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Sporting KC Weekly Update

May 1, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) Sporting Kansas City

SINGLE-DAY TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY FOR FLATLANDS FESTIVAL

Single-day tickets for the Flatlands Country Music Festival at Sporting Park from Sept. 12-14 go on sale to the general public on Friday, starting as low as $59 each. The new country music and camping festival, presented by Marquee Events and Sporting Club, will feature performances from several of the most popular artists in country music over three days.

Luke Bryan, Darius Rucker, Rodney Atkins, Thompson Square and Kevin Fowler will perform on Friday, Sept. 13. Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Kellie Pickler, Love and Theft, and JT Hodges will then take the stage on Sat., Sept. 14.

The 24,000 expected to be in attendance will have the opportunity to camp in nearby areas and enjoy all amenities associated with the state-of-the-art venue. For more information visit flatlandsfestival.com or call 800-493-3378.

SPORTING KC HOSTS CHIVAS USA ON SUNDAY

Sporting Kansas City will welcome Chivas USA to Sporting Park on Sunday for a 4 p.m. CT kickoff in a nationally-televised match-up on UniMas. The game will also be broadcast locally on KSMO-TV, Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Gran D 1340 AM.

Tickets for the match, presented by Deffenbaugh Industries, are available online at Ticketmaster.com or at the Sporting Park Box Offices. Fans are encouraged to stop by the Deffenbaugh Industries tent on the Sprint Plaza prior to the match for an autograph session with Sporting KC forward Teal Bunbury and Sporting KC defender Kevin Ellis.

Sporting Park will also celebrate Jewish Heritage Day on Sunday, with kosher hot dogs available near section 120 and local rabbis delivering the match ball prior to kickoff. Sporting KC midfielder Benny Feilhaber, a past player in the Maccabiah Games in Israel, will take a post-match photo with fellow Jews in attendance at Sporting Park.

SPORTING KC SHOW AIRS ON SPORTS RADIO 81O WHB

The Sporting KC Show aired live from La Bodega: Tapas & Lounge on Sports Radio 810 WHB on Tuesday night with hosts Callum Williams and Andy Edwards joined by Sporting KC defender Seth Sinovic. Visit 810whb.com to listen to the podcast for the full audio archive from the show.

The weekly show airs every Tuesday on Sports Radio 810 WHB to bring all the latest discussion around Sporting Kansas City, Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer. Sports Radio 810 WHB, the official broadcast radio partner of Sporting Kansas City, will simulcast Sunday's home match against Chivas USA at Sporting Park. The Final Whistle: Sporting KC Postgame show will air immediately after the match, live from the Boulevard Members Club with hosts Dave Borchardt and Andy Edwards.

SPORTING KC UNVEILS LIMITED EDITION THIRD KITS

Sporting Kansas City unveiled the team's third jerseys moments before kickoff on Saturday, taking the field at Sporting Park in an all-black alternate uniform that pays homage to the club's roots when the team wore black in their first four seasons from 1996-1999. The limited edition Sporting Kansas City authentic third jersey, along with a line of merchandise that includes t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, tank tops and scarves, are available online at shop.sportingkc.com.

Complete with a collar at the neck, the jersey material is 30% lighter than the previous generation of kits and the design features an argyle pattern across the front that alternates between the team's Sporting Blue and Dark Indigo colors. Adidas, Major League Soccer's exclusive supplier, has provided the club's uniforms since the inaugural season in 1996.

Ivy Funds, Sporting Kansas City's presenting jersey partner and the official investment management partner of Sporting Club, is prominently showcased with the asset management firm's logo centrally located on the front of the uniform. Headquartered in Overland Park, Kan., Ivy Funds entered into a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Sporting Kansas City that was announced at the 2013 MLS SuperDraft earlier this year.

In addition to Saturday's match, Sporting Kansas City will wear the alternate jersey for select CONCACAF Champions League games during the 2013-2014 tournament and designated matches during the team's defense of their Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title.

COLLIN, OLUM HEADLINE CANCER BATTLER CUP IV

Sporting KC defenders Lawrence Olum and Aurelien Collin will attend Blue Springs High School's Cancer Battler Cup IV on Thursday at Blue Springs High School's Billy Peve Stadium. The pair will participate in pre-game activities and will also be available for a meet-and-greet to sign autographs and take photos with fans until 7:30 p.m. CT.

The Cancer Battler Cup IV is a community fundraising event that will benefit the nonprofit Jennifer Ireland Foundation and is hosted by the Blue Springs High School Soccer Alumni Association. The night will center on a varsity girls' soccer match between the Blue Springs Wildcats and the Blue Springs South Jaguars at 6:30 p.m. CT. Jennifer played and managed soccer at Blue Springs in the years before she succumbed to colon cancer in 2007 at age 27.

At halftime, a 15-minute match between alumni from the two schools and local soccer coaches, including Sporting KC assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin, will take place. For more information, visit the CBC IV page on Facebook.

SPORTING KC PLAYERS TO ATTEND ARTBRA KC

Sporting KC is teaming up with ArtBra KC for a special VIP Experience prior to their annual runway show and auction this Friday at Signature Flight Support (10 NW Richards Road, Kansas City, MO) in the TWA Museum at the Downtown Airport. Aurelien Collin, Matt Besler, Michael Thomas and Graham Zusi will join players from the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas State Wildcats to mingle with VIP ticket holders, who get a first look at auction items, small bites from Guadalajara Cafe, wine tastings, a performance by the MoonDrop Circus Aerial Artists and a chance to meet the ArtBra KC 2013 models.

