Thursday, September 03, 2015

#TBT The US Open Cup 1997

With the US Open Cup final later this month, and Sporting KC doing a count down with posts each day this month heading into the US Open Cup final, I thought I'd do a Throw Back Thursday today on an old US Open Cup video I found the other day while doing some other work.

I'm going way back into the vault with this one, most die hard fans and 96ers probably haven't even seen this game. I'm going all the way back to 1997 with this one. While over the last five years KC has won at least one game in the US Open Cup each year it wasn't always that way. For the first five years of the club's existence the club didn't win a single game in the Open Cup. They went 0-3-1 and didn't compete in the 1999 version of the tournament. Of those four games, three of them were against lower division teams.

On July 24th, 1997, the Wizards traveled to Negoesco Field in San Francisco, to take on the San Francisco Bay Seals. The Wizards were one of the better teams in MLS at the time with a record of 13-7 (no draws, ties were settled by the shootout).

KC put out a strong lineup on the field against the Seals, with the likes of Preki, Frank Klopas, Mo Johnston, and Mark Chung all in the lineup for KC. For the Seals, the most noteworthy name was future Chicago Fire great, CJ Brown.

The Seals grabbed an early lead when Marquis White beat the offside line and raced onto a through ball, slotting it under goalkeeper Chris Snitko to make it 1-0. Klopas would score a goal for KC to tie things up in the 40th minute as both teams would go into half time tied at 1-1.

In the second half, KC didn't learn from their high line in the first half and White made them pay again. On another through ball White beat the offside trap. This time Snitko was quick off his line but White took a touch around him. Then from a tight angle White fired a shot into the net right in front of a sliding Sean Bowers who was trying to clear the ball away. The goal was all the Seals needed to advance on to the quarterfinals to take on the San Jose Clash.

For KC, they would have to deal with a loss to another lower division side, the Nashville Metros and a penalty kick loss to the Chicago Sockers of the PDL before getting their first win in the US Open Cup in 2001 against the Seattle Sounders.

Here's KC's lineup for that game against the Seals:
Chris Snitko, Ryan Tinsley, Matt McKeon, Sean Bowers, Steve Pittman, Uche Okafor (Brian Johnson 75), Mark Chung, Preki, Frank Klopas, Mo Johnston, Paul Wright.

Here are the two goals that the Seals scored, unfortunately they didn't include the Klopas goal.


Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Former Players Move in Transfer Window - Former SKC Wizards Update

The transfer window is closed in Europe, player movement is now limited until January when the window will reopen. A few former players made moves during this past window to new clubs ahead of this European season. Some guys moved to Scandinavian countries, like Korede Aiyegbusi moving to Sweden and Scott Angevine and Will John moving to Finland (Angevine was already there but switched clubs). Neven Markovic moved to Poland to join KS Lechia Gdans, while Milos Stojcev moved from Sarajevo to Atromitos in Greece.

Here's the rest of this week's update.

Active without a club or unknown
Mitchell Cardenas
Michael Kafari
Neal Kitson
Jonathan Leathers
Kyle Miller
Lawrence Olum
Nelson Pizarro
Yann Songo'o

MLS
Davy Arnaud - DC - Did not dress in DC's 3-0 loss to New York.
Teal Bunbury - New England - Came off the bench and played 26 minutes in New England's 1-0 win over Philadelphia.
Servando Carrasco - Orlando City - Came off the bench and played 4 minutes Orlando's 1-1 draw with Chicago.
Aurelien Collin - Orlando City - Started and played 90 minutes in Orlando's 1-1 draw with Chicago.
Daneil Cyrus - Chicago (Loan) - Did not dress in either of Chicago's games.
Luis Gil - Salt Lake - Did not dress in RSL's 2-0 loss to Dallas.
Herculez Gomez - Toronto - Dressed but did not play in Toronto's 2-1 win over Montreal.
Michael Harrington - Colorado - Did not dress in either of Colorado's games.
Jack Jewsbury - Portland - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in Portland's 2-1 loss to Seattle.
Kei Kamara - Columbus - Started and played 89 minutes in Columbus' 2-1 win over NYCFC.
Chris Konopka - Toronto - Started and played 90 minutes in Toronto's 2-1 win over Montreal.
Eric Kronberg - Montreal - Starte and played 90 minutes in Montreal's 2-0 loss to Vancouver. Started and played 90 minutes in Montreal's 2-1 loss to Toronto.
CJ Sapong - Philadelphia - Started and played 90 minutes in Philadelphia's 1-0 loss to New England.
Khari Stephenson - San Jose - Loaned to San Antonio.
Tyson Wahl - Columbus - Started and played 90 minutes in Columbus' 2-1 win over NYCFC.
Sal Zizzo - New York - Came off the bench and played 3 minutes in New York's 3-2 loss to Chicago. Came off the bench and played 7 minutes in New York's 3-0 win over DC.

