestrong over a six-year deal for the fight against cancer.

"It's either groundbreaking or it's crazy, and there will be people to call it both," said Heineman, Sporting KC's president, as he announced the deal.

The stadium's initial price tag landed somewhere north of $140 million. But owners kept finding ways to improve the grounds -- and then kept finding money to pay for it. Today the final price is closer to $200 million, according to club officials. Meanwhile, ownership has systematically removed obstacles to on-field success. The team looks OK at the moment all things considered, 1-1-1 in the opening stages of a 10-game road binge pending completion of Livestrong Sporting Park.

"The ownership group, from Day 1 when they took over, they've come through on every promise they've made to organization," Kansas City assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin said. "It's everything. The stadium, the new brand, giving us resources to be successful. We need for nothing within the organization now, and they set the standard of excellence that we're trying to create through the whole organization. It's such a help when an ownership group like that is behind you and they understand the need for those kinds of resources."

Zavagnin should know. He played on a couple of pretty terrible MetroStars teams in the late 90s, when management was all over the place in terms of coaching, organizational structure, marketing strategies, etc. Later, Zavagnin played under the ultra-frugal administration in Kansas City.

So, is there a direct connection between resources and wins?

"If you use it wisely, there is," he said. "And you don't take it for granted. First you need a winning culture, and that's developed over time. That's what we're trying to do right now."


Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/steve_davis/04/15/reshaping.kansas.city/index.html#ixzz1JwTsO1PF

Ultra Peanut
04-19-2011, 12:29 PM
oh em gee

N0_cb2EUV4M

Ultra Peanut
04-20-2011, 10:45 AM
Revolution acquires Benny Feilhaber (http://revolutionsoccer.net/news/2011/04/revolution-acquires-benny-feilhaber)

Yessssssssssssssssssssssss

Spicy McHaggis
04-20-2011, 10:51 AM
Think they'll hold on to him at 400k? Joseph/Benny! in the center does look pretty good.

SPATCH
04-21-2011, 06:07 PM
DC United vs. Red Bull NY right now on ESPN 2

Charlie Davies... that scar... my goodness. Just saw it in HD. God bless that kid.

*Heat vs 76ers is gonna be another laugher. This should be much better.

schneider221
04-21-2011, 06:11 PM
DC United vs. Red Bull NY right now on ESPN 2

Charlie Davies... that scar... my goodness. Just saw it in HD. God bless that kid.

*Heat vs 76ers is gonna be another laugher. This should be much better.

Neither player is starting but for anyone who may just be tuning in. The players to watch are Agudelo for NYRB and Andy Najar for DC United. Najar was pretty damn good as a 17yr old rookie last year but recently choose to play for Honduras over USA. Agudelo is the up and coming striker for USA but many know of him already.

Also some french bastard named Henry. I heard he has scored a ton of goals somewhere.

schneider221
04-21-2011, 06:22 PM
Great build up from NYRB and Henry puts them up 1-0.

SPATCH
04-21-2011, 06:55 PM
Derosario is starting to look a tad old.. He was pretty sick during his dreadlock days

|Zach|
04-21-2011, 07:30 PM
Updating the thread now.

schneider221
04-21-2011, 08:37 PM
Agudelo came in and had a great goal. Pretty similar to one his teammate Henry scored for Arsenal.

Juan Agudelo
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Thierry Henry - his goal is a longer shot but the skill & shot are the same

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Ultra Peanut
04-21-2011, 11:26 PM
^ Was going to post that. Agudelo is so impressive.

Derosario is starting to look a tad old.. He was pretty sick during his dreadlock daysProbably my favorite Quake.

ML7Kh_Na3Tg

Spicy McHaggis
04-22-2011, 10:19 AM
NY starting to look the way everyone figured they would prior to the season. Harkes' announcing still bothers the hell out of me.

Ultra Peanut
04-23-2011, 10:48 PM
BENNY'S DUDES FC WINS

http://i.imgur.com/B15me.jpg

QUAKES LOSE TO FUCKING CHIVAS =[

Silock
04-23-2011, 11:01 PM
SKC sucks. Vermes is terrible. Our midfield is nonexistent. Our defense is awful. Forwards are okay.

|Zach|
04-24-2011, 01:22 AM
Fffffuuuuuuu

schneider221
04-24-2011, 10:29 AM
SKC sucks. Vermes is terrible. Our midfield is nonexistent. Our defense is awful. Forwards are okay.

the red card was pathetic. It was a completely fair challenge and the revs players freaked out and rushed Collin who was laying on the ground. The other SKC players reacted to protect their teammate and someone but not Collin pushed Feilhaber who sold it by falling the ground. Somehow this = straight red to Collin?

|Zach|
04-30-2011, 04:31 PM
Sporting kicks off against the Red Bulls in about an hour. Collin's red card suspension was lifted so at least that horse shit isn't going to keep him from this game. Would love to pull an upset and get some much needed points.

|Zach|
04-30-2011, 05:57 PM
Jimmy Neilsen stops a PK!

Ultra Peanut
05-16-2011, 11:42 PM
This (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a9aB8i92SQ) needs to be posted.

http://i.imgur.com/GLsbZ.jpg

Also, hooray for recycling!

http://i.imgur.com/QU3Tj.png

Silock
05-17-2011, 12:13 AM
Sporting KC is fucking terrible.

Zeke
06-09-2011, 10:40 AM
Today is the big day!! Go Sporting!!!

SPATCH
06-09-2011, 11:03 AM
Longest. Road trip. Ever.

Over.

Thank GOD.

SPATCH
06-17-2011, 06:19 PM
Sporting about to kick off against the Quakes

"Soccer Night in America" on FSC

SPATCH
06-17-2011, 07:12 PM
Welp.. not that anybody cares but..

First MLS goal in Livestrong Sporting Park history scored by CJ Sapong. 1-0 Sporting.

|Zach|
06-17-2011, 07:13 PM
Awesome first goal. Up 1-0.

Will update header info after game. Sporting is finding their stride.

