Sporting KC Weekly Update: Sept. 19, 2012

By: Sporting KC PR (Posted By J.B. Bauersfeld)
By: Sporting KC PR (Posted By J.B. Bauersfeld)

SPORTING KC BEGINS TWO-GAME ROAD TEST TONIGHT AT NY
Sporting Kansas City will make the team’s first of two trips to Red Bull Arena in the final six games of the season at 6 p.m. CT on Wednesday to take on the New York Red Bulls. The match will air live on KSMO-TV and La Gran D 1340 AM in Kansas City, as well as on MyTV Wichita and MyTV Topeka.

Sporting Kansas City, who has held the top spot in the Eastern Conference since the team began its current six-game unbeaten streak in early August, will return to the road for the first time in over a month and will look to continue the team’s record-setting form away from home this season. The club’s 7-4-2 record on the road is the best in MLS this season and the seven regular season away victories are the most in regulation in team history.

Sporting will then head north to face the Montreal Impact at 12 p.m. CT this Saturday. The match will be broadcast live on KCTV5 and La Gran D 1340 AM.

USMNT TO HOST PUBLIC TRAINING AT LSP ON OCT. 14
As part of the continuing effort to connect with the fans, the U.S. Men’s National Team will host a public training session on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 10:30 a.m. CT at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Admission and parking for the event are free. Fans who pre-register on ussoccer.com will be entered to have a chance to meet U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann at the stadium prior to the training session.

At the session, fans will get a first-hand look at how the National Team prepares for an important match and hear exclusive interviews with Klinsmann and select players. With limited tickets available for the decisive USA-Guatemala match two days later, the event gives more supporters a chance to see the team in action. U.S. Soccer Supporters Club members will have field-level access during the training session. If you are not yet a member, U.S. Soccer SC memberships are available to purchase.

TICKETS FOR USMNT WORLD CUP QUALIFIER AT LSP ON SALE
Tickets for the U.S. Men's National Team World Cup qualifier at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park are on sale to the general public through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Kansas City area (including Hen House Markets) and the LIVESTRONG Sporting Park ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

The MNT concludes the Semifinal Round of FIFA World Cup qualifying by facing Guatemala on October 16 at 6 p.m. CT. Media members wishing to cover the match may apply for credentials online at ussoccer.com. All applications must be submitted before Wednesday, October 3.

SPORTING KC ACADEMY OPENS SEASON
All four teams in the Sporting Kansas City Academy have begun their 2012-13 seasons this month. The U12 and U14 Academy teams were in action at the Fall 2012 Scouting Showcase on Sept. 8 and 9 in Rockford, Ill. The U12's are playing up one year in the Midwest Developmental League and drew 2-2 with Vardar U13 before falling against Chicago Magic PSG U13.

The U14's opened the weekend with a 2-0 loss to Vardar U14 but rebounded with a 1-1 draw against Chicago Magic PSG U14 on Sunday. Both teams will host St. Louis Scott Gallagher - Metro and St. Louis Scott Gallagher - Missouri this weekend at the Sporting Club Training Center in Swope Park in their first league games in the Gateway division.

The U16 and U18 Academy teams kicked off the U.S. Soccer Development Academy season on Saturday at Swope with a pair of victories over the Colorado Rush. The U18's secured a 3-0 triumph with two goals from Cole Stevenson and a goal from the team's leading scorer last season, Eduardo Moreno. Jacole Turner recorded the clean sheet in net for the U18's. The U16's followed suit with a 2-0 win courtesy of a shutout from Ryan Krutz and the game-winning goal from Dakota Karns in the 67th minute.

Both USSDA partcipants continue play in the Central Conference's Frontier Division as they go on the road this weekend to face Classics Elite on Saturday and Lonestar SC Academy on Sunday.

LAST MINUTE GOAL EARNS DRAMATIC 1-1 DRAW WITH DYNAMO
Sporting Kansas City drew 1-1 with the Houston Dynamo in front of a sold-out crowd on Friday at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Down a goal with less than a minute remaining, C.J. Sapong claimed the equalizer in the third minute of stoppage time on a header assisted by Graham Zusi.
Sporting Kansas City, unbeaten in their last six MLS matches, remains in first place in the Eastern Conference with 51 points and are five points back of the San Jose Earthquakes in the Supporters’ Shield race with six games remaining in the regular season.

