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MLS club, U.S. national team explore training center

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Livestrong Park, opened in 2011, is one of the most player-friendly venues in MLS.

Major League Soccer's Sporting Kansas City and the U.S. Soccer Federation have agreed to a memorandum of understanding to explore building a national training center in Kansas City, Kan.

The proposed $50 million National Training and Coaching Development Center would consist of a state-of-the-art campus that could play host to U.S. national team training camps along with coaching education and referee development programming.

The facility would be located in Wyandotte County, where Sporting KC recently built its home stadium. The club plans to issue a request for proposals to local landowners by Monday.

A new training center would be in addition to the one in Carson, Calif., home of the LA Galaxy. The men's national team has held January camps there each year since 2004.

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