Sporting Kansas City Tickets
Sporting Kansas City, formerly known as The Kansas City Wizards, are a professional soccer club based in Kansas City, Missouri that participates in Major League Soccer. The Wizards won the MLS Cup in 2000 and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in 2004. The name "Wizards" was an allusion to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, as the main character is from Kansas. The team colors are blue and white. In 2010 the team changed their name to Sporting Kansas City.
The team's official supporters' group is called "The Cauldron".
The Wizards were known as the Kansas City Wiz during the 1996 season but changed names due to a copyright dispute. From 1995 until 2006, they were owned by Lamar Hunt, who also owned the Kansas City Chiefs, FC Dallas and the Columbus Crew.
In the 2000 season, the Wizards captured both the MLS Supporters' Shield and the MLS Cup. In the previous two seasons, they had failed to make the playoffs.
On July 19, 2006, head coach Bob Gansler resigned and general manager Curt Johnson selected assistant coach Brian Bliss as the new head coach.
On August 31, 2006, the Wizards held a press conference to announce the sale of the team to a local ownership group consisting of Cerner co-founders Neal Patterson and Cliff Illig, Rock Island Capital’s Robb Heineman, Greg Maday and David French, and Pat Curran, founder of C3 Holdings. On December 9, 2004, Lamar Hunt had announced that he was looking to sell the team after the 2005 MLS season, but had trouble finding new ownership for the team. In 2010 the team changed their name to be known as Sporting Kansas City.
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