Zusi earned his 13th assist on the game-tying goal, putting him atop the League in the category on a night that saw Sporting KC record 28 shots, the most in a match in club history. Kei Kamara led all players with 10 shots attempted, one shy of this year’s MLS high which he set earlier this season, and Sapong set a single-game career with nine shots of his own.

KAMARA NOMINATED FOR COURAGE IN SPORTS HONOR ON CBS
Sporting KC forward Kei Kamara, a refugee of Sierra Leone, is nominated for the America’s Choice Honoree for Courage in Sports. The America’s Choice Honoree, determined by fan voting, recognizes individuals who have overcome monumental challenges to achieve greatness in the world of sports. The winner will be announced on a one-hour “Courage in Sports” special airing at 4 p.m. CT on Nov. 11 on CBS.

Eight inspiring individuals have been selected to participate in the Facebook voting. Each week, the two athletes with the lowest vote total will be eliminated from the competition. Fans can vote once per day and share their vote with friends here: facebook.com/CourageInSports. The top two vote getters will compete in the finals from Sept. 24 to Oct. 1.

SPORTING KC SUPPORTS "DON'T CROSS THE LINE" INITIATIVE
Sporting Kansas City and Major League Soccer are committed to providing an environment in which staff, players, partners and supporters are treated with dignity and respect. Along with MLS W.O.R.K.S., Sporting Kansas City is helping spread the message that discrimination, bias, prejudice or harassment of any kind will not be tolerated through the recently unveiled "Don't Cross the Line!" campaign.

Fans are encouraged to join the effort and Take the Pledge at MLSSoccer.com . MLS W.O.R.K.S. will make a donation to help stop discrimation for every pledge made during the 2012 season.

ENTER TO WIN AT FLYKCI.COM FOR TICKETS, HALFTIME CONTEST
Sporting Kansas City fans can enter-to-win two tickets for the team's match on Sept. 28 against the Chicago Fire at FlyKCI.com/sportingkc. Additionally, two lucky winners will be selected to compete at halftime on Sept. 28 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park for the opportunity to win two free round-trip airline tickets from Kansas City International Airport to the non-stop destination of their choice (contiguous U.S. only).

SPORTING KC LAUNCHES 2013 SEASON TICKET RENEWAL CAMPAIGN
Sporting Kansas City has begun the club's 2013 season ticket renewal campaign for current Sporting Kansas City Season Ticket Members to secure their seats at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park next season.

The "Love and Sporting" themed renewal campaign gives current Sporting Kansas City Season Ticket Members the first chance to secure 2013 season tickets by contacting their Client Service Representative. Additionally, Sporting Kansas City is offering renewal incentives for Season Ticket Members who pay in full and/or renew during the First Chance Campaign.

Beginning with the 2013 season, all Season Ticket Members will receive a 5% discount on team merchandise by presenting their Season Ticket Membership Card at any Sporting Style store during a Sporting KC home match. Additionally, the 2013 Sporting Kansas City Referral Program will reward Season Ticket Members whose friends and family members purchase new 2013 full season ticket seats.

To learn more, visit loveandsporting.com and watch the video series here.

SPORTING KC NOW TAKING DEPOSITS FOR 2013 RESERVED SEATING
Sporting Kansas City supporters can now place 2013 Season Ticket Deposits for all Reserved Seating at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park by calling 888-4KC-GOAL or visiting www.SportingKC.com.

PRORATED 2012 SEASON TICKET PLANS AVAILABLE
Sporting Kansas City prorated season ticket plans are available for the remainder of the 2012 Major League Soccer season. The benefits include discounted rates, priority for purchasing playoff tickets, preferred parking and access to special events.

For ticket information, visit www.sportingkc.com or call 888-4KC-GOAL.

FOLLOW SPORTING KC ONLINE
Sporting Kansas City fans looking to keep up with the club on the worldwide web now have a place to go. The social media page on SportingKC.com features Twitter account information for the club, its players as well as many staff members. Additionally, fans may take advantage of the Media Recap page for all the latest independent news coverage available online.


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