Sporting Kansas City debuted a new uniform, the long-rumored third kit, for its match Saturday night.
The new alternate jersey features a black top with an argyle pattern — using the club’s primary colors, Sporting blue and dark indigo — across the front and black shorts, which pays homage to the club’s first four season when the then-Wiz/Wizards wore blacks uniforms during 1996-99.
“We wanted to do something different,” chief marketing officer Andy Tretiak said. “It’s a special year because of Champions League and defending the U.S. Open Cup. The simple reason for doing argyle, though, is just because we thought it was cool.”
The logo of the club’s jersey sponsor, Ivy Funds, runs underneath the patterned diamonds.
“It’s something we fell in love with as we tried to create something practical for coming to the stadium to cheer at games, but also wearing away from the stadium as well,” Tretiak said.
• Chance Myers’ first goal was the fastest in Sporting Park history and the third fastest in club history. He notched his first career MLS goal only 40 seconds into the match.
Davy Arnaud owns the fastest goal, scoring at the 33-second mark for the then-Wizards on Aug. 22, 2003. Scott Sealy had a goal at the 36-second mark Sept. 9, 2006.
Both of those goals, interestingly enough, came against the Colorado Rapids at Arrowhead Stadium.
• It was 14 years ago — April 28, 1999 — that Bob Gansler was appointed the second coach in Sporting KC history. Gansler took over for Ron Newman, who was fired after losing the season’s first four games.
The then-Wizards were 0-7 at the time that Gansler was hired and went 8-17 the rest of the way. Sporting KC won the MLS Cup a season later in Gansler’s first full season.
He has coached the most wins in club history (86). Gansler also coached the club to the 2004 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and another appearance in the MLS Cup final.