Sporting KC midfielder Oriol Rosell still recovering from ankle injury

02/12/2014 4:43 PM

02/13/2014 12:16 AM

Oriol Rosell played a key role in Sporting Kansas City’s postseason run in 2013, but his appearance in the MLS Cup lasted only seven minutes. Rosell left the championship match against Real Salt Lake after spraining his left ankle.

Two months later, Rosell says he is still feeling the effects of that injury, but he hopes to be at full strength by the time Sporting KC opens the MLS season on March 8.

“I’m not 100 percent yet, but I’m getting there,” Rosell said after taking part in the team’s training session Wednesday at the Chiefs indoor practice facility. “Every day, I feel better. This last week, I felt really good. I think it’s really important for me and the psychological aspect to feel completely ready. I want to finish off this preseason as good as possible.”

Rosell, a defensive midfielder, made his first preseason appearance Friday in Sporting KC’s finale in Tucson, Ariz. He played 60 minutes in a 3-1 win against Indy Eleven.

Rosell, 21, reported no lingering problems after the match, but he said he can still feel the injury at the conclusion of long sprints or quick changes in direction.

He plans to see more game action during the next phase of preseason. Sporting KC will depart Friday for the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Kissimmee, Fla., where it will play four games in the Walt Disney Pro Soccer Classic.

“He looks very good to me,” Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes said. “ He’s back to his old self, which is important. Physically, you need to feel right to play our game.”

The outlook isn’t so favorable for midfielder Peterson Joseph, who remains away from the team with an unidentified health issue.

Joseph passed out during a training session in the midst of the club’s postseason run last October, and he hasn’t taken part in training since.

Vermes said Joseph has gone through an array of tests with different doctors, but none of them have been able to identify the problem. Joseph remains on the active roster.

Midfielder set to return to KC

Sporting KC is expected to announce the signing of midfielder Jimmy Medranda today.

Medranda, who turned 20 last week, joined Sporting KC on loan last August.

A Colombian-born player, he made one MLS appearance last season, which came in the final minute of a 3-0 win against Columbus on Sept. 7.

Team to reveal new uniforms

Sporting KC will unveil its new secondary jerseys on March 4 at Hangar 1 of the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. The event is free to the public and will run from 5:30-9 p.m.

Fans must reserve boarding passes for the event, dubbed “Sporting Takeoff,” online at Additional tickets may be purchased on the website for a specialty package that includes drink vouchers and photo opportunities with the MLS Cup trophy.

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