Sporting KC will hold a Summer in the Soccer Capital series of events this summer, featuring an international friendly against Manchester City of the English Premier League on July 23 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
“It is a pleasure to host a world-class club like Manchester City. It will be a great event not only for our fans, but our players as well to measure ourselves against one of the best teams in all of soccer,” said Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes.
“The team is excited and will be ready to face another Premier League team,” said Sporting KC captain Matt Besler. “We have so many memories from the last time we played a team from Manchester and now playing at Sporting Park will make this even better.”
It will be Manchester’s first international friendly against an MLS club since it on the English Premier League and also the first match on its tour of the United States this summer.
Manchester’s forward Sergio Aguero ranks third in the Premier League with 15 goals this season, while Yaya Toure’s 13 goals are tied for fourth most among Premier League players. Fellow attackers Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas and David Silva all feature for the world’s No. 1 ranked national team, Spain, and the club’s defense is anchored by England goalkeeper Joe Hart along with a backline of Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Martin Demichelis.
Ticket information for the July 23 match will be announced later.
The Summer in the Soccer Capital event will begin with FIFA World Cup watch parties to be held in the Power and Light District of Kansas City, Mo., according to an announcement from the soccer club.
Admission will be free to the outdoor area at the Power and Light District.
Beginning with the opening match on June 12 and continuing through the World Cup final on July 13, all 64 matches will be shown on a large outdoor video screen in the center at the Power and Light District.
Sporting Kansas City announced on Monday that the club has agreed to loan three players to the team’s official USL PRO affiliates.
Midfielder Mikey Lopez will join reigning USL PRO champions Orlando City SC. goalkeeper Jon Kempin and midfielder Christian Duke will be added to OKC Energy FC’s roster for its inaugural season.
Duke, 22, returns to the USL PRO after a successful first professional season with Orlando City SC in 2013. The Overland Park, Kan. native and Sporting KC Academy alum was named the team’s top rookie, contributing one goal and one assist in 22 games and starting in the USL PRO championship.
Kempin will also spend a second straight season in the USL PRO after making 34 saves in nine games for the Lions last year.
Sporting Kansas City’s first homegrown player, the 20-year-old Kempin is now in his fifth professional season and will continue his development under OKC Energy FC head coach and former MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Jimmy Nielsen. Kempin, a Leawood, Kan. native, has extensive experience for the United States at the Youth National Team level and most recently joined the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team in 2013.
Selected in the first round of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft out of North Carolina as a Generation adidas signing, Lopez enters his second professional season in 2014.
The 21-year-old midfielder made his professional debut for Sporting Kansas City in the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and his rookie season was highlighted by his participation in the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup. He appeared in all three matches for the U.S. in the tournament after helping to lead the United States to a runner-up finish at the U-20 CONCACAF Championship.
Orlando City SC and OKC Energy FC are among the 14 USL PRO teams competing in the 28-game regular season beginning March 22 and continuing through Sept. 7. All USL PRO games will be streamed live online via team YouTube channels in 2014.
Sporting Kansas City will have the option to recall any of the team’s three players during the loan period.
Kansas City T-Bones announced today that single-game tickets will be on sale this week.
Wyandotte County residents can begin purchasing tickets on Tuesday, March 18, while all fans can purchase single-game tickets on Thursday, March 20, for all 2014 games at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, Kansas City, Kan.
For more information, visit the website www.tbonesbaseball.com.