KC ‘kicks’ off MLS All-Star fun

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The metro is just three days away from the MLS All-Star Game that will be played at Sporting Park.

But leading up to the event, all things MLS All-Star in the Power and Light District.

Hundreds of people made themselves at home at the KC Live! stage Sunday, as they watched a soccer game on the jumbo screen.

"There's just a bunch of people around here, you know, just cheering it on and whenever they scored the lone goal, everyone got pumped," said Dylan Stripling, a soccer fan.

The match up was the U.S. versus Panama in the Gold Cup Final.  While it was obvious who the people there were rooting for, they are here for much more than the game.

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This is one of many events leading up to the All-Star Game.

"I can't wait for Wednesday night to play against ROMA and it's going to be a challenge for us and very happy and blessed to be here," said Aurelien Collin, an MLS All-Star and Sporting KC player.

MLS spokesperson Will Kuhns said the enthusiasm for the sport is growing and especially in Kansas City.

Sporting KC games have been a sell out at the premier stadium, Sporting Park.  Kuhn said, "I think it's the biggest event outside of the game that we've ever put on as a league."

The week's festivities includes runners pounding the pavement early Sunday morning.  But Emily Krazberger said she didn't stop at the finish line. She said she is trying to fit in all the week's events.

"We plan on going to the Macklemore concert, and the other concert and then we're going to be at the All-Star Game," she said.

Some said this is a time to put Kansas City in the spotlight, that has been long overdue.

"We deserve it, you know. The last three years we've grown as the best city for soccer," Collin said.

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