Power Rankings: See where Sporting lands ahead of the 2021 season

Has Sporting Kansas City stumbled upon a piece of new bulletin board material heading into the 2021 campaign?

Take a look at's season-opening power rankings and decide for yourself.

Manager Peter Vermes' men finished atop the Western Conference regular season standings last year, setting a club record with 1.86 points per game, and returns the core of a team that was on track to host MLS Cup before falling to Minnesota United FC in the conference semifinals.

Despite that, has tabbed Sporting at No. 11 in the first power rankings of the season. The full list is detailed below. 2021 Preseason Power Rankings

  1. Columbus Crew SC
  2. LAFC
  3. Portland Timbers
  4. Philadelphia Union
  5. Minnesota United FC
  6. New England Revolution
  7. Orlando City SC
  8. Seattle Sounders FC
  9. Toronto FC
  10. Atlanta United FC
  11. Sporting Kansas City
  12. FC Dallas
  13. New York City FC
  14. Colorado Rapids
  15. Nashville SC
  16. San Jose Earthquakes
  17. New York Red Bulls
  18. LA Galaxy
  19. Chicago Fire FC
  20. Inter Miami CF
  21. Austin FC
  22. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
  23. D.C. United
  24. Houston Dynamo FC
  25. FC Cincinnati
  26. Real Salt Lake
  27. CF Montreal

The 2021 regular season will begin in earnest on Friday and carry into Saturday when Sporting visits fellow MLS original New York Red Bulls in a 7 p.m. CT showdown at Red Bull Arena. Three hours of live coverage will begin at 6:30 p.m. CT on Bally Sports Kansas City Plus, Bally Sports Midwest Plus and FOX Sports GO, while Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Grande 1340 AM will provide local radio broadcasts.

In conjunction with Saturday's match, Sporting fans are invited to attend an outdoor watch party at Children’s Mercy Park when the club hosts its Season Kickoff presented by Michelob Ultra. Supporters can secure their free ticket to the Season Kickoff at or the SeatGeek app, with stadium gates opening at 5:30 p.m. CT and select concessions and SportingStyle locations open to guests. The watch party will utilize distanced outdoor seating in the stadium bowl with the match shown on the north and south videoboards. Face coverings will be mandatory for all in attendance.