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Sporting KC Fans Invited To Union Station To Celebrate MLS Championship

Greg Echlin

A celebration of Sporting Kansas City’s Major League Soccer championship victory is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Union Station area of Kansas City, Mo.

Sporting won the MLS Cup Saturday night after ten rounds of penalty kicks. The final score was 7-6, against Real Salt Lake.

The win is the first championship since 2000. Back then, two current starters followed the team to Washington D.C., for the match as native Kansas City fans when the team was known as the Kansas City Wizards.

Seth Sinovic, who attended Rockhurst High School, says from the ownership to the players the team committed itself to win a championship.

"We put so much into this game and into this season," he said after the win. "We worked so hard and everybody deserves it. We couldn’t be happier and hopefully there’s more to come."

Matt Besler, who graduated from Blue Valley West High School, knew how much Kansas City starvses for a champion.

"I honestly feel like I’m part of the fans," said Besler. "I’m a Kansas City guy and I feel just like how they feel. I’m proud that we get to bring the MLS Cup home back to Kansas City."

And there’s another celebration on tap for Besler: This weekend he’ll be getting married.

Sports have an economic and social impact on our community and, as a sports reporter, I go beyond the scores and statistics. I also bring the human element to the sports figures who have a hand in shaping the future of not only their respective teams but our town. Reach me at gregechlin@aol.com.
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