It was announced on Tuesday morning that, as was speculated by many for a long time, Kansas City has been chosen to host the US men's national team on the final day of group play of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup. As it was announced back in December, we knew Kansas City would be the host site of a doubleheader on June 14 at Sporting Kansas City's brand new soccer-specific stadium.
We now know that the teams participating in Group C play that day will be the United States, who will take on Guadeloupe, who are captained by Sporting Kansas City midfielder Stephane Auvray, with the undercard that day being Canada taking on Panama. As if hosting the US national team for the first time in over 10 years isn't enough, Kansas City fans could get a huge bonus that day, as Sporting KC forward Teal Bunbury is very much in the mix to make the tournament roster.
Tickets for that day will be part of the Sporting KC season ticket package, so if you haven't already, that's just another reason to get on it and buy season tickets. You'll want to be in the American Outlaws/The Cauldron section for this one. I experienced my first live USMNT game back in October in Chicago, and boy, was it a life-changing experience.
Be sure to check out the American Outlaws - Kansas City chapter and The Cauldron's collaborative site - AOKCdoesnotstop.com - today and for the next four months. They'll be hosting a celebration get-together tonight at the AOKC home bar - Johnny's Tavern in Power&Light, so feel free to show up their and rejoice will like-minded Kansas City and USMNT fans. The event should start around 6 p.m. tonight, and last until the last person leaves.
Now, just 96 days to USMNT in Kansas City.