Real Salt Lake to visit Sporting KC today

A crucial Western Conference clash beckons Sunday as second-place Sporting Kansas City (15-8-6, 51 points) plays host to fifth-place Real Salt Lake (13-11-6, 45 points) at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Kickoff is set for 4 p.m., and a limited number of tickets for the rivalry match-including family four-packs are available via or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL.

Sunday’s showdown will be televised nationally on FS1 and FOX Deportes, while local radio broadcasts will air on ESPN 94.5 FM and 1510 AM as well as ESPN Deportes KC 1480 AM.

Fans can stream the game live on FOX Sports GO and utilize the Sporting KC Uphoria app for additional updates.

Sporting KC enter the weekend knowing a win over Real Salt Lake would secure a club-record eight straight playoff berth. The team can also punch its postseason ticket with a tie, but only if the LA Galaxy tie Vancouver and FC Dallas beats or ties Portland on Saturday night.

Western Conference leaders FC Dallas sit on 53 points heading into Week 30, two points ahead of Sporting KC and three ahead of LAFC. The top two finishers will secure byes to the two-legged conference semifinals in the Audi 2018 MLS Cup Playoffs, which will commence Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 with single-elimination knockout round matches.

The newest installment of the #SKCvRSL rivalry pits two teams that suffered 2-0 road defeats last weekend.

Sporting KC conceded twice in the second half of Sunday’s setback at the Philadelphia Union, ending an 11-game MLS scoring streak for the club that dated back to July 4. RSL dropped its four-game unbeaten run with a comprehensive loss to Supporters’ Shield leaders Atlanta United FC.

Led by head coach Mike Petke, the Claret and Cobalt boast one of the most balanced attacks in MLS. Real Salt Lake are the league’s only team to have five players with at least six MLS goals – namely midfielder Damir Kreilach (11), playmaker Albert Rusnak (10), winger Joao Plata (8), rookie Corey Baird (6) and homegrown product Jefferson Savarino (6). RSL recently became the first team in MLS history to score six times in consecutive league matches, thrashing the Colorado Rapids 6-0 on Aug. 25 before topping the Galaxy 6-2 on Sept. 1.

On the opposite sideline, manager Peter Vermes wields a deep attacking corps of his own. Sporting KC is the only team to have four players with at least seven MLS goals, with Diego Rubio and Johnny Russell tied for the team lead with eight. Felipe Gutierrez and Johnny Russell are close behind with seven each, while winger Gerso Fernandes has five. Sporting KC’s 1.86 goals per game are the second-most in club history.

Sunday marks the third meeting between Sporting KC and Real Salt Lake this season, with both previous affairs taking place at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

Sporting KC ran out 2-0 victors in the U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round on June 6, propelled by Johnny Russell’s goal and assist in the second half. Four weeks later, RSL celebrated the Fourth of July by smashing four goals past Sporting KC in a 4-2 victory. Daniel Salloi and Ike Opara scored for the visitors, while RSL struck through Jefferson Savarino, Corey Baird, Sebastian Saucedo and Luis Silva.

Vermes’ men are just 1-6-3 in their last 10 regular season meetings with RSL, but they retain head-to-head bragging rights as winners of the 2013 MLS Cup. In an unusual scheduling quirk, five of the last six meetings in all competitions have taken place at RSL. The sides last met at Children’s Mercy Park on April 29, 2017, when Sporting KC cruised to a 3-0 triumph.

Sporting KC announced the addition of its newest player on Wednesday, welcoming 18-year-old Kalen Ricketson to the club ahead of Sunday’s match. Ricketson, who lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma, has battled osteosarcoma since being diagnosed in December 2015. He has undergone 13 surgeries and numerous rounds of chemotherapy over the last three years.

In July 2017, Ricketson was a special guest at Children’s Mercy Park as the first Victory Project honoree to sit in the Victory Suite’s orange chair, a tribute to the late Neal Patterson, as part of Sporting KC’s tradition of honoring a child with cancer at every home game. Over a year later, he has now been granted a Sporting Wish to become a Sporting KC player for a day.

