Halftime of KC Current vs. Angel City FC
When: Friday, August 19th, 2022 at 7:00 PM CST (so like 7:50ish?)
Where: Children’s Mercy Park
How to Watch/Stream: You have to come live for halftime (probably/hopefully)! | CBS Sports Network [TICKETS]
The Blue Testament will have a proper preview of the Kansas City Current versus Angel City FC game later in the week, but there is an important event happening at halftime. Media members from all around Kansas City and surrounding areas will descend upon Children’s Mercy Park to “show their skills” in a 45-player madhouse during halftime of the proper NWSL game.
Of those in attendance, six are writers here at The Blue Testament, including: Thad Bell, Mike Kuhn, Cindy Lara, Robert Rusert, Cody Bradley and myself. Everyone but Cody will be on Team Electric with Cody the lone representative from Team Heartland.
2022 KC Current Media Game Rosters
|Team Heartland||Team Electric|
|Team Heartland||Team Electric|
|Brenda VanLengen (Captain) - ESPN||Dave Borchardt (Captain) – Kansas City Current Broadcast|
|Jacob Albracht – KWCH-TV||Jason Anderson – Sports Radio 810 WHB|
|Cody Bradley – The Blue Testament||Thad Bell – The Blue Testament|
|Joshua Brisco – Sports Radio 810 WHB||Jillian Carroll – KSN|
|Nate Bukaty – Sports Radio 810 WHB/Sporting KC||Juan Cisnernos – FOX4|
|Marleah Campbell – KCTV5||Steve Downing – Telemundo Kansas City|
|Carolina Cruz – KCTV 5||Matt Henderson – KWCH-TV|
|Tucker Franklin – KC Sports Network||Chris Kamler – Platte County Landmark|
|Alex Gold – 610 Sports Radio||Mike Kuhn – The Blue Testament|
|Bill Hurrelbrink – KCTV5||Cindy Lara – The Blue Testament|
|Daisha Jones – KSHB 41 News||Hayley Lewis – KSHB 41 News|
|BJ Kissel – KC Sports Network||Dezman Moses – KCTV5|
|Jared Koller – KCTV5||McKenzie Nelson – KSHB 41 News|
|Aaron Ladd – KSHB 41 News||Marcus Officer – FOX4|
|Adan Manzano – Telemundo Kansas City||Jasmine Palmer – KONN-FM 100.1/Sideline Sports Talk Network|
|Marco Marquez – Sports Radio 810 WHB||Tod Palmer – KSHB 41 News|
|Karli Ritter – FOX4||Robert Rusert – The Blue Testament|
|Daniel Sperry – Kansas City Star||Nick Schwerdt – 610 Sports Radio|
|Samuel Stueve – 98.1 FM KMBZ||Chad Smith – The Blue Testament|
|Lydia Taylor – Q-104||Darren Smith – Sports Radio 810 WHB|
|Steve Walls – Sideline Sports Talk Network||Kent Swanson – KC Sports Network|
|Nathan Wilhelm – Sports Radio 810 WHB||Cody Tapp – 610 Sports Radio|
|Nate Taylor – The Athletic|
Or if you prefer your rosters in pretty graphic form, the team has you covered.
Are you #TeamHeartland or #TeamElectric?— KC Current (@thekccurrent) August 12, 2022
Come out and watch your favorite media members battle it out in our inaugural media game next Friday, 8/19!
️ https://t.co/JXlQG04lr8#ShowUpKC pic.twitter.com/uwtAX9jh2U
45 players. That should limit the amount of running required, which was a prerequisite for many of the members involved (myself included). A classic 23 vs 22 matchup. Who needs 11v11?
Despite my team, Team Electric, having more players, I wouldn’t imagine it’ll be much of an advantage. Who knows if all 45 players will even make it to the game. It should be
10 7.5 minutes of pure chaos (update: only 7 1⁄2 minutes according to the team. Yay for less running!).
However, this isn’t a typical preview breaking down each players ability. Very limited tape exists except this sketchy commentary version of the SKC media game. Good luck making out who is who out there.
