Without a doubt, the 2011 season does not turn out the way it does without the opening of LIVESTRONG Sporting Park (LSP). The team began the season with a 10-game road trip (going 1-6-3). Since the home opener, the team has gone 14-4-9.
Granted, the team's play helped drive attendance, but then the attendance helped drive the team's play. One of the things players mentioned about how hard it is to play on the road is that when you score, no one makes any noise, unless it's to boo you. LSP is an incredibly loud venue, with the roof keeping in the sound really well. A crowd of 20,000 (including SRO tickets) sounds more like 35,000, the way the sound is redirected toward the field, making LSP a hard place to play.
That will do it for the 1st annual Fountain City Soccer Awards. I would like to thank the players, coaches and staff of Sporting Kansas City for making my job (an unpaid hobby, really) so very easy.