While forward Josh Wolff and defender Jimmy Conrad are unlikely to return to Sporting Kansas City next season, goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen will be back.
He recently signed a one-year deal for the 2011 season. Nielsen said negotiations went smoothly.
“I was very satisfied,” Nielsen said. “They wanted me to stay. I wanted to stay. It was pretty easy.”
Nielsen, 33, joined Kansas City prior to this season. He had 10 shutouts and a 1.17 goals-against average.
While Nielsen signed a one-year deal, he’s not thinking about retirement. Nielsen said he has a “strong motivation to play,” and he has set his sights high.
“I am not leaving this city until I win the championship,” Nielsen said. “We will all focus on this season and then we can talk at the end of next year.”
Nielsen is particularly excited to play in Sporting’s new stadium at Village West. It opens next year.
“That’s going to be fantastic,” Nielsen said. “It’s going to be one of the greatest things in many, many years in Kansas City, and I want to be a part of that.”
Wolff and Conrad likely will not play in the stadium, unless it is as a visiting player. Both are available in Major League Soccer’s second re-entry draft, which is Wednesday.
•The U.S. men’s under-18 team, which includes Sporting goalie Jon Kempin, lost 3-0 to France in an exhibition game Tuesday in Tel Aviv, Israel.