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April 10, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) Sporting Kansas City

SPORTING KC SHOW ON SPORTS RADIO 810 WHB TONIGHT

The Sporting KC Show will air from 7-8 p.m. CT tonight on Sports Radio 810 WHB with hosts Callum Williams and Andy Edwards. They'll be joined by Sporting KC forward Soony Saad and ESPN commentator Adrian Healey.

Sporting Kansas City supporters can join the discussion by calling 913-3-810-810.

SPORTING PARK TO HOST 2013 WALK MS

Sporting Park is proud to host the 2013 Greater Kansas City Walk MS on Saturday, April 27. Over 2,500 individuals are expected to participate in the event, which will feature one-, three- and six-mile routes that are fully accessible for people of all abilities.

Walk MS participants can walk as an individual or part of a team, and the event also encourages opportunities to volunteer, fund raise and/or donate. Registration is free and takes place online atwalk.MSmidamerica.org or by calling 1-800-344-4867. You can also RSVP on Facebook .

VOTE FOR BIELER FOR MLS GOAL OF THE WEEK

It's time again for to #VoteSporting as Claudio Bieler's 89th minute goal against D.C. United is a nominee for MLSSoccer.com Goal of the Week. Vote for Bieler's goal here or by texting "G4" to 22442.

Bieler was also named to the Top 3 MLS Performers of the week.

SPORTING KC TO HOLD SCRIMMAGE AGAINST UMKC ON SATURDAY

Sporting Kansas City will hold a scrimmage against t he University of Missouri - Kansas City's m en's s occer team at 10 a.m. CT on Saturday at the Sporting Club Training Center in Swope Park. Fans are welcome to attend to catch their favorite Sporting KC players in action.

USL PRO AFFILIATE ORLANDO CITY KICKS OFF 2013 SEASON

Sporting KC's USL PRO Affiliate Orlando City kicked off their 2013 season with a 3-1 victory over Phoenix FC on Sunday. After conceding an early goal, Orlando City fought back with three unanswered to get the three points. All four Sporting KC players (Dom Dwyer, Jon Kempin, Yann Songo'o, Christian Duke) currently on loan with Orlando City started the match on Sunday night.

Dwyer scored the equalizer in the 35th minute with a header from close range while Songo'o, Duke, and Kempin all played 90 minutes. A full replay of the match is available online at USLNation.com.

Orlando City continues the 2013 USL PRO season with a match tonight at LA before their home opener on April 14th against Rochester.

SPORTING KC EARNS DRAMATIC 1-0 WIN OVER D.C. UNITED

Sporting Kansas City earned a dramatic 1-0 victory over D.C. United in front of a sold-out crowd on Friday night at Sporting Park and extended the team's shutout streak to 429 minutes, the second longest in club history.

Claudio Bieler claimed the game-winning goal for Sporting KC in the 89th minute when Soony Saad won the ball deep in D.C. United's defensive end and nudged it through the legs of Marcelo Saragosa before finding Bieler at the near post. The Designated Player's first time, left-footed strike beat Bill Hamid and found the back of the net from six yards out. The goal marked Bieler's fourth since joining Sporting KC this year and Saad's first assist of the season.

PETER VERMES VOTED INTO NATIONAL SOCCER HALL OF FAME

Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes will be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame, U.S. Soccer announced on Wednesday. Vermes was elected as the top vote recipient among the 15 Veteran ballot candidates, as voted on by current members of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

SPORTING PARK TO HOST U.S. MNT IN WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

Sporting Park will host the U.S. Men's National Team on Oct. 11 in the team's final home qualifying match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The United States returns to Sporting Park to play Jamaica, live on the ESPN family, WatchESPN and UniMas. Kickoff time and ticket information will be released at a later date.

Sporting Park, home to Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City, will host the U.S. Men's National Team for the third time since opening in June 2011. The state-of-the-art, $200+ million venue will also host the 2013 MLS All-Star Game on July 31.

SPORTING CLUB LAUNCHES THE VICTORY PROJECT

Sporting Club announced on Friday the launch of The Victory Project, a new community-driven foundation that will meaningfully and tangibly impact children with cancer in the Kansas City region.

A key component of The Victory Project is to raise funds to address specific needs of individual children undergoing cancer treatment, where those needs are not supported by insurance. Donors will have the unique opportunity to know exactly how their funds are being used, and for whom. All funds raised will go directly to helping these children, who are here in Kansas City.

In addition to raising money, the organization hopes to provide encouragement to children in their daily battles with cancer. At each Sporting Kansas City home match, Sporting Club welcomes a special guest affected by cancer, and their family, to the Victory Suite at Sporting Park and recognizes the individual in a special pre-match ceremony.

