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Three years ago today, Sporting Kansas City and UMB Bank unveiled a series of commemorative UMB Sporting Legends Pylons that pay tribute to current members of the Sporting Legends hall of honor.
Located inside the UMB Premium Entry on the northwest side of Children’s Mercy Park, each pylon is dedicated to a Sporting Legend, detailing the player’s career accomplishments and accolades with the club and his country. All pylons also include a historic artifact donated by a Sporting Legend.
Children's Mercy Park currently boasts 10 of these pylons—one for every Sporting Legend. The first nine were erected in May 2017 ahead of Mo Johnston's induction into the hall of honor. The 10th was inaugurated last summer when former striker Josh Wolff became the newest Sporting Legend. With the company of Sporting Legends slated to grow in the coming years, pylons will continue to be placed in other prominent locations inside the stadium.
|Bob Gansler||2013||The coaching polo he wore in the 2000 MLS Cup|
|Tony Meola||2013||A game-worn pair of goalkeeper gloves|
|Preki||2013||An autographed pair of game-worn cleats|
|Jimmy Conrad||2014||Cleats and an autographed ball he used in the 2006 FIFA World Cup|
|Lamar Hunt||2014||A photo of Hunt during 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup postgame celebrations|
|Peter Vermes||2014||The U.S. Men's National Team jersey he wore in the 1989 match against Trinidad and Tobago that qualified the U.S. for the 1990 World Cup|
|Chris Klein||2015||His game-worn jersey from the 2000 MLS Cup|
|Kerry Zavagnin||2016||The five cup medals he has won in Kansas City as a player or coach (2000 and 2013 MLS Cup; 2004, 2012 and 2015 U.S. Open Cup)|
|Mo Johnston||2017||His 2000 MLS Cup championship ring|
|Josh Wolff||2019||The U.S. Men's National Team jersey he wore in the 2006 FIFA World Cup|