Who won the offseason? MLSsoccer.com lauds Sporting's crop of newcomers

After a long and eventful offseason, all eyes are firmly cast on Week 1 of the 2020 MLS regular season.

Goals, saves, drama and highlights will soon replace the transactions, trades and rumors as all 26 clubs open their campaigns in earnest this weekend.

There's something to be said about those transactions, however. Many high-profile moves have come to fruition in recent months with several MLS teams splashing unprecedented cash to acquire international talents.

Given the exciting player movement, MLSsoccer.com identified on Tuesday five clubs that won the offseason. Among them were Columbus Crew SC, Orlando City SC, FC Dallas, the Colorado Rapids and...you guessed it, Sporting Kansas City.

MLSsoccer.com lauded the key additions of striker Alan Pulido, midfielder Gadi Kinda, attacker Khiry Shelton and center backs Roberto Puncec and Winston Reid—players from all areas of the pitch who figure to bolster Manager Peter Vermes' side.

Sporting's 2020 campaign will begin Saturday with a showdown against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place. The Western Conference clash will mark the first time ever that Sporting has kicked off an MLS season in the month of February, giving eager fans an early dose of MLS action as Week 1 commences across the United States and Canada.

Supporters can catch the 9:30 p.m. CT encounter on FOX Sports Kansas City, FOX Sports Midwest Plus and FOX Sports GO, including 30 minutes of pre-match and post-match coverage with Nate Bukaty, Jacob Peterson and touchline reporter Carter Augustine on the call. Fans can also listen locally on Sports Radio 810 WHB (English) and La Grande 1340 AM (Spanish).

For a full list of Sporting's offseason roster moves, visit SportingKC.com/tracker.