As Kansas City Sporting celebrated 20 years this week, it honored two physicians
practicing at St. Joseph Medical Center who have been with the team from
the start. They debuted on April 13, 1996, caring for Kansas City Wiz
players. After a year, the team changed its name to the Wizards, to its
current Sporting Kansas City.
Dr. Luallin and Dr. Erickson had just opened their practices when the team
approached them about being team physicians. Through the years, they've
seen soccer grow enourmously. When they started, the team played at Arrowhead
stadium with a few thousand fans in the stands. Today, Sporting Kansas
City has its own stadium which has sold out 73 consecutive MLS matches.