The reason why we do this is for exactly this: it’s to win championships. And the great thing about this club is that we mean what we say and we say what we mean. And we go after it... This club is all about winning championships. Everything that we do is about winning.
ON THE IMPORTANCE OF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
CHAMPIONS PLAY IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best. And the pinnacle of soccer in the region is the CONCACAF Champions League. The top clubs from North America, Central America and the Caribbean come together for a 16-team knockout style tournament, with the champion earning the right to compete in the FIFA Club World Cup against champions from around the world. The elite. The best of the best. The Champions play in the Champions League.
HOW WE GOT HERE
2017 U.S. OPEN CUP CHAMPIONS
Sporting earned their spot in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League when they lifted the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 2-1 win over the New York Red Bulls at Children’s Mercy Park.
Because of the new structure of the tournament that began in 2018, two teams each from the 2017 and 2018 seasons qualified for the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League:
• The champions of the MLS Cup, in 2017 and 2018
• The champions of the U.S. Open Cup in 2017 and 2018
This is Sporting KC's Sixth Appearance in the Tournament.
*Previously known as the CONCACAF Champions Cup
FIFA CLUB WORLD CUP
There’s an empty spot in the trophy case at Sporting’s brand new Pinnacle training center that serves as a daily reminder of the ultimate goal in club soccer: the FIFA Club World Cup. It’s a chance to measure up against the best teams in the world, and no MLS club has ever qualified. Win the CONCACAF Champions League in 2019, and Sporting KC can be the first team from the United States to take on the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, or Corinthians in a competitive match where the title of “World Champions” is on the line.