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’10 in 10: The Best KC Soccer Moments (#1)

CHRIS OBERHOLTZ/The Kansas City
Sporting Kansas City fans cheer for the home
team against Manchester United in the first half during the 2010
International Friendly at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., on
Sunday July 25, 2010.

Finally,
we’ve reached the end of the line on The Full 90’s Best KC Soccer
Moments in 2010. Of all the great things that have happened throughout
the year (if you missed them, part one, two, three and four. So, let’s not waste anymore time, you know which moment tops them all.

1. The Manchester United game.

It
isn’t every day that one of the world’s most recognizable and richest
soccer club comes to town. It’s not every day that 50,000 people go to
Arrowhead for a soccer game and it’s not every day that a soccer game
makes an appearance on the front page of the Kansas City Star either.
On July 25, that happened in Kansas City when Manchester United took on
Sporting Kansas City … and lost.

If you were there, you saw
something fantastic. If you weren’t, you missed out. That type of scene
might not happen for a while.

The particulars: 50,000+ filled
Arrowhead Stadium for an exhibition soccer game. Kansas City rolled out
a Starting XI that had been playing extremely well. Davy Arnaud opened
the scoring with a gorgeous one-two with Kei Kamara that caused the
crowd to explode. Jimmy Conrad got an unnecessary red card. Dimitar
Berbatov scored a casual penalty. Kamara scored off a corner kick (the
only time all season KC scored on a corner I think). Kansas Citians got
a chance to see Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs go 90 minutes. The blue
team were victors. Fox Soccer’s announcers called the team “Kansas” at
least a dozen times. Sunil Chhetri actually played minutes for the team.

The
after effects: Sporting Kansas City saw a bump in season-ticket sales
for the 2011 season. The team went 4-1-2 before faltering down the
stretch. Sir Alex Ferguson praised Teal Bunbury’s play (he would go on
to have quite a second-half to his rookie season) and Nani said the
team played like a Spanish side. Soccer haters in KC, though still
vocal, can no longer say the game of soccer is unpopular in this city,
50,000 for an exhibition soccer game is 50,000 for an exhibition soccer
game. Sunil Chhetri went on loan to the Indian national team.
The game highlights:

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