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VIDEO: Vermes, Dwyer, Saad really got SKC rookie with April Fools’ gag

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As Colton Storm sat in a Kansas City cafe — Peter Vermes, his manager, standing before him, lecturing — the Sporting Kansas City rookie saw his professional soccer career flash before his eyes.

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Storm had spent the last few days talking to a girl he met on Instagram, setting up their first date — or so he thought. Rather, Dom Dwyer and Soony Saad, Storm’s professional jokester teammates, had enlisted the help of Vermes and were laying the groundwork for the team’s annual April Fools’ Day prank (below video).

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The gag was expertly crafted, but flawlessly executed above all. This soccer thing is working out pretty well for Vermes, but a fall-back career in Hollywood, featuring overprotective-father phrases like “[Your parents] would not be pleased with this moment” and “I know everything that’s going on in this city,” is there for the taking.

Sporting KC players and coaches have a history of quality April Fools’ Day pranks, as you can see here, and especially here.

WATCH: Sporting KC’s Dom Dwyer celebrates goal by taking a selfie

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Sporting KC drew the Chicago Fire 1-1 at Sporting Park this afternoon in the return of Graham Zusi and Matt Besler from the World Cup.

But headlines from the match went elsewhere.

KC striker Dom Dwyer burgled the ball from defender Patrick Ianna in the 33rd minute and scored, and his celebration is legendary.

The 23-year-old snatched a photographer’s phone and proceeded to take a selfie with teammate Soony Saad and fans in the front row. Sporting KC put it on their Twitter account:

It was pretty clearly something Dwyer had preplanned, as the photographer had a cell phone ready and at his disposal.

The goal is his 12th of the year, leading Sporting KC and one behind Bradley Wright-Phillips for the MLS lead. The celebration did earn him a yellow card from the no fun police referee.

It prompted some to think about what this yellow card means for future celebrations:

Sporting KC 2-0 Houston Dynamo: Testy tilt with questionable calls

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In a game with loads of cards, a penalty kick, humid weather and plenty of injuries, it was fitting that several of the aforementioned factors came together on the game’s decisive play.

Benny Feilhaber separated his shoulder setting up the game-winning goal in Sporting KC’s 10-man, 2-0 win over the home Houston Dynamo on Friday night on a play that earned Eric Brunner a yellow (and could’ve gotten a straight red on another day).

It wasn’t a game for the officiating highlight reel. To be fair, it wasn’t a game for any highlight reel. Toni Dovale was given a red card in the 21st minute for this casual and wayward elbow to Alexander Lopez, one of a handful of worthwhile reds (but the only one given). See below:

Soony Saad scored KC’s first goal off a Feilhaber feed, and then Dom Dwyer converted a penalty kick to give the game its final score line. Dwyer’s 10th goal of the season fittingly came on a penalty that probably shouldn’t have been given, as a shoulder block was given as a handball.

Houston picked up four yellows, while KC was handed two yellows to go with Toni’s red. Kansas City is within a point for first place New England with the win, while Houston remains in fourth place.

Both goalkeepers were strong, Eric Kronberg with the clean sheet and Houston’s Tyler Deric with a strong first performance of 2014.

The brutal heat played a role, but there’s no excuse for a match like the one we watched in Houston. Not so good, Al.

Feilhaber sets up goal, suffers separated shoulder vs Houston (video)

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World Cup veteran and Sporting KC stalwart Benny Feilhaber has left Friday night’s game against Houston with a separated shoulder.

It’s a huge blow for KC, who leads 1-0 on the road. Soony Saad scored a goal assisted by Feilhaber on the play in question.

Eric Brunner was given a yellow on the challenge to Feilhaber. The 29-year-old was racing to poke a loose ball to Saad when Brunner made a reckless tackle that felled the midfielder, who leapt and landed both hard and awkwardly on his shoulder.

Sal Zizzo replaced him.

Plenty of MLS players will get international duty before the season opens

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The MLS web site put together a list of players confirmed to have been called up for their countries for the upcoming FIFA fixture dates.

While the US and Mexico lists are yet to be finalized, there’s plenty of MLS players in the mix for country. Our own Steve Davis will let you know the implications of the increasing role of top-notch internationals in MLS play a bit later, but we’ll start with the basics here.

Tim Cahill is heading back to England, where the former Everton man will suit up for Australia in a fixture with Ecuador in London. Meanwhile, the English capital will play host to England and Denmark on the same date with Toronto FC’s Jermain Defoe getting a country call.

Freak goalkeeper and No. 1 overall pick Andre Blake will be leaving Philadelphia to join five other MLS players in Jamaica camp for matches against Barbados and St. Lucia. Also in the fray will be Alvas Powerll of Portland, Michael Seaton of DC, Darren Mattocks of Vancouver, Deshorn Brown of Colorado and JeVaughn Watson of Dallas.

The Whitecaps will have Steve Beitashour suiting up for Iran as they host Guinea, while Soony Saad (KC) will be with Lebanon for its match against Thailand in a Group B Asian Cup qualifier.

Goalkeeper Julio Cesar will leave his loan stop in Toronto for Brazil’s match in Johannesburg against South Africa, while Columbus has a pair of Costa Rican players among four MLS products leading their nation into a date against Paraguay. Giancarlo Gonzalez and Waylon Francis join New York’s Roy Miller and Real Salt Lake’s Alvaro Saborio in San Jose.

Honduras matches up with Venezuela with Jerry Bengtson (New England), Victor Bernardez (San Jose), Martin Chavez (Colorad0) and Boniek Garcia (Houston) getting nods from the blue and white.