By Justin Schmidt, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
This Saturday Sporting KC will play for the Major League Soccer Championship in front of a packed house of screaming fans, and a pair of those fans have been following one player since his early days.
Carolyn and Bob Koppes have been watching their grandson Seth Sinovic play soccer since he was in kindergarten.
"Kindergarten when he was playing then, he was the whole team, he'd just take the ball down and score," Carolyn Koppes said. "We always knew he was good, one of the best players on the field. But with professional players, all of them were the best kid on the field. The coach at Creighton told his dad he thought he could have a career, but I don't know that they really thought much about it."
They've seen hundreds of games since, but one moment stands above the rest.
"I think last year, the Houston game, the goal he made at the end," Carolyn Koppes said. "And apparently the coach told him not to waste any time because they needed another one to win, so he went into the goal, picked the ball up and ran it all the way to the starting mark. I was proud to see him do that."
They said having such huge achievement in their family makes them beam with pride.
"When it's your own blood, it's quite a bit different," Bob Koppes said.
The Koppes' have been to every home game Seth Sinovic has played in at Sporting Park. They say it's been great getting to see their grandson so close to home.
"That's the ultimate, to have him play in front of family and friends. It's just perfect for us," Carolyn Koppes said. "Very proud, we've been proud of him since day one, and all of our grandsons.
They've seen him patrol the backfield, but know he can be a threat on goal.
"He played forward at Rockhurst, he made goals, lots of them. He likes defense, but he can score," Sinovic's grandmother said.
She has kept the memories of Sinovic's career in scrapbooks, but this year's book has one more chapter to complete.
"I'm really excited. I think this is the year to do it. I'm very confident it will happen," Carolyn Koppes said.
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Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:00:37 GMT
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