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A look at Sporting KC's roster (as of right now)
02/26/2013 8:46 AM
05/16/2014 9:17 PM
Things, as always, are subject to change (sometimes rather quickly) at this time of year. But, with just a few days until Sporting Kansas City takes the field against the Philadelphia Union (Saturday, 3 p.m.) here's the roster as it currently stands.
There are 27 players on the roster; leaving just three open spots. As of Saturday, there were still three non-roster trialists with the team: fullback Mechack Jerome, midfielder Christian Duke and midfielder Adama Mbengue. (I think goalkeeper Steve Spangler -- who trained with KC last year -- was with the team in Orlando as well.)
Duke, a Shawnee Mission South grad, was drafted by KC in the Supplemental draft and has been with the team since mid-January. Jerome and Mbengue are both with KC's USL-Pro affiliate Orlando City.
I fully expect Kansas City to sign Duke* and Jerome as midfield and right-back cover, respectively, at some point.*A hunch tells me that if Duke had completed the required training work with the SKC Juniors during college, he'd have been a home-grown player.
Without including them (yet) and with Kamara off the active roster (for now), here's how the team pans out.Note: Italics indicates new signing. Goalkeepers: 3
Jon Kempin -Home Grown player
Jimmy Nielsen -captainDefenders: 10
Kevin Ellis -Home Grown player
Note: Olum and Gardner can both also play in midfield.Midfielders: 7 Benny Feilhaber
Peterson Joseph -International
Mikey Lopez -Generation adidas
Oriol Rosell -International
Note: Zusi will also play on the left and right wings as a forward.Forwards: 7 Claudio Bieler -Designated Player/International
Dom Dwyer -Generation adidas
Note: Bunbury and Peterson will both start the season out injured.
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