NASL
Stefan Antonijevic - Tampa Bay - Started and played 90 minutes in Tampa's 2-2 draw with Ottawa.
James Marcelin - Fort Lauderdale - Started and played 90 minutes in Fort Lauderdale's 7-1 win over Indy.
Rauwshan McKenzie - Atlanta - Started and played 90 minutes in Atlanta's 1-0 win over Edmonton.
Michal Mravec - Atlanta - Dressed but did not play in Atlanta's 1-0 win over Edmonton.
Khari Stephenson - San Antonio - Did not dress in San Antonio's 0-0 draw with Jacksonville.

USL
Christian Duke - Oklahoma City - Started and played 90 minutes in OKC's 2-0 win over Austin.
Brian Fekete - Austin - Did not dress in Austin's 2-0 loss to OKC.
Adnan Gabeljic - Sacramento - Did not dress in Sacramento's 3-1 win over Tulsa.
Cyprian Hedrick - Oklahoma City - Started and played 90 minutes in OKC's 2-0 win over Austin.
Mechack Jerome - Charlotte - Started and played 90 minutes in Charlotte's 1-0 win over Montreal. Started and played 90 minutes in Charlotte's 2-2 draw with Toronto.
Alex Martinez - Charlotte - Did not dress in either of Charlotte's games.
Victor Munoz - Arizona - Did not dress in Arizona's 2-1 win over LA.
Tony Rocha - Austin - Started and played 90 minutes in Austin's 2-0 loss to OKC.
Michael Thomas - Oklahoma City - Started and played 90 minutes in OKC's 2-0 win over Austin.
Yomby William - Richmond - Started and played 90 minutes in Richmond's 2-0 loss to Charleston.

Indoor
Jamar Beasley - Ontario - Offseason.
Adnan Gabeljic - St. Louis - Offseason.
Josh Gardner - Missouri - Offseason.
Pat Healey - Baltimore - Offseason.
Mike Jones - Dallas - Offseason.
Michal Mravec - Tacoma - Offseason.
Boris Pardo - Wichita - Offseason.