Ricketson’s signing with KC falls in conjunction with the fourth annual Childhood Cancer Awareness Match at Children’s Mercy Park. As Sporting KC’s philanthropic arm, The Victory Project will welcome more than 70 families for a special halftime ceremony, all of which the foundation has assisted since its founding in 2013.

The game will also be part of MLS WORKS’ league-wide Kick Childhood Cancer campaign, which will feature the following matchday elements:

• Gold adidas Nativo 2018 match ball
• Gold-themed corner flags, goal nets, captain’s armbands, commemorative jersey patches and custom-designed jersey numbers featuring the childhood cancer awareness ribbon
• Limited-edition Kick Childhood Cancer scarves and t-shirts worn by players, coaches and referees during pre-game
• Limited-edition apparel, including lapel pins and plush toys, available to purchase at

– Story from Sporting KC

Faith news

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Scripture Study and Reflection group will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group is facilitated by Heather Neds.
A Gospel Non-Violence Study Group will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group is facilitated by Peg Burns Kerbawy.
A Prayer and Movement group will meet from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group will reflect on scriptures, contemplation and body movement.
“Holy Women Series: The Librarian of Auschwitz, Dita Kraus,” will be the topic of a program from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The Keeler Women’s Center is a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters. Call 913-906-8990 for more information and reservations.

Our Lady and St. Rose Catholic Church, 8th and Quindaro Boulevard, will hold its annual gospel choir concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. A freewill offering will be accepted.

Volunteers are needed for Samaritan’s Purse’s project, Operation Christmas Child. In this program, led by the Rev. Franklin Graham, volunteers fill shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and hygiene items. The shoeboxes are given to needy children. Operation Christmas Child has delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries since 1993. This year, the local Kansas City, Kansas West Area Team hopes to collect 15,782 shoebox gifts to contribute to the 2018 global goal of reaching more than 11 million children in need. Shannon Zaring leads the local Kansas City, Kansas, West Area Team for Operation Christmas Child. To learn more about joining the Kansas City, Kansas West Area Team Area Team or to apply for leadership opportunities, visit

Parkway Baptist Church, 12320 Parallel Parkway, plans a Community Blood Center blood drive from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 15 in the church classrooms. To schedule a donation, visit or call 816-753-4040.

Stony Point Christian Church, 149 S. 78th, Kansas City, Kansas, plans a potluck dinner at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, in the Cole Activity Center after the morning worship service. Those attending will bring soup or chili to share, along with a salad and dessert.

Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City,Kan., will observe the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with a blessing of the animals during and after the 10 a.m. service Sunday, Oct. 7.

Wyandotte United Methodist Church, 7901 Oakland Ave., plans a Community Blood Center blood drive from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the church fellowship hall. To schedule a donation, visit or call 816-753-4040.

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Community calendar

Programs offered for Spanish-speaking women
Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, offers programs for Spanish-speaking women: Las Mujeres, Mary Ellen Rodriquez y Anna Maria Sauer, los Martes 10 – 11:30 a.m. 2 de Octubre, Brasaletes, 9 de Octubre, Dia de los Muertos. Grupo de salud emocional para la mujer, ofrecido por MOCSA, contacte a Sinead McDonough, llame al 816-285-1349, los martes, 11:30 – 1 p.m.; La Hora Financiera, con lider Brenda Mortell, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Jueves 4 de Octubre. El centro de mujeres Keeler ofrece consejeria espiritual a mujeres y hombres en espanol y ingles. Gratis. Se aceptan donaciones. Llame al 913-906-8990 para hacer su cita o para mas informacion. For more information and registration, call 913-906-8990.

