Sporting Kansas City's acquisition of midfielder Paulo Nagamura from Chivas USA a month ago may not have been the splashiest of offseason moves. But when the Brazilian veteran lines up for his new team in 2012, he’ll join a very select group of players to have worn the jerseys of both Kansas City and the LA Galaxy in a competitive game.
In the opening month of the offseason, no teams did more to augment their rosters than the Philadelphia Union and Sporting Kansas City, two clubs that felt they had what it took to win the conference crown last season before ultimately losing out to the Houston Dynamo. With SKC adding Bobby Convey to the fold and Philadelphia tapping into the international market to add talent from Costa Rica and Panama, the two teams figure to be very much in the mix yet again in 2012.
It’s highly unlikely the team would change its colors or logo for the 2012 season, so I’m thinking there’s got to be a sponsorship deal in the works. It makes sense because MLS commissioner Don Garber at one time said every team in the league would have a jersey sponsor by the end of 2011.
The Wizards’ name change to Sporting Kansas City was just the beginning for the Major League Soccer franchise. The team played its first 10 games on the road as crews worked feverishly to complete plush Livestrong Sporting Park at the Legends complex in Kansas City, Kan., ahead of a June 9 home opener. The lack of home cooking was apparent in Sporting’s 1-6-3 record through June 8, but things turned around in a huge way on the team’s new field. Coach Peter Vermes’ team cruised from worst to first and reached the conference finals before falling 2-0 to Houston on a frigid November night.
I went to the opening night game at Livestrong, and was immediately entranced. It was nothing like I'd remembered. The Cauldron was so much fun, and the people beside me had their cowbells ringing the entire game, which was admittedly a bit annoying at first. But once the game started and I learned the chants from my spot in the East Stand, I knew every game from then on would be fun. When I went to Texas for four weeks for debate nationals/camp, I missed the games terribly. And when I got back and was able to take friends to games, I roped some more people into the mix.
With the 2012 MLS Draft just two weeks away, the 2012 MLS Generation adidas class took a step closer to being completed after the signing of the highest-rated unsigned underclassman. UCLA playmaker Kelyn Rowe has signed a Generation adidas deal, sources told SBI on Wednesday. Rowe is the fifth player to sign a Generation adidas deal, joining Andrew Wenger, Darren Mattocks, UCLA teammate Chandler Hoffman and Sam Garza.
t's time again to hang annual plaudits for the Americans playing in Europe that made the biggest splashes in their respective homes away from home. As this has become the year of the 4-3-3 for American exports and US internationals, we'll draw up the clipboard in that formation.