Sporting KC Weekly Update: November 13, 2013
SPORTING KC HOSTS RIVAL HOUSTON DYNAMO IN EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP
Sporting Kansas City and the Houston Dynamo played to a scoreless draw last weekend at BBVA Compass Stadium in the first leg of the Eastern Conference Championship, marking the third consecutive year these two clubs have met in the postseason.
Both teams will have the weekend off because of international competition, taking the pitch for the second leg on Nov. 23 at Sporting Park. The match will be nationally broadcast on NBC Sports Network and Univision Deportes.
Sporting Kansas City's MLS Cup aspirations were halted by the Dynamo in 2011 in the Eastern conference Final and 2012 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Sporting KC went unbeaten against the Dynamo in four matches in 2013 including a victory at BBVA Compass Stadium on May 12 that ended Houston's record long 36-game home unbeaten run in all competitions.
Both Sporting KC and the Houston Dynamo advanced to the Conference Championship with 4-3 victories on-aggregate in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
The Nov. 23 match at Sporting Park sold out in less than 24 hours. A limited number of Standing Room Only tickets remain and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.
TRAINING SCHEDULE UPDATE
The team's training sessions on Thursday and Friday will be pushed back one hour and are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. CT. Both sessions will be held at the Swope Soccer Village (6310 Lewis Rd., Kansas City, MO) and will be open to the public.
Players and coaches will be available to the media following each training session. Contact Molly Dreska for more information. Sporting KC will also host a press conference on Thursday at 1 p.m. CT with defender Chance Myers and Manager Peter Vermes.
CHANCE MYERS AND PETER VERMES TO PARTICIPATE IN WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE ON THURSDAY
Sporting KC will hold a press conference tomorrow at the Swope Soccer Village (6310 Lewis Rd., Kansas City, MO) at 1 p.m. CT. Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes and defender Chance Myers will be available for questions.
Myers is the longest tenured starter on Sporting KC's roster. The UCLA product joined the team as the first overall pick of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft and was with the team during the rebrand to Sporting KC and the opening of Sporting Park.
Sporting Club and the World War I Museum invite the Kansas City soccer community to take part in the inaugural Truce Tournament. Paired with an EPL Watch Party inside the WWI Museum, the 3v3 tournament will be played on Liberty Hill.
Kicking off in 2013, one year prior to the 100th anniversary of World War 1, The Truce Tournament is also a tribute to the time-honored story of the Christmas Truce. According to legend, the battles of WWI temporarily subsided around Christmas in 1914 and members of both warring sides ventured out to No Man's Land to exchange gifts, sing carols and play soccer.
The tournament will take place on Thursday, December 26. To register your team for the Truce Tournament, click here.
To celebrate the second leg of the Eastern Conference Championship coming to sold out Sporting Park, Sporting Kansas City is auctioning off five unique packages for fans. Each package includes an autographed item and a pair of tickets for the most anticipated match of the season to date. Proceeds from this auction will go to support the mission of The Victory Project - Sporting KC's charitable arm designated to encourage, celebrate and help kids in Kansas City who are battling cancer.
The auction - operated online at biddingforgood.com - is now open and will close at 12 p.m. CT (noon) on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Check out the package options here.
SOONY SAAD JOINS LEBANON
Sporting KC's Soony Saad joined the Lebanon Men's National Team on Sunday in advance of two 2015 Asian Cup qualifiers. Lebanon plays at Kuwait on Friday, Nov. 15 and hosts Iran on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
Saad scored on his national team debut with Lebanon in a 1-1 draw against Oman in May in an international friendly and became the first player in MLS history to appear for the Lebanon Men's National Team. Lebanon has four points through three of the country's six game (1-1-1) in 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifying and currently sit in third place in Group B, one point behind Kuwait and three points back of group leaders Iran.
Sixteen countries will qualify for the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia, including the top two teams in each qualifying group and the best overall third place team. The final qualifying fixture for Lebanon will be played on March 5, 2014.
