Sporting Kansas City

THE MATCHUP: Friday Night Blights

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- Can TFC knock off two "Beats of the East" in a row?
- Just how depleted will Sporting's defence actually be?

Sporting Kansas Dump Livestrong Stadium Sponsorship

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The fallout from the Lance Armstrong doping scandal has hit Major League Soccer as Sporting Kansas City and their stadium's sponsor, the Livestrong Foundation, are severing ties.

In a statement posted on the team website Tuesday, Sporting KC chief executive Robb Heineman accused Livestrong of

"utilizing aggressive tactics designed to force us into an unsatisfactory arrangement.

Livestrong Foundation and Sporting KC terminate stadium sponsorship deal

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The 2013 MLS All-Star game will not be played at Livestrong Sporting Park after all.

No, the game is not being moved out of Kansas City, but the name of the $200 million soccer mecca is slated to change according to as the outlet is reporting that Sporting Kansas City and the stadium's sponsor, the Livestrong Foundation, are severing ties.

Sporting KC partnership with Livestrong comes to bitter end, stadium renamed

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Just 22 months after Sporting Kansas City gave the naming rights to their new $200 million stadium to Livestrong over a six-year period for free and promised millions in donations to fight cancer, the deal has come to a premature end with both sides claiming they were the ones to do the terminating.

Armstrong Cuts Formal Ties with Livestrong

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The saga surrounding Sporting KC's stadium name rights sponsor, Livestrong took another turn this past week, as on November 4th, Lance Armstrong resigned from his position on the board of directors for Livestrong. The resignation cuts all formal ties between Armstrong and the charity that he had helped found.

Stadium Experiences: Livestrong Sporting Park raising the bar for MLS and the football specific stadiums around the world

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When Major League Soccer was founded in 1996, many skeptics doubted its future arguing that there was no room for professional soccer in the United States.

At that time, many of these new teams played in giant NFL stadiums as a result the atmosphere at games suffered because even with a decent crowd of 20,000, there were always at least 50,000 empty seats.

Lance Armstrong, Livestrong, and Sporting KC

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This will hopefully be the last few things I say on the Lance Armstrong/Livestrong/Sporting KC situation unless the team decides to address the situation again.

Sponsors continue to flee from Lance Armstrong like rats from a sinking ship as the ramifications of the USADA report on his doping really begin to sink in.

Winning Ugly

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Winning isn't always pretty, good teams find a way to take care of business. Yesterday at Livestrong Sporting Park, KC didn't have the greatest game, but were able to over come that and beat Toronto FC 2-1. The blue print for shutting down KC almost played out to perfection for TFC, without Torsten Frings and Eric Hassli in the lineup, TFC was able to hold their own, but in the end KC had just too much possession and too many chances and finally found the net.

A Must Win for the Supporters' Shield

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With 8 games left in the season, Sporting KC is currently 3 points out of the race for the Supporters' Shield. Behind San Jose, KC doesn't have many games that you can immediately look at and say "oh yeah that should be a win," but tomorrow night at Livestrong Sporting Park, KC has one of those games.

THE MATCHUP: Toronto FC desperate for performance enhancement at Livestrong

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"And second half action is about to get under way.."SPORTING KC VS. TORONTO
While we are definitely not implying that any member of Sporting KC is involved with any kind of doping - someone should really be looking into that Lance Armstrong endorsed stadium of theirs.

Attendance Comparison for the 13th Home Game

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photo courtesy of Jarred Donalson

Here's this week's comparison for home games. Through 13 home games, Kansas City has once again gotten another sellout at Livestrong keeping the 2012 season well ahead of last year's pace for the most well attended season.

1996 - Arrowhead
Thursday August 15, 1996 vs San Jose 4-1 win
Average - 12,762

1997 - Arrowhead
Saturday August 17, 1997 vs New York 3-3(2-0) shootout win
Average - 8,928

1998 - Arrowhead
Wednesday August 26, 1998 vs DC 1-2 loss.

Heineman Statement on Armstrong (and some Espinoza News

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In a follow up to the news that came out last night regarding Lance Armstrong and him giving up his battle against the USADA, Sporting's CEO, Robb Heineman made a statement today.

Here is Robb's statement: "The naming rights partnership between our stadium and LIVESTRONG provides an opportunity to spread health and wellness messages that emphasizes the spirit of cancer survivorship.

Sporting KC and Lance Armstrong

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photo courtesy of Jarred Donalson

So Lance Armstrong is no longer going to fight the US Anti-Doping Agency and the charges that they've brought against him for doping. With that announcement tonight, it has brought out the questions again with regards to Sporting KC and the naming of their stadium as LiveSTRONG Sporting Park.

