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Sporting KC selects defender in first round of MLS SuperDraft

Sporting Kansas City selected 22-year-old defender Colton Storm with the 14th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday.

Storm, a senior right back out of the University of North Carolina, recorded two goals and eight assists in 69 games during his four-year collegiate career.

As a senior in 2016, he was a Second Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honoree and earned NSCAA Third Team All-South Region accolades. He was also named to the NCAA College Cup Best XI, helping North Carolina reach the final four of the national tournament.

“Colton possesses a lot of the qualities that we look for in players,” Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said. “There is no doubt that he has ambition to be successful and pursue excellence every time he’s on the field.”

“I can’t wait to join Sporting Kansas City for the preseason,” Storm said. “I feel like I can fit into the team and coach Vermes’ system really well, and I look forward to bringing a lot of hard work to the club.”

A native of Mechanicsburg, Pa., Storm started his final 41 matches in North Carolina colors, logging 20 appearances in 2015 and 21 in 2016. He captained the Tar Heels as a senior, leading a defense that notched 12 shutouts in 21 games. North Carolina finished the season with a 14-3-4 record and fell to Stanford in a penalty shootout in the national semifinals on Dec. 9.

As a youth, Storm spent time in the U.S. U-17 Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. He played club soccer for HMMS Eagle FC in his hometown.

The 2017 MLS SuperDraft will conclude Tuesday, Jan. 17, with the third and fourth rounds conducted via conference call. Sporting Kansas City currently holds the 58th overall pick in the third round.

Sporting Kansas City will kick off the club’s 22nd season on March 4 at D.C. United, the first match to be televised on FOX Sports Kansas City.

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Sporting KC announces 2017 schedule

Sporting Kansas City has released the club’s 34-game regular season schedule for the 2017 Major League Soccer season.

Single-game tickets for Sporting KC’s first 10 home matches at Children’s Mercy Park will go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 10 a.m. on , the club’s new and official ticketing provider that allows supporters to buy, share and sell tickets.

In addition, current season ticket members will have access to an exclusive single-game pre-sale beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 27. For more ticket information, call 888-4KC-GOAL.

The 2017 MLS schedule will see Sporting Kansas City play 10 Saturday home games at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan., six more than in 2016. The club will have four Sunday matches – six fewer than last year – as well as three midweek contests.

Sporting Kansas City will compete in the Western Conference for a third straight season, facing each of the 11 Eastern Conference clubs once over the course of the year. The remaining 23 games will be played within the West, with home and away fixtures against each of its 10 conference rivals. The club will face FC Dallas, Real Salt Lake and expansion side Minnesota United FC three times each to round out the 34-game slate.

2017 home opponents: Atlanta United FC, Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, FC Dallas (2), Houston Dynamo, LA Galaxy, Minnesota United FC, Montreal Impact, New England Revolution, New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

2017 road opponents: Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew SC, D.C. United, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, LA Galaxy, Minnesota United FC (2), New York City FC, Orlando City SC, Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake (2), San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Toronto FC, Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

All 34 matches on Sporting Kansas City’s MLS slate will be televised live, including the club’s season opener at D.C. United on March 4. The curtain raiser will be the first MLS match to air on FOX Sports Kansas City, the new television home of Sporting KC. Supporters will also have the option to stream local telecasts via the FOX Sports GO app or .

Sporting Kansas City is set to make nine national television appearances in 2017 – four on ESPN, four on FS1 and one on UniMas. The ESPN, FOX Sports and Univision networks enter the third year of their partnership with MLS and will collectively broadcast five matches at state-of-the-art Children’s Mercy Park, home to an 87-game sellout streak in MLS competition.

Following a record year for attendance and overall viewership, the 2017 broadcast schedule expands on the successes of 2016, capitalizing on strategic placement for MLS matches in order to bring league action to the broadest audiences ever while also creating a competitively balanced schedule for all 22 teams.

As in previous years, ESPN and FOX Sports will simulcast MLS matches on their Spanish language networks (ESPN Deportes and FOX Deportes) as well as their authenticated digital platforms (WatchESPN and FOX Sports GO). UniMas broadcasts will be available in English and Spanish both on television and streamed live on the Univision Deportes app.

