The man responsible for bringing football and futbol to Kansas City is now a Sporting Kansas City legend.
Lamar Hunt was inducted into the Sporting KC Hall of Legends at halftime of Sporting’s match against the Philadelphia Union. Hunt established the Sporting, formerly known as the Wizards, in 1996, and played a crucial role in the formation of the MLS. During his ownership Kansas City win a MLS Cup, a Supporters’ Shield, and a U.S. Open Cup.
“My family and I are thrilled that my father Lamar will be inducted into the Sporting Legends hall of honor,” Clark Hunt said in a statement. “”Although he always shied away from individual accolades, I know that this honor would have been especially meaningful to him, because of his unwavering affection for the sports fans in Kansas City and his unbridled passion for the sport of soccer in the United States.”
Lamar was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1992. He was also the founder of FC Dallas (established in 2003) and Columbus Crew (1996). Only FC Dallas is still under the Hunt family’s ownership.
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