Official attendance at Sporting KC's season-ending playoff loss on Wednesday was 20,689. That means that 20,688 people probably entered Livestrong Sporting Park as bigger soccer fans than me. I escort committed fans to three or four Sporting games a year but the team has never meant much to me. Until now. Not since '90s-era Royals have I enjoyed a professional athletic event in Kansas City as much as Wednesday's matcch. I'm finally able to accept the nerds in the stands and the absence of Messi on the field. Sporting KC simply offers a superior overall experience.