Renaissance Festival continues
The Kansas City Renaissance Festival continues on weekends through Oct. 14 at the festival grounds at 130th and State Avenue, Bonner Springs. The festival is a celebration of medieval life, with such activities as jousting, contests, a royal parade, music, entertainment and food. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $22.95 per adult, $13.95 for children 5-12, $20.25 for seniors and students, and free for children 4 and younger. Discounts are available for advance tickets and group rates are available. It is open on weekends only. For more information, visit or call 913-721-2110.

Writing group to meet
Quill and Pluma, a bilingual writing and e-publishing collaborative, will meet from 11 a.m. to noon Mondays at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group is facilitated by Kari O’Rourke. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Growth group offered for women
An Affirmations and Living Free Growth Group for Women will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. Mondays at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group helps women change the way they think about themselves and their lives. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Raising safe kids program continues
The ACT Raising Safe Kids Program will continue from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. On Oct. 1, the program will be “Understanding Your Children’s Behavior.” On Oct. 8, the topic will be, “Young Children’s Exposure to Violence.” For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

UG committees to meet Monday
Two Unified Government committees will meet Monday in the fifth floor conference room, City Hall, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City, Kansas. The Neighborhood and Community Development Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Monday. On the agenda is a grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City, and Land Bank items. The UG Economic Development and Finance Committee will meet after the end of the NCD meeting. On the agenda for the EDF meeting is a presentation of the Metropolitan Avenue Redevelopment Project, which includes a fast-food restaurant on the southeast corner of 21st and Metropolitan.

Program offered on healthy relationships
“Healthy Relationships: Domestic Violence Education and Support” will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group is facilitated by Felissa Johnson. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Caregivers support group to meet
A caregivers support group will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group is for men and women. It is facilitated by Jackie Tigges, LSCSW. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

NAACP to meet Oct. 2
The Kansas City, Kansas, Branch of the NAACP will meet on Oct. 2 at the Bethany Medical Building, 21 N. 12th St., second floor meeting room. There will be a report of the Nominating Committee, receipt of nominations by petition, and election of the Election Supervisory Committee. All members whose memberships are current as of April 1 may be nominated by office or as an at-large member of the Executive Committee. In order to sign a nominating petition, or be elected to the Election Supervisory Committee, a member must be current as of 30 days prior to the October meeting.

Women’s self-defense program offered
A women’s self-defense program will be offered from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The program is facilitated by Sidney Thompson. Kansas City Tsuruoka will teach ways to defend yourself and others. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Program offered on managing grief
“Managing Grief,” a four-part series, will be offered from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24 at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The group will be led by Sister Loretta McGuire. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

BPU to meet Oct. 3
The Kansas City, Kansas, Board of Public Utilities will meet at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the BPU offices, 540 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. The regular session will follow at 6 p.m. On the agenda for the work session are a board update, general manager update, executive search discussion and a fuel and purchase power report. On the agenda for the regular session are a visitors’ time, preventative maintenance at Nearman water report, August financial report, board comments and general manager comments.

KCK school listening tour meeting to be Oct. 3
A listening tour for the Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Washington High School, 7340 Leavenworth Road, Kansas City, Kansas. The meeting will include Dr. Charles Foust, superintendent, and school district officials. Parents and the community may attend the meeting. Other Listening and Learning Tour dates include: 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, at Wyandotte High School recital hall, 2501 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas; 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at Schlagle High School, 2214 N.59th St., Kansas City, Kansas; and 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science, 1610 N. 8th St., Kansas City, Kansas.

Class on how to manage plants’ growth to be Oct. 4
“Plants Gone Wild,” a class on plants that are invading landscapes and how to manage their spread, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Sunflower Room at the Wyandotte County Extension office, 1208 N. 79th St., Kansas City, Kansas. Lynn Loughary, horticulture specialist with K-State Research and Extension, Wyandotte County, will present the class. The class is sponsored by the Wyandotte County Extension Master Gardeners. Registration is not required. The class fee is $5, payable at the door. The fee is waived for certified Extension Master Gardeners. For more information, call 913-299-9300.