International
Korede Aiyegbusi - AFC United - Sweden - Dressed but did not play in AFC's 1-0 loss to Varberg.
Scott Angevine - KPV - Finland - Did not play in KPV's 4-0 loss to Santa Claus.
Vicente Arze - Blooming - Bolivia - Did not play in either Blooming's games.
Claudio Bieler - Quilmes - Argentina - Started and played 90 minutes in Quilmes' 0-0 draw with Temperley.
Omar Bravo - Chivas - Mexico - Did not dress in Chivas' 1-1 draw with Coras de Tepic. Started and played 90 minutes, scoring two goals in Chivas' 4-1 win over Chiapas.
Reinaldo Brenes - AD Belen Siglo XXI - Costa Rica - Did not dress in Belen's 1-1 draw with Municipal Liberia. Came off the bench and played 30 minutes in Belen's 4-1 loss to Limon.
Sunil Chhetri - Bengaluru - India - Offseason.
Jorge Claros - Qingdao Jonoon - China - Lost 1-0 to Xinjiang Tianshan Leopard.
Eloy Colombano - AD Berazategui - Lost 2-0 to San Martin Burzaco.
Toni Dovale - CD Leganes - Spain - Did not dress in Leganes' 3-1 win over Cordoba.
Pablo Escobar - Cúcuta Deportivo - Colombia - Started and played 90 minutes in Cucuta's 3-0 loss to Deportes Tolima.
Jermaine Hue - Harbour View - Jamaica - Next game 9/6.
Jeferson - Boavista - Brazil - Offseason.
Will John - RoPS - Finland - Started and played 90 minutes in RoPS 2-0 loss to Inter Turku.
Peterson Joseph - Azam FC - Tanzania - Offseason.
Igor Juliao - ABC (Fluminense) - Brazil - Did not dress in ABC's 1-1 draw with Luverdense.
Igor Kostrov - Dinamo-Auto - Moldova - Came off the bench and played 38 minutes in Dinamo's 3-1 win over Speranta Nisporeni.
Luis Marin - CD Palestino - Chile - Started and played 90 minutes in Palestino's 4-4 draw with Universidad Chile.
Neven Markovic - KS Lechia Gdansk - Poland - Did not dress in Lechia's 1-1 draw with Podbeskidzie.
Yura Movsisyan - Spartak Moscow - Russia - Started and played 72 minutes in Spartak's 2-1 loss to Anzhi.
Akeem Priestley - Sheikh Russel KC - Bangladesh - No game this week.
Pablo Punyed - Stjarnan - Iceland - Started and played 90 minutes in Stjarnan's 1-1 draw with Fjolnir.
Oriol Rosell - Sporting Club de Portugal - Portugal - Did not dress in either of Sporting's games.
Soony Saad - BCC Tero (loaned from BEC Tero Sasana FC) - Thailand - Offseason.
Peter Schmetz - Wuppertaler SV - Germany - Started and played 90 minutes in Wuppertaler's 2-1 loss to SC Dusseldorf-West. Started and played 90 minutes in Wuppertaler's 2-0 win over 1.FC Monchengladbach.
Martin Steuble - Ceres-La Salle - Philippines - Lost on penalty kicks to Kaya after a 2-2 draw.
Milos Stojcev - Atromitos - Greece - Did not play in Atromitos' 3-0 loss to Fenerbahce. Came off the bench and played 23 minutes in Atromitos' 2-1 win over Platanias.
Matt Taylor - Saarbrücken - Germany - Started and played 63 minutes in Saarbrucken's 0-0 draw with Elversberg.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Academy Graduates Busy as Division 1 Starts - Academy in College Update

NCAA Division 1 soccer really got going this past weekend with all NCAA Division 1 teams with a Sporting KC academy graduate in them starting play. There was a lot of involvement from the KC academy as well. From West Virginia, where all three SKC graduates Heath Honol, Joey Piatczyc, and Tucker Stephenson all picking up assists in their 6-0 win over San Francisco, Piatczyc set a school record with four in that game. Elsewhere, Andy Lopez and Zach Wright were both involved in UNC's 3-0 win over Santa Clara as both scored a goal, with Lopez picking up the assist on Wright's goal.

Here's the full update.

Class of 2012

Andrew Brown (Bradley University) - MF - Sr - Started both Bradley's 2-0 loss to Illinois-Chicago and their 1-0 win over Houston Baptist.

Eric DeJulio (Creighton University) - D - Sr - Started both games for #6 Creighton, including a 1-0 win over Michigan and a 4-0 win over Milwaukee.

Daniel Hare (Loyola University in Chicago) - D - Sr - Started in Loyola's 1-0 loss to #20 UC Irvine and their 2-1 loss to Cal State Northridge.

Andrew Lightner (Dayton) - D - RJr - Did not play in Dayton's 2-1 loss to Radford. Started in Dayton's 1-0 win over James Madison.

Andrew Miller (Baker University) - D - Sr - Started Baker's 1-0 OT win over Midland.

Nate Opperman (University of Evansville) - F - Sr - Started in Evansville's 5-2 loss to Milwaukee.

Derek Schrick (University of Missouri Kansas City) - MF - Sr - Did not play in UMKC's 2-1 loss to Omaha.

Shane Woods (Drury University) - F - Jr - First game 9/5

Class of 2013

Joe Amico (Jacksonville) - D - Jr - Started in Jacksonville's 2-1 win over Georgia State. Game agaisnt Appalachian State was canceled.

Matt Bernard (Cal Baptist) - MF - RSo - First game 9/3

Paul Dean (Rockhurst University) - D - Jr - First game 9-8.

Seo-In Kim (UCSB) - MF - Jr - Came on as a substitute and had an assist in UCSB's 1-0 win over Stanford.

Adam Lightner (Northern Illinois University) - D - Jr - Did not play in Northern Illinois' 1-0 OT win over Green Bay.

