In a 1-0 win over DC United, Sporting Kansas City clinched the top spot in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference.
The win means Sporting is a #1 seed going into the playoffs and will play the winner of wildcard game in a quarterfinals match at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City the first week of November.
Winning the conference ends Sporting’s run from dead last heading into summer to first place to finish the regular season.
Sporting broke in the new, state-of-the-art stadium awfully well, and finished 9-6-2 at home.
I’ve never been more proud of a Kansas City team, and I’m honored to say I got to be involved in establishing soccer as a legitimate, respected sport in Kansas City. The time I’ve been able to spend working for the team and working at LSP will go down as one of the best jobs I’ve ever had, and the friends I made and experience I gained working for Chris Wyche and Brad Mertel will stick with me for life.
Over the summer we poured a lot of effort into our work there and never gave up on the team, and clearly the team never gave up on themselves. The dedicated folks that filled the stands deserve just as much credit as everyone on the field, in the coaches office, and in the front office.
Congratulations to a team that has laid it all on the line this year, Kansas City truly deserves a championship and just maybe Sporting can bring the MLS Cup home for the fans.