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Was the Messi/Arrowhead Experiment a Success?

It was a once in a lifetime experience. But is that all? Will Sporting Kansas City spend their profits, are new fans created and more.



Credit: Thad Bell

For the Glory KC is back with the 80th episode of the show!

I’m not sure if you heard, but Sporting Kansas City were out here setting records last night. 72,610 fans were in attendance inside Arrowhead stadium to witness Sporting KC take on Lionel Messi and friends on Inter Miami CF. The end result was a loss, but were there ‘wins’ to be had?

On this week’s episode, Sheena talks about her experience in the stands contrasting to my experience from behind the scenes and in the press box. From the atmosphere to the amount of pink/Messi jerseys, there were a lot of off the field items to discuss.

But it wouldn’t be a For the Glory KC if we don’t actually talk about the soccer. We get into the ‘only three mistakes,’ according to Peter Vermes that Sporting KC made, to the things that went very right and all the in between stuff.

There is talk about a goalkeeper change. A change at striker (Sheena wants to go pretty far here). Subpar refereeing from Victor Rivas. Remi Walter in a walking boot and an update on his status. Pitch invaders. And we can’t avoid the problem with Sporting KC dropping points, particularly at home.

After the game, there is a bit rumor that came out this week from The Athletic. Fairly substantial rule changes could be coming to Major League Soccer. Weirdly the rules look to be changing this summer, mid-season. I’ll explain what they are and start to get into out Sporting KC can potentially benefit. Come back to the KC Soccer Journal later this week for a deeper look at that possibility and a robust explainer if you are into that sort of thing.

Then we switch over to talk about the Kansas City Current’s first non-win of the season as they held on for a draw against NJ/NY Gotham.

In the Digital Crawl, we go longer on fewer topics:

  • USWNT winning the SheBelieves Cup
  • Could the Swope Park Rangers return?
  • Did SKC handle the ‘retro’ aspect of the SKC/Miami game well?

Here is a rundown of topics (and approximate start times):

  • Getting on Channel 5 News – 1:26
  • The Atmosphere – 3:33
  • Messi Jersey Exchanges – 17:18
  • Sporting KC drop all three against Miami – 20:54
  • Vermes Out? – 1:00:37
  • New, semi-large rules changes are coming to MLS – 1:01:57
  • KC Current’s perfect season ends – 1:12:26
  • Digital Crawl – 1:21:01

Upcoming Schedule:

  • KC Comets @ Utica City FC, Monday, April 15th at 5:00 PM CT (CBS Sports Golazo Network)
  • KC Current vs. Bay FC, Saturday, April 20th at 6:30 PM
  • Sporting KC vs. St. Louis City, Saturday, April 20th at 7:30 PM

Spotify took away our ads, so we turned on “Listener Support.” Don’t feel obligated, but if you have a few spare bucks and are 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 | Castbox | Rephonic

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 Podcasts, it’s much easier. 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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