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Sporting KC Owner Neal Patterson

Neal Patterson, businessman and long-time owner of the professional soccer franchise Sporting KC, passed away this last weekend.  He was 67. On Tuesday night at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Mr. Patterson was recognized during the match against FC Dallas in

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Tim Howard: The Keeper

Tim Howard: The Keeper With soccer at its highest level of popularity in American history, it seems only fitting to review a great read about what the Brazilian great Pele called the beautiful game. Tim Howard has been a stalwart

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2016: An Epic Year in Sports

[2016 was an incredible year –for better and for worse.  We cheered for the Cubs as they broke their 108-year Curse.  We bemoaned Kevin Durant as he said a fair weather goodbye to OKC.   It was, like every year, what

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Crisp Autumn Air, Smash-Mouth Football and Storied Rivalries

When former Ohio State Coach Jim Tressell spoke at his opening news conference, he said, “You will be proud of our young people in the classroom, in the community and most especially in 310 days in Ann Arbor, Michigan.”  Setting

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Top Sports Moments of All-Time: Number Three

We have looked at a game-winning kick in Division One football. We have reveled at the all-court mastery of tennis great Roger Federer. For my third greatest sports moment of all-time, we turn to a game that the world calls

Posted in MLS, Soccer

The Future of U.S Soccer: A Deeper Look at Three Rising Stars

It is truly the summer of soccer. With Euro 2016 and the Copa America Centario consuming significant bandwidth on every sports fans calendar, it can be difficult to focus on the youth aspect of soccer.  We focus on the marquee names of

Posted in MLS, Other

Sporting KC: Where the Fan Comes First

The Sporting KC ownership team is one of the best in Major League Soccer (MLS). The Sporting Club mission statement says it all, including phrases like “high performance” and “experiences” brought to life within “world-class facilities.” Cliff Illig, Cerner Corporation

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Top Sports Moments of 2015

Have you been reading the list of top sports moments in 2015? Do you like what the major media players like the Associated Press, PTI and Sports Illustrated have to say about the big stories of the year?  Simply put, does anyone that

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Creating a New Sport

It is fun to speculate what it would be like to create the next dominant professional sport or breakout statistic. What if you were a modern day Abner Doubleday? What if you were Dr. James Naismith? What if you were

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23 in 2018: Looking Ahead to the 2018 World Cup

It is a striking fact: we are now well beyond a year past the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. And with a four-year interval between each Cup, it is more than fair to say that some major changes will be

Posted in Soccer, World Cup

Finders Keepers: The Best 10 to Grace the Pitch

If you had a chance to watch the MLS All-Stars play Bayern Munich in Portland, you had an opportunity to see some great goalkeeping, including some class stops from Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake). He was not alone, as we

Posted in MLS

World Cup 2014: It Is Hard to Be Psychic!

It is hard, we humbly submit, to be a sports psychic.  But here at myespnforkids.com we put our predictions right out front for our readers. We make the calls for the sports world to see and comment. If we take

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THE YANKS HEAD TO THE FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL

We are roughly one week away from the FIFA World Cup Brazil. As George Vecsey’s brilliant Eight World Cups notes, “The whole world plays soccer.” And even in America, the sports is at an all-time high as the U.S. National

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Sporting Kansas City versus the Seattle Sounders FC

As we survey the weekend sports schedule, a big match up looms in Major League Soccer (MLS). Sporting Kansas City (SKC), the defending MLS champs, will travel to Seattle to take on an always tough and also hungry Sounders squad.

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World Cup: Brazil 2014

As soon as the group draws for Brazil 2014 were announced, U.S. soccer fans let out a collective groan. We were, it could be heard across the pitches of America, doomed. However, after looking at all the teams and contemplating

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EPL Extravaganza: Chelsea versus Manchester United

When two Premier League giants meet Monday at 3PM ET at Old Trafford, the cathedral of English football will shake. It is comparable to two U.S. cites such as New York and Boston times a factor of three. It is

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Sporting KC: Putting the Train in Brain

On Tuesday afternoon, the Editor-in-Chief was fortunate enough to be invited to Sporting Kansas City’s training facilities. This piece explores three key facts that caught my eye: cutting-edge use of video to enhance player performance; the presence of miCoach for

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The White Puma Weighs in with a New Book

Jimmy Nielsen’s performance on the pitch has been exceptional. The 35-year old goalkeeper has the all-time M.L.S record for goals against average (1.03). He has played over 100 games for Sporting Kansas City, with 40 shutouts. He has earned his

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