Longtime Sporting Kansas City defender Chance Myers penned a thank-you letter to the organization and its fans on Tuesday, one day after signing with the Portland Timbers as a free agent.
Myers’ heartfelt Instagram post expressed gratitude toward coaches, teammates, owners and fans as he reflected on a nine-year stint with Sporting KC that began in 2008. He leaves Kansas City as one of the most accomplished defenders in club history, winning the 2013 MLS Cup as well as 2012 and 2015 U.S. Open Cup titles.
Selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, Myers recorded four goals and 19 assists in 175 appearances across all competitions. His 19 assists rank first all-time among Kansas City defenders, while his 175 games played rank 12th in team history. Myers is one of just four players to play nine seasons at Sporting KC, alongside Davy Arnaud, Kerry Zavagnin and Preki.
I'll try to keep this short... • “Chance, like take a chance.” That’s often how I describe my name during any introduction. In some ways though, my soccer journey has been a game of chance. A journey that has been filled with highs, lows and some chapters left to be written. • In 2008 I took a chance, left college early and went to the MLS combine. In return the Kansas City Wizards and Peter Vermes took a chance on me as their first overall pick. During my time with SKC, I had a tremendous support system and for that, I am forever grateful. • To all my coaches the past 9 years in KC... It's been a hell of a ride. Your commitment is unreal. I want to thank you for teaching me something every single day and sticking with me from day one. • To the support staff... the behind the scenes people who demonstrate what it takes for a club to be successful--your dedication to making my life easier will never be taken for granted. • To the owners... thank you for being truly involved in the process. Seeing how in tune you guys are with the team is special. Each and every one of you guys made me feel like family. I cherish that aspect of what you do the most. • To the fans... thank you for being insanely loyal. You guys were there for me every step of the way. Your support is what drives the pulse of SKC. I leave by saying how appreciative I am of your passion. Whenever I bump in to one of you guys out and about, just know I felt the love. I truly enjoyed meeting as many of you as possible over the years. • To my teammates... so much love all around. As I leave KC I hope you all know how much you guys mean to me. It was an honor playing beside each of you guys. I wish nothing but the best for all of you. • As a player, it is important for me to continue to take chances. It’s time for me to push myself outside of my comfort zone so that I can continue to grow and evolve. I’m excited for this new adventure and next chapter with the Timbers. I have more to prove and I am ready to get to work. • Kansas City will always hold a special place in my heart. It's where I met my wife, it's where I called home for 9 years and it's where I met all of you. Much love, Chance. #RAAAA