For the Glory KC

Chad and Sheena Smith

A Kansas City Soccer podcast covering Sporting Kansas City, the KC Current, SKC II and more! Hosted by Chad and Sheena and co-published on KCSoccerJournal.com. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/support read less
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It's Just One Game for Sporting KC, the Sky Isn't Falling
3d ago
It's Just One Game for Sporting KC, the Sky Isn't Falling
S3E08 - For the Glory KC is back with the 73rd episode of the show! Sporting Kansas City got the 2024 season underway on Saturday night and it was more of a whimper than a bang, but it's early. While play was sloppy and the passes were often off target, it is only one game into the year and the team managed a draw despite not playing particularly well. Sheena returns to the podcast, and we break down the goals by both teams and a tactical wrinkle with Erik Thommy and Remi Walter. We also look at Peter's subbing patterns, the crappy Houston Dynamo fans booing Memo Rodriguez, a few player debuts and how the replacement refs did. Beyond the game, there was other news around Sporting KC this week. Peter Vermes gave an interview to the KC Star with some juicy information about four Designated Player targets that didn't work out, including Kellyn Acosta and four players to watch as breakout candidates this season. And SKC announced their roster designations including two surprise DPs (Salloi and Radoja) as well as green cards and some clues about new signing salaries. We even get a little behind the scenes from my trip to Swope Soccer Village to watch Sporting KC II play UMKC (they won 5-2). We also spend a little time with the KC Current and MLS at large. In the Digital Crawl, we touch on the following topics: Who should be Sporting LegendA new SKC II signingA US Open Cup update (and it's not positive)SKC Academy and SPR player Tucker Lepley signs with the LA GalaxyA couple non-roster invitees of the KC Current, including the owners daughterAnd a US Soccer update on the full national team and the U-20 women Here is a quick rundown of topics (and approximate start times): Sporting KC draw at Houston - 5:31Peter Vermes Interview - 36:48SKC II Behind the Scenes - 42:54SKC Roster Updates - 49:32Around MLS - 55:15KC Current - 57:43Errors and Corrections - 1:07:57Digital Crawl - 1:08:14 Upcoming Schedule: USWNT in the CONCACAF W Gold CupThe Philadelphia Union play Deportivo Saprissa on Tue, Feb 27th at 7:15Sporting KC host Philadelphia Union - Saturday, March 2nd at 7:30 KC Current play the Houston Dash in preseason next Sunday (March 3rd) Spotify took away our ads, so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you have a few spare bucks and a fan of the pod, we'd appreciate your donation. Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/support
Sporting Kansas City Season Preview
Feb 19 2024
Sporting Kansas City Season Preview
S3E07 - For the Glory KC is back with the 72nd episode of the show! Before we get to the soccer, despite my efforts to mostly keep the podcast out of the political realm, we have to speak of the horrible tragedy at Union Station this week in Kansas City. It shouldn't be political, but it somehow is. I realize sports are an escape for many, myself included, but I can't sit idly by. There are time stamps below if you want to 'stick to the soccer.' Or if you don't want to listen, that's your right too. Speaking of the soccer, we get to that, but it's a little different this week. My co-host and wife, Sheena, is ill so I have a guest host! We talked about Sporting Kansas City playing their final preseason game and how they pulled off a 3-1 win over Atlanta United on Saturday. Plus, the resulting Peter Vermes quotes on Johnny Russell and Tim Leibold's injuries, how they approached preseason differently and of course all the goals. From there we preview the Sporting KC season, with a brief look back at the offseason. Then we move on to the opening day opponent, the Houston Dynamo. Not to be left out is the news that PRO referees are going on strike and replacement refs will be used to start the MLS season. In the Digital Crawl, we touch on the following topics: Sporting KC II start preseason (and lose...)As do the KC Current (and win!)Updates on SKC connected folks, including Nate Bukaty, Cam Duke, Kendall McIntosh and Tyler FreemanAnd the Messi update returns, with good and bad news for Miami Here is a quick rundown of topics (and approximate start times): A marred celebration in KC - 1:27Guest Host - 9:15SKC Preseason Win, Quotes and Possible Signings - 10:59SKC Season Preview - 18:49Houston Dynamo Preview - 30:11Referees on Strike - 41:17Errors and Corrections - 48:41Digital Crawl - 50:05 Spotify took away our ads, so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you have a few spare bucks and a fan of the pod, we'd appreciate your donation. Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/support
This is the Sporting KC Roster We're Getting
Feb 13 2024
This is the Sporting KC Roster We're Getting