LESS THAN 300 SROS REMAIN FOR 2ND LEG OF EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP AT SPORTING PARK
Sporting KC announced today that less than 300 Standing Room Only tickets remain for the second leg of Sporting KC's Eastern Conference Championship against the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Sporting Park.
Sporting Park is expecting the largest crowd in the stadium's history next Saturday.
SPORTING KC ACADEMY PLAYERS EARN COLLEGIATE HONORS
As the collegiate soccer season comes to a close, several Sporting KC Academy players are in the spotlight. St. Louis Billikens senior midfielder Alex Sweetin was named the Alantic-10 Conference Midfielder of the Year. The Overland Park native finished the year with seven goals and seven assists. Sweetin's 21 points led the Billikens to their first Atlantic-10 Conference regular season title since 2007. Sweetin was also named to the Atlantic-10 Conference first team after earning second team honors in 2012. The 2009 Atlantic-10 Conference Rookie of the Year finished his collegiate career with 18 goals and 22 assists in 76 games played.
Jordan Rideout, a junior at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, earned first team all-conference honors for the second consecutive year (2012 in Summit League, 2013 in WAC). Rideout finished the season with seven goals in 18 games played. The Blue Valley North High School product led the Roos in goals (7), shots (58) and shots on goal (27).
Get the full breakdown here.
SPORTING KC TO FACE CRUZ AZUL IN 2013-14 CCL QUARTERFINALS
Sporting KC will square off with Mexican powerhouse Cruz Azul in the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals next March. Sporting KC won their group with a 2-0-2 record and finished as the No. 7 overall seed in the tournament. They will host Cruz Azul in the first leg at Sporting Park and travel to Mexico City for the second leg the following week.
Cruz Azul are the most successful team in CCL history, winning the tournament five times (tied for most among all clubs) and finishing runners-up in both the 2008-09 and 2009-10 editions. The team's 29 wins are most in CCL history to go along with six draws and nine losses all-time in the tournament.
SPORTING KC ON RADIO
The Sporting KC show aired on Monday. Midfielder Paulo Nagamura joined hosts Callum Williams, Andy Edwards and Carter Augustine to discuss his recent return to the pitch and back-to-back performances of 90+ minutes. Have a full listen to the hour-long episode here.
Soccer Matters with Glenn Davis featured Benny Feilhaber on Monday and gave an in-depth look at the midfielder's soccer career and unique experiences. Listen to the full podcast here.
BRADEN'S HOPE/SPORTING KC CALENDARS NOW ON SALE
For the second consecutive year, Sporting KC has partnered with Braden's Hope to raise funds and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer. Sporting KC fans can support the cause by purchasing the Braden's Hope/Sporting KC calendar. The 2014 calendar features 12 different Sporting KC players paired with childhood cancer heroes.
Calendars can be purchased at Sporting Style stores at Sporting Park as well as online at bradenshope.org. All of the proceeds from calendar sales go directly to raise awareness and funds for targeted treatments of childhood cancer.
SPORTING PARK BOX OFFICE SHIFTS TO GAMEDAY HOURS ONLY
The Sporting Park Box Offices will only operate on gamedays for the remainder of the 2013 season. Please note the following gameday box office hours:
East Box Office:
10 a.m. CT - Halftime
West Box Office:
3 hours prior to kickoff - Halftime
All tickets for upcoming Sporting KC home matches and additional events at Sporting Park may be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com.
SECURE 2014 SEASON TICKETS AT SPORTING PARK
Sporting Kansas City is now taking deposits for new season ticket members for the 2014 season at state-of-the-art Sporting Park. The non-refundable deposits are $150 per seat for premium areas and $50 per seat for all other sections and provide fans with priority position for securing full season tickets in 2014.
Additionally, all fans on the Sporting Kansas City season ticket member waiting list will be given access to pre-sale opportunities for select special events at Sporting Park (subject to availability).
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 playoff guide is now available and fans can find all the latest information for Sporting Kansas City matches at SportingKC.com/GameOn.