Monday, August 5, 2013

FC Kansas City Playoffs at Sporting Park: Pipe dream or possibility?

If you think this is a capital idea, sign the petition. 

One Can Dream...
Congratulations to FC Kansas City on clinching a playoff spot in the inaugural season of the NWSL last night  with a 3-2 win against Alex Morgan, Christine Sinclair (no relation!) and the Portland Thorns.  I have been to three FC Kansas City games this year at Shawnee Mission NW stadium Verizon Field.  I'm a soccer fan and a Kansas City fan and I'm hopeful that all of our teams can succeed here including the Brass, KC Shock, and the Comets.  If we are going to proclaim our city "Soccer Capital of America" as Sporting KC has over All-Star Week and with the courting of the US Soccer training facility here, we need all of our teams to flourish even if they don't belong to Sporting Club.

And how do we show our region and our country that soccer is flourishing here and that we deserve to have the US Soccer (Men's and Women's) training facility here? We show case our winning teams in the best venue suited for them.  Right now FC Kansas City is drawing 75% (4,597) capacity crowds at Verizon Field which is decent enough for second in the league.  But now that they are in the playoffs one would expect some increased attention and potential increased ticket sales.  But if you have been to one game at Verizon Field and seen the football lines and the turf, you might wish that when the stakes are really high that our Kansas City team can play on the best field available.

The best field available right now that can hold more than 6,150 max capacity of Verizon Field is Sporting Park.  BUT there are potential objections and I would like to address them here in the naive hope that we the fans can better support our clubs.

But this is business: Yes Sporting Club (owners of Sporting KC) and Top of the Arc (TOTA) (owners of FC Kansas City and the Missouri Comets) are different business entities, but in reality them working together makes great business sense to both sides, to the city, to the growth of the sport and to the fans. I don't have any insider information of they get along or they hate each other, because frankly I don't see much interaction between the two groups in the media.  It seems like a distant acknowledgement of each other from the front offices.

The TOTA business case for FC Kansas City playing at Sporting Park is easy.
  • Potential for a very high visibility match in KC and nationwide
  • Higher attendance, potentially higher revenue
  • New eyeballs that might never come to Verizon Field
  • Treating their players and opponents to a first tier field/facility
  • Potential to make a case longer term for a first class 6,000-12,000 seat stadium for the team in the future that benefits the team and the city
The Sporting Club business case for FC Kansas City playing at Sporting Park is a little more indirect:
  • Back up the claim that KC is the "Soccer Capital of America"
  • Chance to show how the facility is can be the frame/environment that makes any match look good
  • Follow-up on the promise for other teams using Sporting Park
  • Show US Soccer that it is committed to the Women's game and cooperation in soccer which may help solidify the Training Facility potential
  • Create more goodwill among soccer fans in Kansas City
  • Make a case for one day fielding their own Women's team (here or even in an nearby city like Omaha, OKC, or St. Louis even - Sporting Club does not have to be tied to KC if it wants to be a global brand.)
  • Take a healthy guaranteed share of the gate revenue and even merchandise/food/parking revenue
  • Staff a SKC STH booth and get more people signed up on the waiting list
  • Have SKC players do autograph/photo ops.
  • And potentially make the argument that someday big Sporting KC games should take place at Arrowhead.

No one in KC but the owners care that there are two different owners.  The players show up at each others games.  I stood in line for a Port-a-John with Sinead Farrelly and Desiree Scott in the Parking Lot of Sporting Park.  SKC players have been seen at FCKC games.  The fans for both teams overlap as well. Sure there are many many more SKC fans as attendance and apparel numbers will tell you, but there is plenty of overlap. And we as fans don't really care that you are owned by different organizations.

Just because SKC is wildly successful now, they need to be a little more humble and remember what it was like to be struggling and help out other soccer teams that are trying to make a mark on our city.  It will attract more talent and more attention to the city and I doubt that NWSL and FC KC will take over popularity from Sporting KC and MLS just because they let FC Kansas City play a few games at Sporting Park.

Come on Robb Heineman and Brian Budzinski...work this out for Kansas City and the fans for both your teams.

If you think this is a capital idea, sign the petition: http://www.change.org/petitions/sporting-club-and-top-of-the-arc-have-fc-kansas-city-playoff-games-at-sporting-park

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Gameday Previews: Match 07 Sporting KC at Vancouver Whitecaps

(links added as they get posted online- check back often)

April 18th, 2012 at BC Place
Sporting KC (6-0-0, 18 points) at Vancouver Whitecaps (2-1-2, 8 points)

Previous 2011 match
Win
Sporting KC 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps at Livestrong Sporting Park June 25th, 2011 - Recap

Previous match highlights:



Sporting KC Video Preview with Interviews:
Opponent Video Preview with Interviews:



Links to Previews (from SKC sources):
From Opponent/Other Sources:


Ad Astra Gameday News:
Twitter Rosters & Hashtags
Sporting Kansas City - #SportingKC - #SKC (rare)
Vancouver Whitecaps - #WhitecapsFC

Social Media Match Up
Facebook
Sporting Kansas City 54.5k defeat Vancouver Whitecaps 29.6k
Twitter
Sporting Kansas City 28.7k defeat Vancouver Whitecaps 22.0k

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Gameday Recap: Match 6 Real Salt Lake at Sporting KC


