Sporting Kansas City released the club’s 34-game regular season schedule on Wednesday for the 2013 Major League Soccer season, highlighted by 13 matches that will be carried on national television networks across the United States.
Full season tickets start at $400 for 20-game packages, which will include all 17 MLS home regular season matches as well as both CONCACAF Champions League group stage home games and all home matches in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup through the quarterfinal round (up to three potential games). Visit SportingKC.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 888-4KC-GOAL to reserve seats.
Partial season ticket packages will be released on Jan. 15 and single-game tickets for the first nine home matches will go on sale to the general public on Feb. 7. Season Ticket Members will have access to a pre-sale starting on Jan. 31 for single-game tickets to all 17 MLS regular season home matches.
Sporting Kansas City, a charter member of Major League Soccer and first place finishers in the Eastern Conference each of the last two years, will begin its 18th season on Saturday, March 2 at Philadelphia with the earliest regular season match in club history. Sporting KC boasts an MLS-best 11-4-2 record all-time in season openers and has suffered just one loss to start the season in the last 11 years.
Two weeks later, the team opens its home schedule on Saturday, March 16 by welcoming the Chicago Fire live on the NBC Sports Network as part of Major League Soccer’s Rivalry Week. The match-up will mark the fifth time in club history that the two teams have met in Kansas City’s regular season home opener. Sporting Kansas City is 11-2-4 in home openers in club history with only one loss in a home opener in the last 13 years.
Sporting Kansas City’s home opener is the first of eight games in which the team will be showcased on the NBC Sports Network, including five home fixtures. ESPN will broadcast two of Sporting Kansas City’s most anticipated road rivalries – at Houston on May 12 and at Chicago on July 7 – while UniMas has three telecasts featuring Sporting KC in 2013, including the team’s visit to Supporter’s Shield holders San Jose on Aug. 18.