Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Gansler in the Hospital - Former SKC Wizards Update

Some sad news to report first this week. Former Kansas City head coach and Sporting Legend, Bob Gansler was hospitalized over the weekend after suffering a stroke on Saturday.  The 73 year old who led Kansas City to the 2000 MLS Supporters' Shield, 2000 MLS Cup, and 2004 US Open Cup is in the hopsital recovering from the stroke. The coach to take the US back to the World Cup for the first time in 40 years in 1990 is a US Soccer Hall of Famer and currently has the most wins for a head coach in club history.

In other news this week, it appears that Andy Gruenebaum is set to move onto his career after soccer. Gruenebaum was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes in the first stage of the re-entry draft, but did not show up for preseason. Instead he has apparently decided to stay in Kansas City and start a family.

Also this week, Martin Steuble has signed with a new club, joining Ceres FC of the Filipino League. Steuble had been without a club after not having his contract picked up by Kansas City. Finally, in the silly season news, Yura Movsisyan has been linked with a move back to MLS. The Chicago Fire was the team according to the reports, but his agent denied the Fire had made an offer, but said one MLS team had. Movsisyan's MLS rights though are still held by Salt Lake, and any team interested in bringing him in would need to go through them.

Active without a club or unknown
Vicente Arze
Federico Bessone
Bobby Convey
Toni Dovale
Christian Duke
Mechack Jerome
Peterson Joseph
Michael Kafari
Neal Kitson
Igor Kostrov
Rauwshan McKenzie
Michal Mravec
Victor Munoz
Nelson Pizarro
Akeem Priestly
Ivan Trujillo
Konrad Warzycha

MLS
Davy Arnaud - DC - Offseason.
Teal Bunbury - New England - Offseason.
Aurelien Collin - Orlando City - Offseason.
Luis Gil - Salt Lake - Offseason.
Michael Harrington - Colorado - Offseason.
Jack Jewsbury - Portland - Offseason.
Eddie Johnson - DC - Offseason.
Kei Kamara - Columbus - Offseason.
Chris Konopka - Toronto - Offseason.
Eric Kronberg - Montreal - Offseason.
CJ Sapong - Philadelphia - Offseason.
Khari Stephenson - San Jose - Offseason.
Tyson Wahl - Columbus - Offseason.
Sal Zizzo - New York - Offseason.

NASL
Stefan Antonijevic - Tampa Bay - Offseason.
Alex Martinez - Carolina - Offseason.

USL
Brian Fekete - Pittsburgh - Offseason.
Cyprian Hedrick - Oklahoma City - Offseason.
Jonathan Leathers - Charlotte - Offseason.
Kyle Miller - Oklahoma City - Offseason.
Michael Thomas - Oklahoma City - Offseason.
Yomby William - Richmond - Offseason.
John Wilson - Charleston - Offseason.

Indoor
Jamar Beasley - Ontario - No game this week.
Adnan Gabeljic - St. Louis - Played in St. Louis' 11-5 win over Tulsa. Scored two goals in St. Louis' 9-8 OT loss to Wichita.
Josh Gardner - Missouri - Had a goal in Missouri's 14-8 win over Saltillo. Played in Missouri's 8-7 OT win over Monterrey.
Pat Healey - Baltimore - Scored a goal in Baltimore's 15-7 win over Rochester.
Mike Jones - Dallas - Played in Dallas' 9-5 win over Brownsville. Scored a goal in Dallas' 7-6 win over Brownsville.
Boris Pardo - Wichita - Played in Wichita's 9-8 OT win over St. Louis. Played in Wichita's 12-4 loss to Milwaukee.