Clay Stewart - (University of Missouri Kansas City) - MF/D - Jr - Did not play in UMKC's 2-1 loss to Omaha.

Wes White (University of Missouri Kansas City) - F - RSo - Started in UMKC's 2-1 loss to Omaha.

Austin Wilcox (Cal-Poly) - MF - Jr - Started in Cal Poly's 2-1 win over UNLV.

Drew Wilson (Fort Hays State University) - D - Jr - First game 9/4

Kyle Vassar - (University of Missouri Kansas City) - D - RSo - Did not play in UMKC's 2-1 loss to Omaha.

Class of 2014

Darby Cronin (Missouri State)- MF - So - Did not play in Missouri States' 2-0 loss to USF.

Andrew Dittemore (Missouri State) - GK - RSFr - Did not play in Missouri States' 2-0 loss to USF.

Andy Ericks (Colorado School of Mines) - MF - So - First game 9/5.

Heath Honold (West Virginia) - F - So - Started in West Virginia's 1-0 loss to Navy. Came off the bench and had an assist in West Virginia's 6-0 win over San Francisco.

Mason Leonard (Drake) - D - So - Started in both Drake's 2-1 win over Pacific and their 1-0 loss to Green Bay.

Blake Levine (Baker) - F - So - Started Baker's 1-0 OT win over Midland.

Matthew Lewis (Fordham) - D - So - Started in Fordham's 2-1 OT loss to Boston University.

Andy Lopez (North Carolina) - MF - RSFr - Came on as a sub in number 5 UNC's 1-0 win over FIU. Came on as a substitute getting a goal and an assist in UNC's 3-0 win over Santa Clara.

Noah Mudd (Trevecca) - D - So - First game 9/4.

Joey Piatczyc (West Virginia) - MF - So - Started in West Virginia's 1-0 loss to Navy. Started and recorded 4 assists in West Virginia's 6-0 win over San Francisco.

Cole Stevenson (Denver) - F - So - Came on as a substitute, scoring a goal in Denver's 4-0 win over CSU Bakersfield.

Zach Wright (North Carolina) - F - So - Started both #5 UNC's 1-0 win over FIU and their 3-0 win over Santa Clara. Wright scored a goal in the win over Santa Clara.

2015

Andrew Blalock (Drake) - GK - Fr - Did not play in either of Drake's games.

Robert DeWitt III (Xavier) - MF - Fr - Played in Xavier's 8-0 win over Eastern Illinois. Didn't play in Xavier's 2-0 win over Wisconsin.

Jack Freeman (Ohio State) - D - Fr - Did not play in either of Ohio State's games.

Bryce Gibson (Creighton) - D - Fr - Did not play in either of Creighton's games.

Nic Jaimes (Drake) - MF - Fr - Started both Drake's 2-1 win over Pacific and their 1-0 loss to Green Bay.

Ryan Krutz (Notre Dame) - GK - Fr - Did not play in either of Notre Dame's games.

Zane Moxley (Air Force) - D - Fr - Did not play in Air Force's 1-0 win over Army.

Alexis Quevedo (UNLV) - MF - Fr - Did not play in either of UNLV's games.

Hector Solorio (Niagara) - MF - Fr - Came on as a substitute in both of Niagara's games, their 1-0 loss to Robert Morris and their 3-1 loss to Duquesne.

Tucker Stephenson (West Virginia) - F - Fr - Came on as a sub in both of West Virginia's games, a 1-0 loss to Navy and a 6-0 win over San Francisco, he recorded an assist in the game against San Francisco.

Andy Velez (JCCC) - MF - Fr - Played in JCCC's 8-1 win over Dakota County. Played in JCCC's 2-2 draw with Iowa Western.

Bailey Weeks (Northeastern State University) - D - Fr - First game 9/4.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sunday After Stats

Dom Dwyer's goal was his 42nd in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with Kei Kamara for 5th place on that list.

Dwyer's goal was his 14th away from home in league play and his 16th away from home in all competitions, both broke ties that he had with Digital Takawira for 5th place on each list respectively.

In the 8th minute, Chance Myers moved past Uche Okafor and into 19th place for minutes played in league play for KC. He finished the game with 9,530 minutes played.

