Here's something that many in Kansas City probably never dreamed they'd read:Sporting Kansas City ranks 4th in the league in average home attendance.
I know the sample size is horrendously small (1 game), but for a team that drew 10,287 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, seeing 19,925 fans in the new park is a large step erasing the attendance stigma that has surrounded this city for 15 years.
• The Back Post has posted a batch of photos from opening night.I suggest you click.
• Written before he saw the stadium in person,Sports Illustrated's Steve Davis ranks Livestrong Park the 6th best stadium in MLS.
I'm sorry, but BMO Field has folding chairs for the players on the sidelines. Any stadium that uses folding chairs can't be higher than KC.
• The Park will be the backdrop for the U.S. national team's last group stage game in the Gold Cup.The Star's Sam Mellinger writes about how the stadium is part of Kansas City's "recruiting" strategy for the selling players on the club.
• Speaking of the United States,the Yanks are still searching for that elusive star striker.
•Bob Bradley faces high-pressure stakes against Guadeloupe.
It's great to see a Kansas City byline on a Grant Wahl story.
• I had the fortune to join Sporting announcer Callum Williams on The Sporting KC Show last night on 610 sports radio. Callum and I talked about the home opener, the win over Dallas and spoke with Graham Zusi.Give it a listen, we had a good hour of conversation I think.
• Jamaica claimed the top spot in Group B of the Gold Cup,beating Honduras 1-0 last night
. KC's Shavar Thomas (Jamaica) and Roger Espinoza (Honduras) didn't see action in the game.
The Reggae Boyz won all three games without conceding a goal and will face the second-place team from Group C in the quarterfinals. Honduras will face Costa Rica.
• Guatemala beat Grenada 4-0 in the other Group B game. The top two third-place finishers in the group stage advance to the quarters; thanks to a goal differential of +2, Guatemala has likely secured one of those spots.
•The U.S. Open Cup begins tonight
, with 32 clubs from USL Pro, USL Premier Development League, National Premier Soccer League and the U.S. Adult Soccer Association. The eight Major League Soccer squads -- including Sporting KC -- will join the competition on June 28.