Friday, December 31, 2010

Just Like You Films and Sporting KC

Matt Besler was fortunate to be the Sporting Kansas City representative at the Just Like You Films donation ceremony. Matt got to meet some fantastically brave kids that have either beat cancer or will soon. Matt was able to give a little of his time and help Just Like You Films; a locally based organization that is helping kids around the world.

Matt Besler with Hope Corwin, Bryndon Barrett and Carrie Hudson...

Just Like You Films creates movies that teach kids about their friends that are in special circumstances. Their first movie was about kids who were badly burned and how others around them can understand them and realize that they are just like others kids.

The latest film is about kids that have cancer. It talks about what cancer is, various treatments for it and what the patients have to go through. The film puts very real faces with the issue. Carrie Hudson, Hope Corwin and Bryndon Barrett are the stars of the film. They speak about and show what it is like to be a kid with cancer. They go to movies, play sports, shop and hang out with friends.

Other kids with cancer now have a way to show their friends and classmates what is going on with them without answering a million questions. More importantly they shown that their friends are still kids, just like them.

Copies of the movie...

Through the support of Sporting Kansas City and the Heineman family, Just Like You Films was able to provide 150 DVD 's of the movie and 60 backpacks to Children's Mercy Hospital. That is enough to cover all of their oncology patients throughout 2011.

To help out or buy a copy of their DVD's, go to Just Like You Films or like their Facebook page to get updates.

The backpacks contained a copy of the DVD, a t-shirt and other support materials...


Carrie Hudson talks about being in the movie...

Jen Greenstreet is the CEO and Founder of Just Like You Films...

Matt Besler speaks about his experience there...

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Comets 6 - 22 Baltimore (photos and interviews)

The Missouri Comets probably played their worst game so far and remain winless at home. While the team was able to control the ball and were able to get into the attack well, they were unable to consistently finish. The bigger problem was the defensive breakdowns that resulted in 2 on 1's, 1 on 1's with the keeper and unmarked players at the back post. It seemed individually defenders in particular and all the players in general played well but did not work well as a team.

Boris Pardo got his first start in goal. While it was not his best game, he was hung out to dry numerous times. Boris did come up big on a couple breakaways.

While Boris did not seem to get much help from his defense throughout the game, Brian Harris did save a goal off the line on this play...

Pardo did not have a lot of help from his defense...

Recently signed Will John looked dangerous but never found the net. He hustled and pressured the opposing keeper well, especially in the first half.

Coach Roentved walking off after the game, pretty sure he was not happy...

Coach Roentved's post game comments...

Brian Harris talks about the game and why he has no hair...

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Jamie Harding interview 12/29

I talked with recently signed Jamie Harding of the Missouri Comets. He was officially signed to a 15 day contract yesterday and the Comets are looking to extend the contract.

One amazing thing about Jamie is that he has a pacemaker. He talks about that and more in the interview...

Will John interview

This interview is from a couple weeks ago after a Comets practice. At that time Will was training with the Comets to stay in shape. I wanted to talk to him since he was a local guy and had played with the Wizards for awhile. I had meant to post the interview during the holidays on a slow day, but his signing with the Comets yesterday meant I needed to post sooner rather than later.

I hope to get a quick interview with him today to talk about the signing and loan agreement. In the interview I asked him if he could sign with the Comets on a loan and he thought his team in Croatia would not like that. When I asked a team official about that yesterday, the response was that "Coach Roentved is well respected in a lot of places". I took that to mean that Coach was able to convince the team to make the short term loan.

I do not know the whole story about when he left the Wizards but I do know there was some animosity and hurt feelings at the time. There were some things said on both sides that are not usually said publicly. I think it is clear in the interview that he wants to say more but does not think it is a good time. Perhaps it will never be a good time to talk more about it.

Part 1

Will John talks about where he has been playing, possible transfers, languages he speaks, going to Europe and how that affected his growth as a player, people he has learned from, styles of play

Part 2

Will John talks about the drive to keep playing, coaching, talks a bit about the time in Kansas City and when he left and teams in Croatia

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Comets sign Will John and Jamie Harding

The Missouri Comets announced today that they have signed Kansas City native Will John and Jamie Harding. Both of them signed 15 day contracts. They will both be in uniform and available for the game Wednesday against the Baltimore Blast. They should also be available for the game at Milwaukee on the 31st and the game at home against Chicago on the 7th. It is not clear if there are any options open for keeping them longer

Kansas City native Will John, holds Rockhurst High School’s single-season scoring record with 36 goals and 20 assists. John was selected by Chicago after playing his college soccer at St. Louis University. After one season with the Fire, he was then traded to the Kansas City Wizards, where he would appear in four games with the club. John is currently a member of NK Vinogradar in Croatia. Will John's father Emilio John played for the Comets and remained in Kansas City after his retirement. John will wear #30.

Jamie Harding began his professional indoor soccer career with the Wichita Wings in 1996, where he would play five seasons with the team. Harding then played one season with the Kansas City Comets. Harding will wear #16.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Missouri Comets Winter Youth Camps

This week the Missouri Comets are hosting two Youth Soccer Camp for boys and girls to be held on the field at the Independence Events Center.

Comets Goalkeeper Camp - December 27th and 28th

The Comets Goalkeeper Camp is a two day camp for goalkeepers of all ages. Cost for the camp is $75 for each participant. Package includes two days of instruction from Comets goalkeepers Danny Waltman, Boris Pardo, Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, and Columbus Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum. Also included is a camp t-shirt and one ticket to the Wednesday, December 29th Comets game versus the Baltimore Blast. Additional tickets to the game can be purchased for $10 at the time of camp registration. Registration for the Goalkeeper Camp is at 1:15 - 1:45 so there is still time to attend.

For more information about the Goalkeeper Camp and the registration form

Comets Youth Soccer Camp - December 28th and 29th

The Comets Youth Soccer Camp is a two day camp for kids U6 - U13. Cost for the camp is $75 if registered by December 27th or $85 at the door on December 28th. Package includes two days of clinics with instruction from Comets coaches and players, camp t-shirt and one ticket to the Wednesday, December 29th Comets game versus the Baltimore Blast. Additional tickets to the game can be purchased for $10 at the time of camp registration.

For more information about the Youth Soccer Camp and the registration form