Graham Zusi - Sporting KC vs. FC Dallas from 2017
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Sporting KC Weekly Schedule: July 23-29, 2018

DATE TIME (CT) EVENT
Mon., July 23   VOTE: Ann Murphy for 2018 MLS WORKS Community MVP
Tue., July 24 7pm Sporting KC U-14s at USYS National Championships in Frisco, TX
Wed., July 25 1pm Sporting KC U-14s at USYS National Championships in Frisco, TX
  7pm The Sporting KC Show on Sports Radio 810 WHB
Thu., July 26 1pm Sporting KC U-14s at USYS National Championships in Frisco, TX
  3:15pm Australia WNT vs. Brazil WNT at Children's Mercy Park
  6pm U.S. WNT vs. Japan WNT at Children's Mercy Park
Fri., July 27 4pm Toyota Tour at Jay Wolfe Toyota in Kansas City, MO
Sat., July 28 8pm Sporting KC vs. FC Dallas
(ESPN, 810 WHB, 1480 AM)
  10pm The Final Whistle Postgame Show on Sports Radio 810 WHB
Sun., July 29 1pm AT&T Meet 'n' Greet with Ike Opara and Eric Dick
  2:30pm AT&T Meet 'n' Greet with Johnny Russell and Khiry Shelton

Following a restful bye week, Sporting Kansas City (9-5-6, 33 points) returns to the field Saturday when the club hosts Western Conference leaders FC Dallas (11-3-6, 39 points) in a pivotal showdown at Children's Mercy Park. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. CT with national television coverage on ESPN. The Western Conference clash will also air live on Sports Radio 810 WHB (English) and ESPN Deportes KC 1480 AM (Spanish), with The Final Whistle postgame show immediately following the match on 810 WHB.

Tickets for Saturday's game are available via SeatGeek.com, and the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a free cooling headband courtesy of match sponsor Dairy Farmers of America.

Children’s Mercy Park will host the United States Women’s National Team in a 2018 Tournament of Nations doubleheader on Thursday. Ranked No. 1 in the latest FIFA rankings, the U.S. WNT will battle rivals Japan at 6 p.m. CT on the opening matchday of an elite tournament that showcases four of the best women's national teams in the world. The first game of the Children’s Mercy Park double-feature will see Brazil face Australia at 3:15 p.m. CT. Tickets for the doubleheader are now on sale through ussoccer.comticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Prior to Thursday's matches, all four teams competing in the Tournament of Nations will practice Wednesday at Children's Mercy Park. Brazil will train at 9 a.m. CT, Australia will train at 3 p.m. CT and Australia will train at 4:30 p.m. CT, with the first 15 minutes of all three sessions open to media.

Major League Soccer has announced the finalists for the 2018 MLS WORKS Community MVP Contest presented by Wells Fargo, which recognizes individuals using soccer to make a difference in their community. The Grand Prize winner, voted on by fans, will be recognized on-field during halftime of the 2018 MLS All-Star Game presented by Target at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on August 1, and will receive a $25,000 donation for their selected charity. Sporting KC's representative on the fan voting ballot is Ann Murphy, who has served as a police officer in the Kansas City Police Department for more than a decade.

A new episode of The Sporting KC Show will air at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Hosts Nate Bukaty and Carter Augustine will look ahead to an exciting week of soccer in Kansas City as both the U.S. Women's National Team and Sporting KC prepare for matches at Children's Mercy Park.

The Sporting KC Academy will be one of eight teams vying for a national title in the U-14 boys division when the 2018 US Youth Soccer National Championships kick off Tuesday at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas. The U-14s, led by head coach Declan Jogi, will play group stage matches on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with hopes of reaching Saturday's semifinals and Sunday's championship.

From 4-6 p.m. CT on Friday, Sporting KC fans of all ages are welcome to attend the next stop of the 2018 Toyota Tour at Jay Wolfe Toyota (9650 NW Prairie View Rd, Kansas City, MO). Supporters will have photograph opportunities with the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup trophy and club mascot Blue, plus the chance to win a fan appreciation package consisting of a $100 SportingStyle gift card, a signed jersey and four tickets to the Aug. 18 home match against the Portland Timbers. Sporting KC will conduct a ticket giveaway for the Sept. 8 home game versus Orlando City SC.

Sporting KC will host an AT&T Meet 'n' Greet with Ike Opara, Eric Dick, Johnny Russell and Khiry Shelton on Sunday at the AT&T Store at Zona Rosa Town Center (8454 NW Prairie View Rd, Kansas City, MO). Opara and Dick will be on-site for photos and autographs from 1-2:30 p.m. CT, followed by Russell and Shelton from 2:30-4 p.m. CT. The event will also feature a Sporting KC futsal court and an enter-to-win sweepstakes consisting of tickets to a future game, a Children's Mercy Park tour and a SportingStyle gift card.

The Swope Park Rangers (9-7-5, 32 points) scrapped to a 0-0 draw with Rio Grande Valley FC on Sunday at Children's Mercy Park and will return to the field on Aug. 1 when the club visits LA Galaxy II at StubHub Center in Carson, California.

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