Sporting KC Weekly Schedule: April 16-22, 2018

Date Time (CT) Event
Mon., April 16   Sporting KC Uphoria app: Free Chips Ahoy cookies at Price Chopper
Tue., April 17 6pm Sporting KC Show on Sports Radio 810 WHB
    U.S. U-17s (Gianluca Busio) vs. Norway U-17s in Spain
Wed., April 18   Sporting KC CEO/President Jake Reid recognized at
SBJ 2018 Forty Under 40 Awards in Los Angeles
Thu., April 19   U.S. U-17s (Gianluca Busio) vs. India U-17s in Spain
Fri., April 20 All day Scooter's Coffee donation day for The Victory Project
  All day Grand Opening: Scooter's Coffee Day of Giving for The Victory Project (1850 E. Santa Fe Dr., Gardner, KS 66030)
  7:30pm Bud Light Pregame Show on FSKC Plus & FS Midwest Plus
  8pm Sporting KC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
(FSKC Plus, FS Midwest Plus, 810 AM, 1480 AM)
  10pm Sporting KC postgame shows
(FSKC, FS Midwest Plus, 810 AM)
Sat., April 21 10am Sporting KC U-15s at Colorado Rush U-15s
  12:30pm Sporting KC U-17s at Colorado Rush U-17s
  3pm Sporting KC U-19s at Colorado Rush U-19s
  9pm Rangers at Phoenix Rising FC
(ESPN+)
Sun., April 22 11am Sporting KC U-17s at Real Colorado U-17s
  1:30pm Sporting KC U-15s at Real Colorado U-15s
  1:30pm Sporting KC U-19s at Real Colorado U-19s

Sporting Kansas City (4-1-2, 14 points) came from behind to tie Seattle Sounders FC 2-2 on Sunday at Children's Mercy Park, opening a four-point lead at the top of the Western Conference and pushing the club's unbeaten run to six matches. Manager Peter Vermes' men will play their second straight home game on Friday, hosting Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3-3-1, 10 points) at 8 p.m. CT. Tickets for the matchup are available via SeatGeek.com, and the first 10,000 fans through the stadium gates will receive a Tim Melia bobblehead courtesy of match sponsor Mark One Electric.

FOX Sports Kansas City Plus and FOX Sports Midwest Plus will air three hours of live coverage on Friday beginning at 7:30 p.m. CT. The game will also be joined in progress on FOX Sports Kansas City after the conclusion of Kansas City Royals baseball. Local radio broadcasts will air on Sports Radio 810 WHB (English) and ESPN Deportes KC 1480 AM (Spanish), while the Sporting KC Uphoria app will provide live updates and an exclusive offer for free Ben & Jerry's ice cream at Kansas City area Price Chopper locations. Friday additionally serves as Sporting KC College Night, featuring ticket and scarf packages for students at local colleges and universities.

Sporting KC Uphoria users can use the club's official mobile app to redeem a free box of Chips Ahoy cookies today and tomorrow at Price Chopper locations throughout the Kansas City metro area. Sporting KC Uphoria is available for free download on the App Store and Google Play.

A new episode of The Sporting KC Show will air at 6 p.m. CT Tuesday on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Hosts Nate Bukaty and Carter Augustine will recap Sunday's exciting draw with Seattle and look ahead to Friday's matchup with Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Led by head coach Paulo Nagamura, the Rangers (3-1-1, 10 points) will resume their USL campaign Saturday with a visit to Phoenix Rising FC (3-1-1, 10 points) at Phoenix Rising FC Soccer Complex in Tempe, Arizona. The match will kick off at 9 p.m. CT and stream live on ESPN+. The new ESPN+ now serves as the home for Major League Soccer's out-of-market streaming package and the USL's official streaming subscription service in the U.S. ESPN+ is available to fans for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year, featuring live sports and ESPN content in addition to MLS and USL matches.

Sporting Kansas City Homegrown Player Gianluca Busio has joined the United States U-17 Men’s National Team for the 2018 Sportchain Cup in Benicassim, Spain. Busio and the U.S. U-17s played their first of four games in the tournament earlier today, defeating India 1-0. The 15-year-old will remain with the U-17 MNT for the rest of the week, with the squad facing Norway on Tuesday and Saturday as well as India again on Thursday. All matches will take place at the FACSA Sports Centre in Benicassim.

The Sporting KC Academy will play a pair of tripleheaders this weekend in Colorado as the 2017-18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season continues. The U-15s, U-17s and U-19s will face the Colorado Rush on Saturday at Aurora Sports Park before meeting Real Colorado on Sunday at Real Colorado Soccer Complex. Follow the Sporting KC Academy on TwitterFacebookInstagram and Snapchat (skcacademy) for live updates this weekend and throughout the year.

On Wednesday, Sporting KC CEO and President Jake Reid will be recognized at the Sport Business Journal 2018 Forty Under 40 Awards during a ceremony at the JW Marriott Los Angeles. Reid earned the accolade in February for excellence and innovation in his role at Sporting KC, where he has helped the club experience substantial growth in season ticket sales, corporate sponsorships and merchandise and concession revenue since joining the organization in 2010.

Scooter's Coffee is set to host its fifth #CoffeeKicksCancer donation day for The Victory Project, an initiative from Sporting KC that unites players, staff and fans to help children battling cancer. On Friday, Kansas City area Scooter’s Coffee locations will donate 20 percent of proceeds to the foundation to help further its mission. That same day, Scooter's Coffee will celebrate the grand opening of its new cafe in Gardner, Kansas (1850 E. Santa Fe Dr.) with a a Day of Giving, donating 100 percent of the location's proceeds to The Victory Project.

For news, videos, photos and instant updates throughout the 2018 season, follow Sporting KC on TwitterInstagramFacebook and Snapchat (sportingkc), and download the club's official mobile app  Sporting KC Uphoria on the App Store or Google Play.

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