The Regalia 5K Walk and Run and Kangaroo Hop was a successful start to UMKC Founder’s Week. More than 265 men, women and children participated in the activities. The top male finisher was Alex Nail and the top female finisher was Caesie Reynolds. There was a team of 21 runners, SAEM Students First.
The Summa Cum Laude Sponsor for the Regalia run was State Street. Miller Haviland Ketter were Honor Roll Sponsors. The Kangaroo Hop was sponsored by House Packard LLC, Raymond Cattaneo and Dustin Cates.
After the long morning run, hundreds of UMKC students and alumni attended “UMKC Night at Sporting Park” to watch Sporting Kansas City face long-time rivals Seattle Sounders FC, whom they tied with 1-1, clinching an important point in the Western Conference playoffs race.
During pregame, Chancellor Leo Morton had the honor of doing the on-field coin toss. UMKC athletics along with mascot Kasey the Kangaroo hosted a special tailgate for UMKC students and alumni on the Sprint Plaza before the game. Kasey the Kangaroo was present for both the Regalia 5K run and the SKC game. Each fan also received a SKC tote courtesy of UMKC.
Over nine starters sat out Sunday’s match, allowing the reserves to play in their first important match of the season. Of the nine, Matt Besler and Benny Feilhaber sat out due to caution accumulation, but are expected to play in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Final this Wednesday.
Throughout the night, Goalkeeper and homegrown player, Jon Kempin showed an impressive performance for both halves, despite the lone goal by Seattle’s Obafemi Martins in the 39th minute during the first half. Jordi Quintilla, who signed with the club last month, made his first start of the season and made an immediate impact by forcing Seattle’s goalkeeper to block his attempt by just a fingertip and combined a total of five attempts with fellow teammate Bernando Anor.
Sporting KC held on with no shots on goal until Dom Dwyer’s appearance in the last 15 minutes. Dwyer wasted no time in scoring the equalizer in the 79th minute, with an assist by Amadou Dia and Jacob Peterson. This also marked Dwyer’s 100th appearance.
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and, to help celebrate this special occasion, Sporting KC players wore specially designed shirts onto the pitch, to later reveal a special patch in honor of the celebration on their jerseys, along with gold-colored nets for the Soccer Kicks Cancer campaign.
Sporting KC will be back in action against the Colorado Rapids on Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m.