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Sporting Kansas City is having the worst travel day ever: two of them

Stranded Sporting KC players kill some time at the airport by ... what else? Practicing their skills.
Stranded Sporting KC players kill some time at the airport by ... what else? Practicing their skills.

When your life turns into the movie “The Terminal,” that’s not a good thing.

Sporting Kansas City has found that traveling is not one of the joys of being a professional athlete. A large contingent of the players was stuck Tuesday in New York City for a second day.

After winning 2-1 at Montreal on Saturday, Sporting Kansas City was due to fly out on Sunday and make its way to Columbus, Ohio, for Wednesday’s game. However, the World Cup final was that day (Germany won 1-0 after extra time), so the team decided to wait until Monday.

No worries, right? This tweet from C.J. Sapong tells a different story:

The team’s flight Monday to Washington D.C. was delayed two hours and then canceled. The team then split into two traveling groups.

The coaches, technical staff and four players flew to Chicago and then to Columbus, where they arrived early Tuesday.

A group of 13 players and a trainer flew to New York, but only after a four-hour delay. Then they boarded a plane for Columbus ... and waited on the tarmac for three hours before that flight was canceled.

So the players all found hotel rooms for the night and came back to the LaGuardia this morning, where their flight was canceled again.

The team has a 1 p.m. training session scheduled for today. But coach Peter Vermes need not worry if the players can’t make it, because they are practicing on their own as you can see from Dom Dwyer’s Instagram.

Truth is stranger than fiction, but Benny Feilhaber couldn’t help but feel like he was part of a movie. Well, two of them:

The players haven’t lost their sense of humor as you can see from Matt Besler’s tweet (check out how much water is actually in that bottle):

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