Weekly Update: Jan 16, 2013

All the latest news and notes from Sporting KC

Statement from Sporting Club on termination of LIVESTRONG partnership
Sporting KC teams up with Make-A-Wish
Tune in to the 2013 MLS SuperDraft tomorrow
Sporting KC's first training session OF 2013 to be held Friday
Special Edition of the Sporting KC Show airs tonight at 810 WHB
Sporting Park to host 2013 MLS All-Star Game, Vermes named coach
Sporting KC's Kempin selected to U.S. U-20 Men's National Team
Partial season ticket packages on sale now
Pre-Academy Spring Break Camp registration open to the public
Sporting KC releases 2013 full season schedule
Sporting Park hosting job fairs on Jan. 26 and Jan. 30
2013 Disney Pro Soccer Classic schedule announced
Sporting KC announces 2013 pre-season destinations
Sporting KC now taking deposits for 2013 reserved seating
Follow Sporting KC online

STATEMENT FROM SPORTING CLUB ON TERMINATION OFLIVESTRONG PARTNERSHIP
Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman released a statement on Tuesday announcing the termination of the partnership between Sporting Club and LIVESTRONG. The statement is posted in its entirety on SportingKC.com.

SPORTING KC TEAMS UP WITH MAKE-A-WISH
Make-A-Wish® Missouri announced on Wednesday its new partnership with Sporting Kansas City as a sponsor of the Kansas City Kids For Wish Kids® program. Kids For Wish Kids® (KFWK) is a service-learning program run completely by students, grades K-12. It empowers kids to come together and make a difference for their peers who are battling life-threatening illnesses while learning the value of leadership and community service.

Thanks to the sponsorship support from Sporting KC, students in these programs will now have the opportunity to win great prizes while wearing their Sporting Blue shirts or jerseys. Participating schools in KFWK will compete throughout the school year for tickets, fan packs and the opportunity to be recognized at a Sporting KC Make-A-Wish® game night, where principals of top fundraising schools will be congratulated on the field. In addition, the top two fundraising schools will also receive a visit from a Sporting KC team member.

"Sporting Club and Sporting Kansas City prides itself on helping the community and we are honored to partner with a great organization like Make-A-Wish®," said Sporting KC Vice President of Communications/Digital Rob Thomson. "The KFWK program is a wonderful way to help bring joy to families in a difficult time and we are very excited to take part and provide an outlet to accomplish this goal."

Schools now have the opportunity to show their Sporting KC team spirit while making wishes, like Connor's, come true. Nine-year-old Connor is a student at Raymore Elementary in the Raymore-Peculiar School District and suffers from Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. His one true wish is to go to Disney World.  The anticipation of his wish has given Connor strength as he endures daily treatments to battle his illness. "A lifetime of thank you's cannot express the amount of excitement and gratefulness we have to everyone that is helping to make Connor's wish to Disney World come true," says Kristine, Connor's mom.

Schools in the program will join together to help make Connor's wish come true or commit to raising more than $5,000 and adopting another Kansas City wish child.

"Wishes are more than just a nice thing. They strengthen kids in their battles against life-threatening medical conditions. They bring families closer and rally communities together to help grant wishes," said Make-A-Wish® Missouri President and CEO LuAnn Bott. "We 're thrilled to have the power of Sporting KC's partnership behind our KFWK program and have already seen an increase of schools enrolling including Connor's School.  Raymore Elementary will kick off their fundraising efforts to help make Connor's wish come true on January 25th."

Schools interested in enrolling in the KC Kids For Wish Kids® should contact program manger Tiffani Kintchen, 913-341-9474, tkintchen@mo.wish.org

TUNE IN TO THE 2013 MLS SUPERDRAFT TOMORROW
Major League Soccer will hold its annual SuperDraft presented by adidas at 11 a.m. CT on Thursday in Indianapolis, Ind.  Sporting Kansas City holds the No. 14 overall selection in the first round of the draft. Fans can watch the entire event live on SportingKC.com beginning at 11 a.m. CT or follow pick-by-pick on MLSSoccer.com.

Photos and video from the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday will be available via FTP for media use. Additionally, media are encouraged to submit all interview requests for Sporting Kansas City's draft selection to Alice Schroeder (913-302-1565) of the Sporting Kansas City communications department.