Myers made his 156th appearance in all competitions for KC, tying him with Tony Meola for 14th all time on that list.

Myers made his 131st appearance in league play for KC, breaking his tie with Roger Espinoza for 14th place on that list.

Myers made his 126th start in all competitions for KC, tying him with Espinoza for 19th on that list.

Seth Sinovic made his 148th appearance in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with Diego Gutierrez for 18th on that list.

Sinovic made his 119th league appearance for KC, tying him with Gutierrez and Okafor for 19th on that list.

Graham Zusi made his 157th start in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with Tony Meola for 11th on that list. It also tied Zusi with Mo Johnston for 10th place on that list.

Besler Called Back to US Team

US Soccer today announced the roster for the men's national team's games coming up during the upcoming international window. Included on the roster after missing out on the Gold Cup is Sporting KC center back and captain, Matt Besler. Besler is called back in for the first time since a friendly against Mexico, where he missed the game because of illness.

Now Besler will join the US for a pair of friendlies, the last for the US team before their Confederations Cup playoff against Mexico in October. The US will play Peru on September 4th in Washington DC before playing Brazil in Foxborough, MA on the 8th.

Besler becomes the third player to be called up for KC during this window, joining Krisztian Nemeth with the Hungarian national team, Marcel de Jong with the Canadian team, and Erik Palmer-Brown with the US U20 team.

That does pose a problem for KC though. While the team is off this coming weekend in MLS play and won't miss any of the players because of that, the team does play the day after the international break ends, September 9th in Portland. With Besler and Palmer-Brown being called up, and Ike Opara still recovering from his Achilles injury, KC looks like they'll be left with just one regular center back with the team, Kevin Ellis. That could definitely cause some problems for KC heading into the game against the Timbers. Hopefully Jalil Anibaba is ready for his return to the lineup after missing time with a thigh strain. If not KC will be relying on Amobi Okugo to return from his injury, or move Chance Myers centrally (a position he played one game last year, the game he ruptured his Achilles).

Sporting Fall for the Third Time in a Row

For the second straight week, Sporting KC lost a lead in the second half and ended up leaving the game with no points at all. Kansas City saw a 1-0 lead in the second half turn into a 2-1 deficit as the Colorado Rapids picked up their first win in six years against Kansas City in league play.

The first half left plenty to be desired from both teams as neither team really got much in the way of offense going. The only real chance that either side created really should have been a goal for the Rapids though. In the 12th minute, Vicente Sanchez collected a long ball in the corner before dropping it off to Drew Moor who played a ball to the back post where Juan Ramirez was completely unmarked, but the Rapids midfielder put his diving header high and wide of the goal in an effort he really should have done better.

For what the first half lacked, the second started with a flurry. KC found some space down the left side with Krisztian Nemeth working some good interplay down the wing before going it alone, cutting inside his defender into the box. Nemeth then laid the ball off to Dom Dwyer who one timed his effort inside the near post and KC was up 1-0 inside the first minute and a half of the second half. The lead lasted for only six minutes as the Rapids found an equalizer in the 53rd minute. After Mikey Lopez appeared to get knocked off the ball with no foul called, Sanchez turned Seth Sinovic around and dribbled into the box. Sanchez played a ball through the box to the back post where Maynor Figueroa settled the ball and fired a shot that deflected off of Graham Zusi and into the net to tie the game at 1-1. After the game, Peter Vermes would complain about the referee being the one that beat them tonight, and it's hard to argue with that particular case, cause I do feel that Lopez was fouled on the play. That said I do disagree with Vermes overall on that, Sporting didn't play well enough last night.

After the Rapids equalized, they were on the front foot taking the game to Kansas City and in the 76th minute they capitalized on the attack. Sanchez again beat Sinovic down the KC left, an area that they seemed to attack all night, and played a nice cross in from the end line. Kevin Doyle out jumped Kevin Ellis and easily beat Tim Melia from close distance to put the Rapids on top 2-1. Down a goal, KC started to throw numbers forward looking for an equalizer of their own and almost found one in the 87th minute. A cross into the box by Jacob Peterson pinged around before falling free to Dwyer. With some space Dwyer ripped a shot on goal but Clint Irwin made a fantastic save. The rebound fell to Dwyer again who got a reactionary touch on it, knocking the ball back towards the net but it hit off the post and went into the hands of Irwin to preserve the lead. In the end the effort wasn't enough and KC fell for the third straight time.

