Sporting Wichita Rojos becomes Sporting KC’s 11th Academy Affiliate in Midwest
(May 16, 2014) – Wichita Rojos Soccer club of Wichita, Kansas has officially joined forces with Sporting Kansas City and Sporting Club as the newest Academy Affiliate in the Sporting Club Network. Rebranded as Sporting Wichita Rojos, the club will now be the most western Academy Affiliate and expands the program’s reach further into the state of Kansas while giving players of that region a direct path to the Sporting Kansas City senior team.
Players that participate and compete through the Academy Affiliate program will be directly connected to Sporting Kansas City’s Academy and youth development initiatives. In turn, they will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience while receiving heightened levels of training and development. Not only will these unique opportunities help provide players of the region a direct path to higher levels of the game, but it will also help to improve Sporting Kansas City’s ability to scout the talent making up their MLS-designated Homegrown Territory.
“We are excited about becoming an Academy Affiliate of Sporting Kansas City, and all of the opportunities and access that it will open up for our players. It is an honor to be part of this network of high-quality clubs from across the Midwest and we believe the resources offered will help us continue to grow youth soccer in the region.” - Danny Fiszel, Director of Sporting Wichita Rojos
All Sporting Wichita Rojos players will be invited to participate in the annual Academy Affiliate Weekend, an event that brings together many of the most competitive and talented youth soccer players from across the Midwest, all under the Sporting Club umbrella. Select Sporting Wichita Rojos players will also be named to Academy Affiliate All-Star Teams throughout the year, offering these players a chance to learn the game in the same environment and setting as Sporting KC’s own Academy and first-team players.
“The Academy Affiliate program continues to grow at an exciting pace as Sporting Wichita Rojos are now the fourth new affiliate that we’ve welcomed to the Sporting Club Network in 2014 and each represent four different states in our region. As the largest city in Kansas, Wichita has an extremely promising player pool and we’re looking forward to connecting at a local level through this new partnership with Sporting Wichita Rojos.”- Jon Parry, Director of Coaching for Sporting Kansas City Academy
As an Academy Affiliate member, Sporting Wichita Rojos becomes an extension of the Sporting KC Academy and therefore an extension of the club’s scouting network. The relationship between the Sporting Club Network and Sporting Wichita Rojos will play an important part inthe overall growth of soccer in the Midwest by elevating the level of youth soccer in the region while also offering extensive new benefits that will directly impact the improvement of theseplayers. In the search for the next homegrown star that will wear the Sporting Kansas City crest and win championships at Sporting Park, Wichita will now be a location closely linked with Sporting KC to look for and develop future talent.
ABOUT WICHITA ROJOS CLUB
Wichita Rojos Soccer Club was founded in 2002, and since then has grown into one of the largest youth soccer clubs in Wichita, Kansas. The Wichita Rojos is a diverse club with players and families from all over the world, offering teams for boys and girls ages 5-19. We are committed to providing high quality coaches and trainers, all who hold multiple certifications from national and international entities.The mission of the Wichita Rojos Soccer Club is to provide a quality soccer environment that is fun and educational for the player. The club provides professional coaching that places an emphasis on learning and developing soccer skills. Winning or losing is a matter of training, performance, discipline, hard work and dedication. Wichita Rojos Soccer Club focuses on sportsmanship, team work, solidarity, friendship and loving the game of soccer.
View SportingWichitaRojos.com for more information about the club.
ABOUT SPORTING KANSAS CITY
Sporting KC is owned by a group of local Kansas City business and community leaders comprised of Neal Patterson, Cliff Illig, Pat Curran, Greg Maday and Robb Heineman. The club prides itself on its commitment and vision to provide high-performance entertainment and consumer experiences. Sporting Club purchased the team from the Hunt Sports Group in 2006, and under their direction have opened a world-class training center and state-of-the-art Sporting Park while investing in the Sporting KC Academy for developing local youth into homegrown talent. Sporting KC was crowned MLS Cup champions in 2013, claiming a second league title in the team's 18-year history as a charter member of Major League Soccer. The team is also a two-time winner of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and will represent Major League Soccer in the CONCACAF Champions League in 2014.