Sunday, May 5, 2013

Logo for MLS All-Star game in KCK unveiled

The 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game logo was unveiled on Sunday at Sporting Park during halftime of Sporting Kansas City's nationally televised match against Chivas USA.

In conjunction with the logo's launch, the first edition of 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game merchandise was made available to purchase in-stadium at Sporting Park on Sunday.

The gear can also be purchased online at and beginning Monday.

The 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game logo, designed by Major League Soccer, features the colors of Sporting Kansas City - Sporting Blue and Dark Indigo - in celebration of the club's avid fan base and the vibrant soccer movement happening in greater Kansas City.

Detail of the iconic canopy roof structure at Sporting Park highlights the world-class venue that will serve as the perfect setting for the League's 18th-annual summer showcase.

The annual event will feature three days of festivities, culminating in a match between the League's top players and a renowned international club on Wednesday, July 31 at Sporting Park.

The 2013 AT&T MLS All-Star Game will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. CT on the ESPN, Univision, TSN and RDS family of networks. Exact networks will be announced at a later date.

The 2013 All-Star Game will mark the tenth time that an elite international club has played the MLS All-Stars, who are 6-2-1 in those matches and will be coached by Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes this year.

In addition to honoring the best players in MLS, the game has featured world-famous clubs such as Manchester United (2010 & 2011), Everton FC (2009), Chelsea FC (2006 & 2012), and Chivas de Guadalajara (2003).

The opponent for this year's game will be announced at a later date.

Since opening in June 2011, Sporting Park has hosted Sporting Kansas City's full home schedule -- selling out the last 20 MLS matches (including playoffs) - as well as the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Championship, the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup, the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying semifinals and championship, both the U.S. Men's and Women's National Teams and international friendlies.

U.S. Soccer selected Sporting Park to host the U.S. Men's National Team on Oct. 11 in the team's final home qualifying match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The U.S. Soccer Federation is also currently exploring a proposed project that would bring a new National Training and Coaching Development Center to Kansas City, Kan.

The world-class training facility would serve as the premier destination in the United States for player, coaching and referee innovation.