In order to maximize the impact of The Victory Project, the initiative will be strategically aligned with like-minded local organizations that are committed to providing assistance to children with cancer in the community. At launch, The Victory Project has partnered with the First Hand Foundation, Supporting Kids Foundation and Children's Mercy Cancer Center.

In order to impact as many individuals as possible within the community, The Victory Project will raise funds for those fighting cancer through donations contributed in-stadium and online, and partner contributions. In addition, Sporting Club will offer support to local events through funding and player appearances.

For more information on The Victory Project, visit VictoryKC.org or contact Community Programs Manager Brandi Thomas at 913-235-2101.

SPORTING CLUB, USSF PURSUE FACILITY IN KCK

Sporting Club and the U.S. Soccer Federation announced on Friday that the two organizations have agreed to a memorandum of understanding to jointly explore bringing a new National Training and Coaching Development Center to Kansas City, Kan. Together they are studying a proposed project that would be designed to develop a world-class soccer training facility and serve as the premier destination in the United States for player, coaching and referee innovation.

The three initiatives of the National Training and Coaching Development Center would be world-class infrastructure, education and youth development. The mission is to vertically integrate a system of physiological, technical, scientific, psychological and information-driven development for players, coaches and referees of all ages.

There are more than 20,000 licensed soccer coaches in the United States and nearly 150,000 soccer officials across the country. U.S. Soccer is committed to providing education resources and courses to foster consistent and quality instruction.

The state-of-the-art campus would be designed, developed and operated as a world-class training facility dedicated to the future of American soccer. At a projected cost of $50 million, the National Training and Coaching Development Center would host U.S. National Team camps, coaching education and referee development programming.

U.S. Soccer will also explore the feasibility of establishing futsal and/or small-sided soccer programming to be managed out of the National Training and Coaching Development Center.

The first step in the realization of the National Training and Coaching Development Center is to identify a site. Sporting Club has issued a Request for Proposals to Wyandotte County land owners and real estate brokers in an effort to help identify the best available location for the National Training and Coaching Development Center.

JOIN ZUSI: STAND FOR EQUALITY AND FAIR PLAY

Graham Zusi is one of several MLS players featured in Major League Soccer's 2013 Don't Cross The Line campaign . The program promotes unity, respect, fair play, equality and acceptance throughout the soccer community. Other stars in the campaign are Dwayne De Rosario, Robbie Keane and Thierry Henry.

SINGLE-GAME TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR NEXT SIX MATCHES

Tickets to Sporting Kansas City's next six regular season home MLS matches are on sale to the general public now via Ticketmaster.com. Fans have the opportunity to secure their seats for the next seven regular season MLS matches at Sporting Park including the U.S. Open Cup rematch against the Seattle Sounders on May 8 and an MLS Cup Playoffs rematch versus the Houston Dynamo on May 26.

AWAY TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW

Reserve your free away ticket to Sporting Kansas City's May 12th match at the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium and May 19th match at D.C. United at RFK Stadium by clicking here.

SPORTING PARK TO HOST 2013 MLS ALL-STAR GAME, VERMES NAMED COACH

Kansas City will be the host city for the 2013 MLS All-Star Game. The annual showcase event will feature three days of festivities, culminating in a match between the League's top players and a renowned international club on Wednesday, July 31 at Sporting Park, home of Sporting Kansas City.

The 2013 MLS All-Star Game will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. CT on the ESPN, Univision, TSN and RDS family of networks. Exact networks will be announced at a later date. Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes, a finalist for MLS Coach of the Year each of the last two seasons, will coach the 2013 MLS All-Stars.

The 2013 All-Star Game will mark the 10th time that an elite international club has played the MLS All-Stars, who are 6-2-1 in those matches. In addition to honoring the best players in MLS, the game has featured successful, world-famous clubs such as Manchester United (2010 & 2011), Everton FC (2009), Chelsea FC (2006 & 2012), and Chivas de Guadalajara (2003). The opponent for this year's game will be announced at a later date.

FOLLOW SPORTING KC ONLINE

Sporting Kansas City fans looking to keep up with the club on the worldwide web now have a place to go. The social media page on SportingKC.com features Twitter account information for the club, its players as well as many staff members. Additionally, fans may take advantage of the Media Recap page for all the latest independent news coverage available online.

Also, Sporting Kansas City's 2013 media guide is now available online and fans can find all the latest information for Sporting Kansas City matches at SportingKC.com/GameOn .

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