After playing nine straight road matches in all competitions to start the 2011 season, Sporting Kansas City will finally play a match in front of home support on Wednesday when they take on the New England Revolution at 7:30 p.m. in the final round of qualifying for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
No, not at the new stadium. That’s not quite ready.
The match will be held at the Blue Valley District Activities Complex in Overland Park, Kansas (135th Street and Switzer Road). Tickets for the match are just $15 and are available for purchase at Ticketmaster outlets. Or you can just walk up to the box office and buy a ticket prior to the game.
The match will be broadcast live via webstream on SportingKC.com. Sporting Kansas City’s play-by-play commentator Callum Williams will be joined by New England’s Brad Feldman to provide analysis during the match.
Teal Bunbury Excluded From Gold Cup Roster
Yesterday US Men’s National Team coach Bob Bradley released his roster for this summer’s upcoming Gold Cup, which will feature a game at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park. It was expected that Teal Bunbury would be named to the roster after being called up over the winter and scoring a goal in just a couple of appearances. But it seems his recent lackluster form has drawn the attention of more than just the KC die-hard soccer bloggers.
"Teal is a young striker that we certainly see a lot of potential in," said Bradley in a press release. "I think we’ve had a good opportunity to work with him in some camps. I spoke with him and just felt that this time, in terms of our whole roster, I didn’t think it was the right time for him."
"I don’t think he’s been as sharp as we would like so far in the season," continued Bradley. "I think that’s a sign of him continuing to mature and grow. Quite honestly, another part of it is the fact that as we watched different games we felt strongly that Chris Wondolowski was in good form. He has scored some good goals, some very different goals and Chris seems to be a player that gets a couple of chances every game. There are always a lot of variables when putting a whole roster together but those are some of them that played into the situation with Teal.”
So too bad for Teal, but good for Sporting KC as they now won’t be without the young striker’s services for the better part of a month.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t see this coming, though.
After starting the season red hot, Teal has cooled to near frigid, and has at times recently looked lost on the pitch.
Curiously, coach Peter Vermes commented just a day or two ago that Teal would be included on the Gold Cup squad. Did Vermes have bad info? Was he just guessing? Or did something change in the last few days?