Sporting Kansas City celebrates 25 years in the MLS during the 2020 season. Originally the Kansas City Wiz, the club made major changes between the 2010 and 2011 seasons. With the hiring of Manager Peter Vermes in 2010, the club moved to its new state-of-the-art dedicated stadium to begin the 2011 season re-branded as Sporting Kansas City. Just one year later in 2012, Sporting KC won the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup for just the second time in club history. In 2013, Sporting defeated the New York Red Bulls in front of their home crowd to win the MLS Cup. Ready to make another run for a title, Sporting Kansas City has re-loaded the roster to join stars Ilie Sanchez, Gerso Fernandes and Matt Besler. Currently the longest-tenured coach in the MLS and a club record for playoff appearances, Vermes is contracted through 2023. Get your Sporting Kansas City tickets at StubHub.
Who are some notable players for Sporting KC?
Forward Daniel Salloi is a homegrown player from Budapest, Hungary. He is a fourth-generation professional soccer player and made his debut for Sporting KC in 2017. Johnny Russell, forward from Glasgow, Scotland, has earned multiple Offensive Player of the Year honors during his tenure at Sporting Kansas City. Goalkeeper Tim Melia has been spectacular since joining Sporting KC in 2014. The 2017 Allstate MLS Defender of the Year, Melia has more wins than any goalkeeper in club history. A local standout from Kansas City, Matt Besler has received numerous accolades as a star defender. A Sporting KC captain, Besler leads the club all time in starts and minutes played. All-Star Graham Zusi, a two-time collegiate national champion at Maryland, was drafted by Sporting Kansas City in 2009. The highly awarded defender is tied for the most All-Star selections in club history.
Has the club won any championships?
While still the Wizards, Kansas City won its first MLS Cup in 2000, defeating the Chicago Fire 1–0 at RFK Stadium. Goalkeeper Tony Meola had 10 saves in the match, and the lone goal was scored by Miklos Molnar. Sporting’s second MLS Cup victory came in 2013. Playing at home at Children’s Mercy Park, MVP Aurelien Collin tied the game in regulation and scored in a penalty kick shootout to defeat Real Salt Lake. The Kansas City club has an impressive four Lamar Hunt US Open Cup trophies. The Wizards won the 2004 US Open Cup by defeating the Chicago Fire in an overtime victory. In 2012, Sporting KC defeated Seattle Sounders FC, ending regulation at 1–1 but winning penalty kicks 3–2. The third Lamar Hunt US Open Cup title came in 2015 with a 7–6 penalty shootout victory over the Philadelphia Union after another 1–1 score in regulation. Sporting Kansas City’s most recent title was earned in 2017 by defeating the New York Red Bulls 2–1 at home.
How big is Children’s Mercy Park?
The capacity of Children’s Mercy Park is 18,467 for soccer.
What are some notable matchups on Sporting KC’s schedule?
Sporting Kansas City has matchups this season against three notable rivals: Real Salt Lake, Minnesota United FC and Houston Dynamo.
Are there any theme nights this season for Sporting Kansas City's home games?
Yes. Tickets are available for Sporting Sustainability Night versus Colorado Rapids, Soccer For All Night versus Seattle Sounders, Americana Night versus LAFC, Founding Club Night versus San Jose Earthquakes, Sporting Salutes Night versus Columbus Crew and Kick Childhood Cancer Night.Back to Top
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