Sporting KC notebook

Vote starts for Community MVP

Updated: 2013-07-04T04:58:59Z

Vote starts for Community MVP

Voting is under way for the Community MVP contest, which is sponsored by MLS Works to recognize community members in each MLS city who make a difference through soccer.

Sporting KC’s representative is Rob Million.

As the president of Sporting Club network’s Puma FC, Million started the “A Chance for All” program, which provides a platform for young boys and girls who otherwise wouldn’t get the opportunity to learn and participate in soccer.

In conjunction with Operation Breakthrough, a child-care and social-services center, Puma FC makes coaches, training materials and equipment available to underprivileged children in metropolitan Kansas City.

Fans will decide the grand-prize winner, who receives $10,000 for charity and a trip to the AT&T MLS All-Star Game on July 31 at Sporting Park, by voting on Major League Soccer’s Facebook page. Click on the Community MVP tab.

• Midfielder Graham Zusi is up for an ESPY in the Best MLS Player category.

Don’t expect Zusi — who was an MLS MVP finalist, Best XI selection and an All-Star last season, while leading the league with 15 assists — to let Hollywood get to his head (even if it is covered with a spectacular, camera-friendly mane).

Fans can vote online in several categories at espn.go.com/espys/2013 until the show, which Jon Hamm will be host of, takes the air at 8 p.m. local time July 17.

• It was 17 years ago Wednesday — July 3, 1996 – that Sporting KC faced off with the U.S. men’s Olympic team in front of 6,137 fans at Arrowhead Stadium. The squad for the Atlanta Olympics included then-Wiz players defender Matt McKeon and goalkeeper Chris Snitko.

| Tod Palmer, tpalmer@kcstar.com

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