International
Korede Aiyegbusi - Auerbach - Germany - No game until 2/22.
Scott Angevine - Vasa - Finland - Offseason.
Claudio Bieler - Quilmes - Argentina - No game until 2/14
Omar Bravo - Chivas - Mexico - Did not play in Chivas' 2-2 draw with Dorados. Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in Chivas' 1-1 draw with Universidad Guadalajara.
Mitchell Cardenas - Atlético Coatzacoalcos - Mexico - No game this week.
Sunil Chhetri - Bengaluru - India - Came off the bench and played 62 minutes in Bengaluru's 3-1 loss to Pune.
Eloy Colombano - AD Berazategui - Argentina - No game until January 31.
Daneil Cyrus - Ha Noi T&T (W Connection) - Vietnam (Trinidad) - Started and played 90 minutes in Ha Noi's 1-1 draw with Da Nang. Started and played 90 minutes in Ha Noi's 2-1 loss to Thanh Hoa.
Pablo Escobar - Cúcuta Deportivo - Colombia - Offseason.
Herculez Gomez - Puebla - Mexico - Dressed but did not play in Puebla's 0-0 draw with America. Started and played 90 minutes in Puebla's 1-1 draw with Atlante.
Jermaine Hue - Harbour View - Jamaica - Banned
Jeferson - Boavista - Brazil - No game until 1/31
Will John - Maghreb Fes - Morocco - Lost 2-1 to Ittihad Khemisset
Carlos Marinelli - Universidad San Martin - Peru - Offseason.
Neven Markovic - Servette FC - Switzerland - No game until 2/8.
Yura Movsisyan - Spartak Moscow - Russia - No game until 3/6.
Lawrence Olum - Kedah FA - Malaysia - No game until 2/28.
Pablo Punyed - Stjarnan - Iceland - Offseason.
Oriol Rosell - Sporting Club de Portugal - Portugal - Started and played 90 minutes in Sporting's 3-2 loss to Belenenses. Dressed but did not play in Sporting's 1-0 win over Academica.
Soony Saad - BEC Tero Sasana FC - Thailand - Offseason.
Yann Songo'o - Blackburn - England - Did not dress in either of Blackburn's games.
Martin Steuble - Ceres-La Salle - Philippines - Recently signed for the club.
Milos Stojcev - FK Sarajevo - Bosnia - On break until February.
Matt Taylor - Saarbrücken - Germany - No game until 2/28.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Ellis Re-Signed, Carrasco Signed

As expected (considering Ellis' Tweet and both players' appearances in the preseason video) Sporting KC has re-signed homegrown defender Kevin Ellis and signed midfielder Servando Carrasco. The pair of four year veterans bring KC's total number of players under contract to 25 as the team has kicked off preseason in Arizona.

Ellis enjoyed a break out season in 2014 becoming one of KC's more reliable defenders after injuries and international call ups decimated the back line over the course of the season. Ellis appeared in 20 games in league play last year for KC, starting 16 of them.

Carrasco came to Kansas City on draft day, when Sporting traded their second round pick, the 30th overall to the Houston Dynamo for Carrasco's rights. The defensive midfielder was out of contract so Kansas City had to come to an agreement on a new deal with him. He'd spent the last year and a half in Houston after starting his career in Seattle with the Sounders.

Speaking of preseason starting, KC currently has four players in camp on trial as well. Christian Duke, who was waived at the end of the 2014 season but was invited back to camp as a non-rostered invitee. The team also invited Sporting KC U16 academy player, Felipe Hernandez, and two goalkeepers, former Real Salt Lake academy goalkeeper, Matt Bersano and St. Louis Ambush player, Kevin Corby, who went to school at UMKC.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Top Goal Scorers in All Competitions

 Another statistical update, the list of top 20 goal scorers in all competitions. First here's the list as it's gone through the years.

1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 - 2013


1. Preki - 81 (71 league, 8 playoff, 1 open cup, 1 international) (-)

2. Davy Arnaud - 52 (43 league, 4 playoff, 5 open cup) (-)

3. Josh Wolff - 46 (43 league, 1 playoff, 2 open cup) (-)

4. Chris Klein - 43 (39 league, 3 playoff, 1 open cup) (-)

5. Kei Kamara - 41 (38 league 3 open cup) (-)

6. Mo Johnston - 32 (31 league, 1 playoff) (-)

7. Vitalis "Digital" Takawira - 31 (28 league, 2 playoff, 1 open cup) (-)

8. Scott Sealy - 30 (28 league, 2 open cup) (-)

9. Dom Dwyer - 28 (24 league, 2 playoff, 2 international) (N/A) - Once again, Dwyer's big season sees him jump all the way into the top 10. 22 league goals combined with a goal in the playoffs and in the CONCACAF Champions League see him land here.