SPATCH
06-17-2011, 08:30 PM
1-0 win

5 game unbeaten streak.. things are starting to look up

|Zach|
06-17-2011, 08:39 PM
Watching Lenhart flop around the whole game and get owned by Collin was hilarious.

Nice to get the win.

Trevo_410
06-18-2011, 12:21 AM
collin is a beast.

Silock
06-18-2011, 03:47 AM
We still suck.

Spicy McHaggis
06-18-2011, 03:07 PM
Win.


PJOZ9w_qjnc

|Zach|
06-18-2011, 04:47 PM
We still suck.

Transfer just a little bit of that energy you spend looking on the bright side of everything Apple does and use it for SKC. It is a lot more fun.

They are finding their stride...they have played on the road and had some unlucky breaks coupled with a few bad games. They could be on a bit of a run.

|Zach|
06-18-2011, 05:03 PM
http://media.kansascity.com/smedia/2011/06/17/23/02/18G8a3.SlMa.81.jpg

Silock
06-18-2011, 09:27 PM
Transfer just a little bit of that energy you spend looking on the bright side of everything Apple does and use it for SKC. It is a lot more fun.

They are finding their stride...they have played on the road and had some unlucky breaks coupled with a few bad games. They could be on a bit of a run.

It's not fun. It's bullshit. Last night, we got lucky. San Jose dominated the second half, especially possession-wise. We have no midfield still. Our forwards are good, so I'll give them that. We still have massive questions at the back and outside mid positions. Cesar and Bravo are done. So, awesome that we spent DP money on a guy that hasn't done jack shit for us.

I understand we won't lose every game, but this team is NOT a good one, and I don't know how one can even subjectively say it is. We won't make the playoffs, and there are a lot of entrenched players that just aren't good enough or don't fit the team needs.

|Zach|
06-18-2011, 09:47 PM
It's not fun. It's bullshit. Last night, we got lucky. San Jose dominated the second half, especially possession-wise. We have no midfield still. Our forwards are good, so I'll give them that. We still have massive questions at the back and outside mid positions. Cesar and Bravo are done. So, awesome that we spent DP money on a guy that hasn't done jack shit for us.

I understand we won't lose every game, but this team is NOT a good one, and I don't know how one can even subjectively say it is. We won't make the playoffs, and there are a lot of entrenched players that just aren't good enough or don't fit the team needs.

Who dominated the first half?

SPATCH
06-18-2011, 10:06 PM
What's going on with Ryan Smith? Still the groin thing?

Trevo_410
06-18-2011, 10:21 PM
dude, i love san marcos.

Silock
06-18-2011, 10:33 PM
Who dominated the first half?

We did, but considering it's the end of games that matters, we got lucky to not concede and escaped with a win.

|Zach|
06-18-2011, 10:36 PM
We did, but considering it's the end of games that matters, we got lucky to not concede and escaped with a win.

I think it is weird how you are so quick to call a win we have lucky but won't really give that same leeway to unlucky nature of some of our losses.

If we lose we suck but if we win we are lucky. Classic ballad of the internet sports hater.

Silock
06-18-2011, 10:51 PM
I think it is weird how you are so quick to call a win we have lucky but won't really give that same leeway to unlucky nature of some of our losses.

Wha...? I never said anything of the sort, and I resent you putting words in my mouth like that. You're better than that.

We have had some unlucky losses, for sure. However, some of that was of our own making, considering we got tons of red cards (some deserved, some not) that directly contributed to the losses. Red cards are avoidable, especially in the numbers with which we accumulate them. That speaks directly to the mental maturity (or lack thereof) of the team.

Having a sub-par back line and midfield isn't luck. It's a fact. That hardly makes me a hater. I might accept that label if we actually had a good team, but I was instead focused on only the negative aspects despite on-the-field success. That's not the case, dude. We have a BAD TEAM.

If we lose we suck but if we win we are lucky. Classic ballad of the internet sports hater.

And having only unlucky losses is the classic ballad of the internet sports apologist.

Sorry, man, but I have higher standards for this team. Spending $200 million on a new stadium and having the second worst team in the league is unacceptable to me. I just want the ownership to focus as much on the on-field product as they do on the actual field. Vermes is a bad manager that makes bad decisions. He never should have been promoted in the first place.

I'm glad we have LSP, and I'm glad this town supports soccer like it does. The fans deserve better, though.

SPATCH
06-19-2011, 12:55 PM
Ummmmmmmm can't find the FIFA 2011 thread.. someone bump that for the game please

about to kick off against the reggae boys for the gold cup quarterfinals

SPATCH
06-19-2011, 03:15 PM
2-0 US

We looked pretty good today. Bob FINALLY decided to BEGIN the game with Dempsey playing centrally behind a lone striker. Made all the difference. We dictated every facet of the game.

Couple of things: the Jones - Bradley pairing in defense is beginning to look stingy. Jones looks comfortable now and he is starting to develop a good understanding with the rest of the team. Dempsey was dangerous all day. Agudelo came off the bench when Jozy pulled a hammy early in the match and played very well. Eric Lichaj has a bright future.

Silock
06-19-2011, 10:53 PM
We looked good. A little shaky at the back on the counter, but overall, not bad. I hope we get to beat Mexico.

SPATCH
06-20-2011, 12:36 AM
dude, i love san marcos.

Ahhhhhh, you've been??? Wonderful place, I must say..

loochy
06-20-2011, 08:52 AM
2-0 US

We looked pretty good today. Bob FINALLY decided to BEGIN the game with Dempsey playing centrally behind a lone striker. Made all the difference. We dictated every facet of the game.

Couple of things: the Jones - Bradley pairing in defense is beginning to look stingy. Jones looks comfortable now and he is starting to develop a good understanding with the rest of the team. Dempsey was dangerous all day. Agudelo came off the bench when Jozy pulled a hammy early in the match and played very well. Eric Lichaj has a bright future.

You know, that's why I really like tournaments like these. A lot of games in a short amount of time lets the coach experiment with different formations and tactics and it lets players develop chemistry...even the fringe players. Randomly smattered friendlies do not accomplish that.

