When the Major League Soccer summer transfer window opens Wednesday, a handful of teams will bolster their rosters with international talent.
Sporting Kansas City likely won’t be one of them.
Peter Vermes, the club’s coach and technical director, said Sporting KC continues to seek additions — both internationally and domestically — but it has yet to reach any agreements.
“We’re trying. We’re trying to make some deals happen,” Vermes said after Tuesday’s practice. “You think (you’re close), but you just don’t know if it’s going to fall your way. We’ll see. We’ve had some good conversations on some players, and we’ll see where it goes.”
Asked if those players would represent immediate impacts, Vermes replied, “If you get the guys you want, then yes.”
Vermes has expressed a desire to add a center back since Ike Opara suffered a season-ending Achilles’ injury on April 11, but the emergence of homegrown defender Kevin Ellis has quieted that urgency. Ellis has played the full 90 minutes in each of the past six matches, and he’s made the shift from outside back to central defense a smooth one.
“He’s in good form at the moment. I hope that continues,” Vermes said. “That makes all this a lot easier to deal with in that position. If not, we’d be scrambling all over the place trying to find somebody.”
While the opening day of the transfer window is likely to furnish a quiet day in Kansas City, it will be much the opposite in Los Angeles and New York.
The LA Galaxy are set to add designated player Steven Gerrard to the mix, and expansion club New York City FC will add former Chelsea star Frank Lampard to its roster. Lampard, Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer, is expected to make his MLS debut in Sunday’s match against Toronto FC.
Sporting KC defender Seth Sinovic has intensified his running program in an effort to return from a concussion that has sidelined him since May 9, but there remains no timetable for his return to game action.
“He’s turned a big corner,” Vermes said. “I think we’re (past) the (concussion) protocol stuff, as long as he doesn’t have any relapse. It’s just about him (getting) the fitness because he’s been out long enough. He’s almost like starting from scratch, so we’re going to take our time and build him up.”
Forward Jacob Peterson did not participate in practice Tuesday because of an ankle contusion.
Midfielder Paulo Nagamura was a full participant Tuesday and could be on track for availability Sunday, when the club travels to face Vancouver, though Vermes said Nagamura is still working to improve his fitness.
Forward Bernardo Anor returned to training Tuesday as a partial participant. A hamstring strain has kept Anor out of the lineup since April 18.