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What is it with Kansas City and soccer? I’ve pondered this question since my visit there last week, and have been fueled to answer it. My analysis to find the answer is worthy of a blog post. (see picture)

In the week span whether you are an avid fan, casual fan, or not a fan of soccer, you’ve seen or heard the buzz of soccer from Kansas City. The buzz has been in the news throughout the country check these out USA Today, Huffington Post, and WBUR (Boston NPR station). And this is just a short list. Why all the attention?

Are you able to answer a question with a question? (That philosophical question is for another time.) But asking a detailed question to retrieve or point you in the direction of the information to help solve the original question is required. So why all the attention? Let’s look at that.

  • Tonight Kansas City will be hosting the MLS All-Star game in Sporting Park a soccer only stadium. The stadium seats 19,000 and is home to Sporting Kansas City MLS club.
  • Sporting Kansas City is atop the eastern conference MLS standings and is only a point behind for the best record in the league.
  • Sporting Kansas City is in the midst of 27 game sellout streak.
  • FC Kansas City is atop the NWSL standings, has tallied the most goals for 30, and is tied for the lowest goals against 17.
  • FC Kansas City average attendance per game is 4,591 second best in the NWSL.
  • Kansas City Shock made the playoffs in their first season and placed third in the midwest conference in the WPSL
  • Kansas City is home to the premier coaching association NSCAA

Need there be anymore reasons? I’m satisfied. I’ve been to Kansas City twice in the past two years and each time I leave the itch to go back hits me even before I land back in Boston. Kansas City is a buzz with soccer, I love it, and want to be a part of it!

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