KANSAS CITY, Mo- Ron Newman, who was the original coach of Sporting Kansas City, died in Tampa.
He was 84.
Newman led KC to two playoff appearances and in 1997 to first-place in the Western Conference. He retired in 1999. He was born in England and in 1969.
Lamar Hunt promoted Newman as player-coach of the Dallas Tornado in the North American Soccer League. He amassed more than 700 coaching wins in the United States.
Here is what Sporting KC tweeted in response to the news.
We are saddened by the passing of Ron Newman – the first coach in club and @MLS history.
The KC legend and his family are in our hearts and minds.
➡️ https://t.co/GaWqIM3jLH pic.twitter.com/NEBhBTC0Gy— Sporting KC (@SportingKC) August 27, 2018