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Sporting KC II Hosts St. Louis CITY2 at Rock Chalk Park on Sunday in First Meeting of 2024

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March 29, 2024 – MLS NEXT Pro (MLS NEXT Pro)
Sporting Kansas City II News Release

Sporting Kansas City II (1-1-0, 3 points) renews its rivalry with St. Louis CITY2 (0-1-1, 1 point) on Sunday evening at Rock Chalk Park. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. CT as the two sides duel it out for the first time in 2024. Tickets for the first of three meetings between the foes are on sale for just $10 at SeatGeek.com. The match will also stream live on both MLSNEXTPro.com and the MLS YouTube channel.

The two sides last met on MLS NEXT Pro Decision Day at Swope Soccer Village last September. After a late goal from Robert Voloder, SKC II sank St. Louis in kicks from the spot to secure the third seed in the Western Conference and a home match in the MLS NEXT Pro Western Conference Quarterfinals. The last three meetings between SKC II and CITY2 have gone to a shootout.

SKC II boss Benny Feilhaber’s squad is looking to bounce back after dropping their home opener against Ventura County SC last Sunday at Rock Chalk Park. This came after the club earned a 2-1 comeback victory at Houston Dynamo 2 to open the season, striking twice after the 80th minute off the feet of Beto Avila and Pau Vidal.

Picking up right where he left off in 2023, Vidal leads SKC II in goals early in the season with scores in back-to-back matches. Vidal fired home the match-winner against Houston and found the back of the net late in the match against Ventura. A season ago, the forward netted 11 goals. Midfielder Ethan Bryant, who has taken on the captain’s role in both matches this season, racked up eight goals and three assists last year.

Forward Sebastian Cruz was a stalwart in Feilhaber’s system last year, playing on the wing and providing five goals and two assists. He has played every minute in the same spot this season, ripping two shots on target, one of which was redirected to Avila for the equalizer against Dynamo Dos. Avila is a newcomer to Sporting after playing for the Dynamo first team. He has started both matches this season as Kansas City’s number nine.

Sporting KC II’s 15 rostered players have been joined by a trio of talented Academy players. Leading the charge have been defender Ian James, midfielder Johann Ortiz and holding mid Cielo Tschantret. James, a 15-year-old center back earned his first pro start against Ventura County while Ortiz tallied his first professional assist, setting up a Vidal score late in the contest.

Tschantret has made eight career pro appearances, netting two goals and…

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