The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) salutes its Kansas City soccer neighbor Sporting Kansas City with a homepage celebration of the team’s 20th anniversary as a charter member of Major League Soccer.
“From its early days as the Kansas City Wiz to today as Sporting Kansas City, this club has helped turn Kansas City into the ‘Soccer Capital of America,’” said Lynn Berling-Manuel, NSCAA CEO. “We’re honored to join in the celebration of Sporting as one of the premier organizations of MLS.
“As the largest soccer coaches association in the world, the NSCAA shares Sporting’s commitment to the coaches, players and fans of the entire Kansas City region.”
Soccer has developed a strong base in Kansas City and the surrounding communities thanks in part to the success of Sporting KC. Seeing the success of the sport in the region, the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) founded FC Kansas City as a charter member of the newly formed league, and the Blues have brought home back-to-back NWSL titles.
Additionally, Kansas City has hosted collegiate soccer championships (including the 2015 NCAA Men's College Cup in December) and numerous U.S. National Team qualifiers and friendlies in front of sprawling crowds. KC will host the men’s national team Copa America friendly in May.
The NSCAA, which this year celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, founded its first-ever National Office in 1991 in Shawnee Mission, Kan. (a Kansas City suburb), before purchasing a building at 800 Ann Avenue in Kansas City, Kan in 2007. The National Office made its move to larger offices in Kansas City, Mo. within historic Union Station in September 2014.
Throughout Wednesday, the NSCAA will share photos and stories from the National Office staff's Sporting KC experiences!
Sporting Kansas City will host its 20th Anniversary Night tonight when the Colorado Rapids visit Children’s Mercy Park for an MLS regular season match at 7:30 p.m. CT. The occasion will commemorate the franchise’s inaugural game, a 3-0 win against Colorado at Arrowhead Stadium on April 13, 1996.
Founded in 1941 and based in Kansas City, Mo., the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to educate coaches, encourage excellence and serve the soccer community. 2016 marks the 75th anniversary year of the NSCAA enhancing the game through coaching education.
The NSCAA is the world’s largest soccer coaches’ organization with members at every level of the game, from professional to grassroots. The membership also includes administrators, referees and others in the soccer industry. The NSCAA provides its members opportunities to enhance the game of soccer by providing a national education program, interaction and networking opportunities, and membership benefits.
For more information about the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, visit NSCAA.com.
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