Best Kansas City Sports Team

Dan Moreno

1. Sporting Kansas City

2013 was a historic year for Kansas City’s soccer as Sporting Kansas City won the MLS Cup Championship at Sporting Park. They played against Real Salt Lake and won the game in a long penalty kick shutout (7-6) after neither team could break the 1-1 score in 120 minutes.

Under new ownership The Wizards became SKC and the team got a new stadium in 2010. Kansas City became a soccer town.

Under Head Coach Peter Vermes the team advanced to the 2013-2014 CONCACAF Champions League playoffs after defeating Nicaragua’s Real Estelí and Honduras’ CD Olimpia in August 2013. SKC will play the quarterfinals against Mexico’s Cruz Azul in March.

Kansas City was recently named “The Soccer Capital of America” due to its loud and loyal fans. The 2013 MLS All-Star game was played at Sporting Park where the all-stars fell to Italian club A.S. Roma with a final score of 1-3.

Sporting Kansas City has won two MLS Cup championships, two U.S. Open Cups and one MLS Supporter Shield.

2. Kansas City Chiefs

After many forgettable seasons, the Kansas City Chiefs made its fans smile again after a surprisingly successful 2013-14 season. The team reached the playoffs but fell to the Indianapolis Colts with a heartbreaking 45-44 final score.

The Chiefs started the season with a 9-0 record before losing twice to the Denver Broncos, the San Diego Chargers and the Indianapolis Colts to end the season with an 11-6 overall record.

All-star quarterback Alex Smith recorded a total of 3,313 yards and 23 touchdowns.

3. Kansas City Royals

Ned Yost and his Kansas City Royals were unable to reach the playoffs in 2013, but the regular season was a bit less painful than in previous years. The Royals finished with an overall record of 86-76 and a .531 average to end third in the American League Central. The team scored 648 runs and allowed 601.

The Royals were led by left fielder Alex Gordon, who scored 20 homeruns, followed by first baseman Eric Hosmer with 17.