Houston to be home opener opponent for Sporting

The Houston Dynamo will be the home opener opponent for Sporting KC on Saturday, March 7, the club announced on Thursday.

The 2020 home opener will be at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Sporting KC will play at Vancouver on Saturday, Feb. 29, in the first game of the season, and the earliest start to a regular season in league history.

Season tickets are now on sale at SportingKC.com, and also multi-game ticket packages are available. Single tickets will be sold starting in early 2020.

All 26 MLS teams unveiled their home openers on Thursday. The full regular season schedules will be announced later.

The 2020 year will be MLS’s 25th season celebration and the 20-year anniversary of Sporting’s historic 2000 season, which won the club the MLS Cup title.

Sporting is unbeaten in its last five home games against the Dynamo, most recently claiming a 1-0 win at Children’s Mercy Park last August.

The rivals have squared off in several high-stakes matchups this decade, including four editions of the MLS Cup Playoffs (2011-2013, 2017) and four straight Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup tournaments from 2015-2018. Sporting has battled Houston 32 times in all competitions since 2011, more than any other opponent.

A visit to BBC Place on Feb. 29 will see Sporting open its MLS season in Canada for the first time ever. Manager Peter Vermes’ side has won its last two road games against the Whitecaps in convincing fashion, prevailing 4-1 in October 2018 and winning 3-0 last July.

Sporting owns a 9-3-4 regular season record in the series and has outscored Vancouver 14-2 across the last four meetings.

Sporting has won 13 season openers as an original member of MLS, tied for the most in the league. In addition to going 13-7-4 in annual curtain raisers, Sporting boasts a 14-3-7 record in home openers, including a 3-1-5 mark at Children’s Mercy Park.

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