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Weekly Update: September 18, 2013

Sporting KC extend lead atop CCL Group 2 with 1-1 draw against Real Esteli FC on Tuesday
Sporting KC hit the road this weekend
Oriol Rosell voted No. 14 on MLSsoccer.com's 24 under 24
Erik Palmer-Brown named to U.S. U-18 Men's National Team roster for upcoming camp
Sporting KC sign defender Federico Bessone 
Braden's Hope/Sporting KC calendars now on sale
#VoteSporting: Zusi for FIFA 14 cover
Sporting KC on air
Sporting Park box office shifts to gameday hours only
Sporting Park to host U.S. MNT in final home World Cup Qualifier
Peter Vermes to be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on October 11
Enter the KIA Total Fan Experience Sweepstakes
Sporting KC season ticket renewal campaign
2014 season tickets
Away tickets available now
Flatlands Festival at Sporting Park
Follow Sporting KC online

SPORTING KC EXTEND LEAD ATOP CCL GROUP 2 WITH 1-1 DRAW AGAINST REAL ESTELI FC ON TUESDAY 
Sporting Kansas City hosted Real Esteli FC in CONCACAF Champions League at Sporting Park on Tuesday night. The match concluded in a 1-1 draw at Sporting Park.

Esteli got on the board first converting a Samuel Wilson corner kick just eight minutes after Wilson was subbed into the match. Rudel Calero beat his mark to the ball and headed it past Kronberg to give Esteli the 1-0 lead in the 54th minute.

Sporting KC equalized in the 78th minute also on a corner kick. Graham Zusi stood over the set piece, and drove the ball low and hard to the near post for a streaking Jacob Peterson. The Indiana University product slipped it past Justo Lorente to tie the score at 1-1.

Sporting Kansas City continued to apply high pressure in the waning moments of the match, but could not capitalize on their chances. At final whistle, Sporting KC earned the 1-1 draw extending their lead atop CCL Group 2 with one match left to play in the group stage. The final match will be at Sporting Park on October 23 against CD Olimpia at 7 p.m. CT. A limited number of tickets are still available for the match and can be purchased atTicketmaster.com.

SPORTING KC HITS THE ROAD THIS WEEKEND
Sporting KC returns to MLS competition on Saturday after receiving a bye last weekend. Sporting KC faces Canadian side Toronto FC at 3 p.m. CT at BMO Field.

Sporting KC and Toronto FC have met twice during the 2013 MLS regular season with each team boasting one victory. Sporting KC lost to Toronto FC in the clubs' first meeting in Canada by a scoreline of 2-1. Sporting KC conceded two Robert Earnshaw goals in the first 21 minutes of the match. Claudio Bieler cut the deficit in half in the 77th minute but Sporting KC could not complete the comeback. Earnshaw and Bieler both lead their clubs for goals scored with seven and 10, respectively.

In the second match this year, Sporting KC earned the 3-0 victory on a Claudio Bieler goal and a Soony Saad brace.

ORIOL ROSELL VOTED NO. 14 ON MLSSOCCER.COM'S 24 UNDER 24
Sporting KC midfielder Oriol Rosell was named No. 14 on Major League Soccer's countdown of the top 24 players under the age of 24. Rosell is the first Sporting KC player to feature in this year's countdown.

Each year, MLSsoccer.com polls a series of soccer journalists from around the country and asks them to grade players based on the following criteria: technical, tactical, physical attributes, personality and potential.

Rosell is 21 years old and currently leads all Sporting KC players in games started (31), games played (32), minutes played (2,705) in all competitions this season. Rosell also leads all MLS players with 113 interceptions.

ERIK PALMER-BROWN NAMED TO U.S. U-18 MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER FOR UPCOMING CAMP
Sporting KC homegrown defender Erik Palmer-Brown was named to the 36-man roster for the upcoming U.S. U-18 Men's National Team Training Camp.

"Playing with the National team is always an honor," Palmer-Brown said. "I look forward to going down there and building up my confidence for when I get back to Kansas City."

The week-long training camp will be held at the U.S. Soccer's National Training Center in Carson, Calif. From Sept. 22-29.

SPORTING KC SIGNS DEFENDER FEDERICO BESSONE
Sporting KC signed FC Barcelona Academy product Federico Bessone, last Friday. Bessone will be added to the team's roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 Visa.

Bessone was signed by Kansas City on the day of the MLS roster freeze deadline and will occupy a senior international spot.

BRADEN'S HOPE/SPORTING KC CALENDARS NOW ON SALE
For the second consecutive year, Sporting KC has partnered with Braden's Hope to raise funds and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer. Sporting KC fans can support the cause by purchasing the Braden's Hope/Sporting KC calendar. The 2014 calendar features 12 different Sporting KC players paired with childhood cancer heroes.