Trevo_410
06-20-2011, 02:30 PM
Ahhhhhh, you've been??? Wonderful place, I must say..

im actually here right now lol.... visiting my parents and brothers. This place is like a whole different country than missouri. Everybody is very nice and active. Been to the river like 3 times in two weeks. I love this place. Probably going to Texas State next year as well, beautiful campus.

SPATCH
06-20-2011, 03:23 PM
im actually here right now lol.... visiting my parents and brothers. This place is like a whole different country than missouri. Everybody is very nice and active. Been to the river like 3 times in two weeks. I love this place. Probably going to Texas State next year as well, beautiful campus.

If you haven't applied yet... DO IT RIGHT FUCKING NOW. not kidding.

I just graduated in May and I couldn't recommend this school more.

Check your PMs

SPATCH
06-20-2011, 03:36 PM
If Jozy doesn't go... who's down to see Freddy Adu come on late against Panama???

I'm down. fuck it.

Silock
06-20-2011, 03:38 PM
No thanks.

SPATCH
06-20-2011, 03:42 PM
No thanks.

Dude.. Fuck it

Right? No? Whatever..

Silock
06-20-2011, 04:11 PM
I like him. He has skill. He has problems using his skill, though. He can barely get off the bench for a 2nd division Turkish team. That's simply not good enough. For the Gold Cup, we need players playing at a higher level on the regular. Form is important. I'd rather see an MLS starter come in at this point over Adu, simply because they play at this level of competition regularly. Adu doesn't.

If he were playing (even in the MLS) regularly, I'd be in favor of it. At this point? No thanks.

Trevo_410
06-20-2011, 04:14 PM
If Jozy doesn't go... who's down to see Freddy Adu come on late against Panama???

I'm down. **** it.

i'd be fine with it, i think the only thing missing from his game is his confidence... on the side note however, How is Charlie Davies doing these days? i remember him doing well on his debut back from his car crash... but is he back in form now?

Silock
06-20-2011, 04:16 PM
He's doing better, but he's just not the same :(

SPATCH
06-22-2011, 08:14 PM
Welp, Adu came in early in the 2nd half and played an important part in getting the game winner against Panama. Hit a perfectly weighted cross-field long ball that found Donovan on the right. Donovan slotted a pass to Dempsey on the back post and he did the rest.

Mexico vs Honduras right now in the other semi

SPATCH
06-22-2011, 08:17 PM
Oh, and Sporting got a draw on the road against Philly

Trevo_410
06-22-2011, 10:24 PM
looks like US v Mexico for Final. gonna be a good one!

Trevo_410
06-22-2011, 11:38 PM
usa most likely will gotta get more than 2 goals to win this one.

Silock
06-23-2011, 12:21 AM
Welp, Adu came in early in the 2nd half and played an important part in getting the game winner against Panama. Hit a perfectly weighted cross-field long ball that found Donovan on the right. Donovan slotted a pass to Dempsey on the back post and he did the rest.

Mexico vs Honduras right now in the other semi

He did well. So glad he didn't start for Altidore, though.

Trevo_410
06-25-2011, 09:08 PM
anddd, as we were watching the US international get owned, sporting kc wins 2-1! goals from bravo(finally) and julio cesar

|Zach|
06-25-2011, 09:11 PM
Sporting...as I said earlier has found their stride. Their back line has tightened up and they are playing some good ball. No reason they can't make the playoffs.

Lemme guess though. They have been all kinds of lucky on a 7 game unbeaten streak.

|Zach|
06-25-2011, 09:32 PM
With the win, KC jumps over Chicago, New England and Toronto to 6th in East, 3 points out of 3rd, 11 of next 13 at home.

Trevo_410
06-25-2011, 09:36 PM
if we can get into a winning rythm, this schedule will help us tremendously going into the playoffs.... I wonder how teal played during this game...

DJay23
06-25-2011, 09:57 PM
if we can get into a winning rythm, this schedule will help us tremendously going into the playoffs.... I wonder how teal played during this game...

It looks from the recap that he did not get in.

Silock
06-25-2011, 11:26 PM
Great win tonight, especially to come back from being down.

|Zach|
06-26-2011, 07:28 PM
Caeser has really come alive and Sappong is doing really good work. I love having Collin back there.

|Zach|
06-26-2011, 09:04 PM
http://www.mlssoccer.com/sites/league/files/imagecache/620x350/image_nodes/2011/06/Bravo_KC6.jpg

|Zach|
06-26-2011, 10:03 PM
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Silock
06-27-2011, 12:03 AM
Caeser has really come alive and Sappong is doing really good work. I love having Collin back there.

Sappong is the shit.

|Zach|
06-27-2011, 12:26 AM
Sappong is the shit.

He just gets in there and makes things happen. Creates danger where there used to be none.

carlos3652
06-27-2011, 12:53 AM
Anyone else think the MLS is ass backwards, when all the leagues around the world have a break, because all the international cups are played.... MLS is in mid-season?

|Zach|
06-27-2011, 01:31 AM
Anyone else think the MLS is ass backwards, when all the leagues around the world have a break, because all the international cups are played.... MLS is in mid-season?

I think they are trying to do what is best for the MLS.

Silock
06-27-2011, 01:48 AM
Anyone else think the MLS is ass backwards, when all the leagues around the world have a break, because all the international cups are played.... MLS is in mid-season?

Yeah, but there's not much more of an option. Can't play in the dead of winter like everyone else. There's just too much snow/travel.

It would be okay if we'd just take off all the FIFA dates, but . . . . . . .

Silock
06-27-2011, 01:49 AM
He just gets in there and makes things happen. Creates danger where there used to be none.

He would be awesome if we still had Ryan Smith.

|Zach|
06-27-2011, 03:16 AM
He would be awesome if we still had Ryan Smith.

Ryan Smith is frustrating as shit.

Does all this amazing stuff...has amazing skills...there is always all this build up and then he gets dispossessed. Every time...the whole show happens and someone takes the ball away from him.

