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Sporting KC takes 10-Count again in MLS playoffs

Same song, fourth verse. Since Sporting KC won the 2013 MLS Cup, they have lost four consecutive MLS knockout-round losses in the MLS playoffs.

This year, it was Houston taking SKC out in extra-time 1-0 the third time in the past seven years the Dynamo dispatched Sporting in the playoffs.  This may bode well for Houston as each of previous two years, the team which has eliminated Sporting KC has gone on to win the championship.

Diego Rubio “fills big shoes” and rises to Sporting KC challenge

When Sporting KC made the shocking trade of striker Dom Dwyer, all eyes focused upon the next guy on coach Peter Vermes multi-tiered depth chart. The spotlight didn’t faze Diego Rubio, though.  He is used to trying to fill the shoes of players who have come before him, beginning with his father, Hugo, who played nearly two decades at the Chile senior level, including nine years on the National Team.

Hugo was a big influence on Diego and his older brothers, Eduardo and Matias, who are also professional soccer players.

Steady Opara anchors Sporting KC central defense

On a team with several nationally-recognized stars, Ike Opara of Sporting Kansas City’s often goes relatively unnoticed, although he is quietly having the best year of his career.

Opara, a 6-2, 180-pound central defender, has made the most starts and played the most minutes of any of his eight MLS seasons while contributing to a backline which has limited opponents to 19 goals in 25 matches, easily the best mark in the league.

Amer Didic, from Baker University, signs with Sporting KC

Amer Didic

Bosnian-born defender Amer Didic didn’t know if he was going to play collegiate soccer. Didic, a center back, had received little interest from college scouts while playing high school soccer in Edmonton, Alberta, and was considering the local Academy team as his best option.

However, Baker University coach Nate Houser visited a former coach and got a chance to see Didic’s skills before offering him a scholarship.

For Ilie Sanchez and Sporting KC, La Masia connection pays dividends

Ilie Sanchez Sporting KC

When midfielder Ilie Sanchez signed with Sporting Kansas City, he became the third from Barcelona’s famed La Masia Academy to make the jump.

Oriol Rosell and Jordi Quintilla were previous Sporting products from La Masia. Rosell and Quintilla’s experiences helped convince Sanchez that Sporting KC was the place to be.