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 departure
- SKC II’s schedule is out
- Still no firm US Open Cup plans for MLS
- The 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 “Big Game” – 1:38
- No Acosta or any other DP – 9:19
- Shelton injured – 22:25
- SKC Preseason Win and Salloi Update – 25:04
- Blue Cards? – 33:10
- KC Current – 41:04
- (NEW SEGMENT) Errors and Corrections – 44:24
- Digital Crawl – 46:25
Completely unrelated, but our Instagram is full of nonsense lately. You should follow us. Here is a post of weird soccer and video game mashups. Don’t mind the nonsensical logos and sponsors again, they really want Etihad to sponsor Sporting KC.
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.
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