Sporting KC Ends Seattle’s Run, Wins U.S. Open Cup On Penalties

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The 99th final of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup had fireworks, excitement and after a long delay to start the game due to a thunderstorm with lightning, heavy rain, and hail, Livestrong Sporting Park finally got underway. After a ...

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It's Game Day

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At the start of the season I posted this open letter to the players of Sporting Kansas City pouring a bit of my heart into how I felt heading into the season. Today, the day of the US Open Cup final my feelings haven't changed. As Robb said last night, I'm one of those that endured the empty cavern, the poor sight lines and screamed about the name change.

Sporting KC Open Cup Final on GolTV Wednesday

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The 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final on Wednesday, Aug. 8, will be broadcast live on GolTV.

The finale of the 99th U.S. Open Cup kicks off at 8 p.m. CT at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., as three-time defending U.S. Open Cup champion Seattle Sounders FC faces host Sporting Kansas City.

U.S. Open Cup Notebook: Espinoza's role uncertain, sellout crowd expected & more

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Sporting Kansas City will aim to end the Seattle Sounders' three-year reign as U.S. Open Cup champions in Wednesday night's final, but exactly what Honduras Olympic hero Roger Espinoza's role will be in helping the club try to accomplish that is uncertain.

Fair Result

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Last night at Livestrong Sporting Park, Kansas City played their second friendly of the season against Stoke City of the English Premier League. With a team made up mainly of the Swope Park Rangers, Sport held their own against the Premier League side drawing 1-1 in what would probably be considered a fair result.

Sporting KC 1-1 Stoke City – Match Recap – Friendly – 1 August 2012

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Stoke City ended their 2012 USA pre-season tour with a 1-1 draw at Sporting Kansas City.

The match was scoreless until the 84th minute when Stoke took the lead on a penalty kick but Sporting responded with a fluke goal in stoppage time.

The match started out a bit slowly as neither team had any clear cut chances early.

All We Are Saying

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KC is back home again when they'll take on the Crew at Livestrong Sporting Park. Kansas City continues to struggle to find the back of the net. They've gone 325 minutes without find the back of the net in a league game at home, the second longest streak in team history. A streak only topped by a streak at the end of the 1998 through the beginning of the 1999 season.

Attendance Through 10 Home Games

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Another over capacity crowd at Livestrong Sporting Park saw Sporting KC's 0-0 draw with the New England Revolution. Just over 19,000 were at LSP last night for the game, keeping Sporting KC's average attendance this year over the announced capacity of the stadium.

Tickets for the Open Cup

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It's been about 24 hours since Sporting KC clinched their spot in the US Open Cup final this year. And this morning tickets went on sale for Sporting KC season ticket holders for the game at 10am. By noon, only 2 hours after tickets had gone on sale, Robb Heineman announced on Twitter that 8,186 tickets had been sold for the game already.

Seattle, KC in Open Cup Final

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The Seattle Sounders will travel to Kansas City's Livestrong Sporting Park on August 8, 2012, to take on Sporting KC in their attempt to become the first ever team to win four consecutive US Open Cup titles. Seattle defeated Chivas USA in the semifinal by a 4-1 score with four different goal scorers: Osvaldo Alonso, Brad Evans, Sammy Ochoa, and Eddie Johnson.


Joseph Only Sporting International to Play Friday

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Three of Sporting Kansas City's four players on international duty had games scheduled last night, but only one of those 3 saw the field. Roger Espinoza's Honduras teammates were in Cuba for a mid-day kick off in their World Cup qualifier. Espinoza had to sit out the game due to his red card against Brazil in the Olympics.

Espinoza Called Up and Warzycha Loaned Out

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The Roger Espinoza news continues today as Honduras announced their roster for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers on September 7th and 11th, both against Cuba. Even though he's suspended for their first game on the 7th due to his red card in the Olympics again Brazil, Espinoza has been named to the roster.

D.C. United

The Week That Was In Major League Soccer: Round 25

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This week was an off week for the Chicago Fire. As I mentioned on Friday, there were a couple of matches that could impact the Fire and their place in the Eastern Conference. There were a few favorable results for the Fire this weekend as well as a few blowouts and a hat-trick. A quick rundown of this weekend's action after the jump.

Behind Enemy Minds: A 3x3 with The Daily Wiz' Justin Mayhugh

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The Roman philosopher, rhetorician and satirist Apuleius is well-know (though perhaps not by name because to save us all time, I went ahead, looked up who said this quote and replied "Who?") for the quote, "Familiarity breeds contempt, while rarity wins admiration."

In my research, I also discovered that Apuleius is also well-known for saying: "He is better equipped for life, as for swimming, who has the less to carry.

Video Highlights: Sounders, Sporting KC Victors in U.S. Open Semis

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The Sounders will make a push for their fourth consecutive U.S. Open Cup championship on the road versus Sporting KC at LiveStrong Sporting Park Stadium on Wednesday, August 8th.

