Tag: Sporting Kansas City

Marc Dos Santos on preseason

One of the most surprising performances in the Desert Diamond Cup this year did not come from one of the MLS sides, but from USL side Swope Park Rangers. They ended the tournament undefeated, with one win coming against MLS…

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Kei Kamara has scored more goals on the old Field #5 in this year’s Desert Diamond Cup than Colorado, Houston, Kansas City, Real Salt Lake, Swope Park Rangers and Arizona United combined.

It’s a very underrated city. Once you’re here for a while and you’ve experienced it there’s a lot of good things about it – SKC’s Matt Besler commenting on training in Tucson year after year

Dos Santos on Colorado Win

Marc Dos Santos coached Swope Park Rangers in their first match yesterday (after, he notes, only nine training sessions). They not only had a win, but Kris Tyrpak scored forty seconds into the match. The challenge for any team is…

Rangers and Wizards

Put me firmly in the “skeptical” column when it comes to recent USL expansion. Why’s that? It seems that recent new teams fall into two categories: teams that imagine themselves as expansion targets for MLS and in-a-neighboring-zip-code affiliates of MLS…

Playoff Roundup – Knock Out Round

Do I have to do this? I guess. DC United 2 (Pontius 45′, Rolfe 83′) – New England Revolution 1 (Agudelo 15′) Going in, the question was whether New England would be the New England that leveled NYCFC last week…

Monday Morning Center Back

After a hiatus, we return with the weekly feature featuring shallow, I mean succinct, analysis of some of this weekend’s matches. Friday Arizona Wildcats 4 (Haley Silverberg 11′, Paige Crouch 30′, Hannah Stevens 49′, Hayley Estopare 72′) – Northern Arizona…

On to him?

Alicia Rodriguez has a piece on how much fun Sebastian Giovinco is to watch. She has a point, and one that anyone who saw his single-handed demolition of the NYCFC defense a few weeks back would agree with her. Still,…

Monday Morning Center Back

Yep…here is my weekly take on the past 72 hours or so of selected matches. Saturday New England Revolution 2 (Agudelo 18′, Nguyen 53′ pk) – Colorado Rapids 0 New England won despite not dominating possession by playing long ball,…

DDC Wrap Up

There was some chatter in the Tweetshpere that the lack of MLS badges on Montréal’s uniforms in the CCL match last week were some sort of coded protest over CBA negotiations. Seemed to me a stretch. Closing myself off to…

The Minors

While I was poking around at Sporting Kansas City’s practice last night, I spotted Jimmy Nielsen. As you may know, Nielsen is now coaching Oklahoma City Energy FC in USL-Pro. It shouldn’t have been too much of a surprise to…

PDL Players Picked Up Yesterday

Thanks to Nicholas Murray, who sent me this complete list of PDL players who were picked yesterday. Note that any PDL experience was noted by Murray (that’s why some have multiple teams). I put teams in bold if the player…

#SKCinCrisis

The broadcast team for yesterday’s contest between the Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City attributed the result for the one-time Wizards to a number of factors: injuries, fatigue from the CONCACAF Champions League and even, if Taylor Twellman is to…

SKC Excuses

Yes, the match was on Friday. I’ve been busy. – That guy Jones is pretty good. We didn’t know we’d have to mark him. – Two goals was good the last time we won. We think. It’s a while back.…

My Response to Keith Olbermann

Pieces of advice about how to fix soccer from reporters that are dyed-in-the-wool soccer bashers are usually best disregarded. I still remember Tony Kornheiser’s suggestion years ago that DC United should always start Freddy Adu, for example. But, Keith Olbermann…