Sporting Kansas City's group stage campaign in the MLS is Back Tournament will conclude Wednesday with the earliest kickoff in club history. At 8 a.m. CT—yup, that's 8 o'clock in the morning—Manager Peter Vermes' side will take the field against rivals Real Salt Lake at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Walt Disney World
Fresh off a thrilling 3-2 win over the Colorado Rapids on Friday, Sporting currently occupies third place in Group D with three points, one point behind co-leaders RSL and Minnesota United FC. A win or a draw on Wednesday would see Sporting clinch progression to the MLS is Back Tournament Knockout Stage presented by Audi. The top two finishers in each of competition's six groups, as well as the four best third-place finishers, will advance to the Round of 16.
With Sporting needing a result to punch their Round of 16 ticket, here's how to catch every minute of the action on Wednesday morning.
Watch on ESPN
The ESPN Wide World of Sports will welcome a national television audience on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. Fans can also stream the contest live on the ESPN app.
Radio broadcasts will be carried locally on ESPN 94.5 FM and 1510 AM as well as La Grande 1340 AM.
Pregame: Sporting KC Live presented by Michelob Ultra
In the lead-up to Wednesday's showdown, Sporting KC Live presented by Michelob Ultra will provide 60 minutes of pregame coverage on FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports GO from 7-8 a.m. CT. FOX Sports Kansas City will also air a 30-minute postgame show starting at 10 a.m. CT.
Updates via the Sporting KC App
Additional in-game updates and exclusive features will be available via the new Sporting KC app. Fans who download the Sporting KC app will experience a variety of unique benefits throughout the season, including the following:
- Immediate access to all Sporting news and video content
- Exclusive games and offers that can only be found in the app
- A library of all the latest and greatest Sporting gifs
- The ability to customize your own app logo
- Everything you need to know about the club, all in one place
- Trivia and predictive gaming