Sporting Kansas City Playoff Schedule
Sporting Kansas City finished the regular season tied for second place in
the Eastern Conference of the MLS and now they are ready to put it all together during a deep run to the MLS Cup Finals. One
of the original members of Major League Soccer, Sporting Kansas City have long been one of the most popular and successful
franchises in the MLS. After winning the MLS Cup Finals in 2013, Sporting Kansas City will be looking to make it back-to-back
MLS Cup championships. This goal certainly seems achievable as the team finished the regular season on an upswing and should
be able to enter the playoffs with both confidence and momentum.
It all starts with getting out of the always tough
Eastern Conference and Sporting Kansas City will have their hands full during the playoffs but they have one of the most talented
teams in the league and are definitely capable of a deep playoff run this year. Sporting Kansas City automatically skipped
the Knockout Round and will immediately advance to the Eastern Conference Semifinals where they will be playing at least one
game at home at Sporting Park. Following that it would be on to the Eastern Conference Finals where once again one leg of
the playoff will be held in Kansas City. Sunday December 7th marks the MLS Cup Final which could also be held at Sporting
Park so the team could have a significant home field advantage should they make it that far. Be sure to get your tickets to
support Sporting Kansas City in their playoff run from StubHub as soon as possible.
Kansas City have long been one of the top teams in the MLS and have won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the MLS Cup twice, and
the Supporters' Shield. This year Kansas City had a strong regular season that sees them making a return to the playoffs after
winning it all in 2013. There is definitely an air of excitement surrounding Peter Vermes' team and the head coach has proven
he is not afraid to shake things up in order to pull out a big win.
There are few events
as exciting as seeing one top notch soccer team compete at home against another and that is exactly what you get during the
MLS Playoffs. Both sides have been working hard all year to get a shot at competing for the MLS Cup and nobody is willing
to give that up without a fight. The players in the MLS have grown up playing the sport that they love and are out there s
much to advance the popularity of the sport in the United States. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world and gives
birth to the most fervent and dedicated fans. One step into a stadium when the local national team is playing and you will
understand what all of the fuss is about. Unrelenting action, otherworldly footwork, stunning slide tackles, and mind blowing,
acrobatic saves by goalkeepers will have you seeing exactly why soccer is referred to as "the beautiful game." You will be
chanting and singing along and barely even need to use your seat as move after move will have you jumping up and cheering
for the home team. By the time the referee blows the final whistle you will be anxiously awaiting the next opportunity to
attend a Sporting Kansas City game and will find yourself an MLS and soccer fan for life.
Sporting Kansas City
Major League Soccer
Sporting Kansas City play in the MLS, or Major League Soccer, which is the top soccer league in
North America and is also a member of CONCACAF. Nineteen teams in the league compete during the regular season which gets
underway each March, all of them hoping to earn a spot in the playoffs. Every team plays thirty-four regular season games
with the regular season champion being awarded the Supporters' Shield. The top ten teams, five from each conference, go on
to the playoffs with the last two teams standing competing for the the MLS Cup in December. The first season of the MLS was
in 1996 with ten founding members. Plans for establishing the league began as far back as 1988 when U.S. Soccer made an agreement
with FIFA to have plans to get a Division I professional soccer league in place in order to be allowed to host the 1994 World
Cup. The league is granted a spot for three American teams in the CONCACAF Champions League while another team has the chance
to qualify via the U.S. Open Cup. Year after year MLS gains more fans and it stands as one of the five major professional
sports leagues in the United States and Canada.
From their founding up until 2011 the team was
known as the Kansas City Wizards, but changed their name to Sporting Kansas City in keeping with several other MLS teams whose
nicknames are influenced by European clubs.