There are just 26 days left until the boys kick off their 2013 MLS campaign and that means preseason is in full effect. The team has been training hard and coming together nicely through the first phase of preseason these past couple weeks in Tucson and now they are back in KC and looking ahead. The team will switch their focus to the Disney Pro Soccer Classic. The tournament will highlight the second phase of their preparation for the MLS season.
Six MLS teams will be participating in the Disney Pro Soccer Classic as well as one USL team and one NASL team. The teams have been separated into two groups. Toronto, Philadelphia, Columbus and Orlando City make up Group A while Sporting KC finds itself in Group B with D.C. United, Montreal, and Tampa Bay.
The team will play four games in the tourney. Sporting KC will take on two MLS foes in the Montreal Impact on Feb. 9 and D.C. United on Feb. 13. Then, Sporting KC will wrap up group play on the Feb. 16 against the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the NASL. Sporting Kansas City will play their final game of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic on Feb. 23 against the team in Group A that finishes in the same position that Sporting KC does respectively. The guys might be going to Disney, but the team is all business as these are their last games before the MLS season begins.
With this trip, Sporting KC will also see the return of Matt Besler and Graham Zusi to the team, while newcomer Benny Feilhaber has already rejoined the squad from his stint with the United States Men's National Team. Besler and Zusi have been selcted to play for Jürgen Klinsmann and the USMNT in the final round of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Honduras on Wednesday (3pm CT on beIN SPORT).
Manager Peter Vermes is more than ready to have them back and work them into the mix in Orlando. Check out the video below to hear what PV had to say about preseason in Kansas City and to get an inside look at the team as they prepare for their trip to Disney.