April 15th at Livestrong Sporting Park

Result: Win
Sporting KC 1 (Collin) - 0 Real Salt Lake

Ad Astra SKC Gameday Preview Compilation

MLS Match Center Recap

Links to Recaps: (links added as they get posted online)
    Man of the Match Selections:
    • Aurelien Collin - Down The By Line (@DowntheByline)
    • Roger Espinoza - Sporting KC Reports (@GraceReportsSKC)
    • - Talkin Touches (@AndyEdSKC)
    • - The Full 90 (@TheFull90)
    • - Daily Wiz KC (@The DailyWizKC) 
    • - The Oz Blog (@I_am_McBeth)
    • - Isaac Knopf (@FootyChronicles)
    • - Joseph Landis (@SBNKansasCity)
    From Opponent/Other sources:
    Match Video Highlights:
     
    Post-Game Interviews:

    Photo collections:
    KC Star Mingle Photos
    Sodagraphics
    The Backpost

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

    Gameday Previews: Match 06: Real Salt Lake at Sporting KC


    (links added as they get posted online- check back often)

    April 14th at Livestrong Sporting Park

    Real Salt Lake (5-1-0, 15 points) at Sporting KC (5-0-0, 15 points)

    Previous 2011 match
    Loss
    Sporting KC 1 - 0 Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium September 17, 2011 - Recap
    Previous match highlights:
    Referee Preview: TBD via RefRefs

    Sporting KC Video Preview with Interviews:

    Opponent Video Preview with Interviews:
    Links to Previews (from SKC sources):
    From Opponent/Other Sources:


    Ad Astra Gameday News:
    Twitter Rosters & Hashtags
    Sporting Kansas City - #SportingKC - #SKC (rare)
    Real Salt Lake - #RSL - #ClaretandCobalt (rare)

    Social Media Match Up
    Facebook
    Real Salt Lake 87.3k defeat Sporting Kansas City 53.8k
    Twitter
    Sporting Kansas City 28k defeat Real Salt Lake 15.8k

    Monday, April 9, 2012

    Potential Chants: C is for Collin



    Name of Song/Chant: C is for Collin

    To the tune of: C is for Cookie by Cookie Monster

    Lyrics:
    C is for Collin, he's good enough for me CLAP CLAP
    C is for Collin, he's good enough for me CLAP CLAP
    C is for Collin, he's GOOD enough for me OHHHHHHHH
    Collin, Collin, plays for SKC CLAP CLAP CLAP

    Chant video (coming soon hopefully):

    Original Song:




    Chant Origins:
    Calvin L suggested this in the Facebook group for New Songs on March 31st, 2012.  A couple variations were suggested and this is the version most people agreed upon.  The song is well known in America among people aged in their 30's since originating in 1972 on Sesame Street.  Seen referenced by a UK blogger as well.

    Heard at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park: Being tried starting with the April 7th game against LA.
    Heard from other MLS supporters groups: None - an original! Although their was talk in 2008 of Rapids fans using it for the Rapids player Terry Cooke.  I cannot find any recordings or evidence it went beyond just talk.

    Why it works: simple well known children's song, minimal lyrics, fan favorite player reference, positive and supportive, incorporates clapping which keeps everyone closer to the beat
    Why it might not: Never been done before, a little change on the bumber of Collin/Cookie references on the last line to get SKC to fit may throw off people learning it for the first time.

    Got an idea for a chant? Submit it to us!

    Sunday, April 8, 2012

    Gameday Recaps: Match 05 LA Galaxy at Sporting KC


    April 7th at Livestrong Sporting Park

    Result: Win
    Sporting KC 1 (Kamara) - 0 LA Galaxy

    Ad Astra SKC Gameday Preview Compilation

    MLS Match Center Recap

    Review the Ref via RefRefs

    Links to Recaps: (links added as they get posted online)
      Man of the Match Selections:
      • - Down The By Line (@DowntheByline)
      • - Talkin Touches (@AndyEdSKC)
      • - The Full 90 (@TheFull90)
      • - Daily Wiz KC (@The DailyWizKC) 
      • - The Oz Blog (@I_am_McBeth)
      • - Isaac Knopf (@FootyChronicles)
      • Aurelien Collin - Sporting KC Reports (@GraceReportsSKC)
      • Kei Kamara - Joseph Landis (@SBNKansasCity)
      From Opponent/Other sources:
      Match Video Highlights

      Post-Game Interviews

      Photo collections:
      KC Star Mingle Photos
      Sodagraphics
      The Backpost

      Friday, April 6, 2012

      Gameday Previews: Match 05 LA Galaxy at Sporting KC

      (links added as they get posted online- check back often)

      April 7th at Livestrong Sporting Park

      Los Angeles Galaxy (1-2-0, 3 points) at Sporting KC (4-0-0, 12 points)

      Previous 2011 match
      Draw
      Sporting KC 2 - 2 Los Angeles Galaxy at Livestrong Sporting Park September 5, 2011 - Recap
      Previous match highlights:


      Referee Preview: TBD via RefRefs

      ESPN Preview:
      Sporting KC Video Preview with Interviews:

      Opponent Video Preview with Interviews:


      Links to Previews (from SKC sources):
      From Opponent/Other Sources:

      Ad Astra Gameday News:
      Twitter Rosters & Hashtags
      Sporting Kansas City - #SportingKC - #SKC (rare)
      LA Galaxy - #LAGalaxy - #ThisIsLA (rare)


      Social Media Match Up
      Facebook
      Los Angeles Galaxy 364.4k defeat Sporting Kansas City 52.8k
      Twitter
      Los Angeles Galaxy 83.9 defeat Sporting Kansas City 27k