LIVESTRONG Sporting Park under the lights

Kansas City Hosts New England Revolution In Home Opener Saturday

N.E. Revolution (0-1-0, 0 pts) at Sporting KC (1-0-0, 3 pts)
Saturday, March 17, 2012 – 7:30 p.m. CT
LIVESTRONG Sporting Park | Kansas City, KS
English TV: KSMO
Spanish Radio: La Gran D 1340 AM
Sporting Kansas City will host the New England Revolution at 7:30 p.m. CT on Saturday in the team’s 2012 home opener at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. The match, presented by Sprint, will air live locally on KSMO-TV, beginning with a 30-minute pre-game show.
Fans can also tune into a special Sporting KC gameday show on 610 Sports Radio from 6-7 p.m. CT on Saturday. Additionally, live match coverage will be available over the airwaves on La Gran D 1340AM for Spanish listeners.
A limited number of tickets are still available for the highly-anticipated home opener and can be purchased online at or at the LSP Box Offices.
A full slate of festivities are scheduled for Saturday and supporters are encouraged to arrive early in light of the capacity crowd. Parking lots and the LSP Members’ Club open at 4:30 p.m. CT, followed by the Sprint Plaza at 5:30 p.m. CT and the stadium’s seating areas at 6 p.m. CT.
The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive the team’s 2012 schedule and car magnet, courtesy of Sprint, and Saturday will mark the first time Sporting Kansas City season ticket members have the option to enter the stadium using their membership cards instead of printed tickets.
In conjunction with St. Patrick’s Day, special Sporting Kansas City scarves will be available to purchase amongst all the new merchandise for 2012 and the O’Riada-Mccarty-Manning Academy of Irish Dance will perform at halftime.
Immediately following the match, a post-game party will be held in the Members’ Club hosted by 96.5 the Buzz’s Slimfast and featuring ticket giveaways and food specials.
Sporting Kansas City (1-0-0) are atop the Eastern Conference after a 1-0 win at D.C. United last Saturday. After entering late in the second half, reigning MLS Rookie of the Year C.J. Sapong scored the game’s only goal in the 93rd minute on a corner kick from Graham Zusi. Team captain Jimmy Nielsen posted his 18th career MLS shutout in the victory, lowering his MLS career goals against average to a club-best 1.14.
New England (0-1-0) fell by the same scoreline in Head Coach Jay Heaps’ debut last weekend at San Jose. The Revolution revamped their roster during the offseason, highlighted by the signing of striker Saer Sene from Bayern Munich and SuperDraft selections Kelyn Rowe and Tyler Polak. Captain Shalrie Joseph and goalkeeper Matt Reis continue to provide a veteran presence in the New England lineup, while American international Benny Feilhaber enters his first full MLS season in 2012.
Sporting Kansas City leads the all-time series against New England with a 20-13-9 record and hold a 10-6-4 advantage at home in previous meetings. Sporting Kansas City is 10-2-4 all-time in home openers and has lost only once in the last 12 years in their home debut.