Tuesday, the Sounders put away Chivas USA rather easily 4-1 while Sporting KC toppled the Philly Union 2-0 in a struggle scoring late and chipping in an empty netter later on.

Major League Soccer

MLS Match Night: Your Running Commentary

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There are just four matches on the MLS schedule tonight, but three of them are battles between teams thick in the playoff race.

The Seattle Sounders will look to move past the disappointment of losing in the U.S. Open Cup Final when they travel to San Jose to take on an Earthquakes side coming off a bye week.

MLS Week 23: A Look Ahead

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If the Seattle Sounders want to make a run at the Supporters' Shield, then this weekend will be the ideal time to start that push.

Coming off a gut-wrenching defeat in the U.S. Open Cup final Wednesday, Seattle will travel to take on the first-place San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday in a clash of Western Conference heavyweights.

Sporting KC Talks Organization First In Hoisting The US Open Cup Trophy

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A sparkling celebration....

Jay Bell took in the game then ran around grabbing sound bytes like a squirrel stocking nuts for the winter.

The story off the field of last night's dramatic US Open Cup final victory for Sporting Kansas City is easy to write. A multi-year process was undertaken by Robb Heineman and Sporting Club, formerly OnGoal, LLC, to re-brand the Kansas City Wizards as Sporting Kansas City and build a progressive Major League Soccer franchise.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Jairo Arrieta

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The Columbus Crew offense has struggled to generate goals on a regular basis, a problem the team has had going back to last year, but Robert Warzycha's side may have found the answer to that problem in the form of Costa Rican striker Jairo Arrieta.

The newly-signed forward showed just what he can do this past weekend, scoring a pair of quality goals, including this long-range strike, to help the Crew post a vital 2-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City at Livestrong Sporting Park.

Monday After

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The Olympics got started over the weekend and the NBC networks have certainly used the opportunity to promote both Major League Soccer and the NBC Sports Network. Commercials for both have dotted the Olympic landscape during the ongoing coverage. On Sunday , the NBC Sports Network televised the Union/Revolution in prime time opposite the primary Olympic coverage on the main network.

Major League Soccer – Match Previews – 28 July 2012

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There are seven Major League Soccer matches this Saturday including the New York Red Bulls traveling to face expansion side Montreal and FC Dallas hosting the surging Los Angeles Galaxy. Western Conference leaders San Jose could expand their lead to four points as they host the Chicago Fire.

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A Sporting Draw

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Matt Reis made six saves to get the shutout on Saturday. (Photo: Kari Heistad/

The New England Revolution overcame a makeshift line-up to put on a decent showing on the road against the Eastern Conference-leading Sporting Kansas City, but couldn't find the back of the net in settling for scoreless draw on Saturday night at Livestrong Sporting Park.

Five Questions: Revolution at Sporting K.C.

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The Revolution will need Lee Nguyen to deliver another solid game with first-place Sporting K.C. waiting for them at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park come Saturday. (Photo: Kari Heistad/

From the frying pan and into the fire.

Three days after getting grilled by the expansion Impact, the Revolution jump into the flames against conference king Sporting K.

The Rest

USMNT Daily Update: Livestrong Park's chance to be the new go-to WCQ venue

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When the U.S. Men's National Team takes on Guatemala at Livestrong Sporting Park next month in World Cup qualifying, there will be more on the line than a spot in the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF qualifying. The stadium the game is being played in will be competing for a new role as the national team's preferred home for marquee qualifiers.

Concert at LSP Moved

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There will be no Y'allapalooza at Livestrong Sporting Park this year. The concert which was set to be held on September 9th at Livestrong Sporting Park, and feature Dierks Bentley and Big & Rich has been moved to Cricket Wireless Amphitheater (Sandstone) to protect the field at LSP. This is good news for Sporting fans as it's one less time the field has to be covered.

Tragedy, travel and trialists

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"Umm, no - not me, the other one"DERBY DELAY
Toronto FC's scheduled match against Columbus on Saturday has been postponed to allow the Crew organization to attend funeral services for Kirk Urso. Urso, Columbus' rookie midfielder died suddenly last Saturday and the club requested the fixture change from the league and TFC.

Sporting K.C. Ends Seattle’s Hold on U.S. Open Cup

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Sporting K.C. midfielder Paulo Nagamura converted a controversial second chance at his club's final penalty to help break Seattle's three-year grip on the U.S. Open Cup win a 1-1 win (3-2 on penalties) in Wednesday's final at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.

Nagamura, whose first attempt was stopped by Michael Gspurning on the right post, was handed a do-over by the referee after it was ruled that Seattle's keeper came off his line early.