Sporting KC Weekly Schedule: Aug. 19-25, 2019

DATE TIME (CT) EVENT
Tue., Aug. 20 7pm The Sporting KC Show Podcast on Sports Radio 810 WHB
Thu., Aug. 22 12am Matchday mobile orders open for #SKCvMIN
  8pm MLS Countdown Live: #SKCvMIN
(ESPN app, @ESPN Twitter, ESPN YouTube)
  8:30pm Sporting KC vs. Minnesota United FC
(ESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN, 810 AM, 1480 AM)
  10:30pm The Final Whistle postgame show on Sports Radio 810 WHB
Fri., Aug. 23 6pm Fifth annual Victory Gala at the Muehlebach Hotel
Sat., Aug. 24 11am Legends Outlets Meet & Greet with Graham Zusi
(1843 Village West Pkwy., Kansas City, KS)
  2pm Children's Mercy Sports Medicine Center Open House with Seth Sinovic
  7pm Rangers vs. New York Red Bulls II
(ESPN+)
Sun., Aug. 25 1:30pm Price Chopper Meet & Greet with Tim Melia
(4950 Roe Blvd., Roeland Park, KS)

Sporting Kansas City (8-11-7, 31 points) moved within six points of playoff positioning on Saturday with a 2-1 comeback victory over the San Jose Earthquakes. Manager Peter Vermes' men will continue their three-game homestand Thursday night when second-place Minnesota United FC (12-8-6, 42 points) visits Children's Mercy Park for an MLS Rivalry Week showdown at 8:30 p.m. CT.

Tickets for the contest are available at SeatGeek.com or by calling 888-4KC-GOAL to secure a Family 4 Pack, consisting of four tickets, four Coca-Cola products, four hot dogs and four bags of chips. The match will be shown live nationally on ESPN, the ESPN app and ESPN Deportes, while listeners can catch the action locally on Sports Radio 810 WHB and ESPN Deportes KC 1480 AM. The Final Whistle postgame show will air immediately afterwards on 810 WHB.

In the buildup to Thursday's pivotal Western Conference clash, MLS Countdown Live will provide 30 minutes of pregame coverage at Children's Mercy Park. The program will begin at 8 p.m. CT and stream live via the ESPN app, @ESPN on Twitter and the ESPN YouTube channel.

A new episode of The Sporting KC Show Podcast will debut Tuesday at 7 p.m. CT on Sports Radio 810 WHB. Hosts Nate Bukaty and Carter Augustine will recap Saturday's big win over San Jose, look ahead to Thursday's showdown against Minnesota and preview a mouthwatering slate of MLS Rivalry Week action.

On Thursday morning, SportingStyle will open matchday mobile orders for that evening's game between Sporting and Minnesota. Fans will have the opportunity to place mobile orders through halftime by visiting SportingStyle.com, with pickup on the Toyota Plaza remaining open until after the match. Thursday marks the official launch of SportingStyle's Live Breathe Futbol collection, with new items available at Children's Mercy Park while supplies last.

The fifth annual Victory Gala will take place at 6 p.m. CT Friday at the historic Muehlebach Hotel in downtown Kansas City (200 W 12th St). Serving as the flagship fundraising event for The Victory Project, the philanthropic arm of Sporting KC, the Victory Gala will feature silent and live auction items including a private jet getaway, luxury vacations, VIP experiences at Children’s Mercy Park and more. In addition to bidding on auction items, guests will be treated to dinner and live music from Los Wax, Kansas City's premiere party band. For more information, visit VictoryKC.org/events.

At 11 a.m. CT Saturday, Sporting defender and seven-time MLS All-Star Graham Zusi will participate in a meet and greet at Legends Outlets in Kansas City, Kansas (1843 Village West Pkwy.). The event will run until 12:30 p.m. CT and include photo and autograph opportunities with the heralded MLS veteran and U.S. international.

From 2-4 p.m. CT on Saturday, Children's Mercy will host its final Open House series of the summer at the Sports Medicine Center at Village West (1801 N. 98th St., Kansas City, KS). Sporting defender Seth Sinovic will be on-site for photos and autographs as part of the event.

The Swope Park Rangers (3-13-6, 15 points) will continue their USL Championship campaign on Saturday night, hosting Eastern Conference leaders New York Red Bulls II (14-5-5, 47 points) at Children's Mercy Park. The match will kick off at 7 p.m. CT and stream live on ESPN Plus. Fans can also secure tickets at SeatGeek.com or at the stadium box office on Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. CT.

Sporting goalkeeper Tim Melia will participate in a meet and greet at Price Chopper in Roeland Park, Kansas (4950 Roe Blvd.) from 1:30-3 p.m. CT on Sunday. The appearance includes photo and autograph opportunities with the 2017 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, who ranks among Sporting's all-time goalkeeping leaders in wins and appearances.

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