The second-half ejection of Sporting Kansas City captain Matt Besler forced coach Peter Vermes to look to his bench to replenish a battered defensive line. His substitute instead provided the offense. Jacob Peterson made the most of his brief appearance Saturday in Toronto, sending home the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Toronto FC at BMO Field.
The latest brainchild of Sporting Kansas City, the proposed National Training and Coaching Development Center in Kansas City, Kan., is another sign that KC is becoming the soccer capital of the United States.
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In a Wednesday night news conference at Sporting Park, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Sporting Club and Wyandotte County officials unveiled plans to construct a $75 million-plus National Training and Coaching Development Center — which will serve as a home base for the U.S. Soccer Federation and its national teams.
Kansas City’s claim as America’s Soccer Capital took a monumental step forward with Wednesday afternoon’s announcement of the construction of the U.S. Soccer National Training Center. Sporting Kansas City was unable to put a cherry on Wednesday’s soccer sundae, losing 4-1 in its Champions Shield international friendly match to defending English Premier League champion Manchester City at Sporting Park.
The details of the announcement were not disclosed, but U.S. Soccer and Sporting Club said in April 2013 that they would explore the possibility of Wyandotte County serving as the site for the U.S. Soccer National Training and Coaching Development Center.
Sporting KC is looking to maintain an unbeaten record (1-0-2) against EPL teams. It defeated Manchester United 2-1 in a match played at Arrowhead Stadium in 2010. A year later, it played to a scoreless draw against Newcastle United. And it tied Stoke City, 1-1, in 2012.