Sporting Kansas City supporters filled the Charles Wheeler Downtown Airport on Tuesday night as Sporting Takeoff, presented by Ivy Funds, took over Hangar 1. The team's brand new secondary jerseys were unveiled -- and are now available to buy at shop.sportingkc.com while supplies last -- and Matt Besler was introduced as the 2014 team captain.
The Victory Project held a silent auction to raise funds in its mission to help children thrive through challenges, Recycle Your Game collected gently used soccer equipment donations and a handful of fans walked away with once-in-a-lifetime prizes, including a day with the MLS Cup trophy and authentic MLS Cup champions medallions.
Check out all the sights and sounds in the photo slideshow above, as well as the video features below:
Sporting KC unveils new secondary kit
Matt Besler named captain
Peter Vermes addresses the fans
The Sporting KC Show will air tonight on Sports Radio 810 WHB live from #SportingTakeoff. Hosts Callum Williams and Andy Edwards will be joined by Sporting KC goalkeeper Eric Kronberg and Seattle Sounders broadcaster Ross Fletcher. Both guests will preview the upcoming season along with Saturday's season opener against the Sounders (2 p.m. CT, NBC Sports Network).
Tonight's show will air from 7-8 p.m. CT on 810 AM, online at 810WHB.com, and through the 810 WHB App (Android, iOS). You can join the conversation for tonight's show by calling 913-3-810-810 or tweeting your questions to CalWilliamsSKC and @AndyEdMLS.
ESPNFC's Alexi Lalas and Taylor Twellman cover all things Sporting KC in the latest Big Head Red Head Season Preview.
Photo by USA Today Sports Images
That's a wrap. Sporting Kansas City's 2014 preseason came to a close on Saturday night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Fla. and while the team had to settle for a second place finish in the Disney Pro Soccer Classic, Claudio Bieler's 87th minute volley capped off a phenomenal preseason as the Designated Player enters his second MLS campaign in 2014. After leading the team with 11 goals in MLS competition last year, Bieler started 2014 with five goals and six assists in seven preseason appearances.
Check out the full stat sheet below...
Major League Soccer's 19th season kicks off a week from today, when Sporting KC travels to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Seattle Sounders. That match will kick off at 2pm CT and can be seen nationally on NBC Sports Network.
Forget about Matt Besler's long throw-ins, did Chance Myers just unveil Sporting KC's new weapon?
A year ago today, we unveiled our new primary kits at a special event for Sporting KC Season Ticket Members.
Want to see the new secondary kits for 2014? Get your ticket for Sporting Takeoff. Tickets for next Tuesday's event are in limited supply, with the deadline to reserve your spot set for Friday afternoon.
Sporting Takeoff will feature the 2014 Sporting KC team, the announcement of the new captain as well as interactive games and food and beverage.
For more information, or to reserve your ticket, visit SportingKC.com/Takeoff.
Sporting Takeoff, presented by Ivy Funds, is taking over Hangar 1 at the Charles Wheeler Downtown Airport from 5:30-9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4 and today we're giving fans a sneak peek at the food and beverage options that will be available at this one-of-a-kind, free event. Attendees can choose from three different meals on the menu, in addition to a discounted kids meal:
MEAL 1 ($8): 1/4 lb. pulled pork sandwich on egg bun with pickle spear, corn cobbette and cookie
MEAL 2 ($8): Three Chipotle chicken street tacos with avocado crema, pickled red onion, cojita corn cobbett (Mexican street style) and cookie
MEAL 3 ($8): Roasted vegetable wrap, herb whipped goat cheese, corn cobbette and cookie
KIDS MEAL ($4): Grilled hot dog, potato chips and cookie
The beverage options will include Boulevard Beer, red or white wine, a specialty signature drink, soda and water. All alcoholic drinks will cost $5 and are available to fans age 21 and up; soda and water will be available for $2 each. Cash and credit card will be accepted at all vending locations.
All supporters planning to attend Sporting Takeoff must reserve a boarding pass online (limited availability). Fans can also take advantage of the Sporting Takeoff Special, which includes two drink vouchers, a $5 merchandise voucher to be used at the event and a free picture with the MLS Cup trophy. The package is available for adults ($12 in advance online, $15 day of event) and youth ($6 in advance online, $10 day of event).
Sporting Kansas City's new secondary jersey will be unveiled at the event, along with the introduction of the 2014 roster and the announcement of the team captain. All who attend will be entered into a raffle to win the MLS Cup trophy for a day, along with other prizes, and there will be a silent auction with proceeds going toward The Victory Project in its mission of helping kids thrive through challenges.
On the field, the Kansas City Blues Rugby Club are one of the top teams in the country as they compete in Division 1 and qualified for the National Championship in 2010. Off the field, the Sporting Club Network members are also making news thanks to their extreme fundraising stunt scheduled for this spring in conjunction with local nonprofit River of Refuge.
The KC Blues Rugby players will camp out in tents (rain, snow or shine) on the roof of the River of Refuge transitional living center until they raise $25,000 to help open the city's first-of-its-kind, comprehensive housing dedicated solely to homeless working families living in motels. Fifteen teammates will live in tents on the roof of the three-story building, beginning on March 6, and a web camera will live broadcast the activities of the Blues teammates to spread awareness for their fundraising efforts.
Funds will be raised through donations made at the website www.rooftopblues.com and this inaugural Rooftop Blues event will aid River of Refuge to open its first 11 apartments. This housing will offer free temporary refuge for working parents and their children as part of the organization's mission to help working families get out of motels, teach them to live independently and find permanent homes they can afford.
Heading into Wednesday's group stage finale against the Montreal Impact (watch live at 7 p.m. CT on SportingKC.com), Sporting Kansas City sits atop Group B with six points following wins over the New York Red Bulls and Fluminense FC U-23's.
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With a win or draw on Wednesday, Sporting Kansas City will advance to Saturday's championship match (live on WatchESPN at 7 p.m. CT) to face Group A winners Columbus. However, Sporting Kansas City could still go through with a loss based on tournament tiebreakers:
IF TWO TEAMS TIE
- Head to head result
- Net goal differential
- Most goals scored
- Least goals allowed
- Minus 1 game point for each red card/send-off
- Coin toss. The team whose home city is first alphabetically will call the coin toss
"If more than two teams are involved in a tie, tiebreaker number 2 (net goal differential) will be used first to rank the teams. If teams are still tied, tiebreaker number 3 (most goals scored) will be used to rank the teams, and so on until a tie is broken. Once a team has been ranked higher or lower, the tiebreaking procedure begins for the remaining tied teams with number 1. If more than two teams are still tied after tie breaker number 5 a coin toss will be held with the odd team being eliminated. The tiebreaking procedure begins for the remaining tied teams with number 1."
Translation? If Sporting KC loses by one and New York wins by one during their respective games on Wednesday, the winner of Group B would utimately come down to the head-to-head result between the two sides -- a tiebreaker that favors the MLS Cup champions courtesy of their 1-0 win over the Supporters' Shield holders last week.
So keep an eye on the scoreline when the New York Red Bulls and Fluminense FC U-23's meet at 2 p.m. CT on Wednesday. A New York victory by a one-goal margin could put the scenario in play for Sporting to take the Group B title should the team slip by a single goal against Montreal later that night.