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As reported here this past summer, not only will the Kansas City Wizards be moving into fancy new digs next year – as in a world class soccer stadium – they’ll be sporting a new name.
The third in the franchise’s 15 year existence. The Wiz being the first in 1996.
Sources say the club was unable to ink a deal for a corporate naming rights sponsorship deal, a la the New York Red Bulls. Opting instead for an English Premier League-sounding name.
The sources point to the team’s poor play since new owners bought the Wizards a few years back from deceased founder Lamar Hunt as the rationale for the name change.
"They want to rebrand themselves," says one source. "They’re moving into a new stadium and they don’t want to be associated with the T-Bones."
That in reference to the incredibly bad sight lines the past two seasons while playing at the minor league baseball team’s KCK park.
The front runner for the new name: Sporting KC or Sporting Kansas City.
Other rumored possibilities include KC 96 and KC Sporting Club.