Ground was broken on Sunday afternoon on the new National Training and Coaching Development Center (NTCDC) in Kansas City, Kansas.
The complex, which is set to open in November 2017, is designed to provide world-class development for players, coaches and referees of all ages. It will also serve as the new training home for Sporting Kansas City's MLS first team.
"The National Training and Coaching Development Center is an extremely important asset in growing our soccer program and attaining our goal of winning World Cups," Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman said in a statement. "This also solidifies our position of Kansas City being the soccer capital of America."
In addition to housing the US Soccer National Coaching Education Center (for coaches and referees) and the Children's Mercy Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center for youth athletes in all sports, the NTCDC will welcome clubs and national teams at the youth and senior levels from around the world.
Construction on the youth soccer component of the NTCDC, the Wyandotte Youth Soccer Complex, started back in February. Featuring a total of 12 fields, the facilities are expected to host some of the nation's premier youth soccer tournaments.