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The day has finally come as Seth Sinovic announced his retirement. We share stories, try to figure out whether or not he is a zombie, and take time to remember the KC native & true fan favorite. EA Sports FIFA 22 has released it's player ratings! Who got hit with the most disrespect? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoi…
 
Sporting KC is sitting atop the West after a huge 4-0 win over Minnesota United FC. The whole team appears to be rounding into form at just the right time. Including Johnny Russell, who had maybe lost a bit of the "F" in his middle name early in the year. But we look ahead to this weekend as the Seattle Sounders come to town. It's a battle for the …
 
Chad Smith joins the show (finally) to talk about Peter Vermes' recent comments on his plans in the transfer market. The summer window has closed, but Sporting KC have a nice chunk of change to play with after Gianluca Busio's transfer to Italy's Serie A. Among several potential targets mentioned, Vermes included a #10 as well as a left winger. But…
 
The Fine Jar is back at it again! We're stepping things up a notch around here. Daniel Salloi is absolutely on fire and he's set to represent Sporting KC in the MLS All-Star Game. Is an international call-up to the Hungarian national team next? We also check on Gianluca Busio's first weekend in Italy and take a moment to appreciate our lord & savio…
 
It was a week to be remembered for the Sporting KC historians. Gianluca Busio won the Gold Cup with the United States National Team and signed a record deal sending him to Italy, and another homegrown player, Daniel Salloi, was named to the MLS All Star team. Peter Vermes' vision of the pipeline from the academy to the top flight in the US and beyo…
 
In honor of the Gold Cup, we're switching up the intro music to "Over There" by the Vandon Arms. Even though they weren't actually, you know, over there. Talking USMNT, Gianluca Busio's performance and transfer saga, and Sporting KC as they sit within striking distance of the top of the table. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.…
 
Thad Bell is joined by Sunflower State FC owners, staff and coach (Andrew Lentell, Joey Lipoff, Salvatore Sesti and Nick McDonald) to talk local soccer. Not only do they provide another opportunity for local players to develop, they also help out Youth RISE, an organization doing great work with Kansas City youth. Learn more about your ad choices. …
 
No time to dwell on a disappointing loss in Portland with the Rapids coming to town on Wednesday. Are you happy with this centerback pairing? Where's Izzy? Cody is recording from Estonia and we talk a little about traveling the world and watching soccer. Also, we accidentally turn existential for a second. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit po…
 
The White Puma is back at it again on Shades of Blue! He's fresh off the news of his induction as a member of the Sporting Legends, we hear what Jimmy Nielsen thinks about the hall of honor for Sporting KC and details about the selection process. Just kidding. Jimmy barely knew of the existence of the club! But he does an amazing job of guessing it…
 
The only Sporting KC player to be on the field for every minute of the season so far, Andreu Fontas, spoke with us this week. The Catalan centerback has faced quite a few struggles since arriving in Kansas City, including a serious injury. But now the world is restarting after Covid and Fontas finds himself at the top of Peter Vermes' defensive dep…
 
Former Kansas City Wizards midfielder & current Assistant Coach with Austin FC, Sporting KC's opponent this weekend, Davy Arnaud, joins the show. He gives us his best memories of his time in Kansas City, talks about Matt Besler, and the transition from player to coach in MLS. And of course, he weighs in on a fierce food debate that is taking the co…
 
RSL... we meet again. They won their first match, but are they any good? We wanted to give injury updates, but Peter Vermes gave essentially no updates on his star players being injured. Will Johnny Russell or Alan Pulido get their first starts of the season? Who is more likely to play? Plus, Isimat-Mirin went off injured last game. We don't know i…
 
20-year-old Sporting KC goalkeeper John Pulskamp talks with us ahead of his third straight MLS start. He talks about the crew he hangs out with on the team, his planning for a goal celebration, and the 100% confidence that he'd be a good striker. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
We heard from former player Jimmy Nielsen, current player Jaylin Lindsey, and from Aly Trost in the media, and now we wrap up our Sporting KC season preview series with the fan's perspective. Loyal listener & Blue Testament community member David Greenwald joined the show to give us his thoughts on the team this year. Learn more about your ad choic…
 
