It's a big week for soccer with major international friendlies upon us, the MLS All-Star game just a few days away and the Olympics starting this week.
Let's start with the most pressing news for many soccer fans here in KC. Tomorrow morning tickets to the U.S.-Guatemala World Cup qualifier at Livestrong Sporting Park go on sale. The match is Oct. 16.
At 10 a.m., fans can gobble up tickets through ussoccer.com, calling 1-800-745-3000, or visiting any Ticketmaster outlet or the Livestrong Sporitng Park ticket office.
According to Ticketmaster.com, regular concourse seating is $40 (including service fees). The Ultimate Fan Tickets (a VIP package that includes a premium ticket, a custom-made official U.S.A. jersey with name and number, access to the field before and after the game, and other benefits) are available exclusively through ussoccer.com.
The French are coming!
Sporting Kansas City will host French Ligue Un champs Montpellier HSC tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available for the international friendly.
Montpellier is the first French club to face Sporting KC and is the third international club to visit Livestrong Sporting Park after Newcastle FC and Chivas Guadalajara last year. Stoke City will visit next week.
Kansas City will be without a few players -- notably MLS All-Stars Graham Zusi, Aurelien Collin and Jimmy Nielsen.
According to Thad Bell,
assistant coach Kerry Zavagnin will handle coaching duties tomorrow night
If you love watching soccer, this is the week for you
Speaking of the All-Star game, it's part of a massive Wednesday of soccer on television.
The Olympic soccer begins with the women's group stage at 10 a.m. on MSNBC with hosts Great Britain taking on New Zealand. At 11 a.m., the U.S. women's team will take on France on NBC Sports.
In the evening, ESPN will have a doubleheader with Italian side AS Roma battling Liverpool at Boston's Fenway Park at 5:30 p.m. The nightcap will be the MLS All-Stars vs. European champions Chelsea FC at Philadelphia's PPL Park at 7:30 p.m.
The men's Olympic soccer action will kick of on Thursday. Sporting Kansas City's Roger Espinoza and Honduras will open the group stage against Morocco bright and early at 6 a.m. Mexico vs. South Korea follows at 8:30 a.m. Both games are on NBC Sports.
The rest of that day isn't too bad either: Spain vs. Japan (8:45 a.m. on MSNBC) and Egypt vs. Brazil (1:45 p.m. on MSNBC).