Wizards Man of the Match - Krisztian Nemeth - Was KC's most dangerous player last night. With Benny Feilhaber playing as the withdrawn playmaker, Nemeth was the one that picked up more of the offensive slack for Kansas City. His run created the goal and he was a handful down the left for the Rapids all night.

Player Ratings - Melia 5, Sinovic 3, Besler 4, Ellis 3, Myers 5, Feilhaber 5, Lopez 5, Nagamura 4, Nemeth 5, Dwyer 5, Zusi 4. Subs Abdul-Salaam 5, Quintilla 4, Peterson NR.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Match Day 25: Sporting Head to the Rockies with 800 Friends

Tomorrow Sporting KC take on the Colorado Rapids and look to end their first two game losing streak, but they won't be doing it all by themselves. They'll be doing it with traveling support of over 800 for the game. Once again a large traveling Cauldron is heading to the Mile High City to support Sporting KC. The large group will certainly be helpful to the team, giving them some great support on the road.

While KC is coming in on a two game slide, the Rapids are coming in having won their last two games, winning 1-0 in Chicago last weekend and 2-1 against the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday night. Those two wins though haven't improved their standing in the table though as they still sit at the bottom of the Western Conference, outside the playoffs. They also have the fewest goals in the league still, having scored just 23 goals, six fewer than the next lowest, Salt Lake and Montreal. At the same time though they're tied with the Vancouver Whitecaps for fewest goals allowed this season. So while they're not scoring much, they're not allowing much either. Their defense will take a blow this weekend though as center back Bobby Burling is suspended for the game after picking up a yellow card on Wednesday, his fifth of the season, getting him an automatic one game suspension.

KC will continue to have their own blows, although theirs are due to injury, not suspension. Along with the long term injuries, Soni Mustivar looks set to miss his third straight game with a groin strain. That means that Mikey Lopez or Amobi Okugo will step back into the deep midfield position behind Paulo Nagamura and the returning Benny Feilhaber. Feilhaber's return will certainly help out, but Mustivar's absence is going to be a big loss for KC to attempt to recover from. This game will also be the last game for both Krisztian Nemeth and Marcel de Jong before they depart on international duty, just another thing to keep in mind heading into tomorrow.

Nemeth - Dwyer - Zusi
Feilhaber - Nagamura
Lopez
Dia - Besler - Ellis - Myers
Melia

Number to Remember - 13 - That's the number of games in a row that KC is unbeaten against Colorado in MLS action. The last loss was on a trip to Colorado in 2009, 2-1 when Michael Kraus scored KC's lone goal. In all competitions the Rapids haven't fared much better against KC, their last win was a 2-1 win in a US Open Cup qualifier back in 2010 when Teal Bunbury scored in KC's lone game on UMKC's campus.

Key Match Up - Kevin Ellis vs Kevin Doyle - While Ellis stands only 5'9" according to Sporting's site, more often than not it seems that Ellis is set up to mark the opposing team's key set piece target. Quite often Ellis does quite well against his bigger opposition and he'll need to do that again tomorrow against Doyle. The Irish striker can be a weapon on set pieces and Ellis will have a big job keeping him in check.

PREDICTION - Some times players and teams overstate the level that support, especially away from home has on a game. Tomorrow though I think is one of those times that the away support really can have an effect. It is hard to ignore 800+ traveling away support for a game. Especially in Colorado, where their front office issues have helped lead to plenty of division in the front office. It won't be an easy game with KC still battling injuries, but I think KC ends their winless run at 2 tomorrow night, although I don't think they stop the bleeding in goal.

SKC - 2 (Dwyer, Nemeth)
CO - 1 (Powers)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

De Jong Called Up by Canada

Sporting KC had another player called up for next week's FIFA international window. Canada called up outside back/winger, Marcel de Jong for their World Cup qualifiers against Belize on September 4th and 8th. The two games are part of the third round of qualifying for CONCACAF a win here would advance the team to the first group stage where the winner will be grouped with Mexico, Honduras, and either Curacao or El Salvador.
The September 4th game will take place at BMO Field in Toronto before traveling to Belize for the game on the 8th. While KC doesn't have a game during that stretch, they do play the day after Canada's game in Belize, when the team is in Portland. So expect de Jong to miss the club's trip to play the Timbers along with Krisztian Nemeth who will just be returning from his trip to Northern Ireland with the Hungarian national team.

