Soccer expected to bring in nearly $25 million to KC area this week
11:43 PM, Jul 27, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -
Soccer fans from all over the world are in Kansas City this week.
The U.S. Youth Soccer national championship is going on this weekend at the Overland Park soccer complex, and Major League Soccer fans anticipating Wednesday's All-Star Game are also taking over the town.
Sporting KC disappointed fans who watched Saturday night's game against Montreal from the Power and Light District Saturday night, but Kansas City is winning despite the loss.
Kyle Siner and his soccer-fan daughters were hoping for a win by Sporting KC, but they're not too upset with the first-place team.
"I really love having a good team in town that the community is backing and a winner; I love having a winner," said Sporting KC season ticket holder Siner.
The winning record is helping soccer boom as well as Kansas City.
The downtown watch party was part of "Soccer Week" leading up to the All-Star Game.
"It's inspiring, and I think it speaks to the growth of the league and what we've seen in some of our other markets, as well, said Jesse Perl, marketing manager for the MLS. "But there's something really special going on here in Kansas City."
At the same time, the U.S. Youth Soccer championships are finishing up in Overland Park.
The Kansas City area is expected to score around $25 million with the two soccer events.
It's a proud time for KC natives and fans.
"That's part of the allure of it all," said Siner. "It's the crowd here, the support from everybody, that makes Kansas City one of the best places in the country for MLS games, and we've got a reputation around the country for being a great place to come watch a game."
Other events are going on in the area from Saturday through Wednesday.