Sporting Kansas City rallied from a halftime deficit to keep tenuous playoff hopes alive in front of a capacity crowd at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan., on Saturday night.
Sporting fell behind 1-0 at the 25 minute mark of the first half when visiting San Jose cashed in with a header off a corner kick opportunity.
Chris Wondolowski had the header for the goal for San Jose.
Sporting goals at the 50 and 76 minute marks of the second half provided the final 2-1 margin of victory. Goals were by Benny Feilhaber and Graham Smith.
Recording the victory in net for Sporting was Tim Melia.
The victory was important for a Kansas City franchise attempting to avoid missing the playoffs for the first time 2010.
Sporting Kansas City was formed in 1996 and played as the Kansas City Wiz for one year before competing from 1997 to 2010 as the Kansas City Wizards.
After that date, the franchise changed its name to Sporting Kansas City and has made the Major League Soccer playoffs in each year since.
Last year, Sporting beat Salt Lake City to make the conference finals and then fell by a single goal to the Portland Timbers.
Sporting has won the MLS Cup twice in its history, once in 2000 and the other time in 2013. The franchise has four U.S. Open Cup Titles (2004, ‘12, ‘15 and ‘17).
The U.S. Open Cup is a tournament involving MLS teams and other non-MLS clubs in a March Madness style tournament. No lower division team has won the U.S. Open Cup since the Rochester Rhinos in 1999.
Sporting Kansas City was eliminated from this year’s U.S. Open Cup by Minnesota United FC back in June. Minnesota United will play Atlanta United on Aug. 27 in the U.S. Open Cup championship
At present, Sporting is sitting at 10th in the Western Conference standings with eight wins, seven draws and 11 losses. The top seven teams from both the Western and the Eastern Conference will qualify for the MLS Cup playoffs with the tournament champion being crowned in November.

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This issue’s coverage of Sporting Kansas City comes courtesy of an invitation from the Sporting Kansas City franchise in response to a personal column in the News-Press expressing interest in the sport of soccer.
A guided pre-match tour of the Sporting Kansas City facility at Children’s Mercy Park Saturday highlighted up-scale amenities in a stadium that opened back in 2011.
Ticket prices for Sporting Kansas City matches prove very reasonable as a ticket for Thursday’s 8:30 p.m. match against Minnesota United came in at around $20 for a buy-in price on a ticket re-selling site on Sunday.

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Sporting Kansas City is owned by Sporting Club, a five-principal group of Kansas City investors.
Lamar Hunt, who helped to found the American Football League and established Kansas City’s football franchise, was also a founder of Major League Soccer and the professional soccer club in Kansas City, which he owned until 2006.
The club is currently coached by Peter Joseph Vermes. Vermes is currently the longest tenured head coach in MLS and has won four major trophies as a manager, the second most of all active coaches in MLS.
He is a member of the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame. Vermes is also a former player for the Kansas City professional team.