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01 January 2020 20:40

Happynewyear #2020

Under the guidance of Manager Peter Vermes and backed by a fervent fanbase at electric Children's Mercy Park, Sporting experienced a slew of euphoric highs—as chronicled in SportingKC.com's Top 20 Moments of the Decade—and painted the wall on four occasions thanks to winning the 2013 MLS Cup and a treble of Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles. On that note, Sporting fans have plenty to be excited about as the club prepares for 2020. Single-game Sporting tickets will go on sale very soon, but fans don't have to wait until then to secure their seats at Children's Mercy Park. A variety of multi-game ticket packages are now available, including the limited-time Holiday Pack that bundles Sporting's home opener against Houston on March 7 with two additional flex matches. The new season will once again feature a variety of exciting theme nights, including the return of Retro Night, Sporting Salutes, Sporting Legends, Kick Childhood Cancer Night and more.

In mid-December, Sporting dropped a club-record transfer fee to acquire 28-year-old Mexican striker Alan Pulido from Mexican side C.D. Guadalajara. Arriving in Kansas City as one of the most heralded signings in club history, Pulido boasts a decade of big-game experience, trophy-laden success and an overall track record that has Vermes believing he "embodies all of the attributes we value at our club." The reigning Liga MX scoring champion netted 12 goals for Chivas last fall, and with over 100 career goals for club and country, his attacking pedigree is undeniable. A bevvy of other fresh faces will arrive in Kansas City hoping to leave their mark, including Croatian center back Roberto Puncec and MLS veteran forward Khiry Shelton, who spent 2019 with German side SC Paderborn 07 after helping Sporting finish atop the Western Conference in 2018. Without giving too much away, the club looks forward to announcing additional partnerships with local favorites as the year unfolds. Food and beverage options available to all fans at Children's Mercy Park will be new, improved and expanded.

A near-unprecedented schedule will see Sporting play every single weekend for 32 straight weeks, beginning with their Feb. 29 opener at Vancouver Whitecaps FC and ending with a Decision Day home clash against New York City FC on Oct. 4. Throw in two Wednesday contests, and Sporting fans will be absorbing non-stop MLS action from start to finish with zero bye weeks. Incredibly enough, 28 of Sporting's 34 regular season matches will be played on Saturday. That includes 13 home fixtures at Children's Mercy Park, making the 2020 slate as fan-friendly as ever. Sporting always kicks of the new season in style, and this year will be no exception.

An even-numbered year means Sporting will debut a new secondary jersey sometime before the club visits Vancouver on Feb. 29. Sporting visits the Tennessee club on April 11 at Nissan Stadium before hosting the reverse fixture on Sept. The other expansion team to enter MLS in 2020, Inter Miami CF, does not appear on Sporting's regular season schedule. Due to not participating in the Concacaf Champions League or Leagues Cup, Sporting will be one of 11 MLS clubs to enter the 2020 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in the third round, one stage earlier than normal. Year Five for Sporting KC II Sporting Kansas City II is braced for its fifth year in the second-division USL Championship, including the third season under head coach and former Sporting midfielder Paulo Nagamura. The team will play all 17 USL Championship home matches at world-class Children's Mercy Park in 2020. The new year gives Sporting an opportunity to right the ship and return to their title-contending ways. Hoda Kotb kicked off the first day of the new year with a sweet photo of her two daughters celebrating — after she and her fiancé rang in 2020 with Al Roker and his family. The Today anchor, 55, took to Instagram on January 1 to post a snapshot of her little girls Haley Joy, two, and Hope Catherine, eight months, donning pink tutus and homemade 'Happy New Year' crowns. The proud mom used two heart emoji to caption the image, which was likely taken before they went to bed on New Year's Eve. Too cute: Hoda Kotb shared a sweet photo of her daughters Haley Joy, two, and Hope Catherine, eight months, celebrating the new year in tutus and homemade crowns Ringing in 2020: Hoda and her husband-to-be, financier Joel Schiffman, enjoyed a New Year's Eve dinner with Al and his family in Pasadena, California Both girls have on matching paper crowns with their names that they colored themselves in anticipation of their New Year's Eve celebration. The proud mom also posted a snapshot of her mother, Sameha, and sister, Hala, FaceTiming with Haley while she was wearing her party crown. All smiles: Joel's sister, Beth Schiffman, also joined them on New Year's Eve Lookalikes: Deborah, 59, struck a pose with her daughter and showed of their festive 'Happy New Year' hats In addition to celebrating with their girls, Hoda and her husband-to-be, financier Joel Schiffman, enjoyed a New Year's Eve dinner with their family and friends in Pasadena, California. Hoda's Today co-star Al was with his wife, Deborah Roberts, and their children, Leila, 21, and Nicholas, 17. The journalist posted photos of the Roker-Roberts family wearing 'Happy New Year' hats as well as snapshots of herself with Joel and her soon-to-be sister-in-law. Aww: Hoda posted a snapshot of her mother, Sameha, and sister, Hala, FaceTiming with Haley while she was wearing her party crown Hoda and Al were up bright and early on New Year's Day to host the 131st Rose Parade for NBC Getting ready: Hoda shared a photo of them prepping for the parade a few days before 'Happy new year xoxoxo,' she captioned the pictures. Al, 65, also shared photos and videos of their New Year's Eve celebrations, including a clip of the group happily toasting to 2020 with some bubbly. The Today show stars were up bright and early on New Year's Day to host the 131st Rose Parade for NBC. Matching jammies: It's been an exciting couple of weeks for the mother of two, who celebrated her daughter Hope's first Christmas with her family at their beach house All together: Hoda posted plenty of photos from their holiday vacation, including a sweet shot of herself and Joel posing with their little girls Memories: In another snapshot from their holiday vacation, Haley is cuddling on the couch with her grandmother while Hoda and Joel are with Hope in the background A few days before, Hoda shared photos of herself and Al prepping their lines ahead of the parade held in Pasadena. It's been an exciting couple of weeks for the mother of two, who celebrated her daughter Hope's first Christmas with her family at their beach house. Hoda posted plenty of photos from their holiday vacation, including a sweet shot of herself, her daughters, her mother, and her sister decked out in matching red and white striped pajamas and Santa hats. In another picture, Hoda has Haley on her lap while Joel is sitting down with Hope, who is pushing his face with her hand. The new year is already looking bright for Savannah Guthrie! "I can see 2020!" Savannah wrote on Instagram on Tuesday in celebration of the new year. Not only can Savannah see again, but there's more good news: She'll be returning to the show any day now. Just like last year, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker headed to Pasadena, California, to cover the annual Rose Parade. "Out-of-office reply and Happy New Year! "Happy New year from NYC where dad has once again dragged the family to his job," Carson wrote on Instagram.