Apologies for today's lack of activity. For starters, it was a bit of a slow news day. Secondly, I'll be going on furlough next week (meaning I can't spend any time writing or posting to the blog!) and I've been trying to get a few pieces together so the cupboard is completely bare next week. Among the topics I'm working on: Where does Omar Bravo fit?, a brief primer on the MLS SuperDraft and Sporting KC's completely obvious designated-player strategy. We'll sprinkle in some stuff from Pete Grathoff (who'll be our overseer for the week) and, of course, attempt to cover the heck out of stage two of the re-entry draft. There's an outside chance that I'll have an interview with a KC native who plays outside of the United States.
For now, here are a few scattered bits of marginalia:
• Sporting KC netminder and the team's first home-grown player Jon Kempin will lead the U.S. U-18 team for a three-game tournament in Israel. The team will play Germany on Dec. 13, France on Dec. 14 and Israel on Dec. 16. Kempin is one of only two players with professional contracts on the squad. We'll keep you posted on how Kempin does. See the full rosterhere.
• In other Sporting KC international news, Honduran midfielder/fullback Roger Espinozahas been called up for a year-end friendly against Panama
. Espinoza, Kansas City's only player to play in the 2010 World Cup, will earn his 8th cap of the year if he plays.
• Major League Soccer announcedthe 54 seniors invited to the SuperDraft combine . None were from area schools.