Sporting KC to play rival Chicago at 2 p.m. Sunday in KCK

Sporting Kansas City will play host to Eastern Conference rivals Chicago Fire on Sunday at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

The match will be nationally televised on ESPN, WatchESPN and ESPN Deportes. Local coverage is on Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Gran D 1340 AM.

A limited number of tickets may be available, including standing room only tickets beginning at $20, and can be purchased at or the Sporting Park box offices on game day.

Sporting KC enters the weekend atop the Eastern Conference with 25 points and a regular season record of 7-5-2.

Most recently, Sporting KC defeated the Portland Timbers 1-0 at Providence Park despite only traveling 16 players due to injuries and international competition. Lawrence Olum scored the game-winner in the 24th minute, his first goal of the 2014 season.

The Sporting KC defense secured the club’s seventh clean sheet of the season. Kronberg’s seven shutouts — including two in the month of June for a 242 minute active shutout streak — and 0.88 goals against average are League bests among goalkeepers with minimum of 400 minutes played in MLS this season and yielded MLS Player of the Month honors for the veteran goalkeeper.

Chicago visits Kansas City after a midweek draw with Toronto FC at Toyota Park. The Fire fell behind just before the halftime intermission. A 29th-minute red card shown to Toronto’s Luke Moore gave Chicago a man-advantage for nearly 60 minutes and rookie Harry Shipp was able to notch the equalizer with his team-leading sixth goal of the season. Chicago sits towards the bottom of the MLS standings but has lost only once in its last six matches.

In that six-match stretch, Chicago earned two victories in Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup play by defeating the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and the Columbus Crew to advance to the quarterfinals of the 101st edition of the tournament.

The Fire will be without Quincy Amarikwa on Sunday as he serves a mandatory one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation. Amarikwa has scored five goals and added three assists for the Fire this season. Sporting KC midfielder Antonio Dovale will also serve the final game of his suspension for a red card received in a 2-0 win at Houston last month.

All ticket holders are encouraged to arrive early on Sunday to welcome back Matt Besler and Graham Zusi as part of a special ceremony prior to the match. Besler and Zusi spent the last seven weeks with the U.S. Men’s National Team for preparation and participation in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
– Story from Sporting KC

Soccer All-Star voting continues on Twitter

On Monday, Major League Soccer released the latest results from fan voting for the 2014 MLS All-Star Game in Portland, Oregon.

Seven Sporting KC players are among the leaders at their positions. Captain Matt Besler is the leading vote getter among defenders, while his centerback partner Aurelien Collin is third and left back Seth Sinovic is sixth. Graham Zusi and Benny Feilhaber are the fourth and sixth-ranked midfielders, and goalkeeper Eric Kronberg ranks third. MLS joint-leading scorer Dom Dwyer is sixth among forwards.

Online voting will continue through July 11. Votes will also be tallied through Twitter starting July 2 and lasting until Sunday, July 6.

An eligible vote consists of the hashtag #MLSAllStar and the player’s full name or twitter handle. Users may only vote for players on the All-Star ballot.

The All-Star Fan XI-one goalkeeper, three defenders, four midfielders and three forwards-will be revealed on July 16.

The 2014 MLS All-Star game is set for Aug. 6 featuring German champions Bayern Munich at Portland’s Providence Park.
– Story from Sporting KC

Sporting Kansas City releases Martinez

Sporting Kansas City announced that the club has released midfielder Alex Martinez and recalled midfielder Mikey Lopez from his loan to OKC Energy FC.

Sporting KC drafted Martinez with the No. 57 overall pick (third round) in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. The rookie midfielder started three regular season matches and scored his first professional goal in a 2014 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup fourth round win over NASL club Minnesota United FC.

Lopez returns to Kansas City after scoring his first goal in Energy FC’s 2-0 win over Sacramento Republic on Saturday. The 2013 MLS SuperDraft first round pick appeared in 14 matches while on loan with USL PRO affiliates Orlando City SC and Energy FC and tallied one goal and one assist.

Sporting Kansas City will play host to the Chicago Fire Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Sporting Park. Limited tickets are available for the match and can be purchased at or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL.

– Story from Sporting KC