Sporting KC’s new partner in the shield club is Wise Power

Sporting KC has announced a new partnership with Wise Power, a renewable energy provider founded in Kansas City, that includes naming rights to the Wise Power Shield Club at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Wise Power as one of the club’s newest partners at Children’s Mercy Park,” Jon Moses, Sporting KC vice president of corporate partnerships, said in a news release. “Wise Power has designed technology products and services that are incredibly innovative and stylish. We’re integrating those same essential elements in the Wise Power Shield Club with an exciting new look and feel this year for guests to enjoy.”

“Wise Power is pleased to enter this partnership with Sporting KC,” said Wise Power President-CEO Kevin Williams. “We searched for a location to showcase our products, demonstrate our capabilities and train our distributor community. The Wise Power Shield Club will allow us to do all three. We are excited to associate our brand with a quality organization and support the enhancement of this fantastic venue.”

Wise Power integrates cutting-edge hardware and software systems patented to create new solutions for customers nationwide. The company’s intelligent energy storage systems store electricity to power homes and businesses, as well as a new “Wise Power Pack” storage system to power electric vehicles.

The next-generation technology will be showcased inside the Wise Power Shield Club, a premium indoor space designed for guests to enjoy an authentic Kansas City experience throughout the Major League Soccer season.

The Wise Power Shield Club is located on the west side of the stadium at concourse level.

The Wise Power Shield Club offers a climate-controlled lounge area featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with a midfield view of the pitch. Amenities include a SportingStyle retail location, local food and drink options such as Port Fonda, American Royal Barbecue and J. Rieger and Co., and an outdoor patio for pre-match festivities.

One of nine charter MLS members, Sporting will kick off the team’s 2020 campaign on Feb. 29 at Vancouver Whitecaps FC before playing host to rival Houston Dynamo in the club’s home opener on March 7. Single-game tickets for Sporting Kansas City’s first 10 home matches, as well as multi-game and full season ticket packages, are on sale at SportingKC.com/tickets.

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Sporting acquires New Zealand center back

Sporting Kansas City has acquired New Zealand international center back Winston Reid on loan from English Premier League side West Ham United.

Reid, a 31-year-old World Cup veteran, will occupy an international spot on Sporting’s roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa.

Reid arrives in Kansas City after logging over 300 club appearances in Denmark and England, including 166 Premier League matches with West Ham. The 6-foot-3 center back has also earned 25 caps for the New Zealand Men’s National Team, including three starts at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

A native of Auckland, New Zealand, Reid moved to Denmark at age 10 and began his professional career with Danish outfit FC Midtjylland in 2005. He made his Midtjylland debut at age 17 and became a regular starter by the 2008-2009 season. The center back played 92 matches for Midtjylland in all competitions before his transfer to West Ham in August 2010.

Reid made his first of 222 competitive appearances for the Hammers on Aug. 14, 2010, and opened his West Ham scoring account in an FA Cup win over Burnley the following February. The London club dropped to the second-division Championship for the 2011-2012 season, but Reid led an emphatic bounce-back with three goals in 30 league starts as West Ham gained Premier League promotion with a victory over Blackpool in the Football League Championship Playoff Final at world-renowned Wembley Stadium.

The 2016-2017 season saw Reid start 30 more Premier League matches and score goals in wins over Sunderland and Swansea City. Over the last three seasons, he has recorded 19 starts for West Ham in all competitions.

Holding dual citizenship in his native New Zealand as well as Denmark, Reid represented Denmark at the U-19, U-20 and U-21 levels between 2007-2010. In early 2010, however, he committed his senior international career to New Zealand.

Reid was an ever-present fixture in central defense as New Zealand finished the World Cup group stage unbeaten with three draws — including a 1-1 stalemate against defending world champion Italy — despite falling short of the knockout rounds.

He also scored his lone New Zealand goal to date at the tournament, heading home a stunning stoppage-time equalizer in a 1-1 tie versus Slovakia. He most recently featured for New Zealand in a friendly against Ireland last November.

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Single-game tickets for first 10 Sporting KC matches go on sale

Single-game tickets for the first 10 Sporting KC matches went on sale Friday at SportingKC.com/tickets.

Individual match tickets for contests at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas, through June 28 – beginning with the highly anticipated home opener against rivals Houston Dynamo on March 7 and continuing through a summertime matchup versus the Portland Timbers – can be purchased at SportingKC.com.


The matches include:

Saturday, March 7 vs. Houston Dynamo (7:30 p.m. CT)
Opening Night

Saturday, March 28 vs. Real Salt Lake (7:30 p.m. CT)

Saturday, April 18 vs. Colorado Rapids (7:30 p.m. CT)
Sporting Sustainability & Royals Night

Saturday, April 25 vs. Minnesota United FC (7:30 p.m. CT)

Saturday, May 9 vs. Toronto FC (3 p.m. CT)

Saturday, May 23 vs. Seattle Sounders FC (7:30 p.m. CT)
Soccer for All

Saturday, June 6 vs. Orlando City SC (7:30 p.m. CT)

Wednesday, June 17 vs. LA Galaxy (7:30 p.m. CT)

Saturday, June 20 vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC (8 p.m. CT)
Sporting Legends & Media Match

Sunday, June 28 vs. Portland Timbers (5:30 p.m. CT)

Season tickets also are on sale. Several multi-game ticket packages also are on sale, including half-season ticket packages and the limited-time home opener pack that bundles the game on March 7 with two flex matches.

Single-game tickets for Sporting’s final seven regular season home matches will go on sale to the general public at a later date, according to a spokesman.

The regular season schedule may be found at https://www.sportingkc.com/schedule.