2013 Sporting Kansas City season

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Sporting Kansas City
2013 season
Owner Sporting Club
Head Coach Peter Vermes
Stadium Sporting Park
MLS East: 2nd
Overall: 2nd
MLS Cup Winner
U.S. Open Cup Fourth round
CONCACAF Champions League Advanced to Championship Stage
Top goalscorer League: Claudio Bieler (10)
All: Claudio Bieler (12)
Highest home attendance 21,650 v Real Salt Lake (December 7, 2013)
Lowest home attendance MLS: 18,602 v Seattle Sounders (May 8, 2013)
All: 15,321 v Des Moines Menace (May 28, 2013)
Average home league attendance MLS:19,869
All Competitions:19,219
Home colors
Away colors
Third colors

The 2013 Sporting Kansas City season was the eighteenth season of the team's existence in Major League Soccer and the third year played under the Sporting Kansas City moniker.

Sporting Kansas City entered the season as the defending U.S. Open Cup champions and as back-to-back Eastern Conference Regular Season Champions. By winning the 2012 U.S. Open Cup, they were qualified for the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League for the first time in franchise history.

Ivy Funds became the club's kit sponsor, a first for the franchise.

Sporting Kansas City qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs for the 12th time in the team's 18-year history and third straight season, moving into a three-way tie for fourth most MLS Cup Playoff appearances with the Chicago Fire and FC Dallas, trailing only the Colorado Rapids (13), New York Red Bulls (14), and Los Angeles Galaxy (15).[1] The team defeated New England Revolution, Houston Dynamo and Real Salt Lake to win the 2013 MLS Cup.

Squad[edit]

First team roster[edit]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Nielsen, JimmyJimmy Nielsen (Captain)     Denmark
2 Defender Palmer-Brown, ErikErik Palmer-Brown (HGP)     United States
3 Defender Opara, IkeIke Opara      United States
4 Defender Ellis, KevinKevin Ellis (HGP)     United States
5 Defender Besler, MattMatt Besler (XI)     United States
6 Midfielder Nagamura, PauloPaulo Nagamura      Brazil
7 Defender Myers, ChanceChance Myers      United States
8 Midfielder Zusi, GrahamGraham Zusi (XI)     United States
9 Forward Bunbury, TealTeal Bunbury      United States
10 Midfielder Feilhaber, BennyBenny Feilhaber      United States
12 Midfielder Lopez, MikeyMikey Lopez (GA)     United States
13 Defender Olum, LawrenceLawrence Olum      Kenya
14 Forward Dwyer, DomDom Dwyer      England
15 Defender Sinovic, SethSeth Sinovic      United States
16 Forward Bieler, ClaudioClaudio Bieler (DP)     Argentina
17 Forward Sapong, C. J.C. J. Sapong      United States
18 Goalkeeper Kronberg, EricEric Kronberg      United States
19 Midfielder Joseph, PetersonPeterson Joseph      Haiti
20 Midfielder Rosell, OriolOriol Rosell      Spain
21 Goalkeeper Kempin, JonJon Kempin (HGP)     United States
22 Forward Saad, SoonySoony Saad      Lebanon
23 Defender Bessone, FedericoFederico Bessone      Argentina
24 Defender Jérôme, MechackMechack Jérôme      Haiti
25 Midfielder Duke, ChristianChristian Duke      United States
27 Defender Miller, KyleKyle Miller      United States
31 Defender Gardner, JoshJosh Gardner      United States
33 Defender Ruiz, BrendanBrendan Ruiz      United States
37 Midfielder Peterson, JacobJacob Peterson      United States
78 Defender Collin, AurélienAurélien Collin      France
94 Midfielder Medranda, JimmyJimmy Medranda      Colombia

Player movement[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Position Previous Club Fee/Notes Ref
December 5, 2012 United States Josh Gardner MF United States Montreal Impact Trade for 2nd Round Pick in 2013 MLS SuperDraft [2]
December 11, 2012 United States Benny Feilhaber MF United States New England Revolution Trade for allocation money, 1st Round Pick in 2014 MLS SuperDraft and 2nd Round Pick in 2015 MLS SuperDraft [3]
December 12, 2012 United States Ike Opara DF United States San Jose Earthquakes Trade for 2nd Round Pick in 2013 MLS SuperDraft [4]
December 13, 2012 Cameroon Yann Songo'o DF Spain Pobla de Mafumet CF Free transfer [5]
December 18, 2012 Argentina Claudio Bieler FW Ecuador LDU Quito Transfer (undisclosed fee) [6]
January 17, 2013 United States Mikey Lopez MF United States University of North Carolina 2013 MLS SuperDraft [7]
February 28, 2013 Haiti Mechack Jérôme DF United States Orlando City Transfer (undisclosed fee) [8]
February 28, 2013 United States Christian Duke DF United States University of San Diego 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft [8]
August 2, 2013 United States Erik Palmer-Brown DF United States Sporting Kansas City Academy Home grown player [9]
August 9, 2013 United States Brendan Ruiz DF Brazil Figuerense Transfer (undisclosed fee) [10]
September 13, 2013 Argentina Federico Bessone DF England Oldham Athletic A.F.C. Transfer (undisclosed fee) [11]

