Sporting KC

Founded In
Kansas City, Kansas, USA

About Sporting KC

Sporting Kansas City was founded in 1995 and was one of the founding clubs in Major League Soccer. The team has competed in every MLS season since its inception.

Originally known as the Kansas City Wiz, the team changed its name to the Kansas City Wizards ahead of the 1997 season. The team utilised the "Wizards" name for more than ten years before being re-branded as Sporting Kansas City in 2010. The re-brand tied in with their relocation to a new stadium in 2011 and also coincides with future plans to create a larger sporting umbrella, which will include rugby and lacrosse clubs as well as the football team. Despite the re-brand, the team are still often referred to as "the Wizards" by supporters.

Kansas City have enjoyed significant success in Major League Soccer and indeed, they won the MLS Cup in 2000, defeating Chicago Fire in the final. Over the course of the season, in which they also won the MLS Supporters' Shield, Kansas City had the strongest defensive record in the league. In fact, at one stage, the club went on a run of 681 minutes without conceding a goal. Kansas City have won the Western Conference regular season on three occasions, in 1997, 2000 and 2004. In addition, the club has won the US Open Cup two times, most recently in 2012, where they beat Seattle Sounders FC in the final.

Notable footballers to compete for Sporting Kansas City, or the Kansas City Wizards, include Jimmy Conrad, Davy Arnaud, Tony Meola and Claudio López. The team's record goal scorer is Predrag Radosavljević, better known by his nickname, Preki.

The team plays home games at Sporting Park, which was formerly known as Livestrong Sporting Park. The ground, which opened in 2011, has a total capacity of 18,467 for MLS matches. 

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