For the first time in the 25-year history of Major League Soccer, the month of February will mark the start of regular season play. On Saturday, clubs across the United States and Canada will step between the white lines with hopes of collecting three points to begin 2020.
A delectable opening day of MLS action will see Sporting Kansas City visit Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 9:30 p.m. CT, giving supporters their first real look at Manager Peter Vermes’ side since last October.
As the anticipated date approaches, SportingKC.com is rolling out a 28-day countdown to first kick, offering a comprehensive preview of the season ahead. From key storylines and positional breakdowns to new fan initiatives and perks at Children’s Mercy Park, our Countdown to Kickoff series highlights the many reasons to be pumped for Sporting’s 2020 campaign. To visit the series homepage as it expands, head to SportingKC.com/countdown.
Rejoice, Sporting Kansas City fans: the 2020 MLS regular season is less than a week away—six days out, to be exact—and supporters can finally start making tangible plans on where to catch all of the action.
Children's Mercy Park and the comfort of home will rank highly on the lists of many, in which case you can visit SportingKC.com/tickets and tune into FOX Sports Kansas City.
But what about the supporters looking for a festive atmosphere even when Sporting hits the road for away games?
Look no further than the 2020 Sporting Pub Network, a collection of 15 soccer-friendly destinations across the Kansas City area and Wichita. This network of pubs will cater to Sporting Kansas City supporters on every away matchday, featuring food and drink specials, VIP and enter-to-win opportunities, mascot appearances, raffles and prize giveaways.
From Saturday's opener at Vancouver to the late-season playoff push, the locations below will be the best places for fans to watch Sporting compete away from Children’s Mercy Park.
Sporting Kansas City Pub Partners in 2020
|No Other Pub||1370 Grand Blvd.||Kansas City, MO|
|Chicken N Pickle
Chicken N Pickle Wichita
|1761 Burlington St.
1240 N. Greenwich Rd.
|North Kansas City, MO
|Backstop Bar & Grill||6541 N. Cosby Ave.||Kansas City, MO|
|Bar K||501 Berkley Pkwy.||Kansas City, MO|
|The Bar West Plaza||1121 W. 47th St.||Kansas City, MO|
|Chiusano’s Brick Oven Pizzeria||1713 Village West Pkwy.||Kansas City, KS|
|E-Sports Bar KC||7470 Nieman Rd.||Shawnee, KS|
|Harpo’s Westport||4109 Pennsylvania Ave.||Kansas City, MO|
|J. Rieger & Co.||2700 Guinotte Ave.||Kansas City, MO|
|KC Kitchen & Pizzeria||3906 Waddell Ave.||Kansas City, MO|
|The Peanut in Mission||5400 Martway St.||Mission, KS|
|Rancho Grande Cantina in Parkville||11015 NW Highway 45||Parkville, MO|
|Roni’s Pub||7955 E. Frontage Rd.||Overland Park, KS|
|Turn 2 at Hollywood Casino||777 Hollywood Casino Blvd.||Kansas City, KS|
The 2020 pub network includes 12 new and exciting additions, with No Other Pub and both Chicken N Pickle locations in North Kansas City and Wichita also returning as flagship hubs for Sporting watch parties. Details about special events and programming with specific pub partners will be announced over the course of the 2020 season.