Josh Klingler: A title is a title is a title for KC
I am a soccer guy, you know this. I've also never been one to say "you should like soccer because ..." You either can enjoy or don't. You can like Nascar and I may not get it, but I respect it's success. To each their own.
All that I ever ask if that if you don't like or more importantly don't understand it, don't bash what you do not know.
I've been asked many times leading up to and since "is the US Open Cup a big deal?" My answer is yes and why can't KC appreciate a championship and a big trophy? Sporting KC's US Open Cup title a major title in the top league of its kind in the US. There are two titles they are eligible for, this and the MLS Cup. One down, one to go.
They essentially beat every soccer club in the US and qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League next year. They will get to play the best of the best in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. If you remotely follow soccer you've probably heard of the UEFA Champions League in Europe .. this is our region's version. It's a big deal for soccer.
We haven't had a baseball title since 85 or a football playoff win since 93, so enjoy it Kansas City.
Sporting KC did a terrific job first in winning the bid to host the final vs Seattle, but also in the post celebration with fans and the team. Another terrific presentation.
The only negative falls on US Soccer, not Sporting, in not getting this game on easily accessible TV. Note to US Soccer -- KC wanted to see this game readily, not on GolTV, and I'm sure Seattle's passionate fans did too.
You aren't going to win any arguments with your buddies in Chicago or NY or wherever by saying "well yeah but our city has a US Open Cup title" but that doesn't mean this isn't a big soccer win and a title.
Now it's back to MLS play where Sporting KC is firmly in position to contend for the Eastern Conference title and hopefully the MLS Cup. The atmosphere is awesome and the team is winning, that's a good thing.
There's room for the Chiefs and Royals and Sporting KC in our pro landscape. And doggone it, we deserve to celebrate a title in something.