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**2012 Sporting Kansas City\Soccer Thread**

Sporting Kansas City was eliminated from MLS Cup contention after losing to Houston 2-1 aggreagate over the span of two games. They finished the year as US Open Cup Champions and a Kansas City team record of 63 points.

MLS Cup Final | LA Galaxy vs Houston Dynamo | December 1st, 3:30 CT









Final Regular Season Eastern Conference Standings
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Old 01-05-2012, 01:53 PM   #181
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Yea, I think it is going to be a big ****ing deal. I know that has been the plan pre schedule.
I was kicking myself for not going last year. It's even more appealing for me because I have fam in Chicago.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:23 PM   #182
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So, aside from the away trip to Chicago the most movement and organization amongst supporters is towards a swing around the great Northwest. It is a lot less money than I would have ever figured.

Sporting plays Vancouver on the 18th and Portland on the 21st of April.

We are finding flights really reasonable.

KC ---> SEA via plane
SEA ---> VAN via train (watch Whitecaps game)
VAN ---> POR via train (watch Timbers game)
POR ---> KC

Looks like we can pull it off for about 400 not including a place to stay.
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Old 01-05-2012, 08:27 PM   #183
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Old 01-05-2012, 10:29 PM   #184
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This is a *great* run down on some different intracies of the schedule especially in regards to planning your summer around different games and happenings in KC. Just a warning some of the commentary with the local events is sort of silly. Why in the world would you want an SKC game to be going on around the time a NASCAR event would be going on. Wah?

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Sporting KC 2012 Schedule with Analysis, Stats

Hooray the MLS 2012 schedule is finally here so we can at least talk about something other than potential sponsors for the kit! Check out the Sporting blog post on the schedule to get links to download a desktop background with the schedule, import the schedule into various phones, and other info. With the schedule out I wanted to compile a list of observations by myself and others.

Here is the spreadsheet I have been working from if you want to take a look and see if you find any interesting items or trends.

Unbalanced Schedule

With 10 teams in the East and 9 in the west, MLS has gone with an unbalanced schedule. Many have griped, but that doesn't change the fact that it exists so let's see how it may benefit or hinder Sporting.




Getting to play three tough Western conference opponents at Home is a big benefit. It is also nice to have Houston and Chicago at home twice given the playoffs last year and the real/fake rivalry with Chicago. Hopefully New England and Toronto will give us some high scoring affairs that will please the home crowd as well. Overall I am pretty pleased with how the unbalanced schedule played out in Sporting's favor.

Conflicts/Synergies with Major Events

Local

March Madness - 3/17 Home Opener vs. New England - Same night as 3rd Round of NCAA Basketball Tournament. Don;t really think it will be too big of a deal since it is opening night, which would be expected to be a sell out regardless of other events. 3/25 at home also is the same night as the Elite Eight, so if local teams like KU, K-State or Mizzou are playing might put a small dent in attendance. But no SKC games conflict with any game nights in the Final Four.

NASCAR - No Sporting games are during NASCAR weekends (April 22, October 21) although part of me thinks there might be an interesting synergy if they timed it right to get some of the 80,000+ people going to the races a package deal on tickets to a soccer game across the street. I just hope we see a Sporting KC die cast NASCAR in the stores this year.


MLB All-Star Week in Kansas City - 7/7 vs Houston - I actually think this might work well for Sporting. A lot of visitors in town might pick this as a non-baseball sporting event to go to if they are in town for the week. In fact I think that would be a god way to market it to Houston fans, if only their poor Astros were good enough to have some All-Stars to watch during the baseball game 7/10.

Chiefs games: No fall dates are on the same day as a Chiefs game away or home. No back to back Chiefs/Sporting games this year.

National/International

Olympics - The Olympic soccer tournament in London goes from July 25th to August 11th. That covers 3 games for Sporting: 7/28 vs Columbus, 8/4 at New England, and 8/11 vs. DCU. The Gold Medal match will be played on 8/11 at 3pm London time, meaning we can watch the US and Teal Bunbury win the Gold medal at 9am before the DC game. (Note: the US has not even qualified yet for the Olympics, but you can watch them do that at Livestrong Park though in March and April!)


FIFA/CONCACAF Dates - the MLS stretched the season to avoid these important dates when your best players may be called up to their national teams. A few teams mutually agreed to move games to these dates but Sporting was not one of them.

Holidays

St. Patrick's Day - 3/17 vs New England - You can bet they will play up the Irish theme with this one against Boston's lost team. I really hope they don't wear green uniforms though. That just smacks of minor league baseball and we have already been there.

Cinco de Mayo - 5/5 vs Montreal - Not really the Spanish side you might be expecting but hey it is the return of Davy Arnaud to LSP so that is a reason to celebrate right? And playing an expansion team, might be just the thing the fans need to give us even more reason to have a good time.

Memorial Day Weekend - Sunday 5/27 vs San Jose - Nothing special here, but maybe with the long weekend more people might come out and tailgate before and after the early start game (3:30pm). Maybe an excuse to have a Parking lot BBQ competition?

Fourth of July - 7/4 at Montreal - yes the team will be away so no fireworks, but that gives you a chance to have a good Sporting KC themed party at your house. Invite people over to watch the early game (6:30p) and then light your fireworks (safely people!)

Labor Day Weekend - Saturday 9/1 vs. Toronto - Early in the holiday weekend. Again maybe a BBQ competition and long tailgate? Maybe Toronto will remember to bring their team player images this year.

Travel Opportunities

As many people have pointed out on Twitter two pairs of road games are only 3 days apart and within car/bus/train distance of each other that you could make a little Sporting vacation out of it: 4/18, 4/21 Vancouver, Portland AND 9/19,9/22 New York, Montreal. Apparently the Cauldron has made claims on at least one of them as THE road trip of the year. Also don't overlook the chance to check out Houston's new soccer specific stadium on Wed 7/18. The kids will be out of school so take two days off and make it a road trip.

Some other interesting stats/observations:

Full sched- Mean and Median length between games is 6.91 and 7. Min is 3, Max is 20.
Home games - Mean and Median length between games is 14.81 and 14.5, Min is 7, Max is 27.
Away games - Mean and Median length between games is 13.97 and 13.5, Min is 3, Max is 32.

Sporting KC ends the season on 10/24 at home. The rest of the MLS including Philly have to play on either the 28th or 29th setting us up for a little extra rest time prior to the playoffs. Nice.

Sporting will be on seven nationally televised broadcasts and all of these amazingly are at Livestrong! So let's make that crowd look good Kansas City. 4 are on NBC Sports, 2 on ESPN2, and one on Galavision. in 2011, 11 was on ESPN2, 3 on Fox Sports, and 1 on Galavision. An improvement but sadly only places Sporting 12th out of 19 teams for national television appearances. Of course NY and LA lead with 21 and 20 respectively. Who am I surprised to see get more screen time: Chivas (12), Dallas (12) DC (12), Chicago (14). Why would anyone want to watch Chicago or New York, they both tied 16 games apiece in 2011?!
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:10 PM   #185
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Seems bad luck has fallen upon us.

There has been a DP from Spain Robb had been alluding to for a while as potential January signing. Apparently this mystery player got hurt and might not be an option for us.

He says he is talks with a "long shot" from Europe.
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zach, you know the maximum amount of $$ on a dp contract?
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Also,, what position do we got the least depth at at this moment?
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zach, you know the maximum amount of $$ on a dp contract?
There is none...that is what makes DP special. MLS has a salary cap but they also want to be able to bring in premier or closer to premier players so to strike that balance each team has two DP spots which are contracts that are outside of the rules of the cap.

So spend it if you got it.
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Also,, what position do we got the least depth at at this moment?
We are a solid team all around. We could prob use another midfielder and CB depth.
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There is none...that is what makes DP special. MLS has a salary cap but they also want to be able to bring in premier or closer to premier players so to strike that balance each team has two DP spots which are contracts that are outside of the rules of the cap.

So spend it if you got it.
ahh i see... interesting...
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ahh i see... interesting...
Yea it is an interesting balance. That way the NYs and LAs of the world can get some bad ass talent but not fill their whole team with it. Meanwhile a team like KC can pony up for 1 or 2 big time contract players without being fiscally irresponsible.
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Even though NY doesn't have shit in its trophy case after all these years.
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