Today an interesting comment was posted on the KC Cauldron's Twitter account. According to the Cauldron, Sporting KC has sold "hundreds of tickets in the members stand to Guadalajara fans". If true (and usually if things like this aren't true the team immediately takes to Big Soccer to respond) this is just asking for problems. There's a reason that the team has the away supporters at the opposite side of the stadium from the members club. Even for the friendly against Newcastle the organized Newcastle fans were at the opposite side of the stadium. Sure there was the odd fan or two in the section, but not a large number. Bringing a large number of "away" supporters into the members club gives those few guys that are going to start shit the courage to start it because they'll have the back up of the rest of the away supporters in the section. And it's the same thing for the home supporters in the section as there are idiots in all groups of supporters that will start trouble. Putting this sort of situation in an enclosed area like the members stand (and it is an enclosed section, it's cut off from the rest of the stadium) is just going to be asking for trouble. The mob mentality has a chance to take over in this stiuation.
I already expect the stadium to be 60/40 or even 70/30 in favor of Guadalajara fans most likely, because this game is not part of the season ticket package for season ticket holders, meaning the entire stadium was open, not just about 8,000 seats. Add that in with the fact that it's 3 days before the home finale against New York, and in the middle of the late playoff run and that leads to some KC fans not wanting to show up. I already know quite a few people that are in the Cauldron that have already decided not to attend and I know more people have decided not to with this news coming out.
Yes this game wasn't set up for the Cauldron and Sporting KC fans. The main thing that this game was for was as a way to make money off of supporters for Chivas Guadalajara and Omar Bravo. Although Chivas hasn't exactly blown things away attendance wise, this will be their 5th friendly this MLS season in the US, they pulled 38,000 in San Diego vs Real Madrid, then they pulled in 16,000 in North Carolina vs Juventus, in their 3rd game they pulled in 70,000 in Miami, against the European champions Barcelona. They play Chicago in September at Toyota Park. While the game in Miami game was very nicely drawn you gotta wonder if that was more due to Barcelona since they drew an average of 70,000 in their 3 games compared to Chivas' 41,000 or 27,000 in the two games that didn't include the European champs.
But because this is basically a money grab that doesn't mean that the team should be actively selling tickets in the supporter's section to Chivas Guadalajara fans. There are plenty of SKC fans that will be showing up in the Cauldron for the game, and I'm wondering how many of them will be unaware of what they could be walking into for that game. And this situation just has disaster written all over it.