Sporting KC wants youth program in Garden City

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — Sporting Kansas City is considering building a youth academy program in Garden City, Kansas.

The Kansas City Star reports ( the team’s request to use STAR bonds is on the Garden City Commission’s agenda for Tuesday.
The proposal includes a training center with classrooms, locker rooms, fitness and conditioning equipment and possibly a dormitory.
Sporting lawyer Greg Cotton says in a letter to the city that the plan includes making Garden City the home of a Premier Development League franchise that would be affiliated with Sporting Kansas City.
The academy program would be part of a Sporting KC youth system that started in 2007 that now has 12 affiliates in the Midwest.
Sporting KC academy players can eventually join the MLS club without going through the draft process.
Information from: The Kansas City Star,