SPORTING KC'S FIRST TRAINING SESSION OF 2013 TO BE HELD FRIDAY
Sporting Kansas City will hold their first training session of the 2013 season on Friday at the Kansas City Chiefs Indoor Practice Facility, located west of Arrowhead Stadium at the Truman Sports Complex. All media are encouraged to attend for video, interview and photo opportunities and will be allowed to enter the facility at 10:45 a.m. CT. Media members are asked to please park in the extended portion of the player lot on the west side of the practice facility and enter through the doors on the side of the practice field.

Please note: Friday's training will be the only media availability in Kansas City for Sporting KC players and coaches before the team departs for Tucson, Ariz. on Sunday for the first leg of their pre-season. All media members planning to attend Friday's practice are encouraged to contact Alice Schroeder (913-302-1565) of the Sporting Kansas City communications department in advance for assistance in facilitating media access.

SPECIAL EDITION OF THE SPORTING KC SHOW AIRS TONIGHT ON 810 WHB
The Sporting KC Show will make its triumphant return to Sports Radio 810 WHB at 6:30 p.m. CT tonight.  Dave Borchardt and Andy Edwards will return as hosts and will preview the 2013 season and interview new Sporting KC signing Benny Feilhaber. Fans are encouraged to call 913-3-810-810 to join the discussion.

SPORTING PARK TO HOST 2013 MLS ALL-STAR GAME, VERMES NAMED COACH
Kansas City will be the host city for the 2013 MLS All-Star Game. The annual showcase event will feature three days of festivities, culminating in a match between the League's top players and a renowned international club on Wednesday, July 31 at Sporting Park, home of Sporting Kansas City.

The 2013 MLS All-Star Game will be broadcast live at 7:30 p.m. CT on the ESPN, Univision, TSN and RDS family of networks. Exact networks will be announced at a later date. Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes, a finalist for MLS Coach of the Year each of the last two seasons, will coach the 2013 MLS All-Stars. 

The 2013 All-Star Game will mark the 10th time that an elite international club has played the MLS All-Stars, who are 6-2-1 in those matches. In addition to honoring the best players in MLS, the game has featured successful, world-famous clubs such as Manchester United (2010 & 2011), Everton FC (2009), Chelsea FC (2006 & 2012), and Chivas de Guadalajara (2003). The opponent for this year's game will be announced at a later date.

SPORTING KC'S KEMPIN SELECTED TO U.S. U-20 MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jon Kempin was named to the United States Under-20 Men's National Team for a training camp from Jan. 14-22 in Mexico, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced on Friday.

Kempin, 19, is one of two goalkeepers chosen to the 20-player roster by head coach Tab Ramos. The U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team will face Panama in closed-door matches on Jan. 19 and Jan. 21.The training camp will take place in Puebla, Mexico, which serves as the site of the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship from Feb. 18 - March 3. The event serves as the qualifying tournament for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey with the top four teams from the CONCACAF region securing berths.

A Leawood, Kan. native, Kempin was Sporting Kansas City's first Home Grown Player upon signing at age 17 in 2010. He has extensive experience at the Youth National Team level and was a member of the United States Under-23 National Team in November 2011 for a training camp held in Germany. He last played for the Under-20's at the Torneo de las Americas in November 2010.

Kempin will join Sporting Kansas City for pre-season in Tucson, Ariz. on Jan. 23.

PARTIAL SEASON TICKET PACKAGES ON SALE NOW
Sporting Kansas City partial season tickets (10-game packs) plans are now available for the 2013 season at Sporting Park. Fans may choose between two options, each of which feature eight MLS regular season home games and both CONCACAF Champions League group stage matches. 

More information can be found on our 2013 Partial Season Ticket Plans page or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL.

PRE-ACADEMY SPRING BREAK CAMP REGISTRATION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
The 2013 Pre-Academy Spring Break Camp is open to all boys (8-16yrs old) who are looking to play for the Sporting KC Academy program in the future.  All players will have the opportunity to be trained by and be evaluated by Sporting KC Academy coaching staff members. This camp is offered to the committed player who wants to be part of U.S. Soccer's Development Academy as well as the Sporting KC Academy. The training sessions will be challenging, fun and will allow players to improve technically, tactically, physically, and psychologically. 

When: March 18th-20th (Monday-Wednesday)
Who: Boys Ages 8-16yrs old
Schedule:
·     9am-10:30am: 14-16 years old
·     11am-12:30pm: 11-13 years old
·     1:30pm-3:00pm: 8-10 years old
Where: Sporting Club Training Center in Swope Park
Cost: $125 (Includes adidas Sporting KC shirt)

SPORTING KC RELEASES FULL SCHEDULE FOR 2013 SEASON
Sporting Kansas City recently released the club's 34-game regular season schedule for the 2013 Major League Soccer season, highlighted by 13 matches that will be carried on national television networks across the United States.