Women writers group to meet
A women writers group will meet from 1 to 2:15 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Those participating may develop the writer within, learn new approaches to writing and share their own writings. For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Autumn Art event to be Oct. 6 at Grinter Place
Autumn Art at Grinter will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. At the Grinter Barn, there will be art vendor tables and snacks. At the Grinter House will be traditional demonstrations set up for this event. Admission to Grinter House is $6 for adults and $3 for students. Grinter Place is a state museum at K-32 and 78th Street. For more information, call 913-334-2500.

Get-out-the-vote event planned Oct. 6
A get-out-the-vote event is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Juniper Gardens, 1980 N. 2nd St., Kansas City, Kansas. Voter information will be provided at the event. Also, the event will feature music and food. Those attending may fill out voter registration forms, sign up for free rides to the polls, and receive information about polling places, early voting and candidates. There will be no admission charge. The “No Vote, No Voice” get-out-the-vote event is sponsored by Unity with Purpose, Community Action Network, in collaboration with More Squared, the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County and the Historic Northeast Midtown Association.

Friends of Yates plans annual fundraising event Oct. 7
Friends of Yates will hold its fourth annual Evening of Praise, “Friends Embracing Lives through Praise,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. The event is held in conjunction with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event will take place at Forest Grove Baptist Church, 1417 N. 9th St., Kansas City, Kansas. The annual event benefits the Della Gill – Joyce H. Williams Center for victims of domestic violence, a program of Friends of Yates. For more information, visit

Program on breast cancer to be Oct. 9
“Breast Cancer: Risks, Causes and Symptoms” will be presented from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Dr. Alex Kieu will present the program. . For more information or to register, call 913-906-8990.

Create personalized cards in program Oct. 10
Participants may create personalized Halloween cards in a program from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. Supplies will be provided. Carole Thrasher will lead the program.

‘Pretty Nails’ program offered
Appointments for a “Pretty Nails” program will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Those interested must call 913-906-8990 to schedule an appointment.

Program planned Oct. 16 on immigration legislation
A program is planned Oct. 16 at the Main Kansas City, Kansas, Public Library on immigration legislation. The program, “Climate of Fear: Pending Immigration Legislation, DACA and ICE,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Main Library, 625 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas. To be discussed are pending immigration legislation in the United States and legislative trends in other countries that deal with refugees, as well as facts about U.S. immigration policies and proposed changes. Attorneys from Catholic Charities and ACLU, with the director of refugee resettlement for Jewish Services, will lead the discussion. For more information, call 913-295-8250.

Blood drive planned Oct. 24
An American Red Cross blood drive is planned on Oct. 24 at Donnelly College, 608 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kansas. The blood drive will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. According to a spokesman for the Red Cross, donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this fall, especially after Hurricane Florence and subsequent flooding forced the cancellation of more than 6,000 blood and platelet donations last month. Those interested in donation may make an appointment by visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Safe Halloween event planned Oct. 31
A safe Halloween event is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Eisenhower Center, 2901 N. 72nd St., Kansas City, Kansas. The event is presented by the Leavenworth Road Association, Multiply Church and Wyandotte County Parks. For more information, call 913-788-3988 or email [email protected].

Counseling offered
Keeler Women’s Center, offers individual and couples counseling and individual spiritual direction to women and men —available in English and Spanish. Nothing is billed. Donations are accepted. Call 913-906-8990 for information.

Wyandotte County Museum
For information about the Wyandotte County Museum, 631 N. 126th St., Bonner Springs, call 913-573-5002 or visit

Strawberry Hill Museum
For information about The Strawberry Hill Museum, 720 N. 4th St., Kansas City, Kansas, call 913-371-3264 or visit

Grinter Place Museum
The Grinter Place State Historic Site, 1420 S. 78th St., Kansas City, Kan., is one of the oldest homes in the area, built in 1857. For more information about hours and days it is open, call 913-299-0373 or visit

Old Quindaro Museum
The Old Quindaro Museum is at 3432 N. 29th St., Kansas City, Kan. For more information about the museum, call 816-820-3615 or visit