Kansas City Command
|Team history||Kansas City Brigade (2006–2008)
Kansas City Command (2011–2012)
|Based in||Kansas City, Missouri|
Blue, Black, and White
|Head coach||Danton Barto|
|Mascot||Captain Max Runway|
The Kansas City Command (formerly the Kansas City Brigade) were a professional arena football team that played in the Arena Football League. The team was founded before the 2006 season. Former Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Kevin Porter served as head coach. The team's new head coach in 2011 was Danton Barto, he also coached the AFL's Las Vegas Gladiators, af2's Memphis Xplorers and Manchester Wolves, and the IFL's Arkansas Diamonds.
The team played at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri and later moved to the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City for the 2008 AFL season. The team was owned by a Kansas City local, Chris Likens. One of the most notable co-owners is former Kansas City Chiefs star Neil Smith. Captain Max Runway was named the mascot of the team in June 2007.
After the announcement that the New Orleans VooDoo would suspend operations for the 2006 AFL season due to Hurricane Katrina, the AFL awarded an expansion franchise to Kansas City, containing most of the VooDoo's players. On November 21, 2005, the AFL announced that the team would be called the Kansas City Brigade. A stealth bomber, modeled after the B-2 Spirits stationed at nearby Whiteman Air Force Base, would represent the team for its logo. Kevin Porter was named the team's first head coach. They would be placed in the National Conference Southern Division, where they would take New Orleans' spot for the year.
On February 19, 2006, after losing the first three games of their inaugural season, the Brigade finally had their first victory 45–24 at home against the Columbus Destroyers. On April 9, 2006, after losing six-straight games, the Brigade finally managed their second win, defeating the Los Angeles Avengers 62–45 at home. On April 22, 2006, the Brigade recorded their first road win in franchise history against the Nashville Kats, winning 58–52. By the end of the 2006 season, the Brigade finished with a record of 3–13, placing them fifth in the National Conference Southern Division.
On March 4, 2007, in their home-opener, the Brigade defeated the defending Arena Bowl champion Chicago Rush 54–41. The game was broadcast nationally on ABC. The win marked the first time in franchise history that the Brigade were above .500 for the season.
On June 8, the Brigade clinched their first-ever playoff berth with a 47–34 victory over the Columbus Destroyers.
The Brigade finished the regular season with a 10–6 record. While earning the American Conference's #3 seed, the Brigade hosted their first playoff game on June 30, a wild-card matchup, with the American Conference's #6 seed, the Colorado Crush. Unfortunately for the Brigade, they were plagued by injuries and the Crush won 49–42, despite Colorado coming into the game with a 4-game losing streak.
Kansas City returned for the 2011 AFL season and renamed the Kansas City Command. The logo and color scheme remain the same and home games are still played at the Sprint Center in the heart of Kansas City. The Command went 0–3 to start the 2011 AFL season but bounced back with a win in their first home game against National Conference Central Division rival Iowa Barnstormers.
The Command played the 2012 AFL season finishing 4th in the Central division at 3-15. On August 23, the team announced that they were shutting down operations and would not be returning to the AFL for the 2013 season.
|Head coach||Tenure||Regular season
|Kevin Porter||2006–2008||16–32||0–1||OC: Rickey Foggie
DL Coach: Otis Moore
OL coach: Travis Crusenberry
|Danton Barto||2011–2012||9–27||0–0||OL & ST:Richard McCleskey
DC: Brian Hug
DB Coach: Eldrick Hill
WR coach: Tod Devoe
Kansas City Command roster
Other league exempt
Refused to report
updated July 19, 2012
The following Brigade/Command players have been named to All-Arena Teams:
- OL Rich Ranglin (1)
The following Brigade/Command players have been named to All-Ironman Teams:
- WR/KR Jackie Chambers (1)
The following Brigade/Command players have been named to All-Rookie Teams:
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