Preseason Countdown presented by Children's Mercy - 3 Days

Preseason Countdown presented by Children's Mercy: 3 Days until MLS is Back

As Sporting Kansas City prepares for its 26th season as a charter member of Major League Soccer, is rolling out a 26-day countdown to the start of the 2021 campaign. A mouthwatering opening weekend of MLS action will see Sporting Kansas City visit the New York Red Bulls at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday, giving supporters their first look at Manager Peter Vermes’ side since last December.

The 2021 Preseason Countdown, presented by Children’s Mercy, serves as the comprehensive, go-to preview of everything that awaits Sporting Kansas City in the weeks and months to come. From key storylines and bold predictions to statistical breakdowns and players to watch, the 2021 Preseason Countdown highlights the many reasons to be excited for what’s ahead. To visit the series homepage as it expands, head to

At long last, the 2021 MLS season has arrived.

But before we settle in and soak up Saturday's highly anticipated curtain raiser between Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red. Bulls, supporters of all ages have some homework to do.

The assignment is simple: if you haven't done so already, download the Sporting KC app for free via the App Store or Google Play. There are five legitimate reasons it'll be well worth your time.

1. Immediate access to all Sporting news and video content

With Sporting matches coming thick and fast in 2021, fans have a one-stop shop to stay up to date on the latest news, features, videos and more. Whether you're following the match on your phone, checking out postgame highlights or simply want to soak up everything Sporting, the app has you covered.

2. A library of all the latest and greatest Sporting gifs

Who on social media doesn't like a good gif? Better yet, who doesn't like a good gif of captain Johnny Russell, Gadi Kinda, Graham Zusi, Ilie Sanchez, Roger Espinoza and other Sporting studs?

3. Mobile ordering

Available exclusively on Sporting home matchdays, mobile ordering is located within the app and allows guests at Children's Mercy Park to place food, beverage and merchandise orders for easy, streamlined pickup.

4. The unique ability to customize your app logo

The app gives users the ability to customize their experience in a variety of ways, including the design of their very own app logo.

5. Everything you need to know about the club, all in one place

From standings, schedules and rosters to score alerts, breaking news and Twitter integration, the app serves as your handheld hub for all things Sporting.

6. Exclusive offers that can only be found in the app

In addition to shopping the MLS Store, app users will experience a variety of unique and exclusive benefits throughout the season.