Silock
06-27-2011, 03:42 AM
Smith is amazing on the counter and when we get numbers forward. He's terrible when just trying to break down a defense on a standard play.

|Zach|
06-27-2011, 03:52 AM
Smith is amazing on the counter and when we get numbers forward. He's terrible when just trying to break down a defense on a standard play.

I think its his lack of hustle that really irks me. Being on the ground and pouting about a non call when the ball is still in play...a ball he could make a move on...ugh that would happen all the time.

Its like being a parent or something. Its like...im not even mad...I am disappointed because I know you could be really good! lol

|Zach|
06-27-2011, 12:35 PM
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CHENZ A!
06-27-2011, 12:53 PM
That last photo is badass. Had a blast at the game on Sat. Took 3 of my boys, none of wich had ever been to a soccer game before, and all of them were saying how they wanted to come back.

|Zach|
06-29-2011, 02:33 PM
3-0 win in Open Cup play to advance to the Quarter Finals. 7 of the 8 teams left in the Open Cup are MLS teams...Sporting plays the one amateur squad left in the Richmond Kickers July 12th.

|Zach|
06-29-2011, 05:48 PM
Arenud out for 6 weeks. Sports hernia surgery. Bummer.

|Zach|
07-01-2011, 05:08 PM
Zusi named MLS Player of the Month for June

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/07/01/2988044/zusi-named-mls-player-of-the-month.html#ixzz1Qtcknw00

Graham Zusi can sneak up on the MLS no longer. On Friday he was named the North American Soccer Reporter's MLS Player of the Month for June. Zusi recorded three game-winning assists and scored two goals (one of them a free kick from near the half line). “Overall, the past month or so we’ve been getting some great results and luckily I’ve been able to help play my part,” Zusi said in a press release from the team. “I’m very happy with the way I’m playing right now and I hope that I continue to make an impact for the team in front of all our great fans at Livestrong Sporting Park.”

The 24-year-old had only one goal and one assist in his MLS career prior to June. Sporting KC went 3-0-2 with him in the lineup last month. Sporting Kansas City, unbeaten in their last seven MLS matches, also allowed only two goals in Zusi’s five appearances in June.

Zusi becomes the eighth Sporting Kansas City player to be chosen Player of the Month all-time and first since Eddie Johnson in 2007. The MLS Player of the Month is selected after each month by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media. More information can be found at http://www.soccerreporters.com/.
KC All-Time Players of the Month (8)
April 2000: Miklos Molnar
May 2000: Tony Meola
May 2003: Preki
June 2004: Chris Klein
August 2005: Scott Sealy
June 2006: Jose Burciaga Jr.
April 2007: Eddie Johnson
June 2011: Graham Zusi
2011 MLS Players of the Month
May: Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)
April: Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo)
March: Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)


Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/07/01/2988044/zusi-named-mls-player-of-the-month.html#ixzz1Qtcr9JTB

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|Zach|
07-02-2011, 04:06 PM
Interesting game against Portland tonight. Playing against Jack Jewsbury who is now their captain.

http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/216276_10150171412332236_182844932235_6759016_6080599_n.jpg

http://www.sportingkc.com/news/2011/07/kc-expects-tough-task-timbers-clash

Sporting Kansas City has seen the tapes. They watched Portland’s mesmerizing home debut on ESPN2. They understand the affect Timber’s Army has on games in the Rose City.

But Sporting aren’t daunted. Not by the capacity crowds. Not by the roar of Timber Joey’s chainsaw. Not even by Portland’s sterling home record (5-2-1).
Manager Peter Vermes simply wants his team to be prepared for the kind of box-to-box, hectic match that normally awaits visitors to Jeld-Wen Field, where matches have averaged more than three goals every 90 minutes.
“When you play at different places, there is sometimes a lull in the game where you can catch your breath and sort of calm it down for a second,” Vermes said. “Games there have been end-to-end, 90-minutes plus. It’s up and down. That part is what we are going to have to be really alert and attentive to.”

Fortunately for Kansas City (4-6-5), the impenetrable fortress that Jeld-Wen Field started out as has become more vulnerable during the past month. After winning their first five games at home, Portland (5-7-3) lost twice and drew in their previous three games in front of their own supporters, giving Sporting the feeling that they have as good a chance as any of walking away with a point or more.

“I think we can win this game,” Roger Espinoza said. “I know it’s one of the toughest places to go just because the crowd keeps the team in the game. But we have everything going on our side, too.”

In Kansas City’s case, everything is a nine-game unbeaten streak in all competitions that has seen the club rise from last in the Eastern Conference to two points out of fourth place with two games in hand.

The bedrock of that run has been a stingy defense that has allowed just three goals over 810 minutes of play and hasn’t missed a beat on the road.
And while Sporting certainly don’t want their streak to come to an end, they aren’t putting too much stock in what they’ve done in the past. Right back Chance Myers, who has played every League minute since the run began, said it’s more about just being steady game to game rather than reading too far into what amounts to a talking point.

“We want to continue this streak,” Myers said, “but we don’t want to focus on that. We just want to continue to play well and perform like we know we can. Going into Portland is obviously a tough environment. They’ve done very well at home, but if we continue to play the way we have been, I don’t think we question the fact that we can go in there and get some points.”
To do that, they’ll have to keep Portland from winning free kicks in dangerous positions and keep the crowd as subdued as possible. Neither will be easy, but Kansas City won’t be caught off guard by what awaits them on the field or in the stands.

“I look at it as one of the biggest challenges of the year,” Vermes said.

SPchief
07-02-2011, 09:40 PM
Unless it's a replay, looking good so far

SPATCH
07-02-2011, 10:18 PM
I saw during halftime of the new york vs san jose game that we were up 2-0... apparently collin scored again. love that guy.

Trevo_410
07-02-2011, 11:03 PM
we escaped with a win!!! 2-1 with the last goal of ours in the 19th minute.

|Zach|
07-02-2011, 11:34 PM
Another good win on the road by SKC to continue our unbeaten streak but even so the thing this match will be remembered for was that awesome Portland goal.

I wasn't even mad. It was amazing.

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Silock
07-03-2011, 01:33 AM
That goal was amazing.

