Sporting Kansas City may well be the most ambitious side in the history of Major League Soccer.
Never mind the New York Cosmos of old with their signings of Pele and Franz Beckenbauer, it is SKC headed up by manager Peter Vermes and CEO Rob Heinemann who are truly looking to break borders and boundaries in North American soccer.
The club are set to play in their first CONCACAF Champions League tomorrow against Cruz Azul and are serious about the tournament.
No MLS side has won the competition and Sporting will go all out to become the side that breaks that duck.
"When we were going back and creating this team for the long haul there was a couple of key, important aspects of winning," Vermes said to MLSSoccer.com. "Obviously the MLS Cup is at the top, but Champions League is an important aspect because it gives us a much broader impact and expands our brand and the relevance of MLS internationally."
"So for us we saw this as an opportunity, we know it's a difficult competition and it's not going to be easy...but it's high on our list," Vermes went on to say.
It tells you how much Sporting do want to really go far in the CCL by looking at the side they put out against Seattle.
In the season opener, live on television and against one of the league's best sides in the Sounders, SKC rested both their starting full backs and midfielder Uri Rosell to make sure they were fit for Wednesday.
Sporting Kansas City want to break ground on the continent, but it won't be easy and they know it.
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