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Kansas City natives Matt Besler and Jon Kempin will represent Sporting KC at US National Team camp.
United States Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named a mix of veterans and younger players to the 28 man roster for the January camp. Sporting Kansas City is represented by two Kansas City natives, captain Matt Besler and homegrown goalkeeper Jon Kempin.  The U.S. MNT January Camp will run Jan. 12 - Feb. 8 in Carson, California.
During this training camp the first two international matches on the United States schedule for 2015 will be played. Chile will host the U.S. on Jan. 28 in Rancagua, Chile and the U.S. will face Panama Feb. 8 at StubHub Center in Carson, California.
"The prize in 2015 for the senior National Team is the Gold Cup, and this camp will give a lot of our players a chance to kick start their preparations for an important year," U.S. Men's National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said via press release. "We also get an opportunity to introduce the next wave of young players into the program, and in particular work with many of our Olympic-age guys as they build toward qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio."
One of those young players is Kempin who will be attending his first camp with the senior team. The young keeper has represented the United States at the Under-14 through Under-23 and is one of the leading goalkeeper candidates for the US Olympic qualifying team in 2016.
"I am extremely honored to be able to represent my country in my first senior team call up," Kempin said in the press release. "I am excited to work with some of the best players in the world and learn from the likes of Nick Rimando and Sean Johnson. The experience I will get from working with Jurgen (Klinsmann) and his coaching staff will be very valuable to my career. My dream is to represent the United States in the Olympics and World Cups. I feel like being invited to the January Camp is one step closer to achieving those dreams."
Kempin made his MLS debut last season after being recalled from Oklahoma City where he was able to work and learn under former Sporting KC keeper and captain Jimmy Nielsen.
Matt Besler has become a mainstay for Klinsmann's squad and will be the defender with the most caps playing defender on the roster.
"This is another big year ahead of us in 2015," Besler noted. "The January Camp is always a good way to set the tone for the upcoming campaign and establish a positive rhythm within the national team environment. It is an important time of the year which brings a welcomed new wave of excitement and energy."
Sporting KC winger Graham Zusi was left off the roster so he could continue to heal in preparation for the upcoming season
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (4): Alex Bono (unattached), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United),
Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O'Neill (Colorado Rapids), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (out of contract), Dennis Flores (Club Leon),
Luis Guil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Marc Pelosi (Liverpool FC), Dillon Serna (Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (6): Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC), Julio Morales (Tepic),
Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)
Sporting KC will continue to send prospects down I-35 as the two clubs agreed to an affiliation extension.
Oklahoma City Energy FC and Sporting Kansas City will continue their loan affiliation started in 2014 through the 2017 season, the two clubs announced Friday.
OKCFC, led by former Sporting KC captain Jimmy Nielsen as head coach, made their USL Pro debut in 2014 as an expansion team and finished 10th out of 14, five points out of a playoff spot. Christian Duke was a regular player for the Energy on loan from Sporting Kansas City and Jimmy Medranda made some appearances in between the two clubs. Jon Kempin was the starting keeper before being called up to start in place of injured Eric Kronberg and Andy Gruenebaum in August.
2015 will be the first year that Sporting Kansas City will have Oklahoma City as their only affiliate since they split with Orlando City in 2014 and had Orlando City as their only affiliate in 2013. There has been no word on how many players Sporting KC will be required to send to Oklahoma City, but it is likely it will be at least four as per the overall agreement between MLS and USL Pro.
Jimmy Nielsen's head coach contract was also extended through the 2017 season, so the affiliation extension will match that.
What this means for an SKC USL Pro team.
This move seemingly signals a halt on the Sporting KC USL Pro team that has been rumored for a while. While other teams have been making their own USL Pro team that is directly under the club, such as Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and New York Red Bulls, the extension of the affiliation makes it seem like Sporting will not be creating their own team in the next couple of years.


Jeff and Thad talk about the Comets and chat with captain Vahid Assadpour
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Comets head coach received an additional suspension from the MASL but the Comets are appealing
It is unknown if Comets head coach Vlatko Andonovski will be on the bench for their game with Tulsa on Saturday. Andonovski was ejected from the match at Milwaukee on New Year's Eve. As with any ejection or red card, Andonovski was suspended for the next match. Assistant coach Goran Koradzov took over as head coach in an 8-5 win over the St. Louis Ambush.
The Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) have confirmed that they issued an additional suspension to Andonovski. A total of three matches, the first one having already been served, was handed down by the league.
The Comets are appealing the suspension. They feel that the actual report was unclear and they have been told by the league that the suspension was for leaving the field of play. The Comets have pointed out that the time on the clock had run out and it is within the rules of play to visit the locker room in between the end of regulation and the start of overtime. Any time that was added back on to the clock was without the team's knowledge.
According to MASL Commissioner Kevin Milliken, the appeal is being reviewed by a committee of three owners from the Western Conference. There is no set timeline on when a decision will be made.



























