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April 17, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) Sporting Kansas City

SPORTING KC TO FACE NEW YORK RED BULLS TONIGHT

Sporting Kansas City (3-1-2) will face a tough test on the road when they face the New York Red Bulls (2-3-2) at 6:30 p.m. CT tonight at Red Bull Arena.

The match will broadcast live throughout the region on KSMO, KMTW, WIBW and KZOU with radio coverage available on Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Gran D 1340 AM.

The team will then travel to Los Angeles to face the Galaxy at 9:30 p.m. CT on Saturday at the Home Depot Center. The match will be broadcast nationally on the NBC Sports Network and locally on La Gran D 1340 AM. Sports Radio 810 WHB will provide The Final Whistle: Sporting KC Postgame Show immediately after the match.

ROBB HEINEMAN NAMED KC SPORTS COMMISSION EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman will be honored as the Kansas City Sports Commission Waddell and Reed Executive of the Year at 7 p.m. CT on Friday at the Marriott Downtown in the annual awards ceremony.

Heineman will also speak at 2 p.m. CT on Friday at the Middle of the Map Fest Forum at OfficePort.

SPORTING KC DEFEATS UMKC IN SCRIMMAGE

Sporting Kansas City defeated the University of Missouri - Kansas City 3-0 at the Sporting Club Training Center in Swope Park on Saturday. The home side, in the midst of a bye week during MLS competition, maintained the majority of the possession in each of the three 30-minute segments. C.J. Sapong scored the game-winning goal and Soony Saad struck twice in the victory. Jimmy Nielsen and Eric Kronberg combined for the shutout.

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 at walk.MSmidamerica.org or by calling 1-800-344-4867. You can also RSVP on Facebook.

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 recently announced 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.

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.

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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