Editorial (January 8th, 2018)- Late Merry Christmas to everyone from the league! On January 4th, MLS announced their 2018 schedule in full for all 23 teams. The openers were revealed in late December, giving fans at least one or two games on their schedules to keep track of. Now with the full slate of games available, we take a look at the Five biggest match-ups that you need to circle on your Sporting KC calendar.
Sporting KC: 5 Games on the 2018 Schedule to Circle
Sunday March 4th, Sporting KC vs. New York City FC
How could you not get up for this? Saad Abdul-Salaam will return, and David Villa comes to town. But the main attraction? Tommy MacNamara. Jokes aside, it’ll be the first day of the season and a premium opponent. The first game of the year will bring a lot of anticipation as there is going to be some very new faces in the attack. It will be everyone’s first look at what they’re doing. With this being a national TV game as well, you should be able to get up for this.
Sunday April 15th, Sporting KC vs. Seattle Sounders
Another nationally televised game, and the Seattle Sounders are coming back to town. Last year they drubbed them 3-0 at home, then lost on the road. Seattle came on strong down the stretch and Sporting faded, leading Seattle to a second straight MLS Cup Final Appearance. Seattle is always going to be good and entertaining and it should be a cracking match if Sporting is going good. It’s their seventh game of the season and they should be rounding into what they want to look like, so this will be a great measuring stick.
Sunday May 27th, Sporting KC vs. Columbus Crew SC
The Crew donned all black this season as this 2018 year will likely be their funeral tour. This very well could be the original Columbus Crew’s last appearance at Sporting, ever. It would be fun to see the #SavetheCrew signs from the Cauldron, and it’s still an incredibly good soccer matchup in it’s own right. This should be a fun one, and I encourage most to get out to it.
Sunday September 30, Sporting KC vs. Real Salt Lake
Real Salt Lake is Sporting KC’s real rival, and it will always be that way. I’m not sure what else to say on that, but this is RSL’s only visit to Kansas City, since they gave Sporting KC’s 3x opponent to Minnesota. Naturally the league values geographical rivalries, but Sporting KC can’t be more than annoyed with the fact that their “Rivalry Series” got set up with a team that cares more about it than they do.
Sunday October 28th, Sporting KC vs. LAFC
Sporting KC have lost two players from their 2017 squad to the expansion team. Latif Blessing and Benny Feilhaber are gone and that’s going to be weird to start next year. What’s more intriguing is that LAFC will come to town on Decision Day, giving revenge Benny a chance to surface his head. As most Sporting KC cynics have already thought about it, the thought of SKC being eliminated on deadline day on a Feilhaber to Blessing goal is certainly painful enough to be true. LAFC will be quite intriguing in year one, and it’s a really intriguing matchup.