Who The Funk are Sporting KC?

On Saturday March 28th 2015, NYCFC will play it's fourth match of the year, and second home game of 2015 against Sporting KC.  When most people think of Kansas City, they probably look back to the magical run by the Royals last fall.  For those who may not know much about Sporting KC, here is a quick 101.

Who are They?

This is Sporting KC’s 20th season after being introduced as one of the 10 charter MLS members.  They were initially known as the Kansas City Wiz, and then eventually the Kansas City Wizards.  In 2011, the team re-branded itself to Sporting KC, adopting a European-style name.  Since their inception, Sporting KC have won two MLS cups.

Players to Watch

Forward Dom Dwyer - Dwyer had a breakout year in 2014 accumulating 22 goals – second most in the league.  He was also named to the MLS All-Star team in 2014, the first of his career.

Midfielder Graham Zusi - Zusi is best known from the U.S. Men’s National Team where he played in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.  He was involved in two notable plays; the corner kick assist against Ghana leading to the game winning goal, and the assist to Clint Dempsey against Portugal which ended in a draw.  Zusi was also the MLS breakout player of the year in 2011 and is a 3x MLS All-Star.

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Defender Matt Besler – Captain for Sporting KC and also played on the 2014 FIFA World Cup Men’s National Team.  He started in the three World Cup matches against Ghana, Portugal, and Germany.  Besler is also a 3x MLS All-Star.

This will be a great match-up for the second home game of NYCFC.  Be sure to get your ticket if you haven’t yet, and keep up with The Third Rail on Twitter @ThirdRailSC.

See you Saturday!

Posted by Andrew Singh

Andrew Singh is a Contributor and member of the Third Rail. Born and raised in New York, Andrew has a passion for many things such as music, traveling, and of course sports. He's recently become obsessed with fútbol, and enjoys chatting about NYCFC, and La Liga. Contact him via twitter @Singh_A87 if you want to get in touch and talk about The Third Rail, fútbol, or anything intellectually stimulating.