S3E06 - For the Glory KC is back with the 71st episode of the show! Sporting Kansas City didn't have any huge news in the week, but there were a lot of little stories building towards the start of 2024. First, the roster seems set with the news that Kellyn Acosta would not be signing with Sporting KC and Peter Vermes confirming it's "highly unlikely" a Designated Player is signed before Week 1. Sheena and I share how we're feeling about the roster. Then we weigh in on Khiry Shelton's now serious injury and surgery, Daniel Salloi's injury situation and how preseason is going for Sporting KC and if it leaves us feeling optimistic or pessimistic. Plus, we have to talk about the possible advent of Blue Cards in soccer around the world. Blue cards -- they aren't just for indoor soccer anymore! IFAB is considering 10-minute "sin bin" penalties for dissent and cynical fouls that would leave a team down a man. Also, two blue cards equal a red, or a blue and a yellow equal a red (which is confusing because those are all primary colors). The KC Current don't get much love this week because I couldn't get to media day on super short notice. That said, Kristen Hamilton dropped some promising quotes in the KC Star, and we talk about the outlook for 2024. In the Digital Crawl, we touch on the following topics: Benny Feilhaber's near departureSKC II's schedule is outStill no firm US Open Cup plans for MLSThe USYNT U-17 girls are going to the U-17 World Cup!Plus: Diego Rubio, new SKC announcers, former players on the move and the USL Super League Here is a quick rundown of topics (and approximate start times): The Super Bowl and Chad's "Super Bowl" - 1:38No Acosta or any other DP - 9:19Shelton injured - 22:25SKC Preseason Win and Salloi Update - 25:04Blue Cards? - 33:10KC Current - 41:04(NEW SEGMENT) Errors and Corrections - 44:24Digital Crawl - 46:25 Spotify took away our ads, so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you have a few spare bucks and a fan of the pod, we'd appreciate your donation. Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/support
A Masterplan for Sporting KC Signings
Feb 5 2024
A Masterplan for Sporting KC Signings
S03E05 - For the Glory KC is back with the 70th episode of the show! Sporting Kansas City had a relative active week, considering how slow the offseason has been. They played the final preseason game of leg one before coming to and from KC in the proceeding days. They'll be back in Miami by the time you read this. Outside of the preseason game itself, a 2-1 Nashville SC win, Peter Vermes gave updates on player performances, Khiry Shelton's injury and more. Then there were the transactions. Sporting KC made a trade that could open the door for a future move and added Memo Rodriguez as depth. I lay out my theory how the next few weeks and then summer transfer window may play out. My masterplan if you will (that's during segment two, timestamp below). Then we switched gears to talk about Sporting KC's youth development problem and its latest saga with Ramiz Hamouda leaving the SKC Academy without a contract and the team getting nothing for him. We also briefly talked Leagues Cup news too. The KC Current made a series of signings this week too (Mallory Weber, Regan Steigleder and Sophie Braun) as well as an extension for Lo LaBonta. Vlatko Andonovski also gave some training updates and let us know who is a full participant and who we'll still have to wait on. In the Digital Crawl, we touch on the following topics: KC gets six (!) World Cup games.Daniel Salloi is changing numbers again.Several former KC Current players are on the move.KU football at Children's Mercy Park.and Kelyn Rowe retires. Here is a quick rundown of topics (and approximate start times): SKC Preseason Results and News - 5:13SKC Make a Signing and Trade + My Masterplan - 12:25Sad SKC Academy News - 24:59Leagues Cup Opponents and Hosting - 36:35KC Current Signings and News - 40:50Digital Crawl - 48:50 Spotify took away our ads, so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you have a few spare bucks and a fan of the pod, we'd appreciate your donation. Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/support
Is Kellyn Acosta a Remi Walter Replacement?
Jan 28 2024
Is Kellyn Acosta a Remi Walter Replacement?
S03E04 - For the Glory KC is back with the 69th episode of the show! Sporting Kansas City have a lot going on this week, considering real soccer is still nearly a month away. A topic to break Sheena's heart is if Kellyn Acosta, rumored to be joining KC, is being looked at to replace Remi Walter long-term. He primarily plays that same position and Remi is out of contract after the 2024 season. We take a look at the cost and fit of Acosta within Sporting KC. We also briefly discuss Memo Rodriguez being on trial, the 3-3 Sporting KC/Charlotte FC draw and all the Peter Vermes quotes that came out of the post-game presser. Plus, our takes on the leaked Sporting KC secondary kit, the other leaked MLS kits and Sheena does her first "bio" of 2024, covering Marinos Tzionis. Who else would you like to see a mini-bio on? The KC Current have a ton going on as well. We go over the schedule release, all the signings (Bia Zanaratto, Desiree Scott and Bayley Feist), the trialists and the departures (Cassie Miller, Mimmi Larsson). And I have a radical idea that the NWSL should adopt -- getting rid of trades. In the Digital Crawl, we touch on the following topics: Felipe Gutierrez retiresChance Myers is the Technical Director in NashvillePRO may be going on strikeHector Herrera is out for the SKC openerThat bizarre Jesus Ferreira/FC Dallas/Russia sagaRylan Childers signs in DenmarkAnd Inter Miami players are dropping like flies Here is a quick rundown of topics (and approximate start times): How do we feel about Kellyn Acosta on SKC? - 5:41Memo Rodriguez on Trial with Sporting - 18:53Preseason results and PV quotes - 22:28Leaked MLS kit thoughts - 38:58Sheena does a Marinos Tzionis Bio - 47:51KC Current Schedule - 52:26Lots of KC Current roster moves - 1:00:18Digital Crawl - 1:11:23 Spotify took away our ads, so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you have a few spare bucks and a fan of the pod, we'd appreciate your donation. Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/support
A Return to Soccer Coverage?!