We really got lucky (again) scoring against the run of play in the beginning, and then not going down when Portland had 70% possession with 15 minutes left to play. We dominated the last 15, though, which was nice. Sappong is the man. Cesar is starting to play well. Collin is the key to this team.

|Zach|
07-03-2011, 04:04 AM
That goal was amazing.

We really got lucky (again) scoring against the run of play in the beginning, and then not going down when Portland had 70% possession with 15 minutes left to play. We dominated the last 15, though, which was nice. Sappong is the man. Cesar is starting to play well. Collin is the key to this team.

Oh you.

Silock
07-03-2011, 05:08 AM
Really? REALLY?

Sapong's goal was nice. Really well done and executed. Still against the run of play, which is fine. It happens quite often.

The second goal was a combination of really, really terrible defending and some luck. Glanced off of a head (barely) and right to Collin. But WTF was Portland doing even allowing the ball to BOUNCE IN THE BOX? That's just terrible, terrible defending and something you'd see in a rec league. Total crap. And that's FINE. It really is. I have no problem with that (from the SKC side). Luck is a part of the game, and sometimes, you need it to win.

But let's not pretend at all that we looked dominating, or even CAPABLE, at all up until the last 15 minutes of the game. Before that, Portland had 70% possession. That's insane. Even with us playing better at the end of the game, Portland still ended with over 65% possession, and nearly double our total passes completed. If they had anyone that could actually put the ball on target, we'd have been fucked. Our midfield was nonexistent for nearly the entire game.

Our saving grace was Collin (who is really a great player for us right now and key to our success), and Cesar able to make the right tackles and stops in the final third. Those guys were MOTM for me. Without them, Portland would be constantly waltzing into our penalty area with free shots on goal. Their bad defense also let us score our goals, which is fine and certainly a factor in any game (like the first half of our season when our defense was just ridiculously bad).

But if you tell me that you're going to give a (acknowledged) bad team at home the ball twice as long as the visitors (even if the visiting team is better) and they're going to lose -- that's a GIANT long shot. For every 3 minutes we had the ball, they had it 7. For every pass we completed, they completed two. Those are NOT good odds, no matter how hot your team is. Beating bad odds like that is luck (overall), and desire to win from two key players in Collin and Cesar.

|Zach|
07-03-2011, 05:54 AM
So the team that was up 2-0 before half didn't look CAPABLE in the first 75 mins? I love it. Going back and creating ifs and should haves...adding fantasy as to why they shouldn't have won the game.

At this point they are in a great position to be in the playoffs according to the way you record the results.

Sporting Kansas City

5 Games of stupid luck

6 Losses

5 Ties

|Zach|
07-03-2011, 05:56 AM
We won't make the playoffs, and there are a lot of entrenched players

In your defense at this time who would have known we would pick up a whole field of four leaf clovers to luck us into everything we have done?

Silock
07-03-2011, 05:08 PM
So the team that was up 2-0 before half didn't look CAPABLE in the first 75 mins? I love it. Going back and creating ifs and should haves...adding fantasy as to why they shouldn't have won the game.

I think you need to go back and re-watch the game. Yes, we had two goals before they had one. But they had the ball the rest of the time. That's NOT good soccer, no matter who you are. It's not fantasy to say that. The stats are there for you to look up for yourself.

Good teams possess the ball; they don't give it to the other team for 60 out of 90 minutes. We may be on a very good streak, but we still aren't a good team. Are we better than Portland? Absolutely. Did we play like it? No. Therefore, we were lucky to get out of there with a win.

But there's nothing WRONG with luck. You need luck in sports. And like I said -- the last 15 minute were a different story in terms of how we looked against them. We played MUCH better and looked great. The same cannot be said for the first 75 minutes.

At this point they are in a great position to be in the playoffs according to the way you record the results.

Sporting Kansas City

5 Games of stupid luck

6 Losses

5 Ties

I will say this: I may be proven wrong about the playoffs, and that would be great. I'm okay with that. I'm still waiting for us to put it together, though. The defense has certainly improved by leaps and bounds, but our midfield still needs some improvement.

Silock
07-03-2011, 05:15 PM
In your defense at this time who would have known we would pick up a whole field of four leaf clovers to luck us into everything we have done?

I've already addressed the luck thing with regard to you putting words in my mouth.

I think what really happened is Vermes realized he needed to make some changes or he'd be on his way out.

Cesar was a disaster at centerback, but is really shining in the midfield (a very recent change). Espinoza's move to the midfield was also a recent change that was needed.

And let's be real -- at the time I made my comments, Vermes had shown ZERO interest in moving guys around, or replacing them with guys off of the bench for about a year and a half. I don't know whether he's started listening to people around him, or stopped listening to them. It doesn't matter. The point is that he's changed his approach to managing the team, and it's worked out really, really well.

I'm happy for the team, and I wish them continued success. I'd love to see another KC team in the playoffs. I hope we can keep this up (luck or not).

|Zach|
07-05-2011, 09:26 PM
Sporting KC acquires rights to Soony Saad

http://www.sportingkc.com/news/2011/07/sporting-kc-acquires-rights-soony-saad

Sporting Kansas City acquired the rights to forward Soony Saad on Tuesday, following a weighted lottery held by Major League Soccer for the 18-year-old standout from the University of Michigan.

“He’s a player that our staff has seen in college several times, and we were very interested in him,” Manager Peter Vermes said. “We feel this is a good young addition for our team.”

“I’m really excited that I got picked up by Sporting Kansas City,” Saad said. “It’s in the Midwest where I’m from and with the team’s brand new stadium, I couldn’t have hoped for anything better. This is a dream come true for the next step in my professional career.”

The 2009-2010 National Gatorade Player of the Year attended the University of Michigan in the fall, where he led the NCAA in scoring and set a Michigan single-season record with 19 goals, while also adding five assists. He was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and earned spots on the All-Big Ten First Team, NSCAA All-Great Lakes First Team and NSCAA All-American Second Team, after helping lead the Wolverines to their first NCAA College Cup appearance.