VIP tickets are available for $150 and general admission tickets are on sale for $75. Purchase them online at kumed.com and RSVP on Facebook!

All proceeds benefit the Patients in Need Fund at Missy's Boutique, an accredited appearance center at The University of Kansas Cancer Center's Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Care Pavilion. The fund ensures access to Missy's services for eligible uninsured/underinsured individuals.

Friday's event showcases approximately 70 work-of-art bras, designed and created by family and friends of breast cancer survivors, local artists, celebrities and volunteers. The "Top 25" bras are modeled by breast cancer survivors to celebrate their triumph over cancer, complete with runway costumes coordinated to the theme of the Art Bra they model.

Last year, Besler and Thomas were in attendance with Michael's aunt, Cindy Whittman, a breast cancer survivor. The bra raised $1,700.

ACADEMY PLAYER HELPS US U15'S DRAW ITALY

Sporting Kansas City U16 Academy defender Erik Palmer-Brown started for the U.S. Under-15 Boys' National Team on Tuesday as they opened the Tournament Delle Nazioni with a 0-0 draw against hosts Italy. One of 19 players on the trip, Palmer-Brown traveled from the U.S. Soccer Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. to Grandisca, Italy for the 12-team international tourney.

Head coach Tony Lepore's squad are competing in Group A and will next play Chile on Thursday before wrapping up the group stage against Slovenia on Friday. The semifinals are scheduled for May 4 with the championship to be decided on May 5.

Palmer-Brown is a Lee's Summit, Mo. resident and was named Player of the Game against Italy by one observer.

HEINEMAN A FINALIST FOR ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman is a 2013 Central Midwest finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. Announced last week, the finalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges made up of past Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® Award winners and civic and community leaders.

The Central Midwest Entrepreneur Of The Year Award program, established in 1986, recognizes oustanding business leaders who inspire others with their innovative vision and established track record of achievement. Award winners will be revealed at a gala on June 20 at the Sheraton in Overland Park, Kan.

The regional winners will be in consideration for the Enrepreneur of the Year National awards program presented in Palm Springs, Calif. in November and hosted by Jay Leno. The Central Midwest program has had 17 of their regional winners go on to win national awards.

BUDWEISER BEER GARDEN DEBUTS AT SPORTING PARK

All new and all inclusive, the Budweiser Beer Garden at Sporting Park provides the ultimate pre-game place for all-you-can-eat stadium fare and all-you-can-drink beverages, including Budweiser products, soda and water. Guests may also purchase a Red Bull signature cocktail in addition to the variety of all-inclusive menu options.

Conveniently located on the south end of the Sprint Plaza, the Budweiser Beer Garden will serve supporters from two hours prior to kickoff up until 15 minutes before first kick. The area will also offer fan-friendly fesitivities that include music and tailgating games, and is now a gameday fixture for all remaining Sporting KC matches in 2013.

Tickets to the Budweiser Beer Garden are available to anyone age 21 and up, and can be purchased for $25 online at Ticketmaster.com or at the Sporting Park Box Offices on the day of game while supplies last. Current Sporting Kansas City Season Ticket Members receive a 20% discount and can purchase Budweiser Beer Garden tickets for just $20 by contacting Client Services or showing your Season Ticket Member card at the Sporting Park Box Offices.

SPORTING KC SEASON TICKETS SOLD OUT FOR 2013 SEASON

Sporting Kansas City announced last week that the club's allotment of 14,000 season tickets for the 2013 season at Sporting Park are sold out. Prospective Season Ticket Members may join the club's Season Ticket Member waiting list by placing a $50 non-refundable deposit per season ticket request.

The implementation of the Season Ticket Member waiting list does not affect current Season Ticket Members.

Sporting Kansas City currently lead all MLS teams in the total number of new Season Ticket Members for 2013 and have averaged over a 90% Season Ticket Member renewal rate for the last three seasons.

Sporting Kansas City have also begu n sales for new five-game 'Pick Plans.' All plans include the team's match on July 3 against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC as well as four additional Sporting KC matches of the buyer's choice, including U.S. Open Cup, CONCACAF Champions League or any of the remaining MLS regular season games.

GRINDERS FAVORITES NOW AVAILABLE INSIDE BOULEVARD MEMBERS CLUB

Grinders is now serving up five of their signature items inside the Boulevard Members Club at Sporting Park. The popular local eatery, located in the heart of the Crossroads Arts District in downtown Kansas City, will be among the Boulevard Members Club food choices thanks to a new partnership with Sporting Kansas City for the 2013 season.

In addition to the full food and beverage menu available inside the Boulevard Members Club, Grinders will now be offering up their tater tots, meatball sandwiches, philly cheesesteaks, chicken strips and chicken wings at Sporting Kansas City home games. The Boulevard Members Club is open to all Members Stand ticket holders before and during matches, then welcomes all ticket holders inside its doors for postgame festivities.

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.

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

SINGLE-GAME TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR NEXT FIVE MATCHES

Tickets to Sporting Kansas City's next five 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 five 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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