As if Kansas City hadn’t fallen hard enough for Patrick Mahomes — what with his absurd 37 touchdowns and 330 yards passing per game as a sophomore in the NFL — the Chiefs quarterback gained even more fans on Thursday night by turning out in support of Sporting KC during the MLS playoffs.
Mahomes — along with a few of his Chiefs teammates — scored front-row seats as Sporting KC hosted Portland in a Western Conference final at Children’s Mercy Park. Along with Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Chris Conley, Chad Henne, Gehrig Dieter and Demarcus Robinson, Mahomes led the KC fans in “I believe that we will win!” chants.
Catch it right now on ESPN! pic.twitter.com/n8J7k2uwBd
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 30, 2018
The Twitterz loved it.
— Sporting KC (@SportingKC) November 30, 2018
He is the face of this city and will probably be forever..he’s such a fan of all KC sport teams!!!We all love him,not just because he’s the best qb in the NFL,but because he’s OUR qb and represents KC so well!!— Carol Bedard (@CarbedardCarol) November 30, 2018
This is the quarterback I've waited my entire life for.— Mike Honcho (@MoShady) November 30, 2018
My goodness, he is so perfect.— ChiefsLife (@superKC69) November 30, 2018
— Joshua Bozarth (@joshua_bozarth) November 30, 2018
— Todd Leabo (@Leabonics) November 30, 2018
SportingKC needs to put Mahomes in.— Mic (@micjohnson) November 30, 2018
I swear to god if Patrick Mahomes gets sick because of this soccer game then I will never forgive the Sporting KC.— Mahomesexual (@StL_Braveheart) November 30, 2018
Careful there with that throwing arm kid.— Paul (@PaulHBK) November 30, 2018
— Royalsfan (@teranelson) November 30, 2018
Seriously...this kid GETS. IT. A passion for having fun, giving back to others and giving back to the community. He absolutely loves our city and I couldn’t be more proud to have him as our QB! @PatrickMahomes5 @Chiefs @SportingKC https://t.co/Du8LJQZA79— Allison Smith (@allisonsmith04) November 30, 2018
— Karli Mariah (@Karli_M_T) November 30, 2018
— Maximiliano Bretos (@mbretosESPN) November 30, 2018
That last tweet is interesting because Mahomes grew up about two hours east of Dallas in the town of Whitehouse, Texas. There he was a star athlete in baseball (he was his team’s best hitter and pitcher), basketball (I saw him go for 20 and 20) and, of course football. Full disclosure, I covered Mahomes for years as a newspaper sportswriter, once watching him throw for more than 600 yards in a high school playoff game. He never played soccer, but he did attend Whitehouse High School soccer matches on occasion. I imagine if he did play soccer, he’d be pretty good at that, too.
Instead, he’ll have to settle for being perhaps the best quarterback in the NFL right now.
Sadly for Mahomes and his Chiefs teammates, Sporting KC lost 3-2 with Portland, allowing the Timbers to advance to the MLS Cup final, where they’ll play at Atlanta United. Maybe Matt Ryan and Co. will show up to root on the Five Stripes?