Historical Timeline

July 4, 1968 -- Pele plays an exhibition match against the Kansas City Spurs at Municipal Stadium

November 2, 1968 – USMNT beats Bermuda 6-2 in World Cup Qualifier in Kansas City (2,265)

December 17, 1993 – Formation of Major League Soccer announced by Alan Rothenberg

June 6, 1995 – KCW introduced as one of 10 MLS charter members

October 11, 1995 – Ron Newman named first head coach in MLS history

October 17, 1995 – Uniforms, logos and colors unveiled in NYC; Mike Sorber allocated to KC (1st player in KCW history)

December 18, 1995 – Frank Klopas allocated to KC (2nd player in KCW history)

January 31, 1996 – Digital Takawira allocated to KC (3rd player in KCW history)

February 5, 1996 – Preki allocated to KC (4th player in KCW history)

February 6, 1996 – Inaugural draft in NYC, KCW select Mark Chung in 1st Rd

April 13, 1996 – 1st game in KCW history – 3-0 W @ Arrowhead Stadium (21,141)

May 2, 1996 – KC beats Columbus 6-4 at Arrowhead Stadium in second highest scoring match in MLS history (8,848)

June 20, 1996 – Preki scores in fifth consecutive game in 5-1 W over DC United at Arrowhead Stadium (9,458)

July 3, 1996 – KC plays US Olympic Team at Arrowhead Stadium (6,137)

December 21, 1996 – Preki scores first goal for U.S. Men’s National Team in 2-2 draw with Guatemala

August 28, 1997 – KC wins seventh straight game in 1-0 W vs. COL at Arrowhead Stadium (7,619) – All-time team record

August 31, 1997 – Nino Da Silva becomes youngest player in KCW history to make an appearance at 18 yrs, 97 days in 2-0 L at DC United

September 26, 1997 – Mike Ammann wins 21st game of season for KC in 5-2 W over Colorado at Arrowhead Stadium (12,485) – 2nd most for a GK in MLS History

October 25, 1997 – Preki named MLS MVP

November 16, 1997 – Preki scores for U.S. Men’s National Team in 4-2 win over El Salvador

February 7, 1998 – Preki scores game-winning goal in U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2-1 win over Cotsa Rica in CONCACAF Gold Cup

February 10, 1998 – Preki scores game-winner in U.S. Men’s National Team’s 1-0 victory over Brazil in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals.

August 29, 1998 – Sandra Hunt becomes one of first two female referees in MLS history in 2-2 draw between KCW and Chicago at Arrowhead Stadium (8,621)

September 5, 1998 – Preki 8 points in 5-1 W vs. SJ at Arrowhead Stadium (6,755) – 2nd most in MLS history

May 16, 1998 – Digital Takawira records hat trick in nine-minute span in 3-1 W at NE

April 15, 1999 – Ken Fogarty named interim manager

April 28, 1999 – Bob Gansler named 2nd head coach in KCW history

May 15, 1999 – Lamar Hunt awarded 2nd ever US Soccer National Hall of Fame Medal of Honor

June 20, 1999 – Chris Henderson 4 assists in 6-0 W vs. NY/NJ at Arrowhead Stadium (6,190) – MLS record. KC recorded 10 assists and 22 points in the game, both all-time club records.

July 17, 1999 – Preki has two goals and an assist as MVP of MLS All-Star game in San Diego, Calif.

October 7, 1999 – USWNT beats Finland 6-0 at Arrowhead Stadium in U.S. Women’s Cup ’99 doubleheader – Brazil beat South Korea 4-0 in early game (36,405)

May 27, 2000 – Tony Meola sets MLS record for longest shutout streak at 681 minutes;

August 20, 2000 – USWNT ties Canada 1-1 at Arrowhead in tune-up for 2000 Summer Olympics (21,246)

September 6, 2000 – Tony Meola earns 16th clean sheet of season in 1-0 W at NE – All-time MLS record