Calendars can be purchased at Sporting Style stores at Sporting Park as well as online at bradenshop.org. 100% of the proceeds from calendar sales go directly to raise awareness and funds for targeted treatments of childhood cancer.

#VOTESPORTING: ZUSI FOR FIFA 14 COVER
Today is the last day to vote Sporting Kansas City All-Star Graham Zusi as one of the four MLS players featured on the official downloadable MLS FIFA '14 custom cover.

This is the second straight year that EA SPORTS is giving Major League Soccer fans the chance to vote for their favorite players ahead of the upcoming release of FIFA '14. The top four vote getters amongst the 19 candidates (one from each club) will earn a spot on the specially-designed cover.

By voting, you will be entered to win a VIP package for MLS Cup 2013.

SPORTING KC ON AIR 
The Sporting KC Show will air live tonight on Sports Radio 810 WHB from 7-8 p.m. CT. Host Callum Williams, Andy Edwards and Carter Augustine will be joined by Sporting KC striker Soony Saad and Toronto FC defender Steven Caldwell to preview Saturday's match.

Fans are encouraged to call 913-3-810-810 to join the discussion while listening live locally on 810 AM or nationwide on 810whb.com or via the station's free mobile app.

SPORTING PARK BOX OFFICE SHIFTS TO GAMEDAY HOURS ONLY
The Sporting Park Box Offices will only operate on gamedays for the remainder of the 2013 season. Please note the following gameday box office hours:

  • East Box Office
    • 10 a.m. CT - Halftime
  •  West Box Office
  • 3 hours prior to kickoff - Halftime

All tickets for upcoming Sporting KC home matches and additional events at Sporting Park may be purchased online at TicketMaster.com.

SPORTING PARK TO HOST U.S. MNT IN FINAL HOME WORLD CUP QUALIFIER
The U.S. Men's National Team booked their spot to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil with last week's 2-0 win over Mexico in Columbus. Sporting Park will host the USMNT on Oct. 11 in the team's final home qualifying match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in front of a sold-out crowd. The U.S. MNT returns to Sporting Park to play Jamaica, live on ESPN, WatchESPN and UniMas at 5:30 p.m. CT.

PETER VERMES TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME ON OCTOBER 11
U.S. Soccer announced that the former U.S. Men's National Team forwards Peter Vermes and Joe-Max Moore will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame on Oct. 11 in a ceremony taking place at 2 p.m. CT on the Sprint Plaza at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

ENTER THE KIA TOTAL FAN EXPERIENCE SWEEPSTAKES
Sporting KC and Kia are teaming up for the Kia Total Fan Experience sweepstakes throughout the month of September to offer a prize package that features two (2) tickets inside a Sporting Park Suite for Sporting Kansas City's MLS regular season home finale on Oct. 18 against D.C. United, as well as a pre-game on-field experience and an autographed Sporting KC jersey.

Enter online at SportingKC.com/Kia before the sweepstakes ends at 11:59 p.m. CT on September 30. The winner will be randomly selected on Oct. 1.

SPORTING KC SEASON TICKETS RENEWAL CAMPAIGN
Sporting KC supporters can renew their season tickets online through Sporting Kansas City Account Manager or by contacting their Client Services Executive directly. The last day to guarantee a Season Ticket Member's current seat location is Friday, September 27.

2014 SEASON TICKETS 
Sporting Kansas City is now taking deposits for new season ticket members for the 2014 season at state-of-the-art Sporting Park. The non-refundable deposits are $150 per seat for premium areas and $50 per seat for all other sections and provide fans with priority position for securing full season tickets in 2014.

Additionally, all fans on the Sporting Kansas City season ticket member waiting list will be given access to pre-sale opportunities for select special events at Sporting Park (subject to availability). For more information, click here or stop by the Sporting KC sales tables on Saturday at Sporting Park -- conveniently located on the concourse near the Budweiser Corner or by the East Stand.

AWAY TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW
Reserve your complimentary away ticket to Sporting Kansas City's match on October 5 at the Columbus Crew, October 9 at the Houston Dynamo and October 26 at the Philadelphia Union by clicking here.

FLATLANDS FESTIVAL AT SPORTING PARK 
Sporting Park hosted the Flatlands Country Music Festival at Sporting Park last Thursday through Saturday. The new country music and camping festival, presented by Marquee Events and Sporting Club, featured performances from several of the most popular artists in country music over three days.

Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Rodney Atkins, Thompson Square and Kevin Fowler performed on Friday, Sept. 13. Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Kellie Pickler, Love and Theft, and JT Hodges took the stage on Sat., Sept. 14.

There were more than 38,000 fans that visited Sporting Park over the three-day festival, which included a free concert on the Sprint Plaza Thursday night.

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 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.
 
Also, Sporting Kansas City's 2013 media guide is now available online and fans can find all the latest information for Sporting Kansas City matches at SportingKC.com/GameOn.
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