Sporting KC waives defender Mechack Jerome

03/31/2014 11:37 AM

03/31/2014 6:53 PM

For the second time in a week, Sporting Kansas City has waived a member of its defense.

Mechack Jerome is the latest target.

The club waived Jerome on Monday, another move to free up roster space for player additions that manager Peter Vermes says are “very close” to taking place.

“Look, in the end, as we move through our season, we’re constantly looking to improve our roster,” Vermes said. “There are different choices we have to make.”

After waiving veteran defender Josh Gardner last Tuesday, Vermes said Sporting KC was working on deals with two defenders and one midfielder before the MLS primary transfer window closes on May 12. He said one of the three was near completion, and therefore the team needed an open roster spot.

Asked if Monday’s move meant the club was close to two signings instead of one, Vermes replied, “Yes, that’s what that would mean.” While declining to offer information on the potential additions, Vermes said he hopes both deals are finalized in the next couple of days.

Jerome, a 23-year-old member of the Haitian national team, made 16 appearances across all competitions with Sporting KC after signing with the club prior to last season. He started this season’s home opener against FC Dallas on March 15, playing the full 90 minutes.

“He’s been good for us,” Vermes said. “At the same time, sometimes we need to move on and improve. He becomes one of those guys that it made sense from a roster perspective to make a move.”

Sporting KC improved to 2-1-1 in MLS play with a 3-2 victory in Colorado on Saturday. The team returns home to Sporting Park on Saturday to face Real Salt Lake in a rematch of last season’s MLS Cup championship.

Zusi honored

Sporting KC midfielder Graham Zusi was chosen Major League Soccer player of the week Monday. Zusi scored his first goal of the season in the club’s 3-2 win Saturday at Colorado. He also had two assists in the match. Sporting KC improved to 14-0-1 when Zusi scores in MLS matches.

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