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A Kansas City Soccer podcast covering Sporting Kansas City, the KC Current, SKC II and more! Hosted by Chad and Sheena and co-published on KCSoccerJournal.com. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/support

For the Glory KC Chad and Sheena Smith

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A Kansas City Soccer podcast covering Sporting Kansas City, the KC Current, SKC II and more! Hosted by Chad and Sheena and co-published on KCSoccerJournal.com. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/fortheglorykc/support

    Was the Messi/Arrowhead Experiment a Success?

    Was the Messi/Arrowhead Experiment a Success?

    S3E15 - For the Glory KC is back with the 80th episode of the show!

    I'm not sure if you heard, but Sporting Kansas City were out here setting records last night. 72,610 fans were in attendance inside Arrowhead stadium to witness Sporting KC take on Lionel Messi and friends on Inter Miami CF. The end result was a loss, but were there 'wins' to be had?

    On this week's episode, Sheena talks about her experience in the stands contrasting to my experience from behind the scenes and in the press box. From the atmosphere to the amount of pink/Messi jerseys, there were a lot of off the field items to discuss.

    But it wouldn't be a For the Glory KC if we don't actually talk about the soccer. We get into the 'only three mistakes,' according to Peter Vermes that Sporting KC made, to the things that went very right and all the in between stuff.

    There is talk about a goalkeeper change. A change at striker (Sheena wants to go pretty far here). Subpar refereeing from Victor Rivas. Remi Walter in a walking boot and an update on his status. Pitch invaders. And we can't avoid the problem with Sporting KC dropping points, particularly at home.

    After the game, there is a bit rumor that came out this week from The Athletic. Fairly substantial rule changes could be coming to Major League Soccer. Weirdly the rules look to be changing this summer, mid-season. I'll explain what they are and start to get into out Sporting KC can potentially benefit. Come back to the KC Soccer Journal later this week for a deeper look at that possibility and a robust explainer if you are into that sort of thing.

    Then we switch over to talk about the Kansas City Current's first non-win of the season as they held on for a draw against NJ/NY Gotham.

    In the Digital Crawl, we go longer on fewer topics:


    USWNT winning the SheBelieves Cup
    Could the Swope Park Rangers return?
    Did SKC handle the 'retro' aspect of the SKC/Miami game well?

    Here is a rundown of topics (and approximate start times):


    Getting on Channel 5 News - 1:26
    The Atmosphere - 3:33
    Messi Jersey Exchanges - 17:18
    Sporting KC drop all three against Miami - 20:54
    Vermes Out? - 1:00:37
    New, semi-large rules changes are coming to MLS - 1:01:57
    KC Current’s perfect season ends - 1:12:26
    Digital Crawl - 1:21:01

    Upcoming Schedule:


    KC Comets @ Utica City FC, Monday, April 15th at 5:00 PM CT (CBS Sports Golazo Network)
    KC Current vs. Bay FC, Saturday, April 20th at 6:30 PM
    Sporting KC vs. St. Louis City, Saturday, April 20th at 7:30 PM

    Spotify took away our ads, so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you have a few spare bucks and are a fan of the pod, we'd appreciate your donation.

    Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron.


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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Why do Sporting KC Keep Blowing Leads?

    Why do Sporting KC Keep Blowing Leads?

    S3E14 - For the Glory KC is back with the 79th episode of the show!

    Sheena and her casual takes are back! Two weeks of no regular co-host was weird. So, let's get weird in a different way with a late-night podcast recording session.

    We start the show with Sporting Kansas City who have found a way to drop nine points in just seven games from a winning position. It's definitely better than how 2023 started, but it feels like a lot of miss opportunities.

    The game started so good with a 3-0 Sporting KC lead that evaporated into a 3-3 draw. It feels like there is plenty of praise for how it started, but also plenty of blame for what went down. The game devolved into the second straight collapse in the second half at home. At least they didn't lose to the Portland Timbers like they did to the LA Galaxy.

    Peter Vermes didn't pull punches after the game saying the team did the exact opposite of what they discussed at halftime. But, how much of that is on Peter? We have some thoughts.

    Some of that blame ends up on Willy Agada for missing the net by a good yard on what may have been the game winning penalty kick. That said, he still scored twice, making it three goals this season in just 283 minutes compared to just one goal in 425 minutes for Designated Player Alan Pulido. Is it time for a change at center forward, even if Pulido is healthy?