10. CJ Sapong - 27 (20 league, 2 playoff, 5 open cup) (-1)

11T. Teal Bunbury - 24 (19 league, 2 playoff, 3 open cup) (-1)

11T. Graham Zusi - 24 (22 league, 2 open cup) (+3)

13T. Mark Chung - 21 (20 league, 1 playoff) (-2)

13T. Chris Brown - 21 (15 league, 1 playoff, 1 open cup, 4 international) (-2)

15. Igor Simutenkov - 20 (12 league, 3 playoff, 5 open cup) (-2)

16. Matt McKeon - 18 (13 league, 3 playoff, 1 open cup, 1 international) (-1)

17T. Miklos Molnar - 17 (12 league, 5 playoff) (-1)

17T. Eddie Johnson - 17 (17 league) (-1)

17T. Jimmy Conrad - 17 (17 league) (-1)

20T. Claudio Bieler - 16 (12 league, 1 playoff, 1 open cup, 2 international) (N/A) - While Bieler didn't make it on the league list, he does land in 20th on this list. He also become one of only six players to score in league, playoff, open cup, and international games for KC.

20T. Aurelien Collin - 16 (11 league, 4 playoff, 1 open cup) (N/A) - The big Frenchman was a consistent target on set pieces during his time in KC. He ended his time in KC as the second leading scorer in all competitions for a defender behind Jimmy Conrad.

As with the list for league goals, I struggle to see a new addition to the list in 2015, unless someone has a big breakout season.

Benny Feilhaber - 8
Jacob Peterson - 8
Chance Myers - 4
Ike Opara - 4
Paulo Nagamura - 4
Roger Espinoza - 2
Matt Besler - 2
Seth Sinovic - 2
Kevin Ellis - 1

Top League Scorers Through 2014

Another stat update for you.  Here is the top goal scorers for Sporting KC throughout their history.  See the links below for previous years.

1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012  - 2013

1. Preki - 71 (-)

2T. Josh Wolff - 43 (-)

2T. Davy Arnaud - 43 (-)

4. Chris Klein - 39 (-)

5. Kei Kamara  - 38 (-)

6. Mo Johnston - 31 (-)

7T. Digital Takawira - 28 (-)

7T. Scott Sealy - 28 (-)

9. Dom Dwyer - 24 (N/A) - Dwyer setting the club's single season scoring record with 22 goals in the 2014 season sees him not just jump on the list, but jump all the way into the top 10. Another season like that would see him move to second all time. But a top 5 spot should be reachable for the Englishman.

10. Graham Zusi - 22 (+2)

11T. Mark Chung - 20 (-2)

11T. CJ Sapong - 20 (-)

13. Teal Bunbury - 19 (-3)

14T. Eddie Johnson - 17 (-2)

14T. Jimmy Conrad - 17 (-2)

16. Chris Brown - 15 (-1)

17. Jack Jewsbury - 14 (-1)

18T. Matt McKeon - 13 (-1)

18T. Jose Burciaga Jr. - 13 (-1)

18T. Sasha Victorine - 13 (-1)

18T. Claudio Lopez - 13 (-1)

Claudio Bieler in his departure last week just misses out on joining the list, finishing his KC career with 12 goals, one short of joining the list. As for who could join the list this year, baring a breakout season from someone, I don't see any player currently not on this list joining it in 2015.

Here are the remaining players on the roster who have scored goals for KC.

Benny Feilhaber - 7
Jacob Peterson - 6
Ike Opara - 3
Paulo Nagamura - 3
Roger Espinoza - 2
Matt Besler - 2
Chance Myers - 2

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Comets Remain Undefeated, Clinch Central

In one of their tightest games of the year, the Missouri Comets again found a way to come out on top again, topping the Monterrey Flash 8-7 in overtime to move to 15-0 on the season and clinch the Central Division.

The Comets spent much of the night playing catch up, having to play from behind. Just over two minutes into the game, Angel Hernandez scored to put Monterrey on top. A minute and a half later though the Comets were level as Vahid Assadpour scored to level the scores at 1-1. Late in the quarter the Comets were able to take the lead as Alain Matingou scored to give the Comets a 2-1 lead with just over four minutes left in the quarter.

The lead quickly evaporated in the second quarter as Erick Tovar scored less than a minute in to tie the game at 2-2. Tovar dominated the quarter, scoring twice more to give the Flash a 4-2 lead. With less than 30 seconds left in the quarter, Assadpour scored his second goal of the game to cut the Flash lead to 4-3 as the two teams headed into half time.

