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SportingKC Reflection|KC Sports Photographer

With SportingKC starting their home season tomorrow, what better way to kick off the season than with a little look back to seasons past. I’ve been fortunate to have covered SportingKC before it was SportingKC. Over the past 10 years, yes, now I feel old, I’ve had a seat on the sidelines when the Kansas City Wizards played at Arrowhead in the bowl, the horrible setup at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, and now as SportingKC plays at their incredible stadium Children’s Mercy Park. In 10 years I’ve watched them play Manchester United, hosted the USA versus Jamaica for an Olympics qualifying game, win the Open Cup Championship, host the All-Star Game, and win the MLS Championship in the COLDEST sporting event I’ve ever shot. How cold? 11 degrees cold! Thankfully this weekend won’t be anything close to that temperature. The excitement level will be on the same level as a championship game though. SportingKC has some of the most devoted and loudest fans in Kansas City. With theatrics like fireworks and hype videos to kick-off the games, there is always pure energy running through the stands during the game. SportingKC has come a long way but they will always have a unique place in my heart since they were the first major league sport I ever covered. These days I have the privilege to cover it for my dream company, Getty Images.

Below are a handful of few of my favorite images taken in the past couple of years of SportingKC.

SportingKC Reflection|KC Sports Photographer

SportingKC Reflection|KC Sports Photographer

Kei Kamara of the Sporting Kansas City reacts to a missed goad opportunity against the Houston Dynamo in the second half during the MLS Eastern Conference Championship match at Livestrong Sporting Park on November 06, 2011 in Kansas City, Kansas.

SportingKC Reflection|KC Sports Photographer

Jimmy Nielsen of the Sporting KC and the team react to Nielsen making the game winning penalty kick save during the U.S. Open Cup Final game between the Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City at Livestrong Stadium in Kansas City KS

SportingKC Reflection|KC Sports Photographer

Paulo Nagamura of the Sporting KC is flipped into the air by Wilman Conde of the New York Red Bulls midway through the second half during the MLS game at Livestrong Stadium in Kansas City KS

April 27, 2013: Jimmy Nielsen #1 of the Sporting KC in action during the MLS game between the Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City at Livestrong Stadium in Kansas City KS

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Chance Myers of the Sporting KC in action in the second half during the MLS game between the Portland Timbers and Sporting Kansas City at Livestrong Stadium in Kansas City KS

SportingKC Reflection|KC Sports Photographer

Oriol Rosell of Sporting KC kisses the Eastern Conference Championship Cup after defeating the Houston Dynamo during the MLS semi-final on November 23, 2013 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

SportingKC Reflection|KC Sports Photographer

Jimmy Nielsen of the Sporting Kansas City blocks a shot on goal in shootouts during the MLS Championship game on December 07, 2013 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

SportingKC Reflection|KC Sports Photographer

SportingKC Reflection|KC Sports Photographer

Chance Myer of the Sporting Kansas City celebrates with players and coaches after Sporting Kansas City defeated Real Salt Lake in the MLS Championship game on December 07, 2013 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

March 15, 2014: Matt Hedges #24 of FC Dallas shoots past Matt Besler #5 of Sporting KC in the second half during the MLS game on March 15, 2014 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Matt Hedges of FC Dallas shoots past Matt Besler of Sporting KC in the second half during the MLS game on March 15, 2014 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

SportingKC Reflection|KC Sports Photographer

SportingKC Reflection|KC Sports Photographer

Aurelien Collin of lifts Omar Bravo of Kansas City in celebration after he scored the game tying goal during the MLS game between the Los Angeles Chivas USA and the Sporting Kansas City at Livestrong Stadium in Kansas City, KS.

SportingKC Reflection|KC Sports Photographer

Colin Clark of Houston is taken down by Seth Sinovic of Kansas City during the MLS game between the Houston Dynamo and the Sporting Kansas City at Livestrong Stadium in Kansas City, KS.

SportingKC Reflection|KC Sports Photographer

Aurelien Collin of the Sporting Kansas City spray paints the victory wall after Sporting Kansas City defeated Real Salt Lake in the MLS Championship game on December 07, 2013 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Aurelien Collin #78 celebrates with Julio Cesar #55 and Teal Bunbury #9 of Kansas City during the MLS playoff game between the Colorado Rapids and the Sporting Kansas City at Livestrong Stadium in Kansas City KS

SportingKC Reflection|KC Sports Photographer

SportingKC Reflection|KC Sports Photographer