Jan 22 2024
A Return to Soccer Coverage?!
S03E03 - For the Glory KC is back with the 68th episode of the show! Sporting Kansas City, against everything I personally expected, did the right thing and moved on from Gavin Wilkinson. But somehow, they still got that wrong. From the non-apology given by Mike Illig to Peter Vermes' refusal to even entertain answering questions about the whole situation in Saturday's press conference. We have thoughts! We do get to actually talking soccer this time out though, getting into all the Sporting KC preseason news. From the roster to the schedule and the results of the first game. Plus, we catch up on that Kortne Ford signing that got lost last week. And did Roger Espinoza officially retire?  The KC Current are back in the news for many reasons. We catch up on their two trades and weigh in on yet another player being caught out by their trade. We also catch up on their rumored signings (Desiree Scott and Bia) as well as the 2024 NWSL College Draft. In the Digital Crawl, we touch on the following topics: 2026 World Cup Final locationFormer KC players/coaches update (Busio, Nguyen)A couple smart MLS trades from rivals St. Louis City and Real Salt LakeKC Current staff announcementsSam Mewis retiringMore NWSL Expansion for 2026 Here is a quick rundown of topics (and approximate start times): Wilkinson is gone - 5:09New controversy from the Wilkinson hire - 13:38Sporting KC Preseason - 36:12Sheena wants signings! - 44:29Espinoza officially retired? - 50:48Kortne Ford to SKC II - 53:40Gautrat and Kizer Trades - 57:12A Rumored three Current signings - 1:08:32The NWSL draft - 1:12:28Digital Crawl - 1:16:46 Spotify took away our ads, so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you have a few spare bucks and a fan of the pod, we'd appreciate your donation. Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/support
An Evidenced Based Look at the Gavin Wilkinson Situation with Sporting KC
Jan 15 2024
An Evidenced Based Look at the Gavin Wilkinson Situation with Sporting KC
S3E02 - For the Glory KC is back with the 67th episode of the podcast but it's going to be a little different than usual. Sporting Kansas City made headlines this week with the hiring of Gavin Wilkinson as the team's new Sporting Director. It's a search we didn't hear about until the hire was made. Peter Vermes gave up his title but got a new one -- Chief Soccer Officer. Wilkinson will report to Vermes, even though it's often the other way around with a coach/manager and the Sporting Director. For the podcast this week, instead of doing our cheery, usual thing, we've decided to dive deeper into the Wilkinson hire. No digital crawl. No KC Current news (why drag them into this). No news on other signings or happenings around the team or the league. That will come at another time (maybe). This is dedicated to Wilkinson's history that led us to this place today. Because not everyone wants to listen to us talk for an hour, I'll put a portion of the podcast details in writing, so they can live there forever. What I will tell you about myself is I'm an 'evidence guy.' While I wrote the initial 'news' piece of the report of Wilkinson's hire, I tried to minimize how much my opinion was in that story. After spending many hours reading the Yates Report and other sources, I feel confident in my final position. But you can decide for yourself. I will tell you this is by far the most research I've put into a podcast that is usually just a husband and wife talking about the teams they love. I'm tired, but I hope it was worth it! It's been a mentally draining four days since the announcement. Here is a quick rundown of topics (and approximate start times): Gavin Wilkinson - 02:33Timeline - 05:13Brief Andy Polo Summary - 23:29We weigh in - 26:55 Spotify took away our ads, so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you have a few spare bucks and a fan of the pod, we'd appreciate your donation. Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/support
They Actually Moved the Messi Game...
Jan 9 2024
They Actually Moved the Messi Game...
