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Sporting Kansas City

May 2, 2011

Sporting Kansas City came into the league at the beginning, then known as the Kansas City Wiz. After rebranding as the Wizards, the team has changed their name once more for 2011. Kansas City won the MLS Cup in 2000 as goalkeeper Tony Meola recorded the longest shutout streak in MLS history, not allowing a goal in 681 minutes. Kansas City found success throughout its first eight years in existence, but since moving to the Eastern Conference in 2005, has struggled for consistency.

KEY PLAYER:
Teal Bunbury is the first second-generation player in MLS history. His father, Alex, played for the Wizards in the league’s early years. Now, Teal is making his own mark, having appeared for the U.S. national team and showcasing his strong, agile play with Sporting K.C. Bunbury was a potential #1 overall pick, but slipped to the 4th spot after a stellar college career at Akron.

STADIUM SITUATION:
Kansas City resided in Arrowhead Stadium, home of the NFL’S Kansas City Chiefs from 1996 to 2007. Like most of its MLS counterparts, K.C. sought a more intimate venue, where the club would be the primary tenant. Beginning in 2008, Kansas City moved into CommunityAmerica Ballpark, a minor league baseball stadium that seated around 10,000. In early 2010, the Kansas City government approved funding for a new soccer-specific stadium. Sporting will move into Livestrong Sporting Park in 2011, after starting the season with 10 consecutive away matches.

MAJOR TROPHIES WON: (3)
MLS Cup (1): 2000
Supporters’ Shield (1): 2000
U.S. Open Cup (1): 2004

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