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Sporting Kansas City Weekly Update: July 5, 2012

*Sporting KC hosts Houston Dynamo Saturday
*Sporting KC rallies for 3-1 win over Montreal Impact
*Join Sporting KC at Crossroads Block Party on Friday
*Support Sporting KC players in Fuzzy Fotos KC fundraiser
*Sporting KC waives Luke Sassano
*Tickets for USMNT World Cup Qualifier at LSP on sale July 24
*Six chosen from Sporting KC for 2012 All-Star ballot
*Sporting KC announces friendly with Montpellier
*Sporting KC to host Stoke City FC on August 1
*Prorated 2012 Season Ticket Plans Available
*Sporting KC Unveils Boys and Girls Youth Soccer Camps for 2012
*Follow Sporting KC Online

SPORTING KC HOSTS HOUSTON DYNAMO SATURDAY

Sporting Kansas City will host the Houston Dynamo at 7 p.m. CT this Saturday at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.  The match will be a much-anticipated rematch of the 2012 Eastern Cup Championship when Sporting KC fell 2-0 to the Dynamo last November at home.

The match, presented by Outback Steakhouse, will be broadcast locally on KCTV5, with coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT.  

U.S. Men's National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra will be making a special appearance and will be available for interviews at halftime.

SPORTING KC RALLIES FOR 3-1 WIN OVER MONTREAL IMPACT

Sporting Kansas City defeated the Montreal Impact by a 3-1 score line Wednesday at Stade Saputo in Montreal. After falling behind in the 49th minute on a goal from Patrice Bernier, Sporting KC came back with goals from Kei Kamara, Graham Zusi and Jacob Peterson in a 25-minute span.

Sporting Kansas City improved their record to 10-5-2 and moved into second place in the Eastern Conference, just one point shy of D.C. United.

JOIN SPORTING KC AT CROSSROADS BLOCK PARTY ON FRIDAY

Sporting Kansas City will take part in the Crossroads Summer Block Party being held from 4-11 p.m. CT on Friday in the Kansas City Crossroads Arts District.  The team will have a booth setup at the corner of 19th and Wyandotte beginning at 6 p.m. CT. Stop by for your chance to win an autographed jersey, tickets and play FIFA on the provided video game consoles.

The block party will feature local foods, live music and an afterparty at The Bulldog nearby. Click here more info and RSVP on the official Facebook page of Sporting KC.

SUPPORT SPORTING KC PLAYERS IN FUZZY FOTOS KC FUNDRAISER

Several Sporting Kansas City players and their dogs are competing in the Fuzzy Fotos KC fundraiser to benefit the Great Plains SPCA and the Kansas City Free Health Clinic. Fans can vote for Team Sporting KC by making a $5 donation. Make your donation toward the team's goal of $10,000 at the homepage for Team Sporting KC, featuring the following players:

 

  • Kei Kamara with Chelsea
  • Bobby Convey with Cooper and Vada
  • Chance Myers with Lela Rose
  • Graham Zusi with Baci
  • Eric Kronberg with Rambo
  • Matt Besler with Gipper

 

SPORTING KC WAIVES LUKE SASSANO

Sporting Kansas City has waived Luke Sassano. The 26-year-old midfielder appeared in 10 regular season MLS matches for Sporting Kansas City after arriving in 2011, scoring his first MLS goal in a 4-1 win at FC Dallas last season.

Sassano, a University of California alum, appeared in each of the club's four games in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup last year and played in 10 Reserve League fixtures for Sporting KC, tallying two assists. He also appeared in the team's international friendly against the English Premier League's Newcastle United FC and recorded two goals and two assists in exhibitions against Rockhurst University and the Kansas City Brass earlier this season.