Out[edit]

Pos. Player New Club Fee/Notes Date Ref
MF Brazil Júlio César Canada Toronto FC Option declined November 19, 2012 [12]
DF Cameroon Cyprian Hedrick United States Phoenix FC Option declined November 19, 2012 [12]
DF Serbia Neven Marković Switzerland Servette FC Option declined November 19, 2012 [12]
DF/MF Poland Konrad Warzycha United States Columbus Crew Option declined November 19, 2012 [12]
DF England Korede Aiyegbusi Finland FC Haka Option declined December 3, 2012 [13]
DF United States Michael Harrington United States Portland Timbers Trade for Allocation money December 3, 2012 [13]
MF Honduras Roger Espinoza England Wigan Athletic Free January 4, 2013 [14]
FW United States Bobby Convey Canada Toronto F.C. Trade for 2014 MLS SuperDraft Third Round Pick May 16, 2013 [15]
DF Cameroon Yann Songo'o England Blackburn Rovers Released June 28, 2013 [16]
MF United States Michael Thomas Canada Toronto F.C. Trade for 2015 MLS SuperDraft Second Round Pick July 2, 2013 [17]
FW Sierra Leone Kei Kamara England Middlesbrough F.C. Transfer for $2.1 million September 2, 2013 [18]

Loans[edit]

In[edit]

No. Pos. Player Loaned From Start End Source
94 MF Colombia Jimmy Medranda Colombia Deportivo Pereira August 9, 2013 February 13, 2014 [19] [10]

Out[edit]

No. Pos. Player Loaned To Start End Source
23 FW Sierra Leone Kei Kamara England Norwich City January 30, 2013 May 6, 2013 [20]
14 FW England Dom Dwyer United States Orlando City March 14, 2013 June 27, 2013 [21]
2 DF Cameroon Yann Songo'o United States Orlando City March 14, 2013 June 28, 2013 [21]
21 GK United States Jon Kempin United States Orlando City March 14, 2013 September 8, 2013 [21]
25 MF United States Christian Duke United States Orlando City March 14, 2013 September 8, 2013 [21]
17 FW United States C. J. Sapong United States Orlando City July 11, 2013 July 18, 2013 [22][23]
4 DF United States Kevin Ellis United States Orlando City July 11, 2013 September 8, 2013 [22]
17 FW United States C. J. Sapong United States Orlando City August 2, 2013 August 5, 2013 [24]
14 FW England Dom Dwyer United States Orlando City September 4, 2013 September 8, 2013 [25]

Competitions[edit]

Match results[edit]

      Win       Tie       Loss

Preseason[edit]

Desert Friendlies[edit]

2013 Disney Pro Soccer Classic[edit]

Major League Soccer[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pts
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 New York Red Bulls (SS) (E1) 59 34 17 9 8 58 41 +17 Supporters' Shield, 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League 1
2 Sporting Kansas City 58 34 17 10 7 47 30 +17
3 Portland Timbers (W1) 57 34 14 5 15 54 33 +21
4 Real Salt Lake 56 34 16 10 8 57 41 +16
5 LA Galaxy 53 34 15 11 8 53 38 +15
6 Seattle Sounders FC 52 34 15 12 7 42 42 0
7 New England Revolution 51 34 14 11 9 49 38 +11
8 Colorado Rapids 51 34 14 11 9 45 38 +7
9 Houston Dynamo 51 34 14 11 9 41 41 0
10 San Jose Earthquakes 51 34 14 11 9 35 42 −7
11 Montreal Impact 49 34 14 13 7 50 49 +1
12 Chicago Fire 49 34 14 13 7 47 52 −5
13 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 48 34 13 12 9 53 45 +8
14 Philadelphia Union 46 34 12 12 10 42 44 −2
15 FC Dallas 44 34 11 12 11 48 52 −4
16 Columbus Crew 41 34 12 17 5 42 46 −4
17 Toronto FC 29 34 6 17 11 30 47 −17
18 Chivas USA 26 34 6 20 8 30 67 −37
19 D.C. United 16 34 3 24 7 22 59 −37

