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Sporting news: Kamara called up, reserves falter in Dallas

Charles Gooch
The Kansas City Star

The Kei Kamara-Sierra Leone situation leaves my head a bit sore. It's like watching someone who doesn't know how to yo-yo keep trying to go around the world.

Kamara, initially, believed he was suspended for his nation's vital African Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa on Saturday. Then he was invited even though he was suspended. Now, he's on an "around the world" trip of his own, leaving straight from practice today for South Africa.

I don't fault Kamara for much of this. He's often commented about how his country's national team is run. He makes the choice to play because of his love for his home country. He's shown he'll go to great lengths -- and put up with a lot -- to do so.

It has been reported he'll be back on Monday. But, given his history and the jet lag that comes with this kind of trip, I wonder how sharp Kamara will be by next Saturday.

The other news is that Sporting sent a really thin squad (14 players dressed, only 11 of which have contracts) to Dallas and lost 2-1 in an MLS Reserve League game.

Sporting got a goal from trialist Nick Cardenas -- who I believe will have a really good chance at making this team next year after Shavar Thomas inevitably leaves. It was also the first game action for midfielder Craig Rocastle, who went the full 90.

Some guy named Milos Stojcev also played.

The Swope Park Rangers are now 3-3-2 in the Central/Mountain Division.

Sporting Kansas City Reserves -- Eric Kronberg, Korede Aiyegbusi, Lawrence Olum, Nick Cardenas**, Kevin Ellis, Craig Rocastle, Birahim Diop (John Sosa** 70), Milos Stojcev, Scott Lorenz, Michael Harrington (Jeff Scanella** 62), Soony Saad.

Substitute not used -- Jon Kempin

**- Guest trialist

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