S3E01 - For the Glory KC is back with the 66th episode of the show and the first episode of season three. And waiting an extra day brought a lot of news! Sporting Kansas City made waves on Monday when they did something that I personally thought was just a fun op-ed I wrote. They moved the Sporting KC versus Inter Miami/Messi game to the Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium. Sheena and I discuss the pros, the cons and the massive risks the team is taking. The potential for embarrassment, either by Messi not playing or Sporting KC simply losing, could be disastrous (except for the impact to their wallets). I'll also go ahead and place this poll here, so we see how it ends. The fanbase looks pretty divided on this one as of publication. Then we switch gears to a tease by Sporting KC of the return to Argyle Kits. It's not clear if it's for the secondary kit, which gets replaced this year, or the rumored third kits that may be returning. But this has to mean we're getting Argyle Kits, right? The KC Current don't want to be left out as they made an intriguing signing adding Malawi forward Temwa Chawinga. Plus, the NWSL made some mostly promising rule changes that kick in for 2024 that we go over. In the Digital Crawl, we touch on the following topics: Gadi Kinda's farewell and that bizarre signing videoSKC assistant, Ash Wallace, getting an extensionChardonnay Curran signs with the Chicago Red StarsCarline Sjoblom rejoins SwedenNJ/NY Gotham FC sign all the USWNT playersAnd big MLS moves from the Colorado Rapids and FC Cincinnati Here is a quick rundown of topics (and approximate start times): They moved the SKC/Miami game to Arrowhead - 7:03Argyle Kits?!?! - 37:15KC Current sign Temwa Chawinga - 42:44NWSL Rule Changes - 48:53PRO work stoppage imminent - 53:24Digital Crawl - 56:44 Spotify took away our ads, so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you have a few spare bucks and a fan of the pod, we'd appreciate your donation. Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/support
Analyzing the Sporting KC Schedule & the Last Two Weeks
Dec 31 2023
Analyzing the Sporting KC Schedule & the Last Two Weeks
S2E58 - For the Glory KC is back with the 65th episode of the show and the final podcast of season two and 2023! We look back on 2023 and our favorite memories from Sporting Kansas City and the KC Current. Sadly, we have to talk about Gadi Kinda no longer being on Sporting KC, even if we've seen it coming for weeks. Then we break down the 2024 Sporting KC MLS schedule. The biggest dates, the possible road trips and of course, Messi. Which naturally led us to the debate about if the Inter Miami game should be moved from Children's Mercy Park to Arrowhead Stadium. The SKC preseason was also announced, meaning no more preseason trips to Arizona, but Florida is on the table. We give some new details on the three Sporting KC draft picks, some changes to the US Open Cup (again) and of course, the Digital Crawl, y'all. In the Digital Crawl, we breeze through the following topics: A possible third kit is being released for Sporting KCSKC II add 19-year-old Haris AlisahFormer KC Current players Addisyn Merrick and Elyse Bennett land in UtahLots of personal news for Cece Kizer, Erik Thommy and Kortne FordAnd the revelation today that Hugo Lloris is signing with LAFC Here is a quick rundown of topics (and approximate start times): Favorite memories of SKC/Current for 2023 - 4:33Gadi Kinda is officially gone - 14:00Sporting KC’s schedule is out - 20:02Should SKC move the Messi game to Arrowhead - 31:15Sporting KC preseason announced - 43:53SKC draft 3 players in the SuperDraft - 48:16US Open Cup update - 54:28Digital Crawl - 58:32 Spotify took away our ads, so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you have a few spare bucks and a fan of the pod, we'd appreciate your donation. Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/support
Four Signings, a Trade and Sporting KC likely lose a Designated Player
Dec 18 2023
Four Signings, a Trade and Sporting KC likely lose a Designated Player
S2E57 - For the Glory KC is back with the 64th episode of the show! On this week's episode we decide to do a "double episode" with Christmas coming next week and likely a slow news week with it. If you are only interested in certain teams/topics, be sure to check out the run down below. We start the show with Sporting Kansas City as they made some moves this week and a few more rumors rolled in. We get into the signings of left back Zorhan Bassong and forward Alenis Vargas. Sheena and I share our thoughts on the players and how the roster spending flexibility hasn't been impacted much by these moves. Sadly, that brought us to Gadi Kinda, who is "extremely unlikely" to return according to reporting from Paul Tenorio and Tom Bogert. Then we turned our attention to Major League Soccer at large. MLS took the extraordinarily (stupid) move of removing all MLS teams from the 2024 US Open Cup. We have thoughts! And then we get into a mostly positive set of rule changes, that certainly don't go far enough to capture the attention of the audience with Messi only in Miami for two more season. The spending isn't changing much but some of the time wasting may be a thing of the past. The KC Current also made some big moves this week, swinging an unpopular trade for expansion draft protection and signing two other players in other transactions. Izzy Rodriguez re-joins the team, and 17-year-old Claire Hutton will come over from New York. Finally, we get to the Digital Crawl. We breeze through the following topics: The Sporting KC U-19s got eliminated from the UPSL playoffsSeveral little KC Current news nuggetsThe KC Comets earn a mention (listen to Thad for way