Cruz Azul vs Sporting Kansas City, March 19, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)
As a result of capturing the 2013 MLS Cup, Sporting Kansas City is making its second straight appearance in the CONCACAF Champions League. Sporting knocked off Real Salt Lake, 7-6 on penalty kicks, after the final ended in a 1-1 draw. A charter member of Major League Soccer, the team was originally known as the Kansas City Wiz, but was renamed to Sporting Kansas City in November 2010 to coincide with a move to its new stadium. Sporting Park, a soccer-specific stadium, opened in 2011 and has a seating capacity of 18,467. It was the venue for the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament final between Mexico and Honduras. Coached by former United States international Peter Vermes, KC’s roster features United States internationals Graham Zusi and Matt Besler, both of whom played at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Forward Dom Dwyer has one career CCL goal, but was leading the team in scoring during the 2014 MLS season with 11 goals through July 2, 2014. Sporting also won the 2000 MLS title, defeating the Chicago Fire, 1-0, in the 2000 final. The club reached the quarterfinals of the 2013/14 CCL, before falling to eventual-champion Cruz Azul, 5-2 on aggregate. Sporting Kansas City will face Saprissa (Costa Rica) and Real Esteli (Nicargua) in Group 2 play.
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USA League – 1 (2000); U.S. Open Cup – 2 (2004, 2012)