Sporting Kansas City will kick off the club’s 2023 Major League Soccer campaign on Saturday at 9:30 PM CT with a road trip to take on the Portland Timbers at Providence Park. The team’s 28th season kicks off with the first regular season game in club history as Sporting look for a strong start after going 6-2-2 in the club’s final 10 games of the 2022 season. Season-opening 15 wins team wins and 10 road opener wins are the most all-time in MLS history.
The Western Conference clash will begin at 9:39 PM CT and will be streamed free on the Apple TV app in both English and Spanish with pre-game programming beginning at 9:10 PM CT. Radio coverage will air locally on Sports Radio 810 WHB and La Grande 1340 AM.
GUARD PARTY TO START THE SEASON ON SATURDAY
To celebrate the start of the new MLS campaign, Sporting will host a Season Kickoff Watch Party at Chicken N Pickle (5901 W. 135th St.) in Overland Park, Kan. Saturday. The special event will be free and open to the public for attendees of all ages with pickleball courts available for free use, limited SportingStyle retail items – including the team’s new Hoops 4.0 primary jersey – and photo opportunities provided with the 2013 MLS Cup trophy as the club commemorates the 10th anniversary of the historic season.
The doors will open at 8 PM CT with discounted food and drink deals, including $4 Bud Light drafts and $20 Budweiser buckets, and fans planning to attend are required to reserve a free ticket through SeatGeek in advance. Season Pass members will have early access to the event starting at 6pm and can book a free early entry ticket separately through SeatGeek by contacting their member services manager. Their enhanced experience will include free food and drinks, as well as a meeting with 2013 MLS Cup champion Matt Besler and the first opportunity to sign the club’s 2023 Paint the Wall panel.
ARGYLE ACE JACKPOT UP TO $31,000
Argyle Ace presented by Mazuma, a fundraising raffle featuring weekly prizes and a progressive cash jackpot, continues with half of all proceeds going directly to The Victory Project. Fans can participate online at ArgyleAce.com ahead of the next draw on Tuesday, February 28 with the jackpot currently sitting at $31,000.
SKC SHOW RETURNS ON THURSDAY
This year’s first edition of The Sporting KC Show airs on Sports Radio 810 WHB 7-8pm CT Thursdays with host Nate Bukaty interviewing coach Peter Vermes, club captain Johnny Russell and forward Willy Agada. The Sporting KC Show Podcast is available on Spotify, iTunes and SportingKC.com, providing fans with a weekly destination to catch up on club storylines, player results, guest interviews and more.
FREE RETIREMENT SOCCER FRIDAY NIGHT
On Friday nights, Sporting KC hosts free soccer games for local players 18 and older starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Bank Sporting Complex in Kansas City. Attendees can RSVP online and attendees will be entered to win Sporting KC giveaways and prizes during the event.
DEADLINE FOR ROSTER COMPLIANCE FRIDAY
With the 2023 MLS regular season starting on Saturday, Friday will serve as the MLS roster compliance date for all 29 clubs. By 7:00 PM CT on the eve of MLS is Back, teams must be in full compliance with league roster rules and regulations.
20% OFF ORDERS AT MLSSTORE.COM
Fans can enjoy 20% off all orders at MLSstore.com through 10:58 PM CT Friday under code 20MLS (exclusions apply), including the Sporting Kansas City Hoops 4.0 Primary Jersey released last week and other new clothing.
SKC ACADEMY TACKLES FC DALLAS
Sporting KC Academy will continue the 2022-23 MLS NEXT season this weekend at Tulsa University in Oklahoma as the U-15, U-17 and U-19 Sporting KC take on FC Dallas on Sunday. Follow @SKCAcademy on Twitter for updates throughout the season.