more on the Comets)The upcoming CONCACAF Champions Cupand Bruce Arena is reinstated to MLS Here is a quick rundown of topics (and approximate start times): Sporting KC Make Two Signings - 4:45Gadi Kinda almost certainly gone - 20:00MLS Teams out of the US Open Cup - 26:53MLS Rule Changes - 39:01The Current trade Kate Del Fava - 50:15KC Current make two signings - 1:01:12Our MLS Schedule wishes - 1:07:29How we got into Sporting KC - 1:13:34Digital Crawl (including the schedule) - 1:25:17 **Apologies in advance, there is a little crosstalk between us. We record on a website (Riverside) that captures our audio to our computers, so we were apparently cutting out live, but just talking over one another on the hard recording. It's not a ton, but it happens! Spotify took away our ads, so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you have a few spare bucks and a fan of the pod, we'd appreciate your donation. Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/support
Sporting KC Offseason Mailbag
Dec 11 2023
Sporting KC Offseason Mailbag
S2E56 - For the Glory KC is back with the 63rd episode of the show! On this week's episode, Sporting Kansas City didn't do a darn thing this week, but we still found stuff to talk about. There was a minor rumor, already covered here on KCSJ, about Gadi Kinda. MLS Commissioner Don Garber gave his State of the League address, and he dropped a few nuggets: The MLS schedule is coming December 20th!!There is no break for Copa America in 2024No fourth Designated Player is coming, but rule changes areHow to deal with the 2026 World Cup scheduleMLS Expansion (Phoenix, Tampa and others mentioned)and more! Then we moved over and talked about the Twitter Mailbag. Next time we'll have to expand to Instagram and the comments on the KC Soccer Journal. We took a lot of questions on youth development, Peter Vermes, offseason moves that are done and are still to come, stadium experiences and more. Finally, we get to the Digital Crawl. We breeze through the following topics: US Soccer bidding on the 2027 Women's World CupOther US international resultsThe KC Current made a couple announcementsand Logan Ndenbe got engaged! Congratulations! Here is a quick rundown of topics (and approximate start times): Gadi Kinda Update - 5:58Don Garber’s State of the League - 13:02Sporting KC Mailbag - 23:22Digital Crawl - 1:08:02 The offseason picks up Monday, check the schedule! Spotify took away our ads, so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you have a few spare bucks and a fan of the pod, we'd appreciate your donation. Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/support
Offseason Roster Moves Reactions
Dec 3 2023
Offseason Roster Moves Reactions
S2E55 - For the Glory KC is back with the 62nd episode of the show! On this week's episode, Sporting Kansas City made a series of massive roster decisions likely ending the KC soccer careers of Roger Espinoza and Graham Zusi. Sheena and I commiserate, remember fond times and get some of the feels out about their departure. On top of that, we talk about if the moves make sense and how we wanted to see their careers end. Plus, could they end up on other clubs? There is a lot of Roger and Zusi talk to kick off the pod. Then we move to the other moves on the roster. From Kortne Ford and the center back situation to our child's proclamation that she has disowned the team over Cam Duke's departure. We can't skip Sheena's favorite player Remi Walter, or the news Johnny Russell is coming back and what that means for roster spend and flexibility. There is still a fair amount to discuss around the rest of the roster including Gadi Kinda, Kendall McIntosh, Stephen Afrifa, Willy Agada and more. Beyond that, Peter Vermes has already come out and said the team needs a backup goalkeeper, left back for the injured Ndenbe, another CB (they already have five), midfielders plural and help in the attack. With 24 roster spots filled and only six available, that's six players right there. We give an early preview of what else we think this team needs to do this offseason. Additionally, PV addresses the talk of a fourth Designated Player and changes to the current DP rules and we weigh in on that. Then we speed through the handball that PRO got wrong, and the Sporting KC II roster moves. Finally, we get to the Digital Crawl. We breeze through the following topics: The next USMNT friendly was announcedTim Howard is going into the soccer HOFMatt Miazga gets suspendedAnd the MLS offseason calendar Here is a quick rundown of topics (and approximate start times): Thank you, listeners! - 5:11Zusi and Espinoza are gone - 7:05Ford, Duke, McIntosh, Russel, Remi, other moves and PV's needs - 28:20Is there going to be a 4th Designated Player? - 49:46PRO admits they got it wrong on the handball call - 55:55SKC II’s roster moves - 1:03:00Digital Crawl - 1:06:25 Spotify took away our ads, so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you have a few spare bucks and a fan of the pod, we'd appreciate your donation. Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/support
Instant Reactions to Sporting KC vs the Houston Dynamo
Nov 27 2023
Instant Reactions to Sporting KC vs the Houston Dynamo
