[U.S. SOCCER]U.S. Soccer and Sporting Kansas City have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly explore bringing a $50 million National Training and Coaching Development Center to Kansas City, Kan.
The proposed project would be designed to develop a world-class soccer training facility and serve as the premier destination in the United States for player, coaching and referee innovation.
The state-of-the-art campus would be designed, developed and operated as a world-class training facility dedicated to the future of American soccer. It would host U.S. national team camps, coaching education and referee development programming.
Sporting Club will seek out a request for proposals to land owners and real estate brokers in Wyandotte County in an effort to help identify the best available location for the center.
"While it is certainly a great honor that the Federation is considering Kansas City," said Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman, "it is also a great recognition of the community's support of soccer. The National Training and Coaching Development Center would bring tens of thousands of hotel room nights and the futsal component has the potential to have a significant, long-term impact on youth development in our sport. We saw Matt Beslerbecome the first player born in Kansas to play for the U.S. men's national team earlier this year. We hope to see more players represent Kansas City in the future. This project has both immediate, ongoing economic benefits and the potential for an incredible long-term benefit. The development center would place Kansas City at the center of soccer conversation, both nationally and worldwide."