Category Archives: SOCCER

Former Chief Deron Cherry: A Futbol Ambassador

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AUGUST 2015 – Kansas City sports fans recognize the name Deron Cherry. After all, Cherry starred as a Chiefs free safety for more than a decade, earning All-Pro honors six times and was named to the NFLs all-decade team for the 1980s.  In 1995, he became a part-owner of the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars, thereby becoming the first NFL minority owner.

It is in a different kind of football, however, where Cherry has garnered new recognition. While he still enjoys American football, futbol – or soccer – has become his passion, and Cherry has his family to thank for that.

Coaching or managing a team isn’t for everyone

Coaching

AUGUST 2015 – From age seven to 37, I played baseball under the guidance of dozens of coaches and managers.  From age 7 to 22, I played as an amateur, and then, after I signed my first pro contract with the Washington Senators in 1971, I played 16 years as a professional, including under Royals Hall of Fame manager Dick Howser. I would like to offer some personal views on the subject of coaching and/or managing.

Heartland Soccer builds capable, strong referees

JULY 2015 – In every soccer match there are actually three teams taking the field. There are the two teams most people immediately recognize – those competing to score more goals than the other.

There is also a third team made up of referees.

Although often unnoticed until they don’t perform well, the referee team is just as important to the match as either of the other teams. 

The dangers for one sport athletes

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JULY 2015 – In today’s world of ultra-competitive children’s athletics, there is more and more pressure on parents and kids to begin specializing in one sport at a very young age.  While it may seem like choosing one sport and sticking with it will give an athlete an advantage, we are finding out more and more specialization does not necessarily lead to better performance.

In addition, it also puts these young athletes at much higher risk of injury. 

$300 million Gateway Village Sports Complex coming to Grandview

Gateway-Village

JUNE 2015 – The Kansas City area continues to grow its reputation as a soccer hotbed with the May announcement of the Gateway Village development project.

The 230-acre, $300 million project off 150 Highway in southern Grandview is centered on soccer fields and will include 42 homes and 300 upscale apartments, along with restaurants, retail, recreation and two hotels.

KC Invitational soccer tournament is region’s biggest

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MAY 2015 – The Kansas City Invitational Soccer Tournament is one of the constants of youth soccer in Kansas City.  It is the season-ending tournament and the largest of the year.

This most popular of tourneys attracted a record number of teams last year from all across the region and organizers expect even more this year.

KC Champions soccer tourney features regional soccer fun

MARCH 2015 – When the Kansas City Champions Cup tournament was conceived in 2007, it was intended to be a place for elite area teams to test their strength in the early spring.

It has grown to become the singular spring showcase for regional soccer talent of all stripes.

TEAM spirit lives at Sporting Blue Valley

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FEBRUARY 2015 – In 38 years since the Blue Valley Soccer Club was founded, it has grown to become one of the most important youth soccer organizations in the region.

One of six Heartland Soccer Association member clubs, it grew to become an ideal place to find a variety of services for young soccer players.

A year after becoming an affiliate of Sporting KC, BVSC merged with KC Football Club to become Sporting Blue Valley.

“Sporting Blue Valley is the largest club in Kansas and KC, actually, one of the largest in the country,”

Swope Village inspires enthusiasts, grows soccer in KC

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JANUARY 2015 – The opening of Swope Soccer Village was intended to bring a soccer presence to the inner city and give kids greater access to the “world’s game.”

It has become so much more than that.

Contributing to Kansas City’s growth as soccer capital of America, Swope Village has become a place to inspire kids and soccer enthusiasts of all ages.