S2E54 - For the Glory KC is back with the 61st episode of the show! On this week's episode, Sporting Kansas City are unceremoniously bounced from the playoffs by the Houston Dynamo. First, we have to discuss the tactical approach from Peter Vermes and company. With only 26 percent possession in the first half, it seems they didn't want the ball. Which is a puzzling choice when Houston is at their best when they have the ball. After the game, Vermes confirmed to me that it was the plan and he basically thought it was effective. I strongly disagree. I disagreed before the game too, for the record. Then of course, we have to discuss the handball heard round the world (except in the VAR room). The referee apparently told Johnny Russell it hit his chest. Did the VAR not tell the ref that was wrong? Did they even look at the best angle before play resumed? So many questions left unanswered. This also reminded me of that Seth Sinovic red card against LAFC in 2018. But don't worry, it's not just a podcast about bitching about the ref. I thought outside of the handball (huge!) and the low stoppage time, the ref was good. We also discussed: The return of Graham ZusiJake Davis' off nightFontas being the best player on the pitchThe struggles of Pulido, Kinda and others on the offenseLeibold's performance replacing NdenbeLate subbing (of course)Those dang three weeks off between games We diverge a bit from the game to talk about the retreat that famously happened after Sporting KC started the season 0-7-3 before defeating the Seattle Sounders. Excellent journalism by Sam McDowell in the KC Star that you should read. Then we get to the Digital Crawl. We breeze through the following topics: USA eliminated from the U-17 World CupNWSL Draft announced a date Here is a quick rundown of topics (and approximate start times): Houston eliminates Sporting KC - 2:39SKC's tactics - 5:14That dang handball situation and Pulido's play - 13:04Lots of other SKC/HOU thoughts - 22:47Sporting KC’s famous retreat - 51:04Digital Crawl - 1:00:31 Upcoming Games None that matter to me...Just kidding, go watch the KC Comets Spotify took away our ads, so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you have a few spare bucks and a fan of the pod, we'd appreciate your donation. Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/support
Sporting KC/Houston Preview & Playing KC Current Sporting Director
Nov 22 2023
Sporting KC/Houston Preview & Playing KC Current Sporting Director
S2E53 - For the Glory KC is back with the 60th episode of the show! On this week's episode, Sporting Kansas City are about to play the Houston Dynamo and we do an early preview for the game. We break down the players to watch for Houston and the form of both teams. Sporting KC struggle on the road in the playoffs in particular and Houston are quite stout at home both this season and historically. Could that spell disaster for Kansas City's season? We give an update on Dany Rosero and his availability for Sunday. Then we turn our attention to the KC Current who made a bevy of roster moves this week, including the trading of star midfielder Alex Loera. Sheena and I go down the roster and decide which nine players to protect and what a better strategy would be to deal with possibly losing two players to the Utah Royals in the expansion draft. Then we get to the Digital Crawl. We breeze through the following topics: United States vs. Trinidad and TobagoThe U-17 World CupPulskamp and Busio getting a USA U-23 call upPhoenix Rising win the USL ChampionshipEmma Hayes is officially announced as the new USWNT coachand a Messi update, including a date to face Ronaldo Here is a quick rundown of topics (and approximate start times): Houston/Sporting KC Playoff Preview - 4:08Dany Rosero Update - 30:42Alex Loera Traded - 32:47Lots of KC Current Transactions - 42:03Current Expansion Draft Protection Lists - 47:54Digital Crawl - 1:04:53 Upcoming Games Sporting KC @ Houston Dynamo - Sunday, Nov 26th at 6:00 PM CST Spotify took away our ads, so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you have a few spare bucks and a fan of the pod, we'd appreciate your donation. Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/support
Let's Win it For Logan
Nov 12 2023
Let's Win it For Logan
S2E52 - For the Glory KC is back with the 59th episode of the show! On this week's episode, Sporting Kansas City don't play any games, but there is still plenty to discuss. While we're calling it the "Logan Ndenbe Appreciation Hour," we don't do an hour on Logan, but we have to discuss his torn ACL, how he's a "dawg," and who is next up to replace him since he's out until next summer. We also give early thoughts on the Houston Dynamo advancing past Real Salt Lake to host Sporting KC in round two of the playoffs. Sheena and I discuss their empty stadium and a possible lack of home field advantage and how sadly none of their players got suspended.  I also completed a re-watch of the second Sporting KC versus St. Louis City SC game. I counted out all the stoppage time (spoiler, it was pretty accurate), address the STL haters in Twitter and give my take on if Taylor Twellman called it straight. The KC Current don't have a ton of direct news, but the NWSL made waves this week. They announced a massive new broadcast deal across four different partner's channels and streaming services, in addition to their own NWSL direct-to-consumer option.  Speaking of the Digital Crawl, y'all, we dive into the following topics: NWSL Championship/Rapinoe/KriegerDebinha is awarded againKinda called up by IsraelMore MLS coaching firings and hiringsand MLS Award winners Here is a quick rundown of topics (and approximate start times): Ndenbe tears his ACL - 3:54SKC Learn their Next Opponent - 19:56Second watch of SKC/STL - 28:20New NWSL Broadcast Deal - 43:49Digital Crawl - 50:52 Upcoming Games CONCACAF Nations League QuarterfinalsU-17 World Cup Spotify took away our ads (which is a win for most, because they pay so little and annoyingly break up the podcast), so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you are a rich person and fan of the pod, we'll take your money. Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/support
Instant Reactions to Sporting KC Bouncing St. Louis from the Playoffs