    And it's almost time to retire a segment that Sheena hates, the "Messi Update." Inter Miami are coming to Kansas City in less than a week and the question remains if Lionel Messi will be on the field. Sporting KC have bet the house on it.

    In the Digital Crawl, we touch on the following topics:


    SKC II win!
    Jake Davis and April Fools Day
    SKC Academy
    Roger Espinoza and the Des Moines Menace
    USWNT beat Japan!
    NWSL Expansion is coming
    KC Comets attendance records

    Here is a rundown of topics (and approximate start times):


    Sporting KC Collapse again - 2:34
    Is Willy Agada the Starting Striker? - 24:28
    Messi is coming to KC? - 49:51
    Digital Crawl - 59:46

    Upcoming Schedule:


    USWNT vs Canada - Tuesday, April 9th at 6:00 PM CT
    Inter Miami vs. Monterrey - Wednesday, April 10th at 9:30 PM
    Sporting KC vs Miami - Saturday, April 13th at 7:30 PM
    KC Current vs Gotham - Sunday, April 14th at 5:00 PM


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Comfortable Wins and Offside Shenanigans

    Comfortable Wins and Offside Shenanigans

    S3E13 - For the Glory KC is back with the 78th episode of the show!

    This week, we have a very special episode with not one, not two, but three hosts! I'm joined by some familiar names to those of you that read the KC Soccer Journal. Juan Cisneros and Xander Kennedy make their For the Glory KC debuts! Don't worry, Sheena will be back, but we just closed out an eight-day road trip with a seven-and-a-half-hour drive and only one of us was a soccer sicko enough to immediately make a podcast.

    We start the show with some Sporting Kansas City love as they picked up a huge three points on the road against Toronto FC. Sporting KC managed to pull off the win without the injured Alan Pulido (not to mention Johnny Russell and Andreu Fontas). It begs the question, is that a good or bad thing? Xander, Juan and I break down the lack of production from the forward line, but the goals still coming in elsewhere.

    We also get into the bangers scored by Remi Walter and Jake Davis, as well as the highly repeatable Alenis Vargas goal if Peter Vermes sticks with trusting his young and pacey backups. Plus, we can't avoid the goal at the death from Toronto, which was apparently over a half of a foot offside.

    In addition to all the goals scored, we dash around to various other topics including Memo Rodriguez stepping up his game, Sporting KC's propensity to shoot from distance, the return of Felipe Hernandez, Robert Voloder continuing to start and the return of the refs as PRO and the PSRA reached a new CBA.

    Before we fully move off of Sporting KC, we have to talk about Roger Espinoza returning for at least one game and it won't be too far from Kansas City. He will be joining the Des Moines Menace this Wednesday in the US Open Cup as they take on Union Omaha (in Nebraska). Which begs the question, who else should join Des Moines (or any other team) to try to make a cup run?

    The KC Current continued their strong form as well as they climbed to the top of the table off their third straight win. There were goals scored by Vanessa DiBernardo, Alexa Spaanstra, Temwa Chawinga and Bia, but it feels like they could have scored so many more. We also get into the level of their competition through the first three weeks and of course, the set piece defending. Plus, does the NWSL have a VAR problem? We've got some thoughts!

    In the Digital Crawl, we touch on the following topics:


    Kei Kamara to LAFC
    International call-ups for the KC Current
    International club soccer coming to CPKC Stadium
    USMNT over Mexico in the Nations League
    And the Messi/Arrowhead update

    Here is a rundown of topics (and approximate start times):


    Meet the Guest Hosts - 1:38
    Sporting KC win on the road! - 4:47
    Are these SKC goals sustainable? - 15:59
    Repeatable goals, Sporting KC youth and Toronto's offside goal - 23:00
    Roger Espinoza and the Des Moines Menace - 43:42
    KC Current win at home (again)! - 55:27
    Digital Crawl - 1:16:15

    Upcoming Schedule:


    The KC Current have TWO weeks off
    Inter Miami vs. CF Monterrey (CCC) - Wednesday, April 3rd at 7:00 PM CST
    Des Moines Menace @ Union Omaha (US Open) - Wednesday, April 3rd at 7:30 PM
    USWNT vs Japan - Saturday, April 6th at 11:30 AM
    Sporting KC vs. Portland Timbers - Sunday, April 7th at 12:30 PM

    Spotify took away our ads, so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you have a few spare bucks and are a fan of the pod, we'd appreciate your donation.

    Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron.


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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Sporting KC Collapse - Eight Minutes of Terror

    Sporting KC Collapse - Eight Minutes of Terror

    S3E12 - For the Glory KC is back with the 77th episode of the show!

    We start this week with Sporting Kansas City and their utter collapse against the LA Galaxy. Sadly, it was a game they utterly dominated if not for the eight minutes of terror. You simply cannot give up three goals in eight minutes and expect to win. You also can't go up 2-0 and lose games.

    I do a deliriously short podcast in the middle of the night after the ups and downs of Saturday night. A little For the Glory KC after dark, if you will.

    The KC Current were around to lift our spirits right after Sporting KC crushed them. They found a way to win on the road against the defending Shield winners, the San Diego Wave. The Current feel like they are going to be really good this year. They did it without two more players, Hailie Mace and Debinha, who showed up on the injury report. Their replacements did quite well!

    In the Digital Crawl, we touch on the following topics:


    SKC's MLS Cup Odds
    Dany Rosero's Team of the Week win
    The KC Current/Portland Thorns TV ratings from ABC
    The NWSL/Liga MX Femenil Summer Camp announcement
    Two KC Comets legends retire
    A brief discussion of that wild USMNT game against Jamaica
    A fun Sacha Kljestan story with the Des Moine Menace
    Plus, our usual Messi/Arrowhead update (it's sorta bleak)

    Here is a rundown of topics (and approximate start times):


    Sporting KC collapse - 1:26
    The KC Current ride high - 20:34
    Digital Crawl - 28:49

    Upcoming Schedule:


    KC Current vs Angel City FC, Saturday, March 30th @ 2:30 PM CST
    Sporting KC @ Toronto FC, Saturday, March 30th @ 6:30 PM

    Spotify took away our ads, so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you have a few spare bucks and are a fan of the pod, we'd appreciate your donation.

    Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron.


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    • 38 min
    KC Baby! A Perfect Soccer Weekend in Kansas City

    KC Baby! A Perfect Soccer Weekend in Kansas City

    S3E11 - For the Glory KC is back with the 76th episode of the show!

    This week, there is no place to start but with the KC Current and their historic opening of CPKC Stadium. 11,500 showed up for the sellout in an all too thrilling win over the Portland Thorns. The final score of 5-4 almost ruined an otherwise perfect opening day (well, that an Debinha getting injured). But they got the win!

    Sheena got the fan perspective and got tickets to opening day, and I brought the behind-the-scenes views from the media room, press box and elsewhere in the stadium. From fan experience, to atmosphere, to food and a well-run transportation system, opening day went off with minimal flaws.

    And of course we talk the thrilling soccer with five different goal scorers, including Vanessa DiBernardo who will forever be the first player to score in the stadium. She was joined by rookie Ellie Wheeler, new signing Bia, KC's returning champion Kristen Hamilton and another rookie, the youngest goal scorer in NWSL history, Alex Pfieffer! And while she didn't score, Temwa Chawinga had an immediate impact, Lo LaBonta was everywhere and 18-year-old rookie Claire Hutton really locked down the midfield.

    We can't avoid discussing the four goals that got in and look to see if it's a worrying trend or just world class play from a couple Portland superstars.

    Not to be left out of the amazing weekend are Sporting Kansas City who are undefeated. 'Winless' no longer applies as they got the monkey off their back against the San Jose Earthquakes. Robert Voloder got a surprise start for the injured Andreu Fontas. There were set piece goals in both directions, as well as the return of Remi Walter from injury and Alan Pulido from obscurity.

    In the Digital Crawl, we touch on the following topics:


    Benny Feilhaber is a Legend
    Sporting KC II win and make seven signings
    The KC Comets win
    The USWNT win the first ever CONCACAF W Gold Cup
    Former SKC and KC Current players on the move
    and will Messi make it to Arrowhead?

    Here is a rundown of topics (and approximate start times):


    Sheena Learns What a "Celly" is - 2:04
    KC Current open their stadium - 4:24
    The Actual KC Current Game - 19:12
    Those Four Goals Allowed... - 33:09
    PSA From Sheena & Food Reviews - 38:44
    Sporting KC Win - 42:53
    Were the Fans Worn Out by Saturday Night? - 1:01:36
    Leagues Cup Schedule - 1:07:28
    Errors and Corrections - 1:09:08
    Digital Crawl - 1:09:43

    Upcoming Schedule:


    USMNT vs Jamaica, Thurs, March 21st @ 6:00 pm CST (Nations League Semi-final)
    Sporting KC vs. LA Galaxy, Saturday, March 23rd @ 7:30 PM
    KC Current at San Diego Wave, Saturday, March 23rd @ 9:00 PM

    Spotify took away our ads, so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you have a few spare bucks and are a fan of the pod, we'd appreciate your donation.

    Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron.


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    • 1 hr 20 min
    The Jekyll and Hyde Game

    The Jekyll and Hyde Game

    S3E10 - For the Glory KC is back with the 75th episode of the show!

    Sporting Kansas City are still undefeated, but three straight draws aren't exactly what most were hoping for to start the season. But hey, at least they didn't lose!

    Sheena and I break down the game and get into all sorts of details. We start on a new starting XI that was forced because Remi Walter was out dealing with his ankle injury he picked up against the Philadelphia Union. He was replaced by Memo Rodriguez who had an up and down game.

    In fact, the whole team had a bit of Jekyll and Hyde vibes. Pretty much every player on the team had at least a good moment or two mixed in with a potentially disastrous play or two. In some cases, it was a lot of good moments from one player (like Andreu Fontas or Tim Melia) but even they had really bad plays too. Of course, we have to address that weird indirect free kick.

    We talk about our best and worst players, but nearly everyone gets a comment or two in each direction. The conversation also turned to Dany Rosero, in Sheena's eyes, underperforming. It's fitting that she wants him to be more dangerous on set pieces because most of his teammates think he'll lead the team in defenders who score.

    After the LAFC versus Sporting KC discussion, we turn to news about now former SKC Academy player Ramiz Hamouda. The KC Star's Daniel Sperry put out a nice Twitter thread that broke down the whole situation. We weighed in on it and let the conversation take us back to the SKC/LAFC game a bit.

    And we can't ignore the KC Current and the start to their season this weekend! They added two more signings, locking down draft picks Ellie Wheeler and Hope Hisey, as well as recalling goalkeeper Jordan Silkowitz from the Brisbane Roar. Plus, our expectations for the first home game both on and off the field.

    In the Digital Crawl, we touch on the following topics:


    SKC II make two signings and wrap up preseason
    USWNT advance to the Gold Cup Finals
    Will Messi make it to Arrowhead?

    Here is a rundown of topics (and approximate start times):


    Sheena has a request - 5:27
    No Remi and Yes, it was a Problem - 8:26
    Jekyll and Hyde - 15:48
    That Weird Tim Melia Play - 20:39
    Who Else Stood Out? - 25:00
    Ramiz Hamouda/Youth Development - 33:32
    KC Current - 46:21
    Errors and Corrections - 56:58
    Digital Crawl - 58:28

    Upcoming Schedule:


    Inter Miami vs Nashville in CCC, Wednesday, March 13th at 7:15pm CST (winner plays midweek before the Arrowhead game)
    KC Current vs. Portland Thorns - Saturday, March 16th @ 12:00 PM
    Sporting KC vs. San Jose Earthquakes - Saturday, March 16th @ 7:30 PM

    Spotify took away our ads, so we turned on "Listener Support." Don't feel obligated, but if you have a few spare bucks and are a fan of the pod, we'd appreciate your donation.

    Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron.


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    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Jdawg99887766554433221101937 ,

Great Perspectives

I appreciate the perspectives this podcast provides. The more in-depth analysis alongside the casual perspective gives excellent insight into how both hosts view the team, match, and optics around the club. I also love there is almost always a SKC podcast for my Monday commute!

oceloT2467 ,

The best pod

Thank you for making such an amazing podcast. I've been listening since the start of the season, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate Chad and Sheena's work and dedication to this show. Of the four SKC podcasts I listen to, For the Glory is by far my favorite. I love listening to your ideas and playful banter and your podcast before any others. Again, thank you for your dedication. I really hope you guys continue to make podcasts over the off-season, and next season, you guys are the best. Thank you for letting me listen to you each week.

@aidanramsey5

Paramedic15900 ,

Fun and easy listening

I follow multiple SKC and Soccer podcasts. This has to be one of the better podcasts in regards to quality of editing and linguistic skills. There isn’t a bunch of stammering and excessive use of filler words such as “um.”
I appreciate it keep the quality up!

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