The two drafts, one Super and one Supplemental, are in the books. And preseason camp starts in six days. Here's an update how Sporting Kansas City's roster is constructed as of right now. I've included all six unsigned draft picks and the three known trialists.(Special status in parenthesis.) Goalkeepers (3): Jimmy Nielsen (foreign), Eric Kronberg, Jonathan Kempin (home grown)
Defenders (11): Roger Espinoza, Shavar Thomas, Matt Besler, Chance Myers, Korede Aiyegbusi (foreign), Michael Harrington, J.T. Murray (SuperDraft pick, unsigned), Mike Jones (Supplemental Draft pick, unsigned), Omar Colley (on trial), Sheldon Bateau (on trial), Daneil Cyrus (on trial)
Midfielders (9): Davy Arnaud (captain), Stephane Auvray, Craig Rocastle (foreign), Jack Jewsbury, Graham Zusi, Luke Sassano, Konrad Warzycha (SuperDraft pick, unsigned), Sam Scales (Supplemental Draft pick, unsigned), Michal Mravec (foreign/Supplemental Draft pick, unsigned)
Forwards (6): Ryan Smith (foreign/exploring citizenship), Omar Bravo (designated player/foreign), Teal Bunbury (Generation adidas), Kei Kamara, Birahim Diop, C.J. Sapong (SuperDraft pick, unsigned)
By The Numbers
• Total players under contract: 20
• Non-contract players: 9
• Foreign players: 5 (6 if Mravec makes the team)
• International roster slots: 8
• Players over 25: 10
And now, some news.
Teal Bunbury got on the score sheet
as the U.S. men's national team had a closed-door scrimmage against Canada's U-23 team. Wonder if Bunbury felt conflicted scoring for his adopted country against his native country.
Great article about overseas players and the U.S. national team.
There are 425 players as young as 13 or 14 playing abroad that qualify as U.S. citizens.
• Oh great,
the Dayro Moren-to-KC rumors have fired up again
. He fits the profile (young, talented), and was linked to the team over the summer. (The link is in Spanish.) •
Astonishing photos and story about Charlie Davies
, who may or may not be Weapon X. (Link is in Spanish.)
• It's now official,
AC St. Louis have ceased operations.
Too bad, St. Louis has a great soccer lineage. Looks like this might be the final nail in our rival city to the East getting an MLS team. • Eric Cantona (yeah, really) is now the
director of soccer for the New York Cosmos.
Yes, I know the team doesn't actually exist. But now they've hired Cantona and Cobi Jones. Any doubts who the 20th MLS team will be now? • Yeah, fun while it lasted: Chicago designated player
Nery Castillo is going back to Greece.
• Speaking of Mexican designated players in MLS, New York's
Rafael Marquez may or may not have his teams permission to train with Guadalajara.
(Link is in Spanish.)
Honduras is the 11th team to qualify for this summer's Gold Cup
(which will feature games in Kansas City on June 14). Nicaragua or Guatemala will become the 12th team in their game on Friday. • Things you can't make up:
Ruud Gullit to manage team in Chechnya
Diego Maradona's period of "mourning is over."