Sporting KC Weekly Update: March 16, 2016

UNBEATEN SPORTING KC TO HOST TORONTO FC ON SUNDAY
Sporting KC will seek its third straight win to start the 2016 MLS season on Sunday when the club hosts Toronto FC at Children's Mercy Park in a nationally televised game on FS1 and FOX Deportes. The match will kick off at 6 p.m. CT with local radio broadcasts on 99.3 FM, 1510 AM and La Grande 1340 AM. The Final Whistle: Sporting KC Postgame Show will air live at the conclusion of the game on 99.3 FM.

A pair of 2015 playoff teams will go head to head as Sporting KC (2-0-0) and Toronto FC (1-0-1) look to extend their unbeaten starts to the season, and a limited number of tickets for the match are available via Ticketmaster.com or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL.

SPORTING KC TOPS VANCOUVER 2-1 IN 2016 HOME OPENER
Sporting KC won its second straight match to open the 2016 MLS season on Saturday as Dom Dwyer scored both goals in a 2-1 victory over Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Children’s Mercy Park.

Dwyer moved into third place in club history with his 46th and 47th career goals in all competitions, propelling Sporting KC (2-0-0, 6 points) to the top of the early Western Conference standings. Saturday’s crowd of 20,178 was the largest attendance for a home opener at Children’s Mercy Park and the 71st consecutive MLS sellout at the state-of-the-art venue. (Full story)

DWYER, MUSTIVAR AND MYERS LAND TEAM OF THE WEEK HONORS
Dom Dwyer, Soni Mustivar and Chance Myers each earned Team of the Week recognition from various media outlets on Monday for their key roles in Sporting KC's 2-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday at Children's Mercy Park. (Full story)

SPORTING KC ACQUIRES TARGETED ALLOCATION MONEY FROM NYCFC
Sporting KC announced today that the club has acquired Targeted Allocation Money from New York City FC in exchange for a 2016 international roster spot. (Full story)

SWOPE PARK RANGERS SET FOR FINAL PRESEASON TUNE-UP
The Swope Park Rangers stayed unbeaten during the 2016 preseason with a 4-1 victory over Rockhurst University on Saturday at Swope Soccer Village. In preparation for their inaugural campaign in the United Soccer League, the Rangers will face Creighton University in their final preseason tune-up at 7 p.m. CT Saturday. The match at Children's Mercy Victory Field at Swope Soccer Village is free and open to the public.

VOTING OPEN FOR GOALKEEPERS IN 20TH ANNIVERSARY BEST XI
Voting is now open for goalkeepers in Sporting KC's 20th Anniversary Best XI, presented by Bud Light. The ballot features six goalkeepers, including Sporting Legend Tony Meola and fan favorite Jimmy Nielsen. Voting for goalkeepers is open through Sunday, followed by defenders (March 21-27), midfielders (March 28-April 3), and forwards (April 4-10). Click here to vote.

DOM DWYER'S STRIKE UP FOR MLS GOAL OF THE WEEK
Dom Dwyer has advanced to the semifinal round of voting for Week 2's MLS Goal of the Week. His 28-yard strike in Sporting KC's 2-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday was the longest of his MLS career. Click here to vote Dwyer onto the final round of voting.

SPORTING KC IN FOR THE WIN'S ULTIMATE SPORTS UNIFORM BRACKET
Sporting KC has advanced to the Sweet 16 in For The Win's ultimate sports uniform bracket on usatoday.com. Sporting KC was the only MLS club to advance out of the Round of 64 and is one of four teams remaining in the Midwest region. Click here to vote Sporting KC onto the Elite Eight.

ACADEMY U-16S HIGHLIGHT WEEKEND WITH 6-1 WIN OVER DYNAMO
The Academy teams of two MLS rivals went head-to-head at Swope Soccer Village as the Sporting KC U-16s and U-18s hosted the Houston Dynamo for back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday. The U-16s highlighted the weekend action with a 6-1 win on Saturday to stay in playoff position in the 2015-16 U.S. Soccer Development Academy standings. (Full story)

BUZZ BEACH BALL 2016 LINEUP ANNOUNCED
96.5 The Buzz and Sporting KC have announced that Alabama Shakes and Cage the Elephant will headline Buzz Beach Ball 2016, set for July 16-17 at Children's Mercy Park. Tickets are now available to the general public at Ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit beachballkc.com.

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