Kansas City is building a sparkling new stadium for the 2011 MLS season — something I got a sneak peek of a couple months ago — and with that major change the franchise has also decided to re-brand. Say goodbye to the K.C. Wizards and say hello to Sporting Kansas City. Here’s a story of the change from a local newspaper and here’s a link to the new team website with all sorts of features.
The name change has received a largely negative response from what I’ve seen on Twitter, but I appreciate the effort to gain some more interest in the local market — even if the “Sporting” thing is a bit weird. Though it’s not like the “Wizards” name was anything too special.
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- Elsewhere in MLS, it sounds as though Vancouver is going to sign U.S. national Jay DeMerit soon. Here’s a compilation of Generation Adidas players league-wide that will be graduating. Also, if you missed Don Garber‘s long conference call Tuesday, here’s a transcript.
- Juan Agudelo and Mikkel Diskerud aren’t exactly household names yet, but the two young Americans combined to create the only goal as the USMNT beat South Africa 1-0 yesterday. Agudelo, 17, became the youngest player to soccer in team history.
- If you got time to watch some great goals, here is FIFA’s top 10 list for the year.
- Regarding some Sounders FC players: Fredy Montero was named Latino MVP of MLS (I think that’s what the link says), Steve Zakuani and Congo DR lost 3-1 to Mali in an international friendly Wednesday and word is the Seattle midfielder played the first 45 minutes, and lastly ex-Sounder Freddie Ljungberg might return to England in the offseason.
FYI, I’ll be helping out with Seahawks coverage and some other odd assignments in the couple months of the offseason. I will try to update the blog as much as possible, however, in the meantime.