The third quarter was a lot tighter from both teams as each team worked to tighten things up. Just over half way into the third quarter, Tovar scored his fourth goal of the game to make the score 5-3 Monterrey. The Comets though immediately struck back as Max Touloute finished off a pass from Andre Braithwaite to make it 5-4 as the two teams headed into the fourth quarter.

The fourth saw the both teams open up offensively in a back and forth battle. Each time the Comets looked like they were back in the game, Monterrey would jump back on top. Less than a minute and a half in, Braithwaite scored off an assist from Stefan Stokic to tie the game at 5-5. Less than 10 seconds later though Yotsi Martinez scored to put the Flash back on top. The Comets though again struck back, with just under eight minutes to play as Assadpour finished off his hattrick to tie the game at 6-6. Late in the quarter, with less than two and a half minutes left, it looked like the Flash had found a winner as Lourenco Andrade scored to put the Flash back on top at 7-6. The Comets went with the sixth attacker looking to find a late equalizer. With all the pressure, the Comets were finally able to break through with just 17 seconds left in the game. Assadpour set up the play receiving the ball out wide, cutting around his defender and firing a ball across the box. The ball made it to the back post to Ramone Palmer who was able to take a touch and poke the ball into the near post to tie the game at 7-7 and send the game to overtime.

Just 25 seconds into overtime though the Comets found themselves on the power play after Touloute was booked for kicking a player. The short handed situation didn't hurt the Comets though as they won a free kick in the Monterrey third just a minute in. Brian Harris played the ball back to midfield where it was then chipped back into the Monterrey end for Braithwaite. The Comets defender headed the ball across the field towards go to Robert Palmer. Palmer beat his man to the ball with a sliding challenge and knocked the ball into the net to give the Comets the 8-7 win in OT.

The team now returns home to take on the Chicago Mustangs on Friday.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ellis Re-Signed?

Only a few days ago, it sounded like Sporting KC's second home grown player, Kevin Ellis was not going to be returning to Sporting KC in 2015. Sporting and the defender had not come to an agreement on a new contract with the club. And outside of that, Sporting looked like there were ready to move on, drafting three outside backs in the 2015 MLS Superdraft.

That all looks like it has changed with a single Tweet tonight from Ellis. Ellis Tweeted out "It all starts tomorrow !! @KCCauldron Can't wait to hear and see you guys in March !! #IloveKC."

It's not hard to guess that this means that Ellis will be returning to KC in 2015. Ellis also appeared in the team's preseason video that the club posted earlier today on their website. No official word from the club yet on his re-signing though.

2015 was a breakout season for Ellis who played every single position along Kansas City's back line due to injuries and call ups throughout the season. Originally mainly a back up, Ellis' main contribution last year was at center back where he partnered with basically every other healthy center back on the roster. From Matt Besler to Erik Palmer-Brown. His contribution was quite underrated by most fans last year, but Ellis came through and was a huge help to Kansas City throughout the season. His return will certainly help Kansas City in the 2015 season.

Comets Clinch Playoff Berth

The Missouri Comets clinched a playoff berth in the MASL playoffs last night with a 14-8 win over Saltillo Rancho Seco in Mexico. The game was the first of two this weekend in Mexico for the Comets as they look to clinch not only a playoff berth but the Central division title.

Unfortunately for Comets fans there was no stream of the game last night as Saltillo did not stream it through the MASL's Go Live Sports partner. According to the report, the Comets jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first five minutes with Leo Gibson scoring four of them and Robert Palmer getting the fifth. Near the midpoint of the quarter Max Touloute made it 6-0. Iran Rodriguez scored to make it 6-1 before Vahid Assadpour made it 7-1 with seconds left in the first.

The second quarter saw the opposite start of the first, Santillo scored three goals before the half way point of the half as Jesus Nava, Victor Baez, and Aaron Chavez all found the back of the net to make it 7-4. The Comets though ended the quarter on a high as Alain Matingou and Andre Braithwaite both scored to put the Comets lead at five heading into the half time break.

