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Groundbreaking held on Kansas City national center
by Paul Kennedy, July 11th, 2016 2:42AM
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Groundbreaking took place Sunday on the National Training and Coaching Development Center in Kansas City, Kansas. The center is a collaboration of U.S. Soccer, Sporting Kansas City and Children's Mercy to develop players, coaches, and referees of all ages.

The center is set to open in November 2017 in Wyandotte County and will be home to the U.S. Soccer National Coaching Education Center for coaches and referees and the Children's Mercy Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center, which will offer a full range of sports medicine services for youth athletes.

"Player and coaching development is one of U.S. Soccer's key strategic initiatives, and the creation of the National Training and Coaching Development Center will provide us with a world-class facility to allow us to improve our programming and continue to move the sport forward," U.S. Soccer CEO Dan Flynn said in a statement. "We're excited to break ground on this project today and are looking forward to a great soccer city like Kansas City serving as the location of our coaching education programming for many years to come."

The NTCDC will have five fields upon its opening (three full-size fields and two lighted, synthetic turf fields). The 80,000-square-foot building will feature two locker rooms, three coaching classrooms, eight breakout rooms and the world's first fully wired coaching pavilion.

It will serve as the training home for Sporting Kansas City's first team and welcome national team and clubs for training.


3 comments
  1. Richard Brown
    commented on: July 11, 2016 at 8:28 a.m.
    I wonder if they offer sports physiology?
  1. James e Chandler
    commented on: July 11, 2016 at 10:42 a.m.
    Trying not to be too cynical here, but as nice as these digs will be, and as it may serve a need of U.S. soccer, to use state sales tax bonds originally implemented to cure urban blight to expand the local soccer empire in a state that almost had its schools statewide but for an emergency recall of their state legislature to pass a band-aid measure in the midst of a budget shortfall crisis, and in a county whose true urban area is to be avoided. is questionable.
  1. James e Chandler
    commented on: July 11, 2016 at 10:53 a.m.
    omitted word, ". . . almost had its schools closed statewide . . ."

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