After kicking off 2017 in the nation’s capital, Sporting Kansas City will play host to reigning MLS Supporters’ Shield and U.S. Open Cup champion FC Dallas in the club’s home opener on Saturday, March 11. Manager Peter Vermes’ men remain in Kansas City the following Saturday for a date with the San Jose Earthquakes before FIFA’s international break on the final weekend of March. Sporting KC’s next off-weekend won’t come until July, when Major League Soccer observes a break from July 7-16 for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The team’s final off-weekend arrives Sept. 2-3 during the late-summer FIFA window.

The club’s first two FS1 matches come on consecutive game weeks – a high-profile trip to Toronto FC on March 31 followed by a home tilt with Colorado Rapids on April 9. An exciting month of May includes Sporting KC’s inaugural meeting at Minnesota United FC (May 7), the club’s first visit to Orlando City SC’s new soccer-specific stadium (May 13), and a home game against defending MLS Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC (May 17).

June begins with Minnesota United FC’s first trip to Children’s Mercy Park, the first of three ESPN telecasts in Kansas City. Vermes’ side will later make consecutive trips to California, facing San Jose on June 17 and the LA Galaxy on June 24.

Matches immediately following the Gold Cup break feature an inaugural showdown with Atlanta United FC on Aug. 6 at Children’s Mercy Park and the return visit to Seattle’s CenturyLink Field, where Sporting Kansas City suffered narrow elimination in the 2016 Western Conference Knockout Round.
Sporting Kansas City will return to Yankee Stadium to battle New York City FC on Sept. 6 before meeting Crew SC in Columbus four days later. The club will then host four of its final six regular season matches, including an ESPN clash with LA Galaxy on Sept. 24.

Week 33 will see every MLS team in action on the penultimate Sunday of the regular season. Five Western Conference matches will kick off concurrently at 4 p.m. on Oct. 15, including Sporting KC’s final home game against the Houston Dynamo. The 2017 regular season concludes with Decision Day on Oct. 22 as Sporting KC visits rivals Real Salt Lake in one of 11 games that will begin simultaneously at 3 p.m.

Outside of the MLS regular season, Sporting Kansas City will also compete in the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, a prestigious knockout competition that will introduce MLS participants in mid-June and culminate with the final in September. Sporting KC is a three-time U.S. Open Cup champion, having lifted the trophy in 2004, 2012 and 2015.

Sporting Kansas City will travel to Tucson, Ariz., for both phases of the 2017 preseason, presented by Children’s Mercy. The club will train at Kino Sports Complex from Jan. 23 – Feb. 7, then return for the Desert Diamond Cup from Feb. 15-25.

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Sporting KC signs forward from Sacramento

Sporting Kansas City has signed 23-year-old forward Cameron Iwasa to a one-year contract with options for 2018, 2019 and 2020, the club announced.

Iwasa was a 2016 USL All-League Second Team honoree, recording 12 goals and three assists in his second year with Sacramento Republic FC. His 12 goals set a regular season club record and helped Sacramento finish first in the United Soccer League’s Western Conference standings.

“Cameron is a player we saw at the MLS Combine in 2015 and who we followed closely during his time at Sacramento,” said Brian Bliss, Sporting KC director of player personnel. “We think that he is a player with a high upside who can contribute at multiple positions in the attack.”

Iwasa appeared in all 30 regular season matches for his hometown club in 2016, including a team-record 27 straight starts to end the campaign. His 59 shot attempts and 31 shots on goal were also single-season Sacramento records.

Iwasa earned USL Team of the Week honors three times and was named USL Player of the Week in Week 13 after netting a brace in a 3-2 win over Rio Grande Valley FC on June 18.

The Montreal Impact selected Iwasa – a native of Sacramento, California – in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, but he did not sign for the MLS club. The forward inked his first professional contract with Sacramento and ended 2015 with one goal and one assist in 17 regular season appearances as a rookie.

Iwasa totaled 23 goals and 14 assists during a four-year collegiate career at UC Irvine. He was named a 2014 MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist as a senior after recording six goals, six assists and guiding UC Irvine to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Men’s Soccer Championship.

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