The Kansas City Wizards, who are currently placed in the midtable of the Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference, have witnessed a huge increase in the demand for their season tickets following a 2-1 win over Manchester United on Sunday.
The exhibition fixture, which was organized with the primary purpose of providing the Red Devils with a warm-up before Wednesday’s All-Star game from Houston, attracted a crowd in excess of 52,000.
Despite United starting only a second-string team, few expected that strikes from Davy Arnaud and Kei Kamara would condemn last season’s Barclays Premier League runners-up to an upset in front of the largest ever crowd for a soccer game in Kansas City.
In the aftermath of the Wizards’ famous win, Arnaud was surrounded by reporters who sought the player’s reaction. Even before he said a word, the 30-year old Kansas City skipper radiated a lot of confidence about the future of the franchise. Team spokesman Rob Thomson revealed more good news on Monday, confirming that 7,000 season tickets had already been sold for the 2011 MLS season immediately upon the start of ticket sale.
Part of this exponential increase in demand can also be attributed to the Wizards’ scheduled move to a new $200 million stadium in Village West next June. However, there is no denying that United’s contribution to the MLS club’s growth prospects in the future has already proved to be invaluable.