TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) Wearing a light blue Sporting Kansas City scarf, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said he's proud of the state's first team to win a major professional sports championship.
Brownback said Thursday that winning the Major League Soccer title put the Kansas City region firmly in the center of the United States soccer map.
Sporting KC defeated Real Salt Lake on penalty kicks to claim its second MLS title.
The governor says there could be more soccer on the way with Sporting KC's owners working with U.S. Soccer to bring a national training and coaching development center to the area.
Brownback says he is also still waiting for his honey and taffy that was promised in a friendly wager with Utah's Gov. Gary Herbert on the outcome of the MLS championship game.