Jul 1, 2014; Salvador, Bahia, BRAZIL; United States forward Clint Dempsey (8) and defender Matt Besler (5) react after Belgium

Around the Kingdom: Graham Zusi, Matt Besler, Eric Hosmer, Aaron Murray

Graham Zusi and Matt Besler’s run in the World Cup came to an end with the U.S. team’s 2-1 defeat by Belgium in the knockout round. All the goals were scored in extra time, after the teams played to a 0-0 tie in regulation, due to some fantastic saves by Tim Howard. In fact, Howard’ 16 saves were the most by any goalkeeper in a World Cup game since 1966.i

Matt Besler lost his balance giving Belgium a break opportunity that Kevin De Bruyne converted into Belgium’ first goal. Even so, both he and Graham Zusi played well throughout the World Cup.

The Kansas City Royals failed to show up to their game at Target Field on Tuesday night. Their sloppy performance culminated in a 10-2 embarrassment that included yet another bad game from so-called ace James Shields. Shields has struggled for 2 months, ever since his hot opening month. If the Royals are to make a run to the playoffs, they need Shields to return to form soon.


  • Kansas City Star – World Cup loss ends Graham Zusi and Matt Besler’s time on the big stage


Hosmer is showing a complete breakdown.  Just by watching him, you can see that something is wrong.  He’s swinging at balls extremely out of the strike zone.  He’s getting hittable pitches and fouling them back.  He’s striking out.  Nothing is working–Hosmer is currently hitting worse than every hitter in the lineup except for Moose, and they are getting closer and closer everyday.  All in all, Hosmer is hitting 28% below league average, or 5% worse than Yuniesky Betancourt‘s career numbers. Reread that sentence if you dare.


  • Arrowhead Pride – Chiefs recent draftee Aaron Murray will appear on “The Bachelorette”
  • Arrowhead Pride – Weston Dressler readies himself for training camp
  • Arrowhead Addict – Ben Nielsen asks three questions about Chiefs linebackers:

Last season, lack of depth hurt what the Chiefs could do on defense. This especially came true when Justin Houston went out with an injury and Tamba Hali started to run out of gas the second half of the season. The response was to use a first round pick on Dee Ford and sign Joe Mays to replace the departing Akeem Jordan.


  • KUSports.com – Joel Embiid looking forward to his Philadelphia future:

The 6-foot-11 former Kentucky rim protector missed the entire 2013-14 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Embiid, expected to miss five to eight months with his own injury, shared that Brown envisions the two big men as a twin towers type of combo, similar to what San Antonio once had with David Robinson and Tim Duncan.

There you have it KC fans—the news Around the Kingdom.

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