Sporting Kansas City 2014 Season
It’s good to be the king – just ask current MLS Cup holders Sporting Kansas City. Shortly after SKC won the title, the franchise’s second, and its first after the rebrand (formerly the Kansas City Wizards), defender Matt Besler (who has also distinguished himself in World Cup qualifying for the U.S.) was slated to get married during the MLS offseason; when word got out among SKC’s supporters groups, supporters promptly cleaned out Besler and his fiancee’s wedding registry. A number of other former and current American internationals wear SKC’s argyle shirts (their third jersey) as well: Graham Zusi, Teal Bunbury, Benny Feilhaber, and Sal Zizzo; Argentinian striker Claudio Bieler is also a fan favorite.
11/25/13 – On a frigid night in Kansas City, Sporting KC won the Eastern Conference trophy with a 2-1 victory over Houston in front of a crowd of 21,650. The squads have met in the previous two MLS Cup Playoffs, but it was Houston that knocked out Sporting both seasons. A different outcome in 2013, will allow KC to play for their first MLS championship since 2000. The team will host the MLS Cup Final December 7 against Western Conference Final winners Real Salt Lake. MLS Cup tickets range from $226-$472.
Sporting Kansas City has secured a MLS Cup Playoffs berth for the third straight season. The team clinched Saturday when Philadelphia and DC United tied. With two regular season games left, one at home against D.C. United, The Wiz will prepare for postseason play. It will be the twelfth time in franchise history that the club will compete for the Cup. Sporting KC is currently in second place in the Eastern Conference, one point behind the New York Red Bulls in the race for the Supporters’ Shield.
Last season, the team finished first in the East but lost to the Houston Dynamo in the conference semis. The Kansas City roster included Graham Zusi who was named finalist for MLS MVP, Jimmy Nielsen, who was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, and Matt Besler who was named Defender of the Year.
Sporting Park in Kansas City played host to the 2013 MLS All-Star Game. The host team had the most representatives with three players voted in by the fans – Matt Besler, Aurélien Collin, and Graham Zusi. Sporting Kansas City tickets for the All-Star Game averaged $164, 26% less than they had cost at the beginning of the season.