Sporting KC Notebook

Kei Kamara sends a message to his newborn nephew

Updated: 2013-08-11T16:51:03Z

By TOD PALMER

The Kansas City Star

Love from Uncle Kei

Before the game, Kei Kamara scrawled a message on his white, sleeveless undershirt to congratulate his sister, Tee, on the birth of her son.

Kamara, a native of Sierra Leone, wrote “Welcome baby Jeremiah” with the date “8-10-2013.”

He also responded with his sixth career multigoal game, including five with Sporting KC.

“Everyone in my family have kids now but me,” Kamara said. “My sister just had a baby today. She called me at 2 o’clock. Obviously, it put a smile on my face. It’s been good luck. Every time I write on a shirt, I tend to score.”

Of course, it wasn’t a perfect night for Kamara, who left after he was injured.

“We’ll get an X-ray (Sunday) to make sure everything’s OK, but I think it’s just a (left) ankle sprain,” manager Peter Vermes said.

Kamara was most disappointed that he was going to miss Sunday’s Susan G. Komen cancer walk.

• Eight players who saw minutes Wednesday against Real Esteli FC in the opening game of the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League schedule in Esteli, Nicaragua, also played Saturday against New England.

Winning by a combined 5-0 score, speaks volumes about Sporting KC’s fitness, especially as bookends to a round-trip journey of more than 5,000 miles.

“(Fitness) is obviously something we take a lot of pride in as a team and an organization,” Vermes said. “We always say that our players need to be Sporting fit.”

Seth Sinovic, Aurelien Collin, Oriol Rosell, Benny Feilhaber and Soony Saad started both matches, while Peterson Joseph, Lawrence Olum and Dom Dwyer either started or subbed into both matches.

• It was three years ago Saturday — Aug. 10, 2010 — that Preki was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. The only two-time MVP in MLS history, Preki is Sporting KC’s all-time leader in goals (71) and assists (98).

One of the original four players allocated to the then-Wiz/Wizards, Preki played every season from 1996-2005 in Kansas City except 2001, when he scored eight goals for the Miami Fusion. Preki also scored four goals in 28 appearances with the U.S. men’s national team.

• Sporting KC was in talks to bring Jorge Claros, an attacking midfielder from Honduras, on board during the summer transfer window, but the deal broke down late in the week.

“We were close,” manager Peter Vermes said.

Ultimately, Sporting KC couldn’t settle on terms with Claros’ Honduran club Motagua to finalize a transfer, though he could be an offseason target when the transfer window reopens in January.

“It’s a tough one to say,” Vermes said. “It depends on what the situation is and if someone else grabs our eye. It remains to be seen.”

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/todpalmer.

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