With just two days before the massive second leg of the Eastern Conference Finals, Major League Soccer and Sporting Kansas City are all over the news right now.
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On Wednesday, Forbes released a four-part series on the Internet about MLS. The centerpiece is the publication's first MLS team valuations since 2008. According to Forbes, Sporting Kansas City is the ninth most-valuable franchise ($108 million) in the league. Kansas City is listed as one of 10 franchises with an operating profit ($5.1). Read the whole story, it's an interesting look at the financial state of the league.
• Also on Wednesday, Sporting Kansas City's argyle third kits got a lot of love. Finally. Sports Business Daily reported that Sporting KC sold more of its argyle collection this year than all of its merchandise combined in 2010. The club's vice president of stadium revenues John Moncke wouldn't reveal specifics, but the team have sold more than 10,000 third kits this year.
ESPN's sports business reporter Darren Rovell gave the kits some love too.
• In case you missed it, Matt Besler and Jimmy Nielsen are finalists for the MLS end-of-season awards. Besler is defending his 2012 Defender of the Year award; Nielsen is also defending his 2012 Goalkeeper of the Year award. See what The Full 90's media ballot looked like. (Spoiler: Besler got a lot of love.)
• With Orlando City set to join MLS in 2015, Sporting Kansas City is in the market for an USL Pro affiliate. According to coach Peter Vermes, the club is going to talk with Orlando this week about the 2014 season. After that? Could be another USL Pro team. Or, it could be Sporting KC "owning our own franchise."
• If you only watch one hype video today. Make it this one.