A major week of soccer festivities lies ahead for Kansas City as the U.S. Women's National Team arrives, KC2026 welcomes a delegation from FIFA for a venue visit and Sporting takes on Seattle in a nationally-televised match between the top two teams in the Western Conference.
SPORTING KC SHOW ON TUESDAY
The Sporting KC Show will set the stage for the exciting week ahead when it airs on Sports Radio 810 WHB from 6-7 p.m. CT on Tuesday with hosts Nate Bukaty, Aly Trost and Conall McCourt. The Sporting KC Show Podcast is available on Spotify, iTunes and SportingKC.com, giving supporters a weekly destination to catch up on club storylines, player achievements, guest interviews and more.
USWNT RETURN TO KANSAS CITY
The U.S. Women's National Team will take on Korea Republic at 7 p.m. CT on Thursday at Children's Mercy Park live on ESPN2 and TUDN with a roster headlined by Carli Lloyd, who will play the penultimate international match of her legendary career. Tickets for the match are available online at Ticketmaster.com.
WE WANT THE WORLD CUP
The KC2026 bid to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to Kansas City will host a delegation from FIFA on Thursday for an official venue visit. Representatives led by FIFA Vice-President Victor Montagliani will meet with local stakeholders, including city and stadium authorities, while inspecting essential infrastructure such as stadiums, training facilities and potential FIFA Fan Festival sites as FIFA assesses bids prior to selecting host cities in 2022.
Printable posters and social media graphics, in both English and Spanish, are available to download for soccer fans throughout the region to show their support for Kansas City's bid to bring the 2026 FIFA World Cup to the Midwest. In addition, individuals who would like to display a KC2026 sign at their home or business in downtown KC can pick up a free 18x24 poster while supplies last at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce offices in Suite 301 on the third floor of Union Station from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
BREAKOUT & SEEK AT CMP ON SATURDAY
On Saturday, Breakout KC has teamed up with Sporting KC to host a scavenger hunt at Children's Mercy Park. Breakout & Seek will feature teams of up to six people racing to complete puzzles and challenges throughout the stadium with prizes up for grabs. Registration starts at 10 a.m. CT and the cost to enter is $100 per team.
BEST IN THE WEST GO HEAD TO HEAD ON SATURDAY
Sporting Kansas City (15-7-7, 52 points) will travel to take on the Seattle Sounders FC (17-6-6, 57 points) at 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday at Lumen Field. The match, featuring two of the top three goal scorers in Major League Soccer with Sporting forward Daniel Salloi and Sounders striker Raul Ruidiaz, will air live nationally on Univision and TUDN in addition to local telecasts on Bally Sports Kansas City and Bally Sports Midwest. Fans are invited to attend the club's official watch party at Mr. Brew's Taphouse (3140 Iowa St.) in Lawrence, Kan.
SPORTING KC II ALSO FACE FIRST-PLACE FOE
Sporting Kansas City II (4-18-8, 8th place) will continue their USL Championship campaign with a road match against Central Division leaders Birmingham Legion FC (17-7-6, 1st place) at 4 p.m. CT on Sunday at BBVA Field. The match-up will stream live on ESPN Plus and fans can follow @SportingKCII on Twitter for in-game updates.
ACADEMY CONTINUES CAMPAIGN
The Sporting Kansas City Academy will also be in action on Sunday afternoon as the U-14s, U-15s, U-17s and U-19s travel to take on Texas United. Fans can follow @SKCAcademy on Twitter for in-game updates throughout the MLS NEXT season.
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