[That’s me doing whisper commentary from the press box, but now I’ll get my chance to embarrass myself further on the field. There were other people in the box with me, so I was trying to talk quietly. Let’s hope my play is quiet and uneventful.]
Thanks to all our media members who recently participated in the halftime Media Game!— Kansas City Wizards (@SportingKC) August 11, 2022
Incredible journalists...passable soccer players #SportingKC pic.twitter.com/zdt2ThgBvg
Most Represented Media Outlets
- Sports Radio 810 WHB: 7* (counting Dave here too)
- The Blue Testament: 6
- KSHB 41 News: 5
- KCTV5: 4
- 610 Sports: 3
If you don’t come for the soccer, come for the referee. Future Sporting KC Legend Matt Besler will be running the show from the center of the pitch.
At the end of this match, no matter what happens, we can all say we shared the pitch with Matt Besler.
Instead of a traditional preview, since it’s TBT heavy, let’s just get right to the smack talk. It started early when Thad, Cody and Daniel Sperry interviewed Dani Welniak on the Shades of Blue Soccer Show.
The smack talking has already begun for @thekccurrent media game! @DaniWelniak shows us around the amazing new training facility. https://t.co/4W0h8uR63c— The Blue Testament (@BlueTestamentKC) August 15, 2022
I reached out to my colleagues to see if they wanted to do any official smack talk, as there was a lot of ‘off the record’ smack talk going on in our Slack. Lots of people vaguely threatening Cody, to the point he tried to butter up Besler on Twitter.
It would appear I am in danger and in need of heavy protection from @MattBesler.— Cody Bradley (@ThatCodyTho) August 15, 2022
I personally can say no one wants anyone to get hurt, or it’ll be the first and last media game. In fact, when I asked for quotes, this is one of the first I got.
“I have complete faith that Cody’s talent and athletic ability will outshine all other players on both team,” said Thad Bell. Adding, “I know Cody will score multiple goals as well.”
This could be a little by of reverse psychology from Thad, who in a previous media game for SKC, that was the old school running shootout format, saved Cody’s attempt in true “tree” fashion by having Cody shoot it right at him. He got in his head.
“Guys I think I did yoga with Sam Mewis last night,” started Cody Bradley when asked for trash talk. He continued, “Is that possible? What is the injury she has?”
Not so much trash talk as Cody continuing the stereotype that he hosts a Kansas City Soccer podcast, but generally doesn’t pay attention to what’s going on. Yes Cody, it’s a knee injury. There is an article about it on The Blue Testament, but we know you don’t read the site you write for.
“I do think Cody is the most athletic of the TBT writers, so all the pressure is on him and his team to perform,” said Chad Smith. “All expectations for success are on Cody and Team Heartland.”
“So much hype surrounding Cody” started Cindy Lara. “No way he carries Team Heartland. I think Team Electric is greatly underrated. I think Thad scores a hat trick.”
If Thad scores a hat trick while paired with me at center back, that should be impressive. It is the only position I ever remember playing. It’s a safe bet we’ll be back there together in hopefully a back eight to 10. Considering I haven’t played a competitive soccer match since I was 12 or 13 and my only time touching the ball is coaching my now 10-year-old daughter a few years ago, expectations being on Cody’s team winning, feels like a safe bet, no matter what Cindy is saying.
How about the quote Cody actually intended us to use?
“Their mind games won’t affect me,” started Cody Bradley. “I’m focused on playing my game and getting all three points for the Hearts.”
The Hearts? To end the “smack” talk, we got a quote for Chicago-based TBT writer, Ben Gartland.
“I just hope both sides have fun,” ended Ben.
If you are reading this Wednesday, you can still enter to win free tickets. No matter what though, come watch us try not to embarrass ourselves (and of course, a quality NWSL game) on Friday night. The Kansas City Current are looking to make it 11 games without a loss. #ShowUpKC
‼️ #ShowUpKC Giveaway ‼️— KC Current (@thekccurrent) August 15, 2022
One lucky winner will receive a Show Up KC scarf and two tickets to Friday’s game.
1. Follow us @thekccurrent
3. Tag 1 friend
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