Archive for March 2018

Sporting KC to play San Jose Saturday in KCK

Two charter members of Major League Soccer resume their Western Conference rivalry on Saturday when Sporting Kansas City (1-1-0, 3 points) plays host to the San Jose Earthquakes (1-0-0, 3 points) at Children’s Mercy Park.

The St. Patrick’s Day showdown will kick off at 7:30 p.m. with three hours of live coverage beginning at 7 p.m. on FOX Sports Kansas City, FOX Sports Midwest Plus and FOX Sports GO. Local radio broadcasts will also air live on ESPN 94.5 FM (English) and ESPN Deportes KC 1480 AM (Spanish), while the Sporting KC Uphoria app will provide live updates.

Ticket’s for Saturday’s match are available at, and the first 10,000 supporters through the stadium gates will receive a free slap koozie courtesy of match sponsor H&R Block. A limited-edition St. Patrick’s Day scarf will be for sale at each SportingStyle location, where fans can also take advantage of free kit customization with the purchase of any jerseyPage Not Found

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Sporting Kansas City jumped into the victory column last Saturday, ousting the Chicago Fire in a 4-3 thriller at Toyota Park.

Midfielder Felipe Gutierrez bookended the scoring for the visitors en route to MLS Team of the Week honors, heading home in the ninth minute before bagging an 86th-minute winner to complete the comeback.

Winger Johnny Russell had opened his MLS account on the stroke of halftime, but the Fire responded with three unanswered goals in the second half to take a 3-2 lead.

Substitute Jimmy Medranda conjured a timely equalizer in the 83rd minute, which set the stage for Gutierrez’s heroics on a wonderfully worked team goal involving Russell, Daniel Salloi and Gerso Fernandes.

Last weekend’s instant classic marked the first time Sporting KC hit four goals in a regular-season match since August 2015. It also ended a club-record 37-game streak in which manager Peter Vermes’ men had conceded two or fewer goals, a run that began in October 2016.

The contest was a stark departure from the overall trend of a 2017 campaign that saw Sporting KC allow the fewest goals in MLS while ranking 18th in scoring offense.

The San Jose Earthquakes are coming off a bye in Week 2, having claimed a 3-2 home win over Minnesota United FC in their season opener.

Forward Danny Hoesen spurred the hosts to victory with an impressive brace that ultimately resulted in MLS Player of the Week recognition. Another standout from the comprehensive performance was midfielder Vako Qazaishvili, who assisted both of Hoesen’s strikes and added a goal of his own to give the Earthquakes a 2-0 cushion in the first half.

Led by first-year head coach Mikael Stahre, San Jose returned to the MLS Cup Playoffs last fall for the first time since 2012. A Knockout Round exit to Vancouver Whitecaps FC closed the curtains on a year that produced 13 goals and eight assists from evergreen striker Chris Wondolowski.

The 35-year-old veteran, who sits second behind Landon Donovan on the all-time MLS goal chart, is the only player in league history to reach double-digit goals in eight straight regular seasons.

One of Stahre’s most notable offseason acquisitions was attacking threat Magnus Eriksson, a 27-year-old designated player who has amassed nearly 100 goals as a professional.

Recent history paints a favorable picture for Sporting KC, who have won 10 of their last 11 regular season home games against San Jose dating back to 2004.

Vermes’ side posted a 2-1 home win almost exactly a year ago before limiting the Earthquakes to just five shot attempts in a scoreless road draw last June.

The clubs met again two months later in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup semifinals, playing to a 1-1 draw after Hoesen and Diego Rubio traded first-half goals.

Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia was the hero in the decisive shootout, saving two penalties to propel his team to the tournament final.

– Story from Sporting KC


Homicide under investigation in 1800 block of Parallel

Kansas City, Kansas, police are investigating a homicide at 1:30 a.m. March 17 in the 1800 block of Parallel Parkway.

According to a police spokesman, officers arrived at the shooting scene at the Firelight Lounge, and found a man in his mid-30s dead from an apparent gunshot wound, inside the business.

The Kansas City, Kansas, Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.


Saturday events

Democratic candidates for Kansas secretary of state to speak at Saturday meeting
Democratic candidates for Kansas secretary of state will be the guest speakers at the Saturday morning, March 17, meeting of the Wyandotte County Third Saturday Democratic Breakfast at Las Islas Marias, 7516 State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The event begins with a buffet at 8:15 a.m. followed by a program at 9 a.m. Secretary of state candidates who are expected to appear include Nathaniel McLaughlin, a Kansas City, Kansas, businessman; State Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence; and Brian McClendon, a professor at the University of Kansas. Also speaking at the meeting will be State Rep. Kathy Wolfe Moore, D-36th Dist., who will give a legislative update. The cost of the breakfast buffet is $10 or $6 for students and those on limited income. Reservations are requested by Friday, March 16, to Although reservations are encouraged, reservations are not necessary to attend. Those attending do not have to purchase a breakfast. The program is open to all Democrats.

Pancake breakfast fundraiser to be March 17
A pancake breakfast fundraiser benefiting the Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City, Kansas, and Humane Society of Greater Kansas City will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at Trinity Community Church, 5010 Parallel Parkway, Kansas City, Kansas. Pancakes, sausage and eggs, juice and coffee will be available for $8 a person.

Library offers scientific illustration program March 17
The Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Environmental Library, 4051 West Drive, inside Wyandotte County Lake Park, Kansas City, Kansas, will offer a scientific illustration program from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 17. The program is for those who want to sketch nature. Participants will sketch from books or specimens on display around the library. There will be informal instruction. Sketch paper and drawing utensils will be available, or participants may bring their own. The free program is for ages 12 and older. Registration is required, for information visit

KCK school board to meet Saturday
The Kansas City, Kansas, Board of Education will discuss the selection of a firm to conduct a nationwide search for a superintendent at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, in the third floor board room at the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th St., Kansas City, Kansas. It is a continuation of the board’s selection process. On Saturday, March 10, the board selected four search firms to come back for an interview with the board on March 17. The March 10 school board meeting is on YouTube at

Sporting KC to play San Jose Saturday in KCK
Sporting Kansas City will play the San Jose Earthquakes at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. The match will be aired live on Fox Sports KC, Fox Sports Midwest Plus, ESPN 94.5 and ESPN Deportes KC 1480 Am. The first 10,000 fans through the stadium gates will receive a free slap koozie. A limited-edition St. Patrick’s Day Scarf will be for sale at the SportingStyle locations at the stadium.