I’ve heard from reliable sources that the 2013 MLS All-Star game – held in late July – will take place in Kansas City, but maybe not at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park, a venue that has been nearly universally praised since its opening.
Here’s the deal.
First, it’s a no brainer that KC gets the All-Star game. Myself – along with almost everyone else in the soccer media world – predicted a year ago that KC would get the nod this year, after Philly got it last year to show off its shiny new digs.
So why might it not be at LIVESTRONG?
Because by July there might not be a LIVESTRONG.
There are some rumblings that Sporting main man Robb Heineman is set to rip the big yellow banner and name off the stadium and move in another direction in light of the epic destruction of Lance Armstrong’s legacy and public persona.
So, no, the game won’t be out at Arrowhead, or anywhere else for that matter.
It’s just that by July there may be a different colored huge banner on the west side of the stadium.
If that is the case, and given Heineman’s desire to link up the stadium naming rights with a charitable cause, who might be waiting in the wings?