Nov 6 2023
Instant Reactions to Sporting KC Bouncing St. Louis from the Playoffs
S2E51 - For the Glory KC is back with the 58th episode of the show! On this week's episode, Sporting Kansas City send St. Louis packing from the playoffs as the eight seed upsets the one seed. Sheena and I have instant reactions from the night of the victory instead of going to bed. We break down the goals (highlights here) and all the big events from the game. It was another incredible atmosphere, and sadly the last Sporting KC home game of 2023, no matter how many more games they manage to win (the New York Red Bulls ruined that minor home MLS Cup chance by getting eliminated). We also discuss our favorite memes from the night from Zach throwing the cease and desist back in their face, or the fact that St. Louis invented soccer in 2023 (and many other things, like getting eliminated without winning any games). Then it's question time. I ask Sheena a question (is this season a success?) and she asks me one (who do I want in the next round for SKC?). The KC Current have a pretty quiet week, but we at least give them (and really the NWSL) some attention in the Digital Crawl. Speaking of the Digital Crawl, y'all, we dive into the following topics: Gadi Kinda gets fined for simulation/embellishment.NWSL announce a terrible expansion draft plan.Emma Hayes is set to be the next USWNT coach.Saudi Arabia are running unopposed for the 2034 World Cup. Here is a quick rundown of topics (and approximate start times): Sporting KC versus St. Louis City - 2:36All the SKC/STL Memes and nonsense - 34:08Is this season a success? - 39:29Houston or Real Salt Lake? - 46:59Antoine Griezmann to SKC? - 56:17Digital Crawl - 1:00:31 Upcoming Games Houston Dynamo @ Real Salt Lake - Monday, Nov. 6th at 8:00 PM CSTUSA vs. Korea Republic (U-17 World Cup) - Sunday, Nov 12th at 7:00AM (FS1) Spotify took away our ads (which is a win for most, because they pay so little and annoyingly break up the podcast), so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you are a rich person and fan of the pod, we'll take your money. Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/support
A Tactical Masterclass
Oct 31 2023
A Tactical Masterclass
S2E50 - For the Glory KC is back with the 57th episode of the show! On this week's episode, Sporting Kansas City continue to blow minds, this time both San Jose and St. Louis fans learned the meaning of disappointment. Sheena and I breeze by that San Jose Earthquakes game to focus on the main event -- a potential three-game series against St. Louis City SC. Sporting KC landed the first blow with an amazing 4-1 road win in the cold and rainy conditions of CITYPARK. We discuss the refereeing of Ted Unkel, the commentary of Taylor Twellman and a whole lot of soccer. Sheena's boy Remi gets a goal. My boy Radoja plays lights out. Alan Pulido has a return to form with two assists. Gadi Kinda balled out. And Peter Vermes reads the KC Soccer Journal, clearly, as he rolls out our tactical plan to great success. Plus, we follow-up on the rumors that Roger Espinoza is set to leave in the offseason with a one-on-one locker room interview by yours truly. The KC Current are also in the news with the hiring of new head coach Vlatko Andonovski. We give our thoughts from his introductory press conference. Plus, the team announced the signing of a 15-year-old forward less than a week later. The youth movement is in full effect. And of course, the Digital Crawl, y'all! We dive into the following topics: The street car extension to the KC Current stadium is delayedJahon Rad says farewell to Kansas CityThe USWNT play twice against ColumbiaMessi wins the Ballon D'or and Aitana Bonmati does so for the women Here is a quick rundown of topics (and approximate start times): Sporting KC Demolish St. Louis - 4:19Sporting KC beat San Jose in PKs - 34:20Roger Espinoza not done yet - 49:46Vlatko Announced as KC Current coach - 52:10Digital Crawl - 1:02:17 Upcoming Game Sporting KC vs. St. Louis City SC (Game 2) - Sunday, November 5th at 4:00 PM CST Spotify took away our ads (which is a win for most, because they pay so little and annoyingly break up the podcast), so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you are a rich person and fan of the pod, we'll take your money. Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/support
Everyone Makes the Playoffs
Oct 23 2023
Everyone Makes the Playoffs
S2E49 - I said it eight months ago. Sporting KC waited until the last minute to prove me right, but 'everyone' gets in. It was quite a feat as no team that was winless through 10-games has ever done it before. For the Glory KC is back with the 56th episode of the show! On this week's episode, Sporting Kansas City do what seemed impossible at points during the season. They finished the season with the best record, most goals and most points since May 1st in the entire Western Conference to slide into the 8th playoff spot. Sheena and I discuss if the wild card game is really the playoffs, or if they have to win, since the first round is after that. We also talk about what went so right against Minnesota United and what should be the strategy against San Jose and potentially St. Louis City SC in the coming days. I also promised you a gif of Thommy getting into it with Will Trapp. That wasn't even his best gif of the night though, so I'll share them both. And as promised, here is George Brett being really happy about that Sporting KC win. I'd like to think George is all of us here, just a bit. We can't skip the news that the new salaries that are out for Sporting KC (and all of MLS) and we see if Sheena still think Nemanja Radoja makes too much and wants to cut him. The KC Current were back in the headlines