If You’re new to Soccer, here’s the Need to Know Basics

KC defender Matt Besler Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

With the introductions out of the way, and all the pent up excitement you have to read about soccer, let’s get you informed about the team. It has been some time since KCSportsNation has written about soccer or Sporting, so let’s get up to speed on the state of the club. If you are from Kansas City, you live in a part of the country that within soccer circles is becoming a destination. Fans travel from other cities specifically to see the stadium and team. Players looking for a new club rave about the stadium, training facilities, locker rooms and ownership. The US National Team loves the city and the rabid support that they are given when they play important games in Kansas City. In fact it was just announced this week that Kansas City will host a US Men’s National Team game on Saturday May, 28 against Bolivia. Hosting national team games is becoming an annual tradition for Kansas City, yet for many cities it can be a rare occurrence. We should be proud of this honor as a [Read more...]

Soccer IS a Thing

The Power of the Plains

This site was introduced to me recently by a friend, and I was asked if I would like to contribute with my views and experience as a soccer fan. STOP, don’t leave! The selling point was that “you know more about soccer than anyone I know”, so I have that going for me. I live, breath, bleed and die Kansas City sports. My first sports memory is watching Game 7 in 1985 with my dad. I had Chiefs season tickets for over 25 years and still attend most of the games each year. I was there for Lin Elliot, Tony G’s touchdown catch that wasn’t, the “no punt” game and every other heartbreaking ending the Chiefs has put us through. I watch nearly every Royals game and was lucky enough to go to many playoff games over the past two years. I also have had Wizards and now Sporting season tickets since the team began playing in 1996. I was an early member and president of the supports group named the Cauldron that many of you may have heard of, and am an avid US Men’s National Team fan. Oh, and I play [Read more...]

Dempsey’s hat trick paces USMNT’s 6-0 rout over Cuba

The U.S. Men's National Team, behind Clint Dempsey goals, is going on to the Gold Cup Semifinals for a match with Jamaica, who won Group B over CONCACAF power Costa Rica without their star goalkeeper from Real Madrid, Keylor Navas, and defeated Haiti in the Quarterfinals by a score of 1-0. USMNT defeated Cuba, who only scored only one goal in the full tournament (Guatemala), 6-0. To start the match, Alvarado showed his lack of improvement with a terrible turnover. Bradley later that minute did the same, but Cuba could not capitalize on either. Cuba turned it over on that second possession, the U.S. then went forward, and Dempsey was fouled. Alvarado showed a bit of redemption with good defense and a steal a couple minutes later. In the fourth minute, Chandler got the ball after Zardes couldn't get it and crossed it beautifully to Clint Dempsey, who headed it home from 6 yards to make it 1-0! It was Dempsey's 45th goal for the U.S., 2nd all-time behind Landon Donovan's 56! Three [Read more...]

USA draws with Panama, wins Group A; advances to quarterfinals of Gold Cup

The USMNT is advancing into the 2015 Gold Cup Quarterfinals, winning the group stage with 7 points and a record of 2-0-1 as they drew Panama by a score of 1-1 Monday night at our very own Sporting Park in KCK. The U.S. in this match went once again with a 4-4-2 formation and gave some bench players (Wondolowski, Zardes, and maybe Alvarado and Beckerman) a chance to prove themselves, while giving most of the main players (Dempsey, Altidore, Yedlin, Gonzalez, Diskerud, and Johannsson) a rest for at least most of the match (Gonzalez, Altidore, and Diskerud for all of it) that really didn't mean anything for them because they had already clinched Group A with a win vs Haiti. The environment at Sporting Park was incredible, with the crowd chanting all match long, on the edge of their seats singing "U-S-A, U-S-A, U-S-AAAAAA" and chanting "I Believe That We Will Win" much longer and louder than Foxborough, MA and Frisco, TX, showing why Kansas City is considered "Soccer City, USA." It [Read more...]

Dempsey’s two goals leads USMNT passed Honduras in 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Opener

FRISCO, Texas -It was a very ugly win, but a win nonetheless. As predicted, the United States Men's Soccer Team pulled out a 2-1 win over Honduras in their first match of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the confederation's main tournament. Early in the match, Honduras put a lot of pressure on the United States and their goalkeeper Brad Guzan, 30-year-old with rumors circulating of leaving Aston Villa for a better chance of starting. Honduras had multiple golden chances early in the match as the U.S. weren't going forward and playing aggressive. After a couple fantastic saves by Guzan - three corners, two free kicks, and some missed chances in the first six minutes for Los Catrachos - the Yanks started to go forward and started getting their offense in it's normal rhythm. The USMNT got a few free kicks and had a couple runs that did not turn into more due to an offside call. Honduras continued to get their offense in as well after the U.S.' chances, but then an offside on Honduras in the [Read more...]

Soccer Weekly with Brandon Wolak: MERICA Advances to Round of 16; Sporting Back in Action

Brandon Wolak, KC SportsNation As the entire human population watches the World Cup, one thing is becoming obvious: the United States belongs on this greatest stage in sport. Soccer matters in this country. In order to get to the knock out stages of the tournament, the United States needed to finish first or second in what many analysts considered the most challenging group: Ghana, Portugal, and Germany. Defeating Ghana in the first match of group play was a revelation. When Clint Dempsey scored in the opening minute, one member of our watch party (a new fan to the sport) remarked, “Is soccer always this exciting?” It was hard for me to think of an immediate answer; this is the game I love after all. The best I could come up with—after settling down from all of the screaming and high-fiving from Dempsey’s mammoth goal—was a smile and, “It depends.” As the first match continued to unfold, André Ayew leveled the score at 1-1 in the 82’. At that point, it looked like Ghana were in [Read more...]

This stuff is awesome and made us laugh, you should like it too (5/27/13)

Some awesome stuff from the past week, some sports related, some not. Enjoy. There are all sorts of mistakes in this one, brought to you by our very own Fox Sorts Kansas City. I guess they are taking after the very team they broadcast. How many mistakes can you find? Instead of Bryce Harper they named him “Bryce Hunter.” Bryce Harper plays for the Washington Nationals and not the Detroit Tigers. They listed Matt Harvey as “Matt Jones.” Matt Harvey plays for the New York Mets and not for the Baltimore Orioles. They got Manny Machado’s name correct, but then put him on the Chicago White Sox instead of the Orioles. I am not sure if this is foreshadowing, but as of right now superstar Mike Trout is currently a member of the Los Angeles Angels and not the New York Yankees. And there was this gem from Thursday night as a fan ran onto the field at the K…and stole the rosin bag: This is the best rosin bag incident this year since the Pirates April Fools joke on pitcher AJ [Read more...]