Updated to matches played on October 2013. Source: MLSSoccer.com
Notation Key:

(SS) = Supporters Shield winner
(E1) = Eastern Conference champion
(W1) = Western Conference champion

1The highest ranked U.S.-based MLS club qualifies to the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League seeding Pot A. (Canadian teams cannot qualify for the Champions League through MLS; the Canadian qualifier is the winner of the 2014 Canadian Championship.) The other U.S. representatives in the 2014–15 CONCACAF Champions League are:

Eastern Conference standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pts
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 New York Red Bulls (SS) (E1) 59 34 17 9 8 58 41 +17 2013 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals
2 Sporting Kansas City 58 34 17 10 7 47 30 +17
3 New England Revolution 51 34 14 11 9 49 38 +11
4 Houston Dynamo 51 34 14 11 9 41 41 0 2013 MLS Cup Knockout Round
5 Montreal Impact 49 34 14 13 7 50 49 +1
6 Chicago Fire 49 34 14 13 7 47 52 −5
7 Philadelphia Union 46 34 12 12 10 42 44 −2
8 Columbus Crew 41 34 12 17 5 42 46 −4
9 Toronto FC 29 34 6 17 11 30 47 −17
10 D.C. United 16 34 3 24 7 22 59 −37

Updated to matches played on October 27, 2013 6:55 p.m. EDT. Source: MLSSoccer.com
Notation Key:

(SS) = Supporters Shield winner
(E1) = Eastern Conference champion

Regular Season[edit]

Kickoff times are in CDT (UTC-05) unless shown otherwise

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

Main article: 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs
Bracket[edit]
East Knockout
     
E4 Houston Dynamo 3
E5 Montreal Impact 0
West Knockout
     
W4 Seattle Sounders FC 2
W5 Colorado Rapids 0
  Conference Semifinals Conference Finals MLS Cup 2013
                                     
E1  New York Red Bulls 2 1 3  
E4  Houston Dynamo (a.e.t.) 2 2 4  
  E4  Houston Dynamo 0 1 1  
Eastern Conference
  E2  Sporting Kansas City 0 2 2  
E2  Sporting Kansas City (a.e.t.) 1 3 4
E3  New England Revolution 2 1 3  
  E2  Sporting Kansas City (p) 1 (7)
  W2  Real Salt Lake 1 (6)
W1  Portland Timbers 2 3 5  
W4  Seattle Sounders FC 1 2 3  
  W1  Portland Timbers 2 0 2
Western Conference
  W2  Real Salt Lake 4 1 5  
W2  Real Salt Lake (a.e.t.) 0 2 2
W3  LA Galaxy 1 0 1  
Results[edit]
Conference Semifinals[edit]

Sporting Kansas City won 4-3 on aggregate

Conference Finals[edit]

Sporting Kansas City won 2–1 on aggregate

MLS Cup[edit]

Main article: MLS Cup 2013
Result[edit]

CONCACAF Champions League (2013–14)[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
United States Sporting Kansas City 4 2 2 0 5 1 4 8
Honduras Olimpia 4 2 1 1 2 2 0 7
Nicaragua Real Estelí 4 0 1 3 1 5 -4 1

Advanced to Championship Stage

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Sporting Kansas City acquires Josh Gardner from Montreal Impact". sportingkc.com. 5 December 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sporting KC acquires midfielder Benny Feilhaber". sportingkc.com. 11 December 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sporting KC trades for defender Ike Opara". sportingkc.com. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sporting KC signs defender Yann Songo'o". sportingkc.com. 13 December 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Sporting KC signs Claudio Bieler as Designated Player". sportingkc.com. 18 December 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Sporting KC selects 19-year-old midfielder Mikey Lopez in 2013 MLS SuperDraft". sportingkc.com. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
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  13. ^ a b "Sporting KC trades fullback Michael Harrington to Portland". Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
  14. ^ "Roger Espinoza to go straight into Wigan squad after arriving from MLS". London: The Guardian. January 4, 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013. 
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  16. ^ "Sporting KC and on-loan defender Yann Songo'o mutually agree to part ways". Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "Midfielder Michael Thomas traded to Toronto FC". Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
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