The Full 90

February 26, 2013

A look at Sporting KC's roster (as of right now)

A look at Sporting Kansas City's roster four days before First Kick against Philadelphia.

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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

Eric Kronberg

Jimmy Nielsen -captain

Defenders: 10

Matt Besler

Aurelien Collