Sunday, December 08, 2013


EPIC Sporting Kansas City victory is a great thing but frankly TKC doesn't really understand the game and it's really the chanting and Midwesterners pretending to be Euro-trash that make it entertaining to me . . .

However . . .


Like it or not, this is a sign of changing times as Kansas City earns success in an international sport but still struggles with old school American pastimes.

Again . . . The party AND A CHANCE AT FREE BOULEVARD BOOZE is more important than any of this . . . Here's the note about the shin-dig to start the week:

"A public celebration will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. CT on Monday in the Sprint Festival Plaza at Union Station (30 W Pershing Rd.) in Kansas City, MO. The special event is free and open to the public with parking available in the front lot or in the garage on the west side. Festivities will include a live DJ, complimentary Boulevard, player appearances and opportunities for fans to have their photo taken with the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy."

Commemorative links . . .

- KMBC: Sporting Kansas City defeats Real Salt Lake, wins MLS Cup

- Pitch: Sporting Kansas City takes the 2013 Major League Soccer title

- Fox4: Sporting KC Wins MLS Cup 2013

- Youtube . . . HIGHLIGHTS MLS CUP 2013: Sporting Kansas City vs. Real Salt Lake

The Game roundup presser:

MLS Cup champions Sporting KC prevail in 10-round penalty shootout after 1-1 draw

Aurelien Collin named MVP with goal in regulation and winner in shootout;
Peter Vermes is first to win MLS Cup as player (2000) and coach with same team;
Sporting KC earns automatic berth in 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League

Sporting Kansas City were crowned champions of Major League Soccer on Saturday with a penalty kick shootout following a 1-1 draw after extra time in MLS Cup 2013 at Sporting Park. Aurelien Collin scored his third goal of this postseason in the 76th minute and scored the winning goal in the penalty shootout to secure the second league title in the team's 18-year history. Collin was named the Volkswagen MLS Cup 2013 MVP.

In front of 21,650 fans, the 36th consecutive sellout for an MLS match at Sporting Park, Sporting KC lifted the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy for the second time. With the win, Sporting KC has also secured a berth in the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League for the second consecutive year.

Despite a scoreless first half, the first 45 minutes were not short on drama. Sporting KC was forced to use a sub early when Uri Rosell suffered a left ankle sprain. Lawrence Olum, who had not seen action since suffering a fractured fibula in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, replaced the Spanish midfielder.

Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando made four saves on the day including two in the first half. In the 25th minute, Graham Zusi curled a ball to the back post. C.J. Sapong toed the backline and headed a ball to the near post. The U.S. MNT goalkeeper reacted quickly to punch the attempt away and keep the home side off the board.

Real Salt Lake had their first good opportunity of the day minutes later. Goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen came off his line to punch a Chris Wingert cross into the air. The ball fell to Robbie Findley, who one-timed the ball off the near post and into the arms of Nielsen.

Sporting KC's next opportunity came in first half stoppage time. Dom Dwyer beat the Salt Lake offside trap and found himself one-on-one with Rimando. The young striker took a touch off his chest, but Rimando came off his line to block the shot attempt.

In hostile conditions and amid the coldest recorded game in MLS history (20 degrees), Real Salt Lake striker Alvaro Saborio silenced the crowd in the 52nd minute. The Costa Rican international took a no-look pass from Kyle Beckerman and beat Nielsen to the near post for his first goal of the postseason.

Real Salt Lake had two more opportunities to double their lead. Beckerman hit a strike in the 62nd minute that hit off the far post and Morales beat Nielsen with a cheeky chip-shot in the 73rd minute but the ball hit off the far post and trickled across the goalmouth before rolling out of bounds.

Sporting KC found their equalizer in the 76th minute and it came from the team's leading goal-scorer in the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs. Collin out-jumped Chris Schuler to head a Zusi corner kick to the far post past Rimando. The goal was Collin's third of the 2013 postseason, most among all MLS players.

As the game entered its first overtime, Rimando came up big again for Real Salt Lake. The 2013 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year runner-up reacted quickly to knock away a Zusi strike from 12 yards. After two scoreless 15-minute overtime periods, the match went to the first MLS Cup penalty kick shootout since Real Salt Lake defeated the LA Galaxy in 2009.

Sporting KC won MLS Cup 7-6 on penalty kicks after 10 rounds. Claudio Bieler, Paulo Nagamura, Benny Feilhaber, Seth Sinovic, Sapong, Chance Myers and Collin tallied for the home side. Nielsen made two saves including a stop on Sebastian Velasquez in a sudden death ninth round. After Collin beat Rimando in the tenth round, Lovel Palmer hit his attempt off the crossbar to give Sporting KC the team's second MLS Cup championship.


Chesterton VanSlice said...

I don't know everything, but I can be damned sure they won't be giving out free Boulevard.

Enzo DiPayday said...

A championship based on penalty kicks?
You gotta be shitting me.
How about we decide the next Superbowl on a QB throw-through- a-hanging-tire contest.
No siree, you make those foot fairies play until someone scores a goal.

Anonymous said...

Festivities will include a live DJ, complimentary Boulevard

revelation 22:22 said...

And the chubby American "men" who had endured the bullying as children and who could not bring themselves to embrace much superior sports like American football and basketball celebrated their victory by giggling and prancing and giving each other limp wristed high fives-sometimes actually making contact- and the surrounding lands were barren, with much parking, and the melon ball platters overflowed and the memosas were plentiful...

Anonymous said...

Lolz. Now that's a bible translation I could really get into.

Anonymous said...

7:12, what an uninformed dick you are. Soccer athletes are in amazing shape, running almost non-strop for 2 hours. These guys played in the bitter cold without long johns. They are powerful and strong and they preserved and won.

I've only been to maybe a dozen matches, but they were great fun, no one got killed, and you actually can take a family to the stadium.

You Heard It Here First!!!! said...

Niggers are going to fuck this event up!!! Watch.

That Comet's goalie who used to wear a helmet said...

So then, in a dozen matches you've seen maybe 5 goals and 300 or so flailing flops after minimal contact followed by crying to the nearest referee?
Just admit it's lame as'll feel such a great burdensome weight lifted.

Anonymous said...

Philip F. Anschutz --- another Wichita boy who made good. Doesn't his company (AEG) run the Sprint Center?

Thanks Phil!

Anonymous said...

How long will it take Brownback and Yoder to show up for a Photo Op?
Sam did it with the Wichita State BB Team right before they went to the Final Four.
And, right before Sam and the legislature raised tuition costs at Kansas universities.
Why don't citizens get a penalty kick on the people in Topeka?

Anonymous said...

How long will it take Brownback and Yoder to show up for a Photo Op?
Sam did it with the Wichita State BB Team right before they went to the Final Four.
And, right before Sam and the legislature raised tuition costs at Kansas universities.
Why don't citizens get a penalty kick on the people in Topeka?

Anonymous said...

There is nothing but contempt for the people sitting in the bleachers.

Anonymous said...

Note to Mayor Sly:

If you show up at Union Station talking about your Swope Park soccer fields, you will be flash frozen and put on display as an ice ornament.

Soccer-a-GoGo Guestello said...

Sporting at Union Station. Oh my god. I bet George Bah Bah Guestello will be running around in a Princess Diana gown with no panties on, wet with excitement at the thought of meating a Sporting soccer player in the parking lot. After the taxpayers are bilked for the cost of this event.

Sporting Darkness said...

Negros will definitely show up for anything free so they will be out in mass. Tech 9 will be rapping his new drive-by rap and the mayor will be looking stupid as usual.

KrautMcFriend said...

They are. I like how you're just saying something, based on nothing.

Good luck with that.


KrautMcFriend said...

Stated like a true 12 year old. Please give your keyboard back to mother now, and go to bed.

KrautMcFriend said...

^ Mildly Retarded.

Sour Kraut said...

Hey Kraut, you talking to the mirror ? Moron.

ghost of George Guestello' said...

KMBC just did live shot of the MLS Cup celebration at Union Station. There were about 40 people there, looking like they were all on meth. No negros in the crowd but scanner reports there have been at least 6 car jackings in the parking lot. By car jackings...that's George Guestello, CEO of Union Station, jacking off men and boys in the parking lot. "Car Jacking"