#TBT Ron Newman

A quick throw back Thursday this week, since Sporting KC was in Columbus this past weekend I thought I'd share this video of the team's first head coach, Ron Newman from back in 1997 when the then Wizards played the Columbus Crew. The game took place on July 4th and saw Kansas City pull out a 2-1 at The Horseshoe even though Newman was thrown out of the game as he tried to help KC kill time after a pair of Digital Takawira goals in the 37th and 70th helped KC to get in front before Mike Lapper pulled a goal back in the 75th.

Newman had come to Kansas City after an extensive, and successful coaching career in indoor soccer. In fact he was the first manager named in MLS ahead of the league's first season in 1996.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Yomby Hits 10,000 Minutes - Former SKC Wizards Update

While William Yomby never really had much of a career with Kansas City, he was waived by the club during his rookie season, but he's had a long career in the lower divisions of US Soccer, specifically with the Richmond Kickers. This past weekend, he surpassed the 10,000 minute mark for his career in the USL. Congrats to him.

Here is the rest of this week's update.

Active without a club or unknown
Scott Angevine
Mitchell Cardenas
Michael Kafari
Neal Kitson
Jonathan Leathers
Kyle Miller
Lawrence Olum
Nelson Pizarro
Yann Songo'o

MLS
Davy Arnaud - DC - Did not dress in DC's 1-0 win over Arabe Unido. Started and played 90 minutes in DC's 2-0 loss to San Jose. Did not dress in DC's 3-0 win over Montego Bay.
Teal Bunbury - New England - No game this week.
Servando Carrasco - Orlando City - Started and played 90 minutes in Orlando's 5-0 loss to Toronto.
Aurelien Collin - Orlando City - Started and played 90 minutes in Orlando's 5-0 loss to Toronto.
Daneil Cyrus - Chicago (Loan) - Did not dress in Chicago's 1-0 loss to Colorado.
Luis Gil - Salt Lake - Did not dress in RSL's 2-0 win over Seattle.
Herculez Gomez - Toronto - Dressed but did not play in Toronto's 5-0 win over Orlando.
Michael Harrington - Colorado - Did not dress in Colorado's 1-0 win over Chicago.
Jack Jewsbury - Portland - Dressed but did not play in Portland's 2-2 draw with Houseon.
Kei Kamara - Columbus - Started and played 90 minutes, recording a goal and an assist in Columbus' 2-2 draw with NYC. Started and played 72 minutes, recording an assist in Columbus' 3-2 win over KC.
Chris Konopka - Toronto - Started and played 90 minutes in Toronto's 5-0 win over Orlando.
Eric Kronberg - Montreal - Dressed but did not play in Montreal's 1-0 loss to Philadelphia.
CJ Sapong - Philadelphia - Started and played 90 minutes, recording an assist in Philadelphia's 1-0 win over Montreal.
Khari Stephenson - San Jose - Loaned to San Antonio.
Tyson Wahl - Columbus - Started and played 90 minutes in Columbus' 2-2 draw with NYC. Started and played 90 minutes, recording an assist in Columbus' 3-2 win over KC.
Sal Zizzo - New York - No game this week.

NASL
Stefan Antonijevic - Tampa Bay - Dressed but did not play in Tampa's 2-0 loss to Indy. Started and played 90 minutes in Tampa's 3-1 loss to Minnesota.
James Marcelin - Fort Lauderdale - Did not dress in Fort Lauderdale's 2-0 win over Edmonton.
Rauwshan McKenzie - Atlanta - Started and played 90 minutes in Atlanta's 1-1 draw with Indy.
Michal Mravec - Atlanta - Dressed but did not play in Atlanta's 1-1 draw wtih Indy.
Khari Stephenson - San Antonio - Dressed but did not play in San Antonio's 1-0 win over Jacksonville.

