With the season opener just around the corner, Sporting KC has been making a splash in Kansas City news. The New Jersey sponsor’s termination of the Livestrong contract and the only MLS draft pick Mikey Lopez were in the news recently, but there has been a lot more news since then. To begin with, Sporting KC and Orlando City SC entered into affiliation with each other. Orlando City SC plays in the USL Pro and will kick off an important agreement in Sporting KC history. Possibly the best thing about the affiliation is that both teams are considered powerhouses in their respective league and that is why the affiliation was made.
“We are fortunate Orlando City has agreed to partner with us in this new, groundbreaking opportunity. They are a first-class club and this will be a great partnership for both organizations,” Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes said. “It will provide beneficial opportunities for our players to develop within a competitive environment for a tremendous organization and fan base. Together, our shared vision for this affiliation made it easy for us to enter into the opportunity.”
Just a couple days after this announcement, Sporting KC played their first preseason game in Tuscon, Arizona. Sporting KC faced the New England Revolution and tied 0-0. The next preseason game was played against, local powerhouse, FC Tuscon. Sporting KC tied this game also but this time the score was 1-1 with goals coming from Soony Saad, Sporting KC, and Patrick Wallen, FC Tuscon.
It was also announced that Sporting KC and Boulevard Beer had entered a sponsorship agreement for Boulevard to become the official beer of Sporting KC. Boulevard is a homegrown KC company and the excitement of this sponsorship is definitely visible from fans and many others.
The final announcement by Sporting KC is that Kei Kamara was loaned to Norwich City FC, English Premier League, through May 6th. Kei loves KC, loves the fans and loves Chipotle but he felt this would be a great opportunity to show his talent to EPL powerhouses such as, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea. If Norwich City elects not to acquire Kei on a full transfer by May 6th, Kei will return immediately and continue to play like the great Sporting KC player he is.
“Our club continues to get a lot of attention throughout Europe,” Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes said. “As we do with all of our decisions, we always think about the long-term impact on our organization, as well as the short-term. Ultimately, this opportunity allows us to re-invest back into the club and solidify our core group of players.
So far that is all the news that has come from Sporting KC and company but more is sure to come.