Cindy Lara and Thad Bell finally get to discuss an actual game. KC NWSL played their first match in history at Portland and there was no shortage of topics. Players missing for International duty, injuries and then the match itself. A record setting four red cards were handed out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
The Shades of Blue Season Preview continues with Part 3 from a current player's perspective. Jaylin Lindsey tells us what it's like in Peter Vermes' classroom, and which of his teammates are good students. Fresh off his 21st birthday, he is expecting to take on a larger role with more minutes this year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podca…
 
After looking ahead to the Sporting KC & MLS season through the eyes of a former player in the last episode, it's time to hear a preview from the media's perspective. That means it's time for a reunion! 810 Sports Radio's Aly Trost returns to her KC roots to provide some much needed professionalism on Shades of Blue. The whole gang is back together…
 
Sporting KC Legend Jimmy Nielsen joins the show to kick of our MLS Season Preview series! We look at the season from the perspective of a former player in this episode. We talked good centerback pairings, time wasting, and the dynamics of putting a young player like Gianluca Busio in such an important role. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit p…
 
We're just 10 days from the start of the MLS regular season! Are you tingly yet? We talk (tried to) KC Women's Soccer which kicks off this weekend and wrap up the preseason for you. Thad gives a Sporting KC injury update as well. Plus Kaveh Rad's first team contract & the newly released retro gear. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastcho…
 
Sporting KC have kicked off preseason! We can't watch it but still.. it's soccer you know? We're joined by Mike Kuhn so he can run through all the numbers and analyze the 2021 Major League Soccer schedule. Only six Saturday home games? Plus, SKC will have to squeeze in the Leagues Cup as well. Which is sure to create a few issues along the way. It'…
 
We're joined by Chad Reynolds, Creative Director for Sporting KC, to discuss the new kit release. He gives us some really great insight into the long and difficult process of kit design in Major League Soccer. Chad is always a great guest as a KC native that's been with the team for over a decade now. We could - and did - talk with him for hours. M…
 
The Sporting KC players are back together this week for unofficial preseason and we got to hear from them for the first time this year. Peter Vermes doesn't sound overly optimistic that a we'll see a new signing on the front line before the regular season begins. But Gianluca Busio sounds ready to step up and THAT dude for SKC. We also talk about a…
 
While Peter Vermes & Co. have brought in new players in the midfield and the defense, the departures of Felipe Gutierrez, Gerso Fernandes, & Erik Hurtado mean Sporting Kansas City has a lot of questions on the front line beyond the three starters. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices…
 
Women's soccer is BACK in KC! The newest contributor to The Blue Testament, Cindy Lara, joins Thad Bell for a brand new show covering KC WOSO. She is our resident expert on the NWSL and we're very happy to have her on board. The team may not have a real name yet, but we're very excited for the inaugural season! Learn more about your ad choices. Vis…
 
He's one of those guys you love if he's on your team, but you hate him if he's not. Peter Vermes once said he had the biggest mouth in the league so we were very excited to have him join the show. The one and only Benny Feilhaber joined Cody, Thad, and Robert this week! We cover a range of topics from Tom Brady vs Patrick Mahomes as Super Bowl LV a…
 
We kick off Season Four of the Shades of Blue Soccer Show with pressing topics like how to pronounce the word wash. Is there an 'r' in there somewhere? Is our nation's capitol in 'Warshington D.C'? Thad is always full of surprises. It's a time for new beginnings in this world! Sporting Kansas City signed three new Homegrown Players and picked up tw…
 
Shades of Blue is back for the first offseason podcast and there is already plenty to talk about. A complete season wrap-up is coming soon, but first we talk rumors and renegotiations that are on the minds of Sporting Kansas City fans. FC Barcelona have joined Bayern Munich, among other clubs, with interest in youngster Gianluca Busio. What league …
 