Saad, a 2008 US Development Academy Player of the Year, has been actively involved in the United States youth national team system, most recently being invited as one of two collegiate players to join the U.S. Under-20 camp in December, where he scored the match-winner in an international friendly against Canada.

Saad signed with Major League Soccer last week and was entered into Tuesday’s weighted lottery, the mechanism by which Major League Soccer assigns players signed under special circumstances after the annual SuperDraft.

He becomes the fifth player assigned via an MLS weighted lottery in 2011, joining Korey Veeder (Columbus Crew). David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes), Cody Arnoux (Real Salt Lake) and Chris Agorsor (Philadelphia Union).

Sporting Kansas City, unbeaten in their last eight MLS matches, will host the defending MLS Cup champion Colorado Rapids at 7:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.

Tickets are available on TicketMaster.com and all fans that purchase a ticket in advance will receive a complimentary ticket to the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal between Sporting Kansas City and the Richmond Kickers (USL PRO) on Tuesday, July 12th at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.
Transaction: Sporting Kansas City (MLS) acquires rights to forward Soony Saad via weighted lottery.

Vitals: 

Soony Saad (soo-NEE sod)
Forward
Height: 5-10
Weight: 165
Born: 8/17/1992
Hometown: Dearborn, Michigan
Birthplace: Dearborn, Michigan
Citizenship: USA

Last Club: University of Michigan (NCAA)

CHENZ A!
07-05-2011, 10:58 PM
Collin is so badass. After his goal he went over into the stands and drank a fan's beer. LMAO

CHENZ A!
07-05-2011, 11:08 PM
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CHENZ A!
07-05-2011, 11:10 PM
they will probably get fined for that, but pretty damn funny.

|Zach|
07-05-2011, 11:20 PM
They only showed a small snippet on TV his run over to that area was so long. Wish I could have seen video of that again.

SPATCH
07-06-2011, 09:56 AM
lulz @ Collin

|Zach|
07-06-2011, 09:16 PM
1-1 tie against the Rapids. Decent game...lots of near misses for us. Exciting at the end.

CHENZ A!
07-06-2011, 10:26 PM
Damn that was close, i think we hit the post twice. Outside of their goal, I thought the defense played pretty damn good all night. Jimmy was never really tested. You could tell our players were really frustrated when the referee blew the final whistle. We should've won this game. Also, I don't think Teal played that bad or anything, it's just Sapong always looks so damn good when he comes in off the bench. He really added a spark in the 2nd half.

|Zach|
07-06-2011, 10:35 PM
Damn that was close, i think we hit the post twice. Outside of their goal, I thought the defense played pretty damn good all night. Jimmy was never really tested. You could tell our players were really frustrated when the referee blew the final whistle. We should've won this game. Also, I don't think Teal played that bad or anything, it's just Sapong always looks so damn good when he comes in off the bench. He really added a spark in the 2nd half.

Teal did ok but him and Omar need to get their shit together being offside so much. Kei did a few nice things and one really good pass for a potential goal but he was really really off kilter. Him and Harrington gave up so many stupid balls.

CHENZ A!
07-06-2011, 10:42 PM
Teal did ok but him and Omar need to get their shit together being offside so much. Kei did a few nice things and one really good pass for a potential goal but he was really really off kilter. Him and Harrington gave up so many stupid balls.

I agree, Kei really ran out of gas, and took his eye off a couple balls letting them pass.

Harrington was atrocious all night.

Myers I thought played real well for the most part, we just need to get him to stop trying to make the impossible pass all the time. Also, he got beat on the goal I think didn't he?

Besler might have been the man of the match in my opinion. Just played awesome.

Silock
07-06-2011, 10:43 PM
I missed it :(

Sounds like we were unlucky not to come away with three points, though ;)

|Zach|
07-06-2011, 10:45 PM
I agree, Kei really ran out of gas, and took his eye off a couple balls letting them pass.

Harrington was atrocious all night.

Myers I thought played real well for the most part, we just need to get him to stop trying to make the impossible pass all the time. Also, he got beat on the goal I think didn't he?

Besler might have been the man of the match in my opinion. Just played awesome.

Besler did play like a beast.

Meyers has been really consistent for us which is nice on this team.

I appreciate trying to get Teal and Kei back into the mix. It is understandable giving them a chance to get back into form but having CJ in there is such a night and day situation.

|Zach|
07-06-2011, 10:47 PM
I missed it :(

Sounds like we were unlucky not to come away with three points, though ;)

Ha, yea I keep going back and forth about how I feel about it but it was generally a well played game they deserved to win. You could tell they were frustrated. The streak they are on probably makes it not as frustrating.

CoMoChief
07-06-2011, 10:48 PM
Man, this was some exciting shit.

SPATCH
07-06-2011, 11:04 PM
just watched the highlights... looks like Bravo is a bit snake-bitten right now.

|Zach|
07-06-2011, 11:13 PM
just watched the highlights... looks like Bravo is a bit snake-bitten right now.

It is absolutely exhausting watching him not finish.

|Zach|
07-07-2011, 06:54 AM
Jeff Cunningham ties the all time career record for goals in the MLS and breaks Canadian hearts with one header.

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|Zach|
07-09-2011, 11:53 AM
Anyone heading to the game tonight? Should be a good one. Heading out with some friends later. It will be interesting to see what lineup Vermes trots out there.

Silock
07-09-2011, 12:56 PM
I think the next one I'm going to is the Open Cup game.

|Zach|
07-09-2011, 11:32 PM
Really fun night at LSP. Sporting midfield had a ton of problems and the reffing was simply absurd at times but they had a goal in stoppage time to tie the game up...the stadium was rocking. Their goal keeper had a pretty epic game I was impressed. Really felt the absence of arenud tonight. Connecting passes and making things happen.

I wonder who Vermes was yelling at in that clip. It could have been a few people. Chivas had some players that were being total vaginas and the ref basically established that it is ok to rape Sporting players in the penalty box.

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|Zach|
07-10-2011, 01:23 AM
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|Zach|
07-10-2011, 01:58 AM
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|Zach|
07-10-2011, 03:04 AM
Bravo header makes Sports Center Top 10 plays.

