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Blue Links: Besler, Russell, Power Rankings, Behind the Scenes Video, Swope Park Rangers

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Did you miss Saturday’s thriller? We have a 10-minute highlight package plus a lot more.

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So. Much. News. Who can keep up? We try to fill in all the gaps you may have missed for Sporting Kansas City and really the world of soccer.

Sporting KC

  • New Power Rankings are out. After that thriller in Chicago, SKC climb back up to 11th place. New York City FC are first (if that makes that season opening loss sting less) and LAFC are the biggest climbers up to 5th already.
  • Speaking of the Chicago win, there are a couple videos you should watch. First Sporting KC takes you Behind the Shield and them MLS gave us a nearly 10 minute condensed version of the game since it’s the Game of the Week.
  • Swope Park Rangers win big to close out the preseason. The big story though was that Diego Rubio was loaned to SPR instead of travelling to Chicago with the team. Even though the team scored six (!) goals Rubio didn’t score any of them. I imagine Vermes is trying to get his confidence back and give him minutes. Gianluca Busio, Kharlton Belmar, Amer Didic, Colton Storm and Graham Smith also were on loan. SPR start their season in Reno on Saturday.
  • Matt Besler was on Sports Radio 810 WHB to talk about the big win.
  • Johnny Russell joins Nate Bukaty and Carter Augustine on the Sporting KC Show.
  • Another slick video from SKC shows Daniel Salloi in the Bud Light Spotlight. It’s worth a watch if only to see a very young Daniel in photos with Cristiano Ronaldo and Andrea Pirlo (who he later played against). Wild stuff.
  • Lots of cool stats from the guys over at SportingKC.com. First every come from behind road win after the 80th minute. First road win allowing three goals since 2007. And on a sad note, it ended a 37 game streak of not allowing more than two goals.
  • The SPR Twitter account sent out a teaser of their new kit for 2018. I just hope it’s not plain white.

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