Sporting KC Offseason Update

Sporting KC updates include news about a new sponsorship and Kei Kamara going to Norwich City on a loan.

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.

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