Sporting Club is expanding its reach in the Midwest, adding the Tulsa Soccer Club Hurricane as an affiliate of the Sporting Kansas City Juniors, the team announced on Thursday.
The affiliation will give TSC Hurricane a direct link to the Sporting Kansas City Juniors and senior team.
It also means that Kansas City has expanded its pool for adding Homegrown players. According to MLS rules, "a club may sign a player to his first professional contract without subjecting him to the MLS SuperDraft if the player has trained for at least one year in the club's youth development program." Kansas City now can reach into Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma for Homegrown players.
"We're very excited about it," Sporting Kansas City Juniors director of coaching Jon Parry said in a team press release. "They’ve got a great arsenal of talent down there, and it’s something we think we can tap into."
According to a team release, the six-year partnership will feature Sporting Kansas City's technical staff traveling to Tulsa for coaching workshops and mini-clinics for players of all ages. TSC Hurricane coaches will travel with and observe KC's trip to Orlando for the Disney Pro Soccer Classic.
Sporting Club also added five new area organizations to the Sporting Club Network -- a membership of athletes and athletic organizations affiliated with Sporting Club, the parent organization of Sporting Kansas City.
The five new members: Kansas Rush, Brookside Soccer Club, Puma FC, Smithville Soccer Club and the Kansas City Gaelic Athletic Club. According to the team's press release, players that participate and compete through a Sporting Club Network member organization will receive a Sporting Club patch to wear during competition, as well as access to exclusive clinics and trainings.