The 2015 MLS schedule has been revealed and Sporting KC gets to visit ...
The hunt for the MLS Cup begins anew each year for Sporting Kansas and the hunt for which away games to attend can now be planned by fans. MLS released the schedule for each team and  managers and fans alike can begin their plans.
With the move back to the Western Conference, Sporting Kansas City will get to meet the west coast opposition more often. They will face the LA Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes and Vancouver Whitecaps twice. Sporting KC will meet the Seattle Sounders, Houston Dynamo, Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas, Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake three times.
Manager Peter Vermes squad is light on games in June and July with only three each month. This may be because of the Gold Cup and Open Cup but would also be a great time to integrate summer transfer window signings or host an international friendly or two.
The end of the season may be tough with seven of the last ten matches on the road culminating with defending MLS Champs LA Galaxy at Sporting Park in what could be a very decisive day for the standings.
While there are two good road trips for the supporters to plan large trips, two Saturday nights in Dallas (March 14) and Colorado (Aug. 29) there seems to be some missed opportunities. Why MLS would not schedule a midweek and weekend game in the northwest or in the New York, Philadelphia areas to allow fans to travel and catch two road matches is baffling. Notes:


Of the 34 games, 4 are on Fridays 2 home/2 away, 18 are on Saturdays 8 home/10 away, 8 Sundays 5 home/3 away and 4 Wednesdays 2 home/2 away.
Six games scheduled for 9 PM or later but that could change, two games in the northwest are listed as TBD and schedules are always subject to change.

Sporting KC fans will not get to see either expansion team in person. SKC will be at the Lampard-less NYCFC March 28th and Orlando Sunday September 13th.



Sporting Kansas City 2015 MLS regular season schedule





Date


Opponent


Time


Television




Sun., March 8


vs. New York Red Bulls


6pm


FS1/FOX Deportes




Sat., March 14


at FC Dallas


7:30pm


SKCTV




Sat., March 21


vs. Portland Timbers


7:30pm


SKCTV




Sat., March 28


at New York City FC


TBD


SKCTV




Sun., April 5


vs. Philadelphia Union


6pm


FS1/FOX Deportes




Sat., April 11


vs. Real Salt Lake


7:30pm


SKCTV




Sat., April 18


at LA Galaxy


9:30pm


SKCTV




Sat., April 25


at Houston Dynamo


7:30pm


SKCTV




Sun., May 3


vs. Chicago Fire


4pm


ESPN2/ESPN Deportes




Sat., May 9


at D.C. United


6pm


SKCTV




Sat., May 16


vs. Colorado Rapids


7:30pm


SKCTV




Wed., May 20


vs. New England Revolution


7pm


ESPN2/ESPN Deportes




Sat., May 23


at Seattle Sounders


TBD


SKCTV




Fri., May 29


vs. FC Dallas


8pm


UniMas/KMCI-TV




Sat., June 6


vs. Seattle Sounders


7:30pm


SKCTV




Sun., June 21


at Real Salt Lake


9pm


FS1/FOX Deportes




Sat., June 27


vs. Colorado Rapids


7:30pm


SKCTV




Sun., July 12


at Vancouver Whitecaps


TBD


SKCTV




Sat., July 18


vs. Montreal Impact


7:30pm


SKCTV




Fri., July 24


at Real Salt Lake


10pm


UniMas/KMCI-TV




Sat., Aug. 1


vs. Houston Dynamo


7:30pm


SKCTV




Sat., Aug. 8


at Toronto FC


TBD


SKCTV




Sat., Aug. 15


vs. Vancouver Whitecaps


7:30pm


SKCTV




Wed., Aug. 19


vs. San Jose Earthquakes


7:30pm


SKCTV




Sat., Aug. 22


at Columbus Crew SC


6:30pm


SKCTV




Sat., Aug. 29


at Colorado Rapids


8pm


SKCTV




Wed., Sept. 9


at Portland Timbers


9:30pm


SKCTV




Sun., Sept. 13


at Orlando City SC


6pm


FS1/FOX Deportes




Fri., Sept. 18


vs. FC Dallas


6pm


UniMas/KMCI-TV




Wed., Sept. 23


at Houston Dynamo


7:30pm


SKCTV




Sun., Sept. 27


vs. Seattle Sounders


4pm


ESPN2/ESPN Deportes




Sat., Oct. 3


at Portland Timbers


9:30pm


SKCTV




Fri., Oct. 16


at San Jose Earthquakes


10pm


SKCTV




Sun., Oct. 25


vs. LA Galaxy


6pm


SKCTV