Sporting Kansas City will play twice in four days this week as the team begins a stretch of the schedule in which their next five regular season matches all feature opponents from the 2014 MLS Cup playoffs.
On Wednesday, Sporting Kansas City (3-2-5, 6th place) will play host to MLS Cup finalists New England Revolution (5-2-4, 2nd place) at 7 p.m. at Sporting Park in a nationally televised match on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.
A limited number of tickets are available via Ticketmaster.com and the first 10,000 fans inside the stadium will receive Sporting KC sunglasses.
The team then travels to Seattle to take on the reigning Supporters’ Shield and U.S. Open Cup champions Sounders FC (6-3-1, 3rd place) at 9 p.m. on Saturday at CenturyLink Field. The match will be televised locally on KMCI-TV 38 the Spot and across the Midwest on SKCTV with three hours of coverage beginning at 8:30 p.m.
Sporting KC (3-2-5, 14 points) begins a two-game home stand at 7:30 p.m. Saturday with the Colorado Rapids at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
It will be Sporting KC’s 100th match at Sporting Park since the stadium opened June 9, 2011.
The match will be shown live locally on KMCI-TV 38 the Spot and across the Midwest on SKCTV with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. Following the match, a Special Olympics Unified Sports exchange game will be held at Sporting Park between Special Olympics Kansas and Special Olympics Colorado.
Peter Vermes’ side has yet to lose at Sporting Park this season and faces a Rapids club that has one win in its last 24 MLS matches dating back to July 2014.
Despite sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference, Colorado (1-2-7, 10 points) has avoided defeat in eight of its first 10 games en route to a league-leading seven draws. Pablo Mastroeni’s team has recorded four consecutive 1-1 draws entering Saturday and opened the season with three straight 0-0 stalemates in March.
Gabriel Torres (four goals) and Dillon Powers (four assists) lead the Rapids going forward, while Clint Irwin is tied for second in MLS with four clean sheets.
Recent history in the head-to-head matchup favors Sporting KC, who are unbeaten in 10 straight MLS matches against Colorado dating back to 2009 with a 5-0-5 record (including postseason). In addition, Kansas City has not lost to the Rapids at home since September 2002, a run of 13 straight MLS matches without a defeat (9-0-4 record including postseason).
A limited number of tickets are available via Ticketmaster.com and the first 5,000 fans inside the stadium will receive cooling neck wraps courtesy of Providence Medical Center. – Information from Sporting KC
Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., will be the host of the first four Group A matches during the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship 2015, U.S. Soccer announced today.
The international doubleheaders, headlined by the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team, will be held on Thursday, Oct. 1, and Saturday, Oct. 3.
Sporting Kansas City season ticket members will be guaranteed seats for all four games by using Special Games B (Oct. 1) and Special Games C (Oct. 3) in their 20-game season ticket packages. Additional ticket information, including prices and on-sale timelines, will be released at a later date.
Sporting Park is one of four host venues for the tournament along with the StubHub Center, Carson, Calif.; Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colo.; and Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah.
The state-of-the-art stadium in Kansas City, Kan., also served as the site of the semifinals and championship matches in the previous CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship in 2012.
“One of the great things about all of these venues has been the amazing support the fans have given the National Team,” U.S. U-23 MNT head coach Andi Herzog said. “We have seen how much of an impact our fans have, and we need them more than ever as we strive to represent the United States in the 2016 Olympics.”
The competition will feature the top eight teams from North America (U.S., Canada and Mexico), Central America (three nations TBD) and the Caribbean (two nations to be determined) in pursuit of the region’s two automatic berths into the 2016 Olympic Games next summer in Rio de Janeiro.
The official draw for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship 2015 will be held in August to set the complete tournament schedule with match-ups and kick-off times.
Countries qualify using under-23 national teams (player born in 1993 or later) and the U.S. U-23 MNT features three players who played in the 2014 FIFA World Cup: John Brooks (Hertha BSC), Julian Green (Bayern Munich) and DeAndre Yedlin (Tottenham).
Other eligible players include Sporting Kansas City homegrown goalkeeper Jon Kempin and Stanford sophomore Jordan Morris, who scored the game-winning goal for the full U.S. MNT in a 2-0 victory over Mexico last month.