Sporting KC Weekly Update: March 23, 2016

SPORTING KC STAYS PERFECT WITH 1-0 WIN OVER TORONTO FC
Sporting KC continued its perfect start to the 2016 MLS season with a 1-0 victory over Toronto FC on Sunday at Children's Mercy Park. Second-half substitute Brad Davis scored the game-winning goal as Sporting KC moved atop the Supporters' Shield standings and became the only MLS club with a 3-0-0 record through Week 3.

Davis, a 15-year MLS veteran who joined Sporting KC from the Houston Dynamo in January, provided the breakthrough in the 70th minute of a tightly contested affair between 2015 playoff teams. Goalkeeper Tim Melia made four saves, including three after halftime, to give the hosts their second shutout of the season before a capacity crowd of 19,867. (Full story)

Sporting KC is off next weekend during the FIFA international window and will return to action on April 2 at 7:30 p.m. CT, hosting rival Real Salt Lake at Children's Mercy Park. A limited number of tickets for the 2013 MLS Cup rematch are available at Ticketmaster.com.

SWOPE PARK RANGERS SET FOR INAUGURAL MATCH SATURDAY AT CHILDREN'S MERCY PARK
The Swope Park Rangers will kick off their inaugural season in the United Soccer League on Saturday, hosting Portland Timbers 2 at Children's Mercy Park. The game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. CT and tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL. Saturday's historic match will also be streamed live on SportingKC.com.

Sporting Club announced the formation of the Swope Park Rangers last October. The Rangers are closely integrated within Sporting Club’s short-term and long-term strategic goals, providing a pathway to the professional level for players in the Sporting KC Academy and a proving ground for players on loan from Sporting KC.

MATT BESLER JOINS U.S. MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
Sporting KC captain Matt Besler has been named to the United States Men's National Team's 26-player roster for a pair of upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Guatemala. The U.S. will travel to face Guatemala on Friday at Estadio Metropolitano Roberto Melendez in Guatemala City (9 p.m. CT, beIN Sports, NBC Universo) before hosting the return fixture on Tuesday at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio (6 p.m. CT, ESPN2, UniMas, UDN). (Full story)

ROGER ESPINOZA JOINS HONDURAS MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
Sporting KC midfielder Roger Espinoza has been named to the Honduras Men's National Team's 24-man roster ahead of two World Cup qualifying matches against El Salvador. Honduras will travel to face El Salvador on Friday before hosting the return leg on Tuesday at Estadio Olympic Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula. Both games will kick off at 8 p.m. CT. (Full story)

SONI MUSTIVAR JOINS HAITI MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
Sporting KC midfielder Soni Mustivar has been named to the Haiti Men's National Team's 23-man roster ahead of two World Cup qualifying matches against Panama. Haiti will host Panama at 6 p.m. CT on Friday at Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince, then visit Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. CT. (Full story)

SPORTING KC WINS ULTIMATE SPORTS UNIFORM BRACKET
Sporting KC has claimed the title of best uniform in American sports after winning USA Today's ultimate sports uniform bracket on Wednesday. Over the last week, a fan vote determined winners of head-to-head matchups and Sporting KC emerged as the champion of the 64-team field. (Full story)

TIM MELIA UP FOR MLS SAVE OF THE WEEK
Sporting KC goalkeeper Tim Melia has been nominated for MLS Save of the Week for his spectacular stop in the 62nd minute of Sporting KC's 1-0 win over Toronto FC on Sunday at Children's Mercy Park. Melia has advanced to the semifinal round of voting, and fans can cast their vote until 10:55 p.m. CT tonight. (Vote here)

ALL-TIME BEST XI VOTING NOW OPEN FOR DEFENDERS
Voting is now open for defenders in Sporting KC's 20th Anniversary Best XI, presented by Bud Light. The ballot features 14 players, including Sporting Legends Peter Vermes and Jimmy Conrad and current captain Matt Besler. The 20th Anniversary Best XI will be unveiled on April 13 during Sporting KC's match against the Colorado Rapids at Children's Mercy Park. (Vote here)

SETH SINOVIC TO HOST UNCORK FOR A CAUSE CHARITY EVENT
On Thursday, Sporting KC defender Seth Sinovic will host his 2016 Uncork for a Cause charity event to raise awareness and funding for The Victory Project. Supporters can join Sinovic, Chance Myers, Brad Davis and Dom Dwyer from 7-9 p.m. CT for the exclusive gathering at The InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza. For tickets and additional information about the event, visit UncorkforaCause.com. To learn more about The Victory Project, visit VictoryKC.org.

SPORTING KC ACADEMY UNBEATEN AT GENERATION ADIDAS CUP
The Sporting Kansas City Academy U-16s are in Frisco, Texas, this week for the 2016 Generation adidas Cup, an annual elite youth tournament for academy teams from the United States and abroad. Led by head coach Jon Parry, the U-16s went 2-0-1 in Group D of the tournament's Premier Division, beating the Portland Timbers and the New England Revolution before falling to Mexican side CF Monterrey in a penalty shootout. Sporting KC wraps up the tournament Thursday in the fifth-place game. For all updates, follow @SKCAcademy on Twitter and Instagram.

WESTPORT BEER FESTIVAL TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Tickets are now on sale for the sixth annual Westport Beer Festival, presented by BeerKC and Sporting Kansas City. A tribute to craft beers, the event returns to historic Westport on Saturday, June 11, from 5-9 p.m. on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of McCoy’s Public House and is a benefit for AIDS Walk Kansas City. This year's event will feature appearances by Sporting KC stars Tim Melia, Roger Espinoza, Seth Sinovic and Ike Opara. (More info)

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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