Voting is under way for the Community MVP contest, which is sponsored by MLS Works to recognize community members in each MLS city who make a difference through soccer.
Sporting KC’s representative is Rob Million.
As the president of Sporting Club network’s Puma FC, Million started the “A Chance for All” program, which provides a platform for young boys and girls who otherwise wouldn’t get the opportunity to learn and participate in soccer.
In conjunction with Operation Breakthrough, a child-care and social-services center, Puma FC makes coaches, training materials and equipment available to underprivileged children in metropolitan Kansas City.
Fans will decide the grand-prize winner, who receives $10,000 for charity and a trip to the AT MLS All-Star Game on July 31 at Sporting Park, by voting on Major League Soccer’s Facebook page. Click on the Community MVP tab.
• Midfielder Graham Zusi is up for an ESPY in the Best MLS Player category.
Don’t expect Zusi — who was an MLS MVP finalist, Best XI selection and an All-Star last season, while leading the league with 15 assists — to let Hollywood get to his head (even if it is covered with a spectacular, camera-friendly mane).
Fans can vote online in several categories at espn.go.com/espys/2013 until the show, which Jon Hamm will be host of, takes the air at 8 p.m. local time July 17.
• It was 17 years ago Wednesday — July 3, 1996 – that Sporting KC faced off with the U.S. men’s Olympic team in front of 6,137 fans at Arrowhead Stadium. The squad for the Atlanta Olympics included then-Wiz players defender Matt McKeon and goalkeeper Chris Snitko.