with news leaking that they have likely landed on a new head coach -- Vlatko Andonovski. That announcement will officially come on Monday, but we got the chance to weigh in early. And of course, the Digital Crawl, y'all! We dive into the following topics: USA Men win one and lose one.The US U-23s (with Pulskamp and Busio) win big.The Red Bulls have the longest streak in MLS.Diego Rubio is leaving the Colorado Rapids.Bruce Arena may be back into coaching already.Austin FC 2 win MLS Next Pro.And to piss off Sheena, a Messi update. Here is a quick rundown of topics (and approximate start times): Sporting KC Crush Minnesota to Slip into the Playoffs - 5:15New Sporting KC Salaries Out - 45:19New Coach for the KC Current - 50:15Digital Crawl - 58:20 Upcoming Game Sporting KC vs. San Jose Earthquakes - Wed, Oct 25th at 8:30 PM CST Spotify took away our ads (which is a win for most, because they pay so little and annoyingly break up the podcast), so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you are a rich person and fan of the pod, we'll take your money. Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/support
Playing Sporting KC Fantasy Sporting Director
Oct 17 2023
Playing Sporting KC Fantasy Sporting Director
S2E48 - For the Glory KC is back with the 55th episode of the show! On this week's episode, Sporting Kansas City don't play a game, so instead we take the opportunity to look at their roster and play Fantasy Sporting Director. Imagine if Sporting KC's ownership put us in charge of roster decisions. We decided who to re-sign, who to cut and who's option(s) to decline. Additionally, we both get the chance to buy out one Sporting KC player's contract to save the salary room and get them off the books (and the roster). And finally, we decide what positions are of the biggest need at this moment. There are a lot of easy choices on who to bring back but, but a couple of very tough decisions. Sheena has a bit more of a heart, but in the ruthless business of sports, I act accordingly.  You'll probably want to look at all the contracts and salaries to know if we made the right choices. We also talk about Sporting KC's season ending awards, who we voted for, and who actually won.  Not to be left out, the KC Current battled back to earn a 2-2 draw against NJ/NY Gotham and to secure the 4th overall pick in the 2024 NWSL College Draft. And of course, the Digital Crawl, y'all! We dive into the following topics: Gadi Kinda's International games were cancelled.The United States U-23s Won!MLS 22 Under 22 snubbed Jake Davis.Austin FC 2, who eliminated SKC II, are in the MLS Next Pro finals.And the San Diego Wave win the NWSL Shield! Here is a quick rundown of topics (and approximate start times): Sporting KC Fantasy Sporting Director - 5:10One buyout and a wish list for SKC - 52:14SKC Award Winners - 1:05:48KC Current Earn a Draw - 1:11:58Digital Crawl - 1:18:36 Upcoming Games USMNT vs. Ghana - Tuesday, October 17th at 7:30 PM CSTUSA U-23s vs. Japan - Tues, Oct 17th at 9:30 PM (ussoccer.com)Sporting KC vs. Minnesota United - Saturday, October 21st at 8:00 PM Spotify took away our ads (which is a win for most, because they pay so little and annoyingly break up the podcast), so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you are a rich person and fan of the pod, we'll take your money. Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/support
Sporting KC Far from Convincing Against RSL
Oct 9 2023
Sporting KC Far from Convincing Against RSL
S2E47 - For the Glory KC is back with the 54th episode of the show and it's winning all around! On this week's episode, Sporting Kansas City get a favor from their long-time rivals Real Salt Lake with a 0:37 red card. Despite a 3-0 lead, it was a little bit of 'hold on to your butts' in the final minutes as RSL clawed back against Sporting KC. Sheena and I break down all the action, our highs and lows, and why there is still plenty to be concerned about. We also go over the Sporting KC playoff scenarios (if they win, the odds are pretty solid) and if we think they'll make it in with just a single game to go against Minnesota United on Decision Day at Children's Mercy Park. The KC Current were back in action and won twice (!!) in the same week. Sadly, it was the same week they were eliminated from the playoffs. First, they beat Monterrey Femenil in a friendly then they break an attendance record and eliminates the Chicago Red Stars in the same night. With this being the last home game at CMP before their new stadium opens, we reflect on that, look ahead and take a look at NWSL franchise values (KC are third!) as we start to put a bow on the Kansas City Current season. And of course, the Digital Crawl, y'all! We dive into the following topics: 311 and Union OmahaGianluca Busio updateJohn Pulskamp called upGadi Kinda called upAnd a final Messi update (they are eliminated!) to tick off Sheena Here is a quick rundown of topics (and approximate start times): Sporting KC defeat RSL on the road - 4:09Sporting KC playoff scenarios - 28:56KC Current win twice in a week + another record - 40:08Digital Crawl - 1:02:44 Upcoming Games USMNT vs. Germany - Sat. October 14th at 2:00 PM CST KC Current @ NJ/NY Gotham - Sun, October 15th at 4:00 PMSKC have a bye and play MN at home on Decision Day in two weeksPodcast Schedule: Next Week, we play Fantasy Sporting Director for both teams! Spotify took away our ads (which is a win for most, because they pay so little and annoyingly break up the podcast), so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you are a rich person and fan of the pod, we'll take your money. Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/message Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/support