Today is your official two-day warning: The MLS season is almost here. We are two sunsets from this actually happening.
As if thejersey unveilings , position-by-position previews (or two or three! ) and the generally increased chatter in just about every social-media circle (even Snapchat
!) didn't already tip you off to that news.
Sporting Kansas City has the honor of participating in the first MLS game of the year, traveling to face the Seattle Sounders on Saturday at 2 p.m. (NBC Sports).
As we near the day you've likely had circled on your calendar for a few months, let's pause to answer some hypothetical questions you might have about coverage here at The Star with real answers.Who should I be following from The Star on Twitter?
For starters,Sam McDowell . Sam is the lead beat writer for Sporting KC this year. He took over in August from Tod Palmer. (Feel free to unfollow that guy. He just tweets about Missouri these days.
Don't really unfollow him, Tod's a good guy.) Sam tweets a lot about high school sports too. But, you can forgive him that — it's his other job.
If you're not already following me, you can do so@TheFull90
. That account is primarily used for linking, conversating, picture-posting and attempted gif-making.
Besides those two accounts, I'd recommend following columnist Sam Mellinger (@mellinger
) because he's A) quite amusing and B) it amuses me when SKC questions leak into his excellent Twitter Tuesday mailbag.Is there any other way besides Twitter and Facebook to be alerted to important SKC news?
What a great question to ask. New this year — brand-spanking new in fact — you can now receive SKC text alerts on your phone. If that's the sort of thing you think you might be into, you can go sign up forSporting KC text alerts
.Any other social media sites?
The Star's Facebook page will typically update with any breaking Sporting KC/soccer news. That's pretty much the only other social channel right now. Thankfully, as of this writing, The Star has remained free of a Snapchat account.Where can I find soccer coverage at KansasCity.com?
There are a few pages worth bookmarking:The Sporting KC page and The Full 90 blog
You'll find the majority of Sam McDowell's articles — and most soccer stories that appear in the print edition of The Star — on the SKC page. The blog is mostly where I handle tactics stuff, post-game thoughts, opinions and explanations of what we are planning to cover.
Sporting Kansas City preview articles usually appear online the evening before the game; The Full 90 previews this year will land (fingers crossed) around lunchtime the day before the game.
You will find full coverage from the game — including The Full 90's post-game thoughts after most home games — usually within two hours of the final whistle.
This year, on the blog, there will be an expanded post-game review a few days after the match to allow for a second review of the game and to let any emotional residue from the game drip away. This will appear as often as time permits.
Fans of FC Kansas City can find a dedicated pagehere . Sam McDowell and Kathleen Gier
have both been writing about the team. (Kathleen is a good follow too. She also tweets about high school sports. We really love high school sports.)Is The Star still behind a paywall? Yes.
I'd like to think it's worth the price to have access to the best news source in Kansas City. Of course, I'm tremendously biased.Is there a way around the paywall?
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