Kansas City, Kansas- The 2017 Schedule is here! Pre-season is just around the corner, and opening day is in less than two months! We’re going to take a look at five Sporting KC games you MUST circle on the calendar this season.
Sporting KC: Five Games To Circle on 2017 Schedule
This year’s schedule features a multitude of home games on Saturday. Such was not the case last season, when Sporting KC had numerous Friday night or Sunday games. That’s nice because it’s national TV. But to consistently have Saturday games is something I think Sporting KC will benefit from greatly. Anyways, here are five games that are taking place at Children’s Mercy Park this season that you MUST go to.
April 29: vs. Real Salt Lake, 7:30pm
This is the only visit Real Salt Lake makes to Kansas City for 2017. We all know the history between the two. It’s a significant rivalry between the fans and players. With this being the only visit, and the rumors of Landon Donovan being offered a contract by RSL definitely make this a “must attend” match.
May 17: vs. Seattle Sounders, 7:30
Anytime the defending champs come to town, you really have to get out and go. Especially considering what happened in the postseason between the two. There was some heat, and Sporting KC should feel hard done by, and rightly so. It will be a vengence game. Also, the last time Seattle came to CM Park, they got destroyed and Sigi Schmid got fired the next day. Both teams have a little impetus behind this match so it will be a fun one to watch!
June 3: vs Minnesota United, 4pm
An afternoon game in June sounds miserable. Both Minnesota and Sporting will be sweltering but this should still be a decent match. Minnesota United look to be assembling a really strong squad. This could also be a good start to a burgeoning rivalry. Unless St. Louis comes in the MLS fold, there is no natural regional rival for Sporting KC. Minnesota actually become the closest team to Sporting KC in proximity. Recently it was Dallas, but now Minnesota jumps in. With Minnesota getting on the schedule three times a season, this just might grow into something.
August 6: vs. Atlanta United FC, 7:30
Atlanta United is doing something relatively special. They have a former Barcelona and Argentina manager running the show, and are “dropping dimes” way better than anybody in that awful State Farm commercial. Miguel Almiron, Kenwyne Jones, and a few others to tote, that squad for Atlanta looks really, really good. They only come to Sporting Park once every other year, so it would be worth your while to get out and see them this season. They likely will compete very strongly in the Eastern Conference. With the timing of the game, it’s good “test of the mettle” match for Sporting KC. That stretch run through the fall will determine where they land. They can’t falter like they did last season at the same time. Add in that Atlanta will likely be competing for playoff positioning as well, this should be quite the matchup.
August 19: vs. FC Dallas, 7:30
This is likely going to be their only matchup with FC Dallas where Mauro Diaz is healthy. Dallas does come to town for the home opener, but probably won’t be at full strength. Yes, even half strength for FC Dallas is really scary. But we all saw they were an entirely different team without Mauro Diaz. Javier Morales will help them out in the home opener, but this one is the Dallas matchup to circle. Especially later in the season. At the moment, their home games after this just didn’t look to be as strong of opponents, so this one is the final one on the list.
Some honorable mentions?
May 3: vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30
This one didn’t quite make the cut. RBNY is always a strong opponent, and it will be fun to have them in town, but frankly the only eastern conference team I’m excited about seeing is Atlanta. RBNY will be a good matchup though and a thrilling game to take in.
April 9: vs. Colorado Rapids, 6pm
The Colorado Rapids are definitely going to look to build on their breakout 2016. After a few years of futility and turnover, Pablo Mastroeni has them playing to their best. A game to take note of for sure. It is nationally televised, so that automatically puts them in a prime spot to get a lot of coverage on this one. This is definitely one to get excited for, but there were some more pressing Western Conference squads to get out and see.
Ultimately, the 2017 Schedule should bring plenty of excitement for both the home games and what 2017 will bring. You can find the full seasons schedule for Sporting KC right at www.sportingkc.com/schedule.