Around the Kingdom: New Facility for Sporting KC, Alex Smith, and Andrew Wiggins


U.S. Soccer, in conjunction with Sporting KC, announced plans to build a $75 million training complex in Kansas City that would include 16 fields and an indoor training facility. Kansas City is becoming the center of U.S. soccer with the success of Sporting KC and now the new training complex. The only fly in the ointment on Wednesday was Sporting getting dominated by Manchester City 4-1 in their friendly match at Sporting Park.

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The Royals managed to win the rubber game of their series in Chicago, with a 2-1 win after Mike Moustakas scored the decisive run in the top of the 9th inning. Kansas City has a winning streak for the first time in weeks. Let’s hope the team can parlay this win into a 2nd half turnaround.

Jamaal Charles signed a new deal with the Chiefs to avoid a holdout. Charles will report to training camp Thursday after signing for $18.1 million over the next two years, which will make Charles the 2nd highest paid running back in the league behind Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson. Congrats, Jamaal. You’ve earned it.

Meanwhile, Kevin Love/Andrew Wiggins trade rumors continue to swirl even though it looks like Wiggin will sign a contract with the Cavs, which will prevent any deal from taking place for the next 30 days by league rule.


  • SportingKC.com – Recap of 1-4 friendly with defending Premier League Champion Manchester City
  • Kansas City Star – Sporting KC plans to build national training complex in KC:

"In conjunction with Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Wyandotte County officials, Heineman unveiled plans Wednesday night to construct a $75 million-plus National Training and Coaching Development Center that will serve as a home base for the U.S. Soccer Federation and its national teams. The project is pending city approval, Heineman said."


  • Kings of Kauffman – Ed Connealy writes that the Royals brain trust should be put on the DL:

"“Selling would be the obvious move, with pending free agent James Shields (3.70 ERA) certain to appeal to contenders, but general manager Dayton Moore isn’t exactly known for his connection to reality, and he recently told Fox Sports’ Jon Morosi, “I’m not going to give up on this team.”a"

"Presumably the team had a meeting because things weren’t going well and things probably weren’t going well because the players weren’t playing good baseball. If the players have a meeting and change their approach, then maybe the meeting did some good. If the players blew a lot of hot air about winning and giving it their all and then went right back out and did the same things that caused them to call a meeting in the first place, then the meeting was probably worthless."


"“I felt at the end of last season we were doing some good things offensively,” Smith said shortly before his two days working with the youngsters. “We were really on a roll those last six weeks … moving the ball, scoring some points and protecting the football. We had a great off-season and want to get back into it.”"


  • KUSports.com – Cavs could still deal Andrew Wiggins even if they sign him:

"An Associated Press report, citing a source close to the situation, claimed Wiggins, the No. 1 pick out of Kansas University, will sign with Cleveland as soon as Wednesday.But that doesn’t mean Cleveland and Minnesota have reached a point of no return in their ongoing trade talks involving Timberwolves All-Star power forward Kevin Love. In fact, it only means a trade between the two teams couldn’t become official until 30 days after Wiggins signs, per NBA rules."

There you have it KC fans—the news Around the Kingdom

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