The third quarter stared exactly like the second with Santillo again scoring three quick goals from Rafael Medrano, Miguel Cedillo, and Jonathan Gutierrez to cut the Comets lead to just two at 9-7. The Comets though struck back again answering with three of their own over the final nine minutes of the quarter to restore their five goal lead as Bryan Perez, Assadpour, and John Sosa added to their goal tallies to end the quarter with the Comets ahead 12-7.

For a third straight quarter, Santillo scored again early with Manuel Valentin making it 12-8. The Comets though were able to kill the game off down the stretch and even added to their lead. First Josh Gardner scored on the power play to make it 13-8 Comets and then late on Gibson got his fifth goal of the game as the Comets were able to cruise to a 14-8 win.

One thing of note is that while the stats show that Danny Waltman played the entire game for the Comets in goal, that appears to be inaccurate and in fact, Waltman only played the first quarter, and Brian Harris was in goal for the final three quarters.

The Comets will take on the Monterrey Flash tomorrow in a match up of two teams with a combined one loss.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Single Season Minutes Played

Another updated stat, this time it's single season minutes played for Kansas City. In league play, no new players joined the top 10 for minutes played, the closest was Seth Sinovic who played 2,755 in league play this past season.

1.  Jimmy Nielsen - 2012 - 3060
Jimmy Nielsen - 2013 - 3060
3. Nick Garcia - 2000 - 2916
Peter Vermes - 2000 - 2916
5. Preki - 1996 - 2880
Bo Oshoniyi - 2005 - 2880
Matt Besler - 2011 - 2880
8. Mark Chung - 1997 - 2871
Kei Kamara - 2012 - 2871
10. Mark Chung - 1996 - 2847


In all competitions, the same held true with no players coming into the top 10 for minutes played. Once again, Seth Sinovic was the closest with 3,475 minutes played. That combined with his total from the 2013 season and Sinovic has played 7,208 minutes for KC over the last two years. That's the most in a two year span for any player in KC's history.

1. Seth Sinovic - 2013 - 3733
2. Nick Garcia - 2000 - 3695
Peter Vermes - 2000 - 3695
4. Jimmy Nielsen - 2012 - 3630
5. Kerry Zavagnin - 2002 - 3606
6. Jimmy Nielsen - 2013 - 3570
7. Oriol Rosell - 2013 - 3553
8. Nick Garcia - 2002 - 3531
9. Aurelien Collin - 2013 - 3525
10. Kerry Zavagnin - 2000 - 3522

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Gabeljic Makes Debut in KC - Former SKC Wizards Update

It took about a year longer than expected and probably not in the manner that he was expecting, but KC's second round draft pick, Adnan Gabeljic played his first game as a professional in Kansas City. It wasn't for Sporting KC, or any other MLS or outdoor team. Gablejic came to KC as a member of the MASL's St. Louis Ambush. Gabeljic scored a goal for the Ambush in a 7-5 loss to the Missouri Comets.

Here's the rest of this week's update.

Active without a club or unknown
Vicente Arze
Federico Bessone
Bobby Convey
Toni Dovale
Christian Duke
Mechack Jerome
Peterson Joseph
Michael Kafari
Neal Kitson
Igor Kostrov
Rauwshan McKenzie
Michal Mravec
Victor Munoz
Nelson Pizarro
Akeem Priestly
Martin Steuble
Ivan Trujillo
Konrad Warzycha

MLS
Davy Arnaud - DC - Offseason.
Teal Bunbury - New England - Offseason.
Aurelien Collin - Orlando City - Offseason.
Luis Gil - Salt Lake - Offseason.
Andy Gruenebaum - San Jose - Offseason.
Michael Harrington - Colorado - Offseason.
Jack Jewsbury - Portland - Offseason.
Eddie Johnson - DC - Offseason.
Kei Kamara - Columbus - Offseason.
Chris Konopka - Toronto - Offseason.
Eric Kronberg - Montreal - Offseason.
CJ Sapong - Philadelphia - Offseason.
Khari Stephenson - San Jose - Offseason.
Tyson Wahl - Columbus - Offseason.
Sal Zizzo - New York - Offseason.

NASL
Stefan Antonijevic - Tampa Bay - Offseason.
Alex Martinez - Carolina - Offseason.

