Jorge Claros arrived in Kansas City last July, and he was subsequently charged with bolstering a Sporting KC midfield that lost Uri Rosell to an overseas transfer one month earlier. Instead, Claros appeared in only eight MLS matches over the final four months of the season, and he was suspended three games in October for using inappropriate language with another player.
The rocky start was followed by an equally rugged conclusion.
Sporting KC parted ways with Claros, the club announced Tuesday, after the Honduran midfielder slid down the depth chart in the first phase of preseason camp.
“I don’t think he came in with the type of fitness we were looking for — or gave enough time in the offseason to get to the point where he needed to be, especially having been here for six months,” Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes said. “The other (part) is there are more than enough guys here that were in much better capacity to give us the kind of minutes we’re looking for. The competition within the team is a lot stronger than it has been in the past.”
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On that note, Sporting KC also waived midfielder James Marcelin on Tuesday. The club signed Marcelin, another defensive midfielder, in December. He appeared in all three preseason matches.
The club is left with four primary options at defensive midfielder — Servando Carrasco, Mikey Lopez, Soni Mustivar and Benny Feilhaber. Mustivar, whom the team signed last week, hasn’t yet arrived in Tucson, Ariz., for the team’s preseason camp.
Sporting KC will continue its preseason schedule Wednesday when it faces Real Salt Lake at 9 p.m. in the Desert Diamond Cup. Vermes said he will feature a different group in the match than the one that played 60-plus minutes in Saturday’s win against Seattle.