USL
Christian Duke - Oklahoma City - No game this week.
Brian Fekete - Austin - Did not dress in Austin's 1-0 win over Orange County.
Adnan Gabeljic - Sacramento - Did not dress in Sacramento's 1-1 draw with the Real Monarchs.
Cyprian Hedrick - Oklahoma City - No game this week.
Mechack Jerome - Charlotte - Started and played 90 minutes in Charlotte's 2-1 win over Pittsburgh.
Alex Martinez - Charlotte - Did not dress in Charlotte's 2-1 win over Pittsburgh.
Victor Munoz - Arizona - Did not dress in Arizona's 2-0 win over Vancouver.
Tony Rocha - Austin - Started and played 90 minutes in Austin's 1-0 win over Orange County.
Michael Thomas - Oklahoma City - No game this week.
Yomby William - Richmond - Started and played 90 minutes in Richmond's 2-0 win over St. Louis.

Indoor
Jamar Beasley - Ontario - Offseason.
Adnan Gabeljic - St. Louis - Offseason.
Josh Gardner - Missouri - Offseason.
Pat Healey - Baltimore - Offseason.
Mike Jones - Dallas - Offseason.
Michal Mravec - Tacoma - Offseason.
Boris Pardo - Wichita - Offseason.

International
Korede Aiyegbusi - AFC United - Sweden - Did not dress in either of AFC's games.
Scott Angevine - KPV 1930 - Finland - Defeated JBK 5-0.
Vicente Arze - Blooming - Bolivia - Did not dress in Blooming's 3-2 loss to Wilstermann.
Claudio Bieler - Quilmes - Argentina - Did not dress in Quilmes' 1-0 win over Olimpo.
Omar Bravo - Chivas - Mexico - Started and played 90 minutes in Chivas' 1-0 loss to Leon.
Reinaldo Brenes - AD Belen Siglo XXI - Costa Rica - No game this week.
Sunil Chhetri - Bengaluru - India - Offseason.
Jorge Claros - Qingdao Jonoon - China - Defeated Hunan Billows 3-2.
Eloy Colombano - AD Berazategui - No game this week.
Toni Dovale - CD Leganes - Spain - Dressed but did not play in Leganes' 3-2 loss to Almeria.
Pablo Escobar - Cúcuta Deportivo - Colombia - Started and played 90 minutes in Cucuta's 1-0 loss to Atletico Huila. Did not dress in Cucuta's 2-0 loss to Deportivo Cali.
Jermaine Hue - Harbour View - Jamaica - Offseason.
Jeferson - Boavista - Brazil - Next game 8/29
Will John - RoPS - Finland - Started and played 90 minutes in RoPS 0-0 draw with Ilves.
Peterson Joseph - Azam FC - Tanzania - Offseason.
Igor Juliao - ABC (Fluminense) - Brazil - Did not dress in either of ABC's games.
Igor Kostrov - Dinamo-Auto - Moldova - Started and played 53 minutes in Dinamo's 2-1 loss to Petrocub.
Luis Marin - CD Palestino - Chile - Started and played 90 minutes in Palestino's 3-1 win over Cobresal.
Neven Markovic - KS Lechia Gdansk - Poland - Did not dress in Lechia's 3-1 win over Gornik Leczna.
Yura Movsisyan - Spartak Moscow - Russia - Started and played 60 minutes, a goal in Spartak's 3-1 win over Amkar Perm.
Akeem Priestley - Sheikh Russel KC - Bangladesh - No game this week.
Pablo Punyed - Stjarnan - Iceland - Started and played 71 minutes in Stjarnan's 1-0 loss to Breidablik.
Oriol Rosell - Sporting Club de Portugal - Portugal - Did not dress in Sporting's 1-1 draw with Pacos de Ferreira.
Soony Saad - BCC Tero (loaned from BEC Tero Sasana FC) - Thailand - Offseason.
Peter Schmetz - Wuppertaler SV - Germany - Started and played 90 minutes in Wuppertaler's 1-1 draw wtih SV Honnepel Hiedermormter.
Martin Steuble - Ceres-La Salle - Philippines - Defeated Loyola 1-0.
Milos Stojcev - Atromitos - Greece - Started and played 69 minutes in Atromitos' 1-0 win over Levadiakos.
Matt Taylor - Saarbrücken - Germany - Started and played 73 minutes, scoring a goal in Saarbrucken's 3-0 win over Pirmasens. Started and played 73 minutes, scoring a goal in Saarbrucken's 2-0 win over Spielberg.