September 9, 2000 – KCW secure Supporters Shield with 2-2 T @ Tampa Bay

October 15, 2000KCW win MLS Cup 1-0 over the Chicago Fire at RFK Stadium

April 25, 2001 - USMNT beats Costa Rica 1-0 in WC Qualifier at Arrowhead Stadium (37,319)

January 17, 2003 – MLS SuperDraft held at the Kansas City Convention Center

January 18, 2003 – Chris Klein scores for U.S. Men’s National Team in 4-0 win over Canada

February 12, 2003 – Chris Klein scores match-winner for U.S. Men’s National Team in 2-1 win at Jamaica

June 8, 2003 – Chris Klein scores his third goal of the year for the U.S. Men’s National Team in a 2-1 win over New Zealand

October 22, 2003 – USWNT ties Italy 2-2 at Arrowhead Stadium in international friendly (18,263)

November 21, 2003 – Preki wins second MLS MVP award

June 20, 2004 – Josh Wolff scores for U.S. Men’s National Team in 3-2 win at Grenada

September 22, 2004KCW win US Open Cup – 1-0 W @ Arrowhead Stadium (8,819)

October 16, 2004 – USWNT beat Mexico 1-0 at Arrowhead Stadium in international friendly (20,435)

November 14, 2004 – KCW 2nd MLS Cup appearance – 2-3 L @ Home Depot Center

December 9, 2004 – Lamar Hunt announces team is for sale

July 16, 2005 – Josh Wolff scores for U.S. Men’s National Team in 3-1 victory over Jamaica at CONCACAF Gold Cup

September 17, 2005 – Preki becomes oldest player in MLS history to record an assist at 42 years, 85 days. It was the 98th and final assist of his KC career, an all-time club record.

October 15, 2005 – Preki becomes oldest player in MLS history to score a goal at 42 years, 113 days in 2-2 tie at Dallas (his final MLS match). The goal is his 71st for KC, an all-time club record.

November 11, 2005 – Tony Meola and Preki named to MLS All-Time Best XI as part of  league’s 10th anniversary

November 12, 2005 – Josh Wolff scores for U.S. Men’s National Team in 1-1 draw at Scotland

February 19, 2006 – Eddie Johnson scores for U.S. Men’s National Team in 4-0 win over Guatemala

June 28, 2006 – Forward Yura Movsisyan becomes youngest player to start a match in club history at 18 years, 330 days

July 19, 2006 – Brian Bliss named interim manager

August 31, 2006 – Ongoal LLC buys KCW from Hunt Sports Group

November 27, 2006 – Curt Onalfo named 3rd head coach in KCW history

December 12, 2006 – Lamar Hunt dies at age 74 after long battle with cancer.

February 7, 2007 – Jimmy Conrad scores game-winning goal for U.S. Men’s National Team in 2-0 victory over Mexico

March 2, 2007 – Groundbreaking at Swope Park Training Facility

June 2, 2007 – Eddie Johnson becomes first MLS player to score back-to-back hat tricks in 3-2 W at Arrowhead Stadium (13,875)

June 9, 2007 – Eddie Johnson scores for U.S. Men’s National Team in CONCACAF Gold Cup

June 28, 2007 – Eddie Johnson scores for U.S. Men’s National Team in Copa America against Argentina

July 13, 2007 – Swope Park Training Facility dedicated

January 23, 2008 – Eddie Johnson transfers from KCW to Fulham

March 10, 2008 – KCW sign Claudio Lopez as team’s first Designated Player

March 29, 2008 – 1st game at CommunityAmerica Ballpark is 2-0 W vs. DC United (10,385)

September 7, 2008 – Kerry Zavagnin starts the final game of his career, the 228th game started in a KC uniform that still stands as an all-time club record

October 18, 2008 – KC extends home unbeaten streak to 10 games in 3-2 W vs. SJ at CommunityAmerica Ballpark (9,841) – All-time Team Record

August 4, 2009 - Peter Vermes named interim manager

September 9, 2009 – Soccer-specific stadium plan unveiled for Kansas City, Kansas

