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Sporting KC set to defend MLS Cup title

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -

Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes knows this season could be the most daunting that the Major League Soccer club has ever faced.

At the top of the list is defending the club's first MLS Cup championship since 2000, one that Sporting KC won in a dramatic shootout with Real Salt Lake last December. But there's also the U.S. Open Cup, which it won two years ago, and the CONCACAF Champions League, where the club will begin quarterfinal play against Mexican heavyweight Cruz Azul in the coming weeks.

Oh, and that little thing called the World Cup. There's a good chance several players from Sporting KC will be called upon for national team duty later this year.

It all starts Saturday with Sporting KC's MLS opener at Seattle.

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