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MLS Cup week is here: Schedule of events, practices in Kansas City

12/02/2013 1:38 AM

12/02/2013 11:15 AM

The week that every soccer fan in Kansas City has dreamed of is finally upon us. The MLS Cup is here and it's just five days away. Here's the tentative plan of festivities, practices, MLS- and Sporting-related activities. Whether you want to ignore it for now or not, the weather forecast is looking more and more like we're in for another frigid match on Saturday. Monday • Tickets go on sale to the general public this morning at 10 a.m. We've already had a bit of a ticket scandal already and Sporting Park has been sold out the last 35 matches. So, tickets will likely go very, very fast. On the secondary market, prices are already reaching levels not seen in Kansas City in a few years. On Friday, the Cauldron had 200 tickets available to the members' stand. They were gone in four seconds. Tuesday • At 1 p.m., MLS commissioner Don Garber will give the State of the League Address and announce the MLS Best XI via a Google Hangout. Wednesday • MLS will reveal the 2013 Goalkeeper of the Year. Jimmy Nielsen is one of three finalists. Thursday • Real Salt Lake arrives in town. • The 2014 Volkswagen MLS MVP will be announced at 4:30 p.m. via press conference from Kansas City. Friday • The World Cup Draw is at 10:30 a.m. and there will be a watch party at the Members Club at Sporting Park. Only the first 250 fans will get in on a first come, first served basis. (The event is free.) • In the afternoon, both teams will hold training sessions. Unfortunately for fans, both sessions are closed to the public. • Later that night is the MLS Cup Last Night Out at the Power & Light District downtown. Festivities start at 7:30 p.m with a free show by Portugal. The Man at 9 p.m. More updates as they happen. This should be a hopping week in Kansas City.

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