Sporting Kansas City will headline the 2014 Disney Pro Soccer Classic field at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Sporting KC, along with the Philadelphia Union and the Columbus Crew, are the latest entries into the February event at Walt Disney World in suburban Orlando.
Sporting KC's USL PRO affiliate Orlando City SC and fellow MLS side Montreal Impact will also participate in the eight-team pre-season tournament. The remainder of the field will be announced in the next several weeks.
The team will arrive in Central Florida on Feb. 15 for two weeks of pre-season training and competition, culminating with the Disney Pro Soccer Classic title game on March 1. Sporting KC returns to the tournament for the third straight year, this time fresh off its MLS Cup championship over Real Salt Lake.
“Having marquee MLS teams such as the MLS champions in the field is evidence of the prestige and popularity this event has among the elite teams in pro soccer. The competition this year is going to be fierce which means the fans are in for a real treat,’’ said Mike Millay, Director of Business Development at Disney Sports.
Entering its fifth year, the Disney Pro Soccer Classic is designed to boost interest in soccer throughout Central Florida and establish the area as a prime training and competition destination for pro soccer clubs. Last year, the event at Disney attracted fans from across the U.S. and Canada and gave them a unique opportunity for an intimate fan experience at a world-class facility.
For more information on the Disney Pro Soccer Classic, visit espnwwos.com/prosoccerclassic. Travel packages are available through GetTravel.com. The packages may include accommodations near Walt Disney World Resort, game tickets, ground transportation and discounted Disney theme park tickets.
Sporting Kansas City will also conduct of a portion of the club's 2014 pre-season schedule in Tucson, Ariz. from Jan. 23 - Feb. 7.