USL
Brian Fekete - Pittsburgh - Offseason.
Cyprian Hedrick - Oklahoma City - Offseason.
Jonathan Leathers - Charlotte - Offseason.
Kyle Miller - Oklahoma City - Offseason.
Michael Thomas - Oklahoma City - Offseason.
Yomby William - Richmond - Offseason.
John Wilson - Charleston - Offseason.

Indoor
Jamar Beasley - Ontario - Had three goals and an assist in Onario's 10-6 win over Turlock. Play in Ontario's 6-5 win over Las Vegas.
Adnan Gabeljic - St. Louis - Scored a goal in St. Louis 7-5 loss to Missouri. Scored two goals in St. Louis' 14-9 loss to Wichita.
Josh Gardner - Missouri - Had an assist in Missouri's 7-5 win over St. Louis.
Pat Healey - Baltimore - Had an assist in Baltimore's 5-3 win over Milwaukee.
Boris Pardo - Wichita - Played in Wichita's 14-9 win over St. Louis.

International
Korede Aiyegbusi - Auerbach - Germany - No game until 2/22.
Scott Angevine - Vasa - Finland - Offseason.
Claudio Bieler - Quilmes - Argentina - No game until 2/14
Omar Bravo - Chivas - Mexico - Started and played 90 minutes in Chivas' 2-1 win over Pumas.
Mitchell Cardenas - Atlético Coatzacoalcos - Mexico - No game this week.
Sunil Chhetri - Bengaluru - India - Started and played 90 minutes in Bengaluru's 0-0 draw wtih Dempo.
Eloy Colombano - AD Berazategui - Argentina - No game until January 31.
Daneil Cyrus - Ha Noi T&T (W Connection) - Vietnam (Trinidad) - Did not dress in Ha Noi's 4-4 draw with Quang Nam.
Pablo Escobar - Cúcuta Deportivo - Colombia - Offseason.
Herculez Gomez - Puebla - Mexico - Came off the bench and played 45 minutes and scored a goal in Puebla's 3-1 loss to Veracruz. Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in Puebla's 2-0 Copa MX win over Atlante.
Jermaine Hue - Harbour View - Jamaica - Banned
Jeferson - América RN - Brazil - No game until January 25th.
Will John - Maghreb Fes - Morocco - No game this week.
Carlos Marinelli - Universidad San Martin - Peru - Offseason.
Neven Markovic - Servette FC - Switzerland - No game until 2/8.
Yura Movsisyan - Spartak Moscow - Russia - No game until 3/6.
Lawrence Olum - Kedah FA - Malaysia - No game until 2/28.
Pablo Punyed - Stjarnan - Iceland - Offseason.
Oriol Rosell - Sporting Club de Portugal - Portugal - Did not dress in Sporting's 4-2 win over Rio Ave.
Soony Saad - BEC Tero Sasana FC - Thailand - Offseason.
Yann Songo'o - Blackburn - England - Did not dress in Blackburn's 1-1 draw with Wigan.
Milos Stojcev - FK Sarajevo - Bosnia - On break until February.
Matt Taylor - Saarbrücken - Germany - No game until 2/28.

Mexico vs Paraguay Friendly Confirmed for Arrowhead

The friendly between Mexico and Paraguay to be played in Kansas City has been confirmed today by the Mexican Federation. The game will take place on Tuesday, March 31st with an 8pm Central Time kick off at Arrowhead. The game will be the second of two friendlies that Mexico is playing in the United States during that international break. The first is three days earlier in Los Angeles against Ecuador.

This will be the first standalone international match between two countries that are not the United States to take place in Kansas City. The other international matches not involving the US have been coupled with the Gold Cup or with Olympic qualifying. It's also the first time that the full Mexican national team will play in Kansas City.

From my personal experience, fans from all over the Midwest will travel to Kansas City for this game. It being a mid-week game will cut down some on the traveling crowd, but it should still be a decently sized crowd for the game. Back in 2009, Arrowhead hosted a friendly between Club America and Chivas Guadalajara that game drew over 26,000 people on a Wednesday night.

The attendance for that friendly is probably one of the main reasons why that this game is going to be held at Arrowhead and not across town at the city's Soccer Specific Stadium, Sporting Park. With a seating capacity of just 18,467, putting the game at the larger stadium makes sense for all parties involved. I'd expect at least north of 30,000 for this game, possibly more if it is promoted well.