Sporting KC Weekly Update: August 28, 2013

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

SPORTING KC ASSUMES FIRST PLACE IN CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP TWO WITH 2-0 VICTORY OVER CD OLIMPIA ON TUESDAY
Sporting KC defeated CD Olimpia 2-0 on Tuesday night in their second match of the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League to move into sole possession of first place in Group 2. Soony Saad propelled Sporting KC to victory, recording both goals for the visitors. Graham Zusi earned the assist on Saad's first goal and Dom Dwyer helped set up the second after eluding several challenges before a pair of Olimpia defenders recklessly tackled him in the 18-yard-box. Sporting KC was awarded a penalty kick on the play, which Saad converted to secure the 2-0 result for Sporting KC.
Sporting KC will resume Champions League action on September 17 when they host Real Esteli at Sporting Park. Tickets can be secured online at Ticketmaster.com or at the Sporting Park Box Offices.

SPORTING KC SEEKS TO END COLORADO'S NINE-GAME UNBEATEN STREAK ON SATURDAY AT SPORTING PARK
Sporting KC welcomes the Colorado Rapids to Sporting Park on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. CT. Saturday's match against the Western Conference foe begins a three-game home stand for Sporting KC as they attempt to end the Rapids' nine-game unbeaten streak. Sporting KC enters Saturday unbeaten in their last six matches against Colorado dating back to 2009 and boasts a 16-3-5 all-time home record versus the Rapids during the regular season.
The match will be broadcast on KSMO-TV with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. CT.

JEROME AND JOSEPH SELECTED BY HAITI NATIONAL TEAM
Peterson Joseph and Mechack Jerome have been selected by Haitin Football Federation for an upcoming friendly against the Korea Republic on September 6. Both players will join the Haitian National Team on September 2 and will return to Kansas City after the match on September 9, missing Sporting KC's match against Columbus on September 7.
PETER VERMES AND ERIC KRONBERG TO MEET THE PRESS ON THURSDAY
Sporting Kansas City will hold a press conference at the Sporting Club Training Center in Swope Park on Thursday. Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes and goalkeeper Eric Kronberg will be available for questions to recap Tuesday's 2-0 victory over CD Olimpia and to preview Saturday's match against the Colorado Rapids.

OFF THE PITCH STARRING TEAL BUNBURY AND JIMMY NIELSEN
The August edition of Off The Pitch will air on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT on KSMO-TV. Callum Williams and Jake Yadrich will discuss Sporting KC's recent form and preview Saturday's match vs. Colorado. Williams and Yadrich will be joined by Sporting KC striker Teal Bunbury and goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen.
SPORTING PARK TO HOST U.S. MNT IN WORLD CUP QUALIFIER
Sporting Park will host the U.S. Men's National Team on Oct. 11 in the team's final home qualifying match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The USMNT returns to Sporting Park to play Jamaica, live on the ESPN family of networks, WatchESPN and UniMas at 5:30 p.m. CT. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Aug. 30 at 10 a.m. CT.

PETER VERMES TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME ON OCTOBER 11 IN KC
U.S. Soccer announced that the former U.S. Men's National Team forwards Peter Vermes and Joe-Max Moore will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 11, in a ceremony taking place at 2 p.m. CT on the Sprint Plaza at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
RALLY WITH THE ROOS
Sporting Kansas City welcomed UMKC as the team's only university partner earlier this year and have teamed up for a Rally with the Roos fan contest. Ten winners will receive two Sporting Kansas City tickets with all-inclusive food and beverage, one parking pass, two Rally with the Roos T-shirts and one team-signed soccer ball. Enter to win online at SportingKC.com/RallyWithTheRoos through 11:59 p.m. CT on August 31.

Sporting Park will be hosting a UMKC Night on Oct. 18 when Sporting Kansas City plays D.C. United. Visit UMKC.edu/SportingKC for more information and follow @umkansascity on Twitter and Facebook.
LAWRENCE OLUM ON THE SPORTING KC SHOW
This week's Sporting KC Show aired on Tuesday night on Sports Radio 810 WHB with hosts Callum Williams and Carter Augustine. Sporting KC's Lawrence Olum and Colorado's Edson Buddle also joined the conversation. Listen to the full podcast here.

#VOTESPORTING: JIMMY NIELSEN FOR SAVE OF THE WEEK
Jimmy Nielsen has been nominated for MLS Save of the Week for his 73rd minute finger-tip save on striker Juan Luis Anangano. Nielsen made four saves in the match, tying his season-high, and is tied for second in MLS with a 1.00 goals against average. Nielsen is up against Raul Fernandez (DAL), Jaime Penedo (LA), Dan Kennedy (CHV) and Michael Gspurning (SEA). Cast your vote for Nielsen here.
TICKETS ON SALE FOR ALL SPORTING KC HOME MATCHES IN 2013
Individual tickets for the final four MLS home matches at Sporting Park are on sale now. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or at the Sporting Park Box Offices.

SINGLE-DAY TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR FLATLANDS FESTIVAL
Single-day tickets for the Flatlands Country Music Festival at Sporting Park from Sept. 12-14 are on sale to the general public, starting as low as $59 each. The new country music and camping festival, presented by Marquee Events and Sporting Club, will feature performances from several of the most popular artists in country music over three days.
Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Rodney Atkins, Thompson Square and Kevin Fowler will perform on Friday, Sept. 13. Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Kellie Pickler, Love and Theft, and JT Hodges will then take the stage on Sat., Sept. 14.

The 24,000 expected to be in attendance will have the opportunity to camp in nearby areas and enjoy all amenities associated with the state-of-the-art venue. For more information visit flatlandsfestival.com or call 800-493-3378.
SPORTING KC SEASON TICKETS RENEWAL CAMPAIGN
Sporting KC supporters can now renew their season tickets. The First Touch Campaign will continue through Saturday, August 31 and add extra incentives for Sporting KC fans who renew early. Renewals can be processed online through Sporting Kansas City Account Manager or by contacting your Client Services Executive directly. The last day to guarantee your current seat location is Friday, September 27.

AWAY TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW
Reserve your free away ticket to Sporting Kansas City's September 21 against Toronto FC, October 5 at the Columbus Crew and October 9 at the Houston Dynamo by clicking here.
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. Also, Sporting Kansas City's 2013 media guide is now available online and fans can find all the latest information for Sporting Kansas City matches at SportingKC.com/GameOn.


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