Sporting KC announces new time for August 21 home match against Portland Timbers


Sporting Kansas City announced today a new time for the club’s regular season home match against the Portland Timbers on Sunday, August 21 at Children’s Mercy Park. The match, originally set for 7 p.m. CT, has been moved 30 minutes earlier and is now scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT.

The Western Conference clash will be nationally televised on FS1 and FOX Deportes as Sporting Kansas City hosts the 2020 MLS is Back Tournament champions and 2021 MLS Cup runners-up on Retro Night at Children’s Mercy Park in conjunction with Children’s Mercy as the match title night partner.

Retro Night celebrates Sporting Kansas City’s rich history and heritage since the team’s inaugural 1996 season. Festivities will feature vintage Kansas City merchandise via SportingStyle and a throwback in-stadium experience that turns back the clock for supporters.

Tickets for the match are available online at, including the Coca-Cola Family and Friends Pack. The special offer features four South Stand tickets, four 20-ounce Coca-Cola products and four Domino’s six-inch cheese or pepperoni pizzas for only $25 per ticket.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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