Sporting Club, formerly "OnGoal, LLC", is a group of Kansas City investors that owns or represents a portfolio of athletic organizations under the Sporting Club umbrella. Its flagship property is Major League Soccer franchise Sporting Kansas City.
Sporting Club consists of five principals: Neal Patterson (CEO and co-founder of the Cerner Corporation), Clifford Illig (co-founder and vice-chairman of the Cerner board), Pat Curran (founder of C3 Holdings), Greg Maday (CEO of SpecChem), Robb Heineman (CEO of Sporting Club).
Sporting Kansas City
On August 31, 2006, Sporting Club bought the Wizards from their previous owner, Lamar Hunt, for about $20 million. In June 2007, Sporting Club opened a world-class training center at Swope Soccer Village. The training facility was developed through a public-private partnership between the Kansas City Parks and Recreation Department and Sporting Club. In December 2007, Sporting Club received approval for approximately $275 million of public financing to create a soccer-specific stadium in Kansas City, Kansas.
Swope Park Rangers
Sporting Kansas City Academy Youth Development Program
The Sporting KC Academy was formed in 2007, and the development program consists of four teams: the U12s, U14s, U16s and U18s. The U16 and U18 teams compete as members of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. SKC academy players have the opportunity to eventually join the Sporting Kansas City first team without going through the MLS draft process. SKC academy home games are played at the Sporting Club Training Center.
The club maintains the Sporting Club Network, with clubs in Missouri, Tennessee, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Arkansas.
Interest in Everton
In October 2015, the club was linked to a potential purchase of Barclays Premier League club Everton F.C. for $347 million. Heineman addressed these rumors and confirmed that they had been interested in buying Everton and explored it in August but never entered serious talks to buy. Heineman didn't rule out the prospect of a future takeover of a Premier League club.
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