MLS Cup week begins: Schedule of arrival, events, practices, etc.

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Major League Soccer’s 18th MLS Cup happens a week from today in Kansas City. Major League Soccer has released the schedule of events; here is a quick look:

MONDAY

  • Remaining tickets go on sale, 10 a.m. CT at Sporting Park

(The building has been sold out for 35 consecutive MLS matches, so it certainly will be for this one as well.)

THURSDAY

  • Real Salt Lake arrival into Kansas City
  • MLS MVP announcement, 5:30 p.m. ET
  • Press conference with managers, players from both teams, 6:30 p.m. ET

(Scheduled to be in attendance: Sporting Kansas City’s Peter Vermes, Jimmy Nielsen and Graham Zusi; Real Salt Lake’s Jason Kreis, Nick Rimando, Kyle Beckerman.)

FRIDAY

  • 2014 FIFA World Cup draw media event (MLS making select players and “ambassadors” available for interviews), 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Real Salt Lake training, Sporting Park (closed to public), 2 p.m. ET
  • Sporting Kansas City training, SKC training facility at Swope Park (closed to public), 3 p.m.

SATURDAY

  • MLS Cup 2013 kickoff, 4 p.m. ET (ESPN)