Sporting Legends is an initiative launched in 2013 that pays tribute to the individuals who have played an instrumental role within the Sporting Kansas City organization and in the growth of soccer throughout the Midwest. The hall of honor allows former stars of the club to reengage with our ever-growing, passionate fan base, while continuing to assist our effort to grow the game in a meaningful and tangible way on a regional and national level.
Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes, former Kansas City defender Jimmy Conrad and the late Lamar Hunt were inducted into the 2014 Sporting Legends class during an on-field ceremony at Children's Mercy Park. Clark Hunt, Chairman and CEO of the Kansas City Chiefs, joined Vermes and Conrad to receive halftime recognition on his father's behalf. The trio joined Preki, Tony Meola and Bob Gansler, who became members of the inaugural Sportings Legends class in August 2013.
Sporting Legends began inducting one player annually in 2015, when Chris Klein was added to the ranks. He was followed by current assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin in 2016 and longtime forwards Mo Johnston and Josh Wolff in 2017 and 2019, respectively.
Click on the names below to learn more about our nine club Legends.
2013: Inaugural Class
2014: The Second Class
2015: Chris Klein
2016: Kerry Zavagnin
2017: Mo Johnston
2019: Josh Wolff
SPORTING LEGENDS PYLONS IN UMB PREMIUM ENTRY
|Bob Gansler||2013||The coaching polo he wore in the 2000 MLS Cup|
|Tony Meola||2013||A game-worn pair of goalkeeper gloves|
|Preki||2013||An autographed pair of game-worn cleats|
|Jimmy Conrad||2014||Cleats and an autographed ball he used in the 2006 FIFA World Cup|
|Lamar Hunt||2014||A photo of Hunt during 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup postgame celebrations|
|Peter Vermes||2014||The U.S. Men's National Team jersey he wore in the 1989 match against Trinidad and Tobago that qualified the U.S. for the 1990 World Cup|
|Chris Klein||2015||His game-worn jersey from the 2000 MLS Cup|
|Kerry Zavagnin||2016||The five cup medals he has won in Kansas City as a player or coach (2000 and 2013 MLS Cup; 2004, 2012 and 2015 U.S. Open Cup)|
|Mo Johnston||2017||His 2000 MLS Cup championship ring|
|Josh Wolff||2019||The U.S. Men's National Team jersey he wore in the 2006 FIFA World Cup|