Sporting KC opens 20th MLS season at home Sunday against New York

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Sporting Kansas City opens its 20th season in Major League Soccer at 6 p.m. on Sunday at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., against the New York Red Bulls.

The rematch of the 2014 Eastern Conference Knockout Round will be nationally televised on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes with radio coverage available locally on Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Gran D 1340 AM.

A limited number of tickets may be available and may be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or at the Sporting Park box offices on game day. Free parking is available for all Sporting KC home matches and shuttles will transport fans from the general parking lots at Kansas Speedway and the Season Ticket Member lots at CommunityAmerica Ballpark.

The New York Red Bulls eliminated Sporting Kansas City from playoff contention in 2014, defeating Peter Vermes’ side 2-1 at Red Bull Arena.

Sporting KC’s Dom Dwyer scored 22 goals for Sporting KC during the MLS regular season, including Sporting KC’s lone postseason goal against New York. Twenty-two goals ranked Dwyer second in MLS for goals scored last season behind only New York’s Bradley Wright-Phillips. The Englishman finished the regular season with 27 goals and scored both of New York’s goals in the postseason victory against Sporting Kansas City.

Sporting KC added 13 players during the offseason, highlighted by the return of midfielder Roger Espinoza. The Honduran international is a two-time World Cup veteran and was an MLS All-Star in 2012 when he played a key role in Sporting KC’s U.S. Open Cup triumph before moving to Wigan Athletic (England) for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Sunday will mark the first match for Jesse Marsch at the helm of the New York Red Bulls after replacing Mike Petke — the most successful coach in Red Bulls history — earlier this year.

Sunday’s match will also feature Sacha Kljestan’s return to MLS. The 29-year-old U.S. international began his professional career with Chivas USA, where he was teammates with Marsch, before spending four years with Anderlecht of the Belgian Pro League.

Sporting Kansas City, which will feature the debut of the team’s new primary kits on Sunday, is 12-5-2 in regular season openers and 12-2-5 in home openers. The 12 season opening wins are most in MLS. Sporting KC is undefeated in four home openers all-time at Sporting Park, conceding just one goal in those games.

The first 10,000 fans to arrive at the gates on Sunday will receive a Sporting KC schedule magnet, courtesy of Dairy Farmers of America. Parking lots open at 3 p.m. and the gates will be open at 4 p.m., with activities in the Sprint Plaza highlighted by an autograph signing featuring players from FC Kansas City and photo opportunities with the NWSL championship trophy (5-5:45 p.m.).

In-game updates will be available at SportingKC.com/GameOn and by following @SKCGameday on Twitter.
– Story from Sporting KC

Sporting KC unveils jersey for 2015 season

Sporting KC unveiled a jersey on Wednesday for the 2015 season. (Sporting KC photo)
Sporting KC unveiled a jersey on Wednesday for the 2015 season. (Sporting KC photo)

A new Sporting Kansas City jersey was unveiled Wednesday for the 2015 season.

The team plans to wear the jersey at 6 p.m. Sunday for the season opener against the New York Red Bulls at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan. For ticket information, visit www.Ticketmaster.com.

The jersey has checks that are called a “window pane pattern.” There will be a matching jacket for players to wear on the field before matches.

Sporting KC signs defender; season opens Sunday

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Sporting Kansas City has signed 28-year-old defender Marcel de Jong, the club announced on Monday.

A member of the Canadian Men’s National Team, de Jong will occupy an international roster spot pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa.

“We continue to look to add experience in the players joining our roster,” Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said. “Marcel’s time in the German Bundesliga and with the Canadian Men’s National Team will bring excellent experience to the team.”

“I am happy to be here and I am looking forward to a great season with Sporting Kansas City,” de Jong said. “I hope that we can do well and achieve our goals.”

De Jong has 31 appearances for Canada with two goals since his international debut at age 21 in 2007. He has represented his country at each of the past three CONCACAF Gold Cup tournaments, as well as in 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

A dual citizen of Canada and Netherlands, de Jong began his youth career with PSV Eindhoven before signing professionally with Helmond Sport in 2004. After two years in the Dutch second division – and scoring against Italy at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands – de Jong joined Roda JC in the top flight Eredivisie in 2006.

De Jong made the move to Germany following four seasons with the Miners, highlighted by a run to the 2007-08 KNVB Cup final, when he signed with FC Augsburg in 2010. His initial season with FCA culminated with promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time since the team was founded in 1907 and the club maintained first division status for each of the past four campaigns.

In total, de Jong has logged more than 225 club appearances over his past 10 professional seasons in Netherlands and Germany. He joined Sporting Kansas City on trial last month for the second leg of the team’s 2015 preseason in Tucson, Ariz., and appeared in four matches at outside back.

Sporting Kansas City will kick off the team’s 20th season at 6 p.m. on Sunday at Sporting Park in a nationally televised match against the New York Red Bulls on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes. Single-game tickets are now on sale via Ticketmaster.com for the club’s first 10 of 17 regular season home matches in 2015 while available.
– Story from Sporting KC