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Sporting Kansas City Season Preview

A brief look back at the Sporting KC offseason, a look ahead to previewing 2024, including the first opponent, the Houston Dynamo.



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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 Freeman
  • And 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 – 1:27
  • Guest Host – 9:15
  • SKC Preseason Win, Quotes and Possible Signings – 10:59
  • SKC Season Preview – 18:49
  • Houston Dynamo Preview – 30:11
  • Referees on Strike – 41:17
  • Errors and Corrections – 48:41
  • Digital Crawl – 50:05

Upcoming Schedule:

  • USWNT in the CONCACAF W Gold Cup
    • Tue, Feb 20th vs Dominican Republic @ 9:15 CST 
    • Fri, Feb 23rd vs Argentina (and KC Current’s Sophie Braun) @ 9:15 PM
  • Sporting KC at Houston Dynamo – Saturday, Feb 24th @ 7:30 
  • USWNT U-20s vs. Colombia – Sun, Feb 25th (Claire Hutton from KC Current is on that squad)

Completely unrelated, but our Instagram is full of nonsense lately. You should follow us. Here is a post of some really wild kit mockups. I didn’t ask for a lion (though I like the five stars over the crest)! Don’t mind the nonsensical logos and sponsors again.

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.

You can find For the Glory KC wherever you get your podcasts. Just search “For the Glory KC” and be sure to subscribe! Here are some helpful links:

Spotify | Apple | Amazon | iHeartRadio | Google | Castbox

Be sure to like and subscribe to the podcast. Five-star ratings and reviews will help others find the pod. On Spotify you can review on the mobile app by clicking the three dots. On Apple, it’s much more straight forward. If it’s not quite five-star worthy yet, feel free to let us know in the comments or on Twitter (@PlayFor90 or @ForTheGloryKC) Sheena essentially runs our FTG Twitter, so that’s a great way to get her takes.

Also, you can find the podcast on all the social media platforms: @ForTheGloryKC on Twitter, Instagram, Threads and Facebook or you can email us at ForTheGloryKC at Gmail.

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