The ridiculous 2020 season has come to an end for Sporting Kansas City. But the SOB crew is here to help you work through those confusing feelings during this troubling time. There are plenty of positives we can choose to focus on and be hopeful for seasons to come. Women's soccer is returning to KC! A show of their own is coming soon, but we brief…
 
Fresh off of a legendary performance from one Sporting Kansas City keeper, another legendary shot-stopper joined the show this week. Jimmy Nieslen and the regular SOB crew play a new game, talk about the MLS Playoffs, and predict what is to come for SKC! Thad came up with some SKC trivia for everyone in the aptly named Who's That Player?. The White…
 
Cody, Robert, and Thad were back at it again on Wednesday night to talk about Sporting Kansas City finishing on top of the Western Conference in what was the most strange season in league history. Call it "by default" if you want, we're happy about first place. Am I supposed to feel sorry for Seattle Sounders fans? As Thad points out, even if not f…
 
2020 is really kicking into high gear as we close it out. The election & political unrest loom. Alan Pulido is (rumored to be) injured again. And another Sporting Kansas City player has tested positive for COVID-19 just as an already confusing season is coming to a nail baiting close. Cody, Robert, & Thad gather around their computers to try and ma…
 
Major League Soccer has officially made points-per-game the determining factor for the playoffs this season. Peter Vermes wasn't happy in Friday's press conference, but what other option do they have? Things have changed a bit now, especially the playoff math. Cody & Thad look at what it will take for Sporting Kansas City to secure a home playoff g…
 
For far too long, matches like Sporting Kansas City's win over the Rapids would have ended differently. They would dominate opponents while the breakthrough goal would either take too long, or never come at all. But then the club spent $10 million on a lethal striker named Alan Pulido. And all of a sudden the team got way better. It's almost like t…
 
Daniel Sperry joins Cody & Thad to be very mature and professional about Sporting Kansas City's last two incredibly frustrating matches. Now is not the time to focus on poor referring, bad luck, and Graham Zusi's season ending surgery. Nor how it felt like getting punched in the face. Nor where SKC could be in the Western Conference standings right…
 
Sporting Kansas City got robbed of a goal, and a point, against FC Dallas on Wednesday night. The babying of keepers is a big pet peeve in the sport of soccer and Cody, Robert, & Thad dive into all the other annoyances in soccer. What bothers you? Is it keepers screaming "AWAY"? Is it the arbitrary addition of stoppage time? There is also plenty of…
 
The games are coming quickly but we're cranking out new episodes as fast as we can! Cody, Robert, & Thad were back at it again on Monday night talking all things Sporting Kansas City and MLS. A break is coming however, as the Colorado Rapids match on October 21st has been postponed with no rescheduled date in sight. How exactly will MLS handle this…
 
Is a centerback finally grabbing hold of the reigns on the backline? Winston Reid has turned in a couple strong performances in a row, including heading home a match winner. We give ourselves a pat on the back for supporting him, of course. Daniel Salloi is still really struggling. Is it possible the situation is worse than we thought? Peter Vermes…
 
The win over the Houston Dynamo was reminiscent of pre-pandemic Sporting Kansas City. When it looked like this team were going to be unstoppable and win all the trophies. Alan Pulido made his glorious return with two fantastic goals and SKC is back on track, right?! Wrong. Just when you think something good is coming, the universe reminds you it is…
 
Ask and you shall receive! Aly Trost (now) from 810 Sports Radio joins us for an episode to reunite the original Shades of Blue crew! It strangely doesn't seem like much has changed as the conversations were quite similar to a couple years ago. Who should play winger? Why do they keep dominating games without getting the win? What is Khiry Shelton'…
 
The show was joined by long-time SKC player and current TV Color Analyst, Jake Peterson, to talk about the current state of Sporting Kansas City and hear some fun stories from his playing days. Being such a recent former player, it was really great to get Peterson's perspective on the struggles the team is having, as well as the impact that this pa…
 
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