Ladies and gentlemen, this isn't exactly what you're looking for in an MLS pre-season day: A signing you've known about for a week, a cut you've known about for a month and three international call-ups that aren't a surprise.
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If that were all this day had to offer, I'd be coming to you a sad blogger.
Instead, I've got a pretty cool snippet about Bobby Convey from our soon-departing friend Matt Schofield, info on a TV appearance by Kei Kamara and yet another reason why Sporting KC's PR department deserves a nice raise.
First, the basics.
• Sporting officially waived defender Daneil Cyrus (who was a no-show for camp this year) after only five appearances for KC last year.
• Graham Zusi's new deal is officially in place. Terms weren't disclosed.
• Teal Bunbury participated in the U.S. U-23's 2-1 win over FC Dallas today. He started at forward, was subbed off at the half and then replaced Freddy Adu later in the second half. It was a friendly.
• Midfielder Roger Espinoza will join Honduras for a friendly against Ecuador on Feb. 29 and will definitely miss the last game of the group stage at the Disney Classic. Forward Kei Kamara will also be leaving for national-team duty, heading to help Sierra Leone in a 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Sao Tome e Principe on Feb. 29.
• All three players will re-join Sporting in Orlando to close out the pre-season.
Now, the good stuff.
Convey talks up KC, taps up Vermes for a bigger job
Bobby Convey likes his new setting, especially when compared to his most recent one: "This is a great support system here. It's an amazing stadium. We have everything we need in place for us to win. It was tough to focus on playing when you have to coach kids in the afternoon to make rent. I feel great here."
Now, whether that's props for Sporting's setup and Kansas City's very reasonable housing market, or a bit of a slap at both things back in San Jose, is debatable. But we'll start that debate: things gonna get a mite feisty when Sporting plays San Jose this season.
But it's more than just the new digs he likes. His first impressions of Peter Vermes: "He cares about his players. He's honest. He tells you want you need to improve. I'm 100 percent impressed. He's the sort of coach players respond to."
And this: "I'd love to see him coach the national team someday. He'd be great."
Watch Kei tonight on The Local Show
Kamara, the popular Sporting KC forward, will sit down with Nick Haines on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on KCPT's primetime public and cultural affairs program, The Local Show. The interview will cover Livestrong Sporting Park, feeling at home in KC, his childhood in war-torn Sierra Leone and his affection for pranking his teammates.
Today's Must-Watch Video
This is known: Aurelien Collin is one of the most interesting people in the Kansas City area. The award-winning Sporting Kansas City public relations staff, knowing full well how charismatic he can be, took full advantage of his ample talents as a giver of advice on love and fashion. Watch it.
Local player gets national call-up
• I missed this the other day (and it's not really Sporting-related), but congratulations to Mandy Laddish, Lee's Summit, for getting called up to the U.S. U-20 women's team for CONCACAF Under-20 Women's Championships. Laddish is a veteran of the U.S.'s 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup team. She plays at Notre Dame.