Perhaps as many as 1,000 fans or more stuck around after the game Saturday for the premiere of the documentary “KEI,” which chronicles Sporting Kansas City forward Kei Kamara’s life as a soccer player, the perils of growing up in his native Sierra Leone and his efforts to help build schools in his homeland in partnership with Schools for Salone.
“I’m honored that the people actually went with me to Sierra Leone to make this video, and obviously for everybody to hang out here and watch it with me,” Kamara said. “I never expected it to be like this, but it’s amazing.”
Making the evening even more special, aside from Sporting KC’s comeback victory, Kamara turned 28 years old Saturday.
“It’s not just a birthday now,” Kamara said. “It’s an event that will make a change back in Sierra Leone, so it’s great.”
During the game, Kamara peppered nine shots on goal, but wasn’t able to add to his team-leading total of 10 goals. He also received a 10th-minute “birthday” yellow card from referee Allen Chapman.
• Forward Dom Dwyer, who Sporting KC selected in the first round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, made his MLS debut when he subbed on in the 86th minute for the previous season’s first-round pick, C.J. Sapong.
“I’ve been working hard to get myself into the 18 and show what I can do,” Dwyer said. “To say it’s been tough to wait this long is an understatement. I’ve been frustrated, but I’m happy it finally happened.”
Dwyer, 22, also hopes that the dam might have broken on his MLS minutes.
“Once you get that first one out of the way, now I don’t have to worry about my debut,” Dwyer said. “You just have to be ready to play, and I’ll be ready for Houston the weekend after next.”
• The game was played with a chunk of seats removed behind the south goal.
The seating was removed to accommodate the Journey/Pat Benatar concert Friday night. There was not enough time to erect the stands again before a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday against Toronto FC.
Temporary seating – an arrangement of folding chairs – allowed roughly 100 fans to sit in the area, which is usually general admission seating.
• It was six years ago Friday — Aug. 31, 2006 — that OnGoal purchased Sporting KC from the Hunt Sports Group.
The group’s principal investors include Cerner chairman, CEO and co-founder Neal Patterson; Cerner vice chairman and co-founder Cliff Illig; OnGoal CEO and Rock Island Capital co-founder Robb Heineman; SpecChem chairman and CEO/Rock Island Capital co-founder Greg Maday; and C3 Capital founder Pat Curran.