Sporting Kansas City
One of 10 charter clubs in Major League Soccer, Sporting Kansas City is making its third Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League appearance. In order to qualify, it prevailed over the Philadelphia Union, 7-6 on penalty kicks, after a 1-1 draw in the final. SKC reached the quarterfinals of the 2013/14 competition, falling to eventual-champion Cruz Azul (agg: 5-2) despite a 1-0 win at home in the first leg and narrowly missed advancing out of the group stage a year later. Coached by former United States standout Peter Vermes, Sporting’s roster features many CONCACAF internationals including midfielders Roger Espinoza (Honduras), Soni Mustivar (Haiti) and Graham Zusi (USA), plus defender Matt Besler (USA). Forward Dom Dwyer is the only player to score at least one goal in two separate SCCL editions for Kansas City.