September 16, 2009 – El Clasico held at Arrowhead Stadium between Chivas Guadalajara and Club America (26,119)

November 9, 2009 – Peter Vermes named 4th head coach in KCW history

January 12, 2010 –- Kansas City announced as one of 18 cities in US bid to host FIFA World Cup in 2018 or 2022

January 20, 2010 – Groundbreaking at KC Soccer Stadium

May 5, 2010 – Teal Bunbury becomes youngest KCW player to record an assist at 20 yrs, 77 days in 2-1 L at DC United

June 26, 2010 – More than 12,000 fans watch USMNT World Cup Round of 16 game at KC Power & Light District

July 25, 2010 – KCW defeat Manchester United 2-1 in front of largest soccer crowd in KC history at Arrowhead Stadium (52,424)

August 10, 2010 – Preki inducted into US Soccer National Hall of Fame

August 13, 2010 – KCW sign Omar Bravo as Designated Player

August 31, 2010 – KCW sign Jon Kempin as first Home Grown Player

November 17, 2010 – Sporting Kansas City unveiled as club’s new identity

January 22, 2011 – Sporting KC striker Teal Bunbury scores for U.S. Men’s National Team in 1-1 draw against Chile

February 18, 2011 – SKC signs Kevin Ellis as second Home Grown Player

March 23, 2011 – Chad Ochocinco begins tryout with Sporting Kansas City

March 29, 2011 – Bob Gansler voted into National Soccer Hall of Fame on builder ballot

June 9, 2011 – Sporting Park inaugural match, Sporting KC vs. Chicago Fire

June 14, 2011 – CONCACAF Gold Cup doubleheader in KC, featuring U.S. Men’s National Team

July 20, 2011 – Sporting Kansas City hosts English Premier League club Newcastle United FC at SP

July 27, 2011 – Matt Besler and Omar Bravo appear for MLS All-Stars against Manchester United

August 17, 2011 – Striker Soony Saad becomes the youngest player to score in an MLS match in club history, scoring on his 19th birthday in his MLS debut

September 17, 2011 – U.S. Women’s National Team plays first match after 2011 Women’s World Cup Final in Kansas City at Sporting Park.

October 12, 2011 – Sporting Kansas City hosts Club Deportivo Guadalajara in international friendly at SP

October 22, 2011 – Sporting KC midfielder Davy Arnaud plays his 240th regular season game, an all-time KC record

November 6, 2011 – Record crowd of 20,839 attends Eastern Conference Championship at SP

November 8, 2011 – Sporting KC striker C.J. Sapong named 2011 MLS Rookie of the Year

November 28, 2011 – Sporting KC trade captain and all-time games played leader Davy Arnaud to Montreal Impact

January 12, 2012 – Kansas City hosts 2012 MLS SuperDraft at KC Convention Center

January 25, 2012 – Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi scores game-winning goal in U.S. Men’s National Team’s 1-0 victory at Panama

February 29, 2012 – Tony Meola voted into National Soccer Hall of Fame on player ballot

March 31, 2012 – SP hosts CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying semifinals

April 2, 2012 – SP hosts CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualiying championship match

July 24, 2012 – Sporting Kansas City hosts Montpellier Herault SC in international friendly at SP

August 2, 2012 – Sporting Kansas City hosts Stoke City in international friendly at SP

August 8, 2012 – Sporting Kansas City wins Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in penalty kick shootout over Seattle Sounders FC (18, 863)

October 16, 2012 – USMNT faced Guatemala at Sporting park for FIFA World Cup Qualifying

November 20, 2012 Matt Besler named MLS Defender of the Year

November 26, 2012 Sporting Kansas City landed four players on the 2012 Best XI: Jimmy Nielsen, Aurelien Collin, Matt Besler and Graham Zusi. 

November 28, 2012 Jimmy Nielsen named 2012 MLS Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year

January 17, 2013 Sporting Kansas City announces club's first ever jersey sponsor