This piece was published in the September 2015 issue of the Prep News
Kansas City reestablished itself in the sports world in 2013 when Sporting Kansas City won the MLS Cup Finals. Before this, Sporting’s most recent championship was in 2000 as the KC Wizards; the Kansas City Royals most recent in 1985; and the Kansas City Chiefs in 1969. Since the 2013 championship, Kansas City has erupted as one of the most elite sports cities in the United States.
Although the Royals lost in the 2014 World Series, they claimed an American League Pennant in addition to ending a 29-year post-season drought.
In the 2015 season, the Royals have been atop the American League standings and the MLB for most of the season. With the additions of Ben Zobrist, Jonny Gomes and Johnny Cueto, the Royals have built on their deep bullpen and strong defense in hopes of making another post-season run.
Since having the league’s worst record in 2012 at 2-14, the Chiefs acquired Andy Reid as their new head coach. In the past few off-seasons, the Chiefs have established a quick offense with players like Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis, Travis Kelce, Jeremy Maclin, Alex Smith and De’Anthony Thomas. Also, the Chiefs recently franchise tagged Justin Houston, the NFL’s reigning sack leader.
Coming off of consecutive second place finishes in the AFC West, the Chiefs hope to finally overcome the Denver Broncos and make a playoff run. The Chiefs’ talent on all aspects of the football field give a strong sense of hope to Kansas Citians for a chance at a Super Bowl victory.
Sporting Kansas City currently stands in 4th place in the Western Conference, only 6 points behind the conference leader, LA Galaxy. And though they’ve been struggling to get a win recently, most notably their 5-0 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes, they have been doing quite well. They’ve made it to the Open Cup championship in Philadelphia against the Union and have a few players being called up to the international levels .
With these accolades, it is easy to see why many consider Kansas City the soccer capital of the country. Also, the plans to build a national training complex in Kansas City, Kansas have drawn national attention, solidifying the city as a major soccer city. As if the streak of 70 sold out games wasn’t enough.
Kansas City has become extremely popular around the country and we can expect more excitement as we move towards the beginning of the Chiefs’ season along with MLS playoffs and the Fall Classic.