Full season tickets start at $400 for 20-game packages, which will include all 17 MLS home regular season matches as well as both CONCACAF Champions League group stage home games and all home matches in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup through the quarterfinal round (up to three potential games). Visit SportingKC.com, email tickets@sportingkc.com or call 888-4KC-GOAL to reserve seats.

Single-game tickets for the first nine home matches will go on sale to the general public on Feb. 7. Season Ticket Members will have access to a pre-sale starting on Jan. 31 for single-game tickets to all 17 MLS regular season home matches.

SPORTING PARK HOSTING JOB FAIRS ON JAN. 26 AND JAN. 30
Sporting Park will be hosting two job fairs to hire part time event staff employees for the upcoming season. The job fairs will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and on Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Job fairs will be located at in the Members' Club of Sporting Park, One Sporting Way, Kansas City, KS 66111.

Various part-time positions are needed, including concierges, ushers, ticket takers, merchandise and box office representatives. Applicants must be at least 18. Park in Lot D behind Lonestar Restaurant, and enter Members' Club Entrance. For more information, email Stephen at guestservices@sportingkc.com or call 913-912-7511.

2013 DISNEY PRO SOCCER CLASSIC SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
The schedule has been announced for the 2013 Disney Pro Soccer Classic. The six Major League Soccer (MLS) teams participating in Central Florida Soccer Spring Training, as well as Orlando City Soccer Club (USL) and the Tampa Bay Rowdies (NASL), will compete in two weeks of group play, with Group A consisting of Orlando City, Philadelphia Union, Toronto Football Club and Columbus Crew. Teams in Group B will include the Tampa Bay Rowdies, D.C. United, Montreal Impact and Sporting Kansas City. All games will be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World.

Travel packages are available that include lodging, Disney Pro Soccer Classic game tickets, attraction tickets and exclusive VIP experiences. Additionally, Soccer Spring Training will include a number of events aimed at increasing excitement for soccer in Central Florida, including a College Combine, International Trials and amateur soccer tournaments.

For more information about Central Florida Soccer Spring Training and to book a travel package, please visit www.SoccerSpringTraining.com or call the official travel provider, GET Travel, at 888-877-4445, option 3.

SPORTING KC ANNOUNCES 2013 PRE-SEASON DESTINATIONS
Sporting Kansas City will travel to Tucson, Ariz. and Orlando, Fla. for the team's 2013 pre-season. The team will arrive in Tucson on Jan. 20 for a two-week stay and will participate in The Desert Friendlies presented by FC Tucson against other MLS competition at the Kino Sports Complex. The matches will be open to the public with tickets to go on sale later this month.

Visit FCTucson.com for more information. The upcoming pre-season will mark the third straight year that Sporting Kansas City has selected Tucson as a pre-season site.

After returning home to Kansas City on Feb. 2, the club will depart for the second leg of the 2013 pre-season in Orlando on Feb. 7. Sporting Kansas City will be one of several MLS teams once again competing in the 2013 Disney Pro Soccer Classic at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex from Feb. 9-23. Sporting Kansas City supporters can follow the club to Central Florida to see the team compete in the tournament while enjoying all of the world class attractions Orlando has to offer. Travel packages are available that include lodging, match tickets, attraction tickets and exclusive VIP experiences. Visit SoccerSpringTraining.com for details

In addition to the MLS regular season schedule, Sporting Kansas City's 2013 campaign will be highlighted by the club's defense of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title and participation in the 2013-2014 CONCACAF Champions League. Season tickets for the 2013 season at Sporting Park start at $300 for a20-game package and are available to purchase by calling 888-4KC-GOAL. 

SPORTING KC NOW TAKING DEPOSITS FOR 2013 RESERVED SEATING
Sporting Kansas City supporters can now place 2013 Season Ticket Deposits for all Reserved Seating at Sporting Park by calling 888-4KC-GOAL or visiting here.

FOLLOW SPORTING KC ONLINE
Sporting Kansas City fans looking to keep up with the club on the worldwide web now have a place to go. The new social media page on SportingKC.com features Twitter account information for the club, its players as well as many staff members. Additionally, fans may take advantage of the Media Recap page for all the latest independent news coverage available online.