Jerm
07-10-2011, 03:12 AM
The non call on the Bravo PK about midway through the 2nd half was one of the worst errors in officiating I've ever seen...so blatantly obvious, he was tackled to the ground FFS.

Exciting game however we need to start getting 3 pts. against teams like Chivas.

|Zach|
07-10-2011, 03:34 AM
The non call on the Bravo PK about midway through the 2nd half was one of the worst errors in officiating I've ever seen...so blatantly obvious, he was tackled to the ground FFS.

Exciting game however we need to start getting 3 pts. against teams like Chivas.

I think I have just come to a place where I am going to have accept that the MLS is alright with Bravo getting raped in the box.

It isn't even worth complaining about anymore. It is ludicrousness.

http://www.sportingkc.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/dl-640x380/image_nodes/2011/07/Bravo%20vs%20Chivas%20USA%20DL.jpg

DJay23
07-10-2011, 06:47 AM
The non call on the Bravo PK about midway through the 2nd half was one of the worst errors in officiating I've ever seen...so blatantly obvious, he was tackled to the ground FFS.

Exciting game however we need to start getting 3 pts. against teams like Chivas.

The ref appeared to have a pretty clear view of what was happening too, not that that should have mattered. It was pretty blatant.

SPATCH
07-10-2011, 02:04 PM
Timbers vs. Sounders on ESPN right now. Cool rivalry. Atmosphere looks incredible.

Jerm
07-10-2011, 02:09 PM
Timbers vs. Sounders on ESPN right now. Cool rivalry. Atmosphere looks incredible.

Has all the making of an exciting and contentious match...should be excellent.

|Zach|
07-10-2011, 04:35 PM
SKC's Besler named to All-Star team thanks to text votes
Defender receives most fan tallies by text for first All-Star nod

http://www.mlssoccer.com/all-star/news/article/2011/07/10/skcs-besler-named-all-star-team-thanks-text-votes

Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler has been selected for the 2011 AT&T MLS All-Star team as the player with the most fan votes via text.

Besler received an astounding 30 percent of all text votes submitted between June 8 and July 5 and he received nearly three times as many text votes as the next closest player.

This is his first career All-Star team selection in three years in MLS.

A former All-American out of the University of Notre Dame, Besler has featured in 16 of Sporting’s 18 MLS games this season, starting in all of them and notching a goal and an assist.

The 24-year-old Besler has been a key reason why Sporting have had one of the most imposing back lines in the league so far this season. They have not allowed multiple goals in a game since a 4-1 loss to the LA Galaxy on May 14, and have gone 4-1-6 since then, allowing just seven goals and posting six shutouts including two in US Open Cup play.

Besler played 46 minutes against the All-Stars’ 2011 opponents, Manchester United, last season when Kansas City recorded a shock 2-1 victory against the Red Devils. United also played the All-Stars last season, winning 5-2 at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

|Zach|
07-11-2011, 09:53 AM
http://www.sportingkc.com/news/2011/07/quotes-reaction-draw-vs-chivas-usa

Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes

On his team’s performance…
I thought that they did a very good job in the first half. It wasn’t so much their possession, it was that they recovered most of the balls in the midfield, which we were a little bit late on. And, at times, they were able to stretch the field and I thought they did a really good job on second balls. I thought that the goal was pretty soft on our part. I thought that we were pretty unorganized in the first half. But the great thing is that during halftime, I said to the guys that in the last 11 games that we’ve played, it is probably the worst half of soccer that I’ve seen us play. And unfortunately, that’s going to happen. The important thing is how you react in the second half. And I thought our reaction was excellent, and we had the last-minute dramatic goal to get the tie, but the amazing part is the fight the guys have to just keep going and going. It was pretty impressive and I’m proud of the fact that we put ourselves in that position to start the second half.

On the insertion of Kei Kamara in the first half…
My reasoning for it was that I just felt that after seeing the way we were playing, from an athletic perspective, I thought that Kei could be a major mismatch over there. I think that it was from the start of when he got in the game. He came in and changed the game some for us, especially the last few minutes of the half. I think in the second half he was definitely a monster, and if I’m not mistaken he got the assist on the goal cause he got up in the air and kept it going. He was very, very good.

On the role of the crowd…
I’ve said this all along, during the 10-game road stretch, you’re the enemy so you never get any applause or ‘good jobs.’ You don’t get anything. At home, that 12th man, it keeps you going because you don’t want to disappoint. I don’t think the guys did that tonight by any means, and if anything, we gained some fans based on the way the guys were able to come back and the dramatic goal to tie the game up. Fans are fantastic, and what’s great is that game after game, we’re growing in numbers. I was shocked at the number of people that were at Wednesday’s game (against Colorado). I played for this team many moons ago, and I don’t remember a Wednesday match having that many people at a game. So, it’s fantastic, it’s a huge help to the players. I just hope that we can continue to be able to reciprocate with the fans for their support.

On Tuesday’s quarterfinal of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup…
We’ve got some guys who need a rest, so we’re going to have to make some changes to the lineup -- a lot more significant than one or two. I don’t think I’m tipping my hand, I just think it’s a reality. We’re going to go to try to win that game for sure, but I’ve got to be very smart about which players I put into the lineup.

On the team giving up the first goal as of late…
You never want to give want to give up the first goal. But you know, we’re alive and well. We have a lot of games left, and we have a lot of games left at home. I feel that we’re starting to come into our own as a team, and we’re going to continue to hopefully get results. As much as you don’t want to focus on everyone else in the league, it’s not like everyone else is taking off in points because some teams are getting beat. Maybe some of the top teams are getting a little further away, but that’s okay as long as you’re still in the mix, and right now we’re in the mix.

On his body language on the sidelines…
I’ll tell you this, that there are a couple times I’d like to run onto the field and do a few other things but unfortunately I can’t do that anymore. But, I have a lot of passion for what I do and for the game, and it’s exciting when you see your team fight through adversity for over 90 minutes and get themselves back in the game. It’s not just the playing, but you win a lot of things within that .It’s psychological game that you win too.

On Omar Bravo scoring the equalizer…
I’m happy for him that he got it. It was a great goal because of his anticipation. That’s the one thing that people don’t see about Omar. The on thing that Omar does better than other players is that he finishes the ball. He may not get the first ball or the second ball but he keeps on going to get the third one because of his commitment to making those runs. His goal was extremely opportunistic and due to his anticipation of where he thought the ball was going to go.

On Graham Zusi’s injury…
He tweaked his ankle again, the same one he hurt here at home. He tweaked it after being tackled from behind. I think it’s probably going to be a for sure that he’s going to be out (against Richmond).

Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler

On the team’s slow start…

Since it’s the second time its happened, it’s kind of bothersome. For some reason, we’ve come out a little bit flat the last two games at home, so there’s no excuse for that really.

On the Chivas USA goal…
We were just a step too late to everything the first half, and that caused us to do a lot of defending and running. It was hot tonight. We’ve played a lot of games, I think our legs were a little tired. We just gave them a little too much space and they kept slipping it through, it was kind of a domino effect really.

On Sporting Kansas City’s second half performance…
(Dan) Kennedy made a couple good saves to even keep it a tie. I think we had a really strong second half, kind of threw everything at them, and in the end got a point.

On contribution to the stoppage-time goal….
To be honest, I think we have a chance everytime I hit that ball. Especially when we put (Birahim) Diop in there. I look up and see Diop, Kei, and CJ, so that’s three not too bad of targets. I felt kind of like a quarterback tonight.

Sporting Kansas City striker Omar Bravo
On ending the night with a goal…
We like to make ourselves suffer sometimes, but in the end the ball went in and we get the tie. There’s a lot of things we need to get better at, but it was important to get the tie.

On coming from behind recently…
It’s complicated, we need to analyze the way we play our first halves. It was really hot and humid, but really important that we got the draw.

Chivas USA Manager Robin Fraser

On the match…
It was a hard fought game. I thought that Kansas City gave us some problems in the first half, but we were able to adjust and create some chances. In the second half, I thought they came out with a lot of energy and really took it to us. I think it’s the first time all year we’ve had to change our formation because a team was giving us trouble, so hats off to them for playing so well. To be 60 seconds from getting out of here with three points, it’s extremely disappointing.

On LIVESTRONG Sporting Park…
It’s fantastic, it’s an absolutely beautiful facility. I can’t imagine that there are many stadiums that are better than this one. It’s a beautiful facility and the owners here have done a tremendous job for the team and the fans are so excited to have this as their home.

About switching formations…
We just felt that their outside players were getting too much time and freedom, so we tried to increase pressure with a new formation. At times it worked well, but I think we’re still a young team that’s growing and there are always decisions that have to be made in tight games and tough situations.

On the play of Nick LaBrocca…
I was hoping somebody would ask me about Nick. I’m very excited about the fact that I feel that we have the best young emerging player in the League. He’s such an intelligent player and he gets himself shots.

On Jimmy Conrad’s role with Chivas USA…
He’s working through his issues with his concussion, and he’s got so much experience for us that he’s able to lend another pair of seasoned and experienced eyes. So, with us, he’s been doing whatever it is that we ask him to do and he’s been extremely valuable to us.

On controlling C.J. Sapong…
It really just comes down to good team defending and knowing what your opponent’s strengths are and being able to adjust. I thought that, for the most part, we did a decent job of putting him in more uncomfortable positions. He’s a tremendous young player and I think he’s got a really bright future.

Chivas USA striker Justin Braun

Overall thoughts on game…
Obviously, it’s disappointing for us. Anytime you give up a goal in stoppage time it’s definitely a letdown. We were expecting to get the three points. We were playing really well and unfortunately in the second half kind of got away from that and came under some pressure and then we broke.

On LIVESTRONG Sporting Park…
It was awesome, this stadium’s great. It’s always fun to see these new stadiums being built and fun to play in such a great atmosphere. It’s fun for the players and hopefully more teams around the League will start to get that type of fan base.

On the humidity…
I don’t think it really affected us. It’s definitely hotter than southern California, but I don’t think we can really blame a tie or the way we played on the weather.

Chivas USA defender Jimmy Conrad
On LIVESTRONG Sporting Park…
It’s amazing. I feel like a played a very, very small part in getting it built. I did a lot of work with the politicians. But it’s great for Kansas City and it’s something the fans deserve. And it’s probably the best facility in this country. I play in the Home Depot Center now and that used to be the premier place to play, but this has definitely raised the bar. It was an exciting game, I wish we would’ve got more out of it but it was a good place to watch a game.

On how the fans treated him…
I was definitely feeling the love. I saw a banner that said I still have a posse in Kansas City. It means a lot, it was great to be showered by their affection, and if I was smart I would probably come back and run for mayor. Maybe in the future.

On the humidity…
I think some of our guys tired out a little more than normal, but we play in a desert in California so it’s not that big of a jump. I think players talk about the weather when they don’t know what else to say in an interview.

Silock
07-12-2011, 05:38 AM
US Open Cup game tonight

|Zach|
07-12-2011, 10:21 AM
Wasn't planning on heading out there tonight but some friends invited me to the Open Cup game tonight. Should be fun. Can they keep winning and get some hardware?

CHENZ A!
07-12-2011, 11:41 AM
Wish I could go, but I have a basketball game tonight. I think the whole stadium is GA for the Open Cup games isn't it? I love the members sectipn, but would be pretty cool to be mid field and up close. We better win tonight, and no injuries!

|Zach|
07-12-2011, 12:25 PM
Wish I could go, but I have a basketball game tonight. I think the whole stadium is GA for the Open Cup games isn't it? I love the members sectipn, but would be pretty cool to be mid field and up close. We better win tonight, and no injuries!

Pretty sure.

I am excited to see Kronburg play in goal again. I think we have two starting caliber goalies in KC.

Silock
07-12-2011, 10:01 PM
Fucking atrocious display. How embarrassing.

Reaper16
07-12-2011, 10:15 PM
DERP