TICKETS FOR USMNT WORLD CUP QUALIFIER AT LSP ON SALE JULY 24

Tickets for the upcoming U.S. Men's National Team World Cup qualifier at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., will go on sale to the public on July 24. The MNT concludes the Semifinal Round of FIFA World Cup qualifying by facing Guatemala on October 16 at 6 p.m. CT.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, July 24, at 10 a.m. CT through ussoccer.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000, at all Ticketmaster ticket centers throughout the Kansas City area (including Hen House Markets) and the LIVESTRONG Sporting Park ticket office (open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

Ultimate Fan Tickets (special VIP packages that include a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S. National Team jersey with name and number, VIP access to the field before and after the game, and other unique benefits) are also available for the game exclusively through ussoccer.com.

As a sponsor of U.S. Soccer, Visa® is pleased to offer all Visa cardholders access to an advance ticket sale for these matches before the sale to the general public. This advance sale begins at ussoccer.com on Friday, July 20, at 10 a.m. CT and runs until Tuesday, July 24, at 8 a.m. CT. Visa will be the only payment method accepted through the Visa presale and is the preferred card of U.S. Soccer. Terms and conditions apply.

The U.S. currently leads Group A with four points, ahead of Jamaica based on goal differential. Semifinal Round action resumes Sept. 7, with the United States facing Jamaica at "The Office" in Kingston.

SIX CHOSEN FROM SPORTING KC FOR 2012 ALL-STAR GAME BALLOT

Major League Soccer revealed the 114 names of players - six per club - who were nominated for the fan ballot by a panel of media members. Sporting Kansas City's representatives are goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen, defender Aurelien Collin, midfielders Roger Espinoza and Graham Zusi, as well as forwards Kei Kamara and C.J. Sapong. Voting is now closed.

The 11 players with the highest combined online, text and Twitter fan votes will become the First XI All-Stars and will be unveiled on Sunday at halftime of the Chicago Fire vs. LA Galaxy match. One of those 11 spots is automatically claimed by the player that earns the most text votes.

Watch the campaign videos for Sporting Kansas City players here.

SPORTING KC ANNOUNCES FRIENDLY WITH MONTPELLIER

Sporting Kansas City will host French Ligue 1 champions Montpellier HSC at 7:30 p.m. CT on Tuesday, July 24 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Tickets begin at $20 and are on sale to the public at Ticketmaster.com or at the LSP Box Offices.

All Sporting Kansas City Season Ticket Members will receive a ticket to the match, Special Game C, as part of their full-season ticket packages and parking is free for all Sporting KC home matches at LSP.

Founded in 1974, Montpellier Hérault Sport Club is coming off the club's best season in the team's storied history, winning the French Ligue 1 Title for the 2011-12 campaign. Led by French national team player Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (captain), as well as talented Moroccan international Younes Belhanda (awarded as best African player in France), Montpellier won 25 games and finished three points ahead of Paris Saint-Germain.

The first-place finish qualifies Montpellier HSC for the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League group stage to compete against the top clubs in Europe next season.

SPORTING KC TO HOST STOKE CITY FC ON AUGUST 1

Sporting Kansas City will host Stoke City FC of the Barclays Premier League at 7:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. Ticket prices begin at $20 and are on sale now

Founded in 1863, Stoke City are the oldest club in the Premier League and are led by Manager Tony Pulis and forward Peter Crouch, an England international with 22 goals in 42 appearances.

PRORATED 2012 SEASON TICKET PLANS AVAILABLE

Sporting Kansas City prorated season ticket plans are available for the remainder of the 2012 Major League Soccer season. The benefits include discounted rates, priority for purchasing playoff tickets, preferred parking and access to special events. 

For ticket information, visit www.sportingkc.com or call 888-4KC-GOAL.

SPORTING KC UNVEILS BOYS AND GIRLS YOUTH SOCCER CAMPS FOR 2012

Sporting Kansas City and the Sporting Kansas City Juniors youth development academy will again offer a series of youth soccer camps in 2012 for boys and girls of all ages. Please see the list of scheduled camps below:

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 new 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.

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