What a year it was for soccer in Kansas City. The fact that Sporting KC claimed the MLS Cup just put the cherry on top of what already was a 2013 to remember.
The Kansas City Star
By the time Aurelien Collin, Jimmy Nielsen and company hoisted the Cup this month, Sporting Park had become the first MLS venue to host an MLS Cup, a U.S. men’s national team match and the MLS All-Star Game in the same calendar year.
You remember the July 31 MLS All-Star Game, right? For nearly a week, Kansas City was the center of the U.S. soccer universe as national-team dignitaries and MLS stars from across the league — not to mention musical acts like Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Silversun Pickups — rubbed elbows with Kansas Citians at a variety of events around town.
Never mind that the All-Stars lost 3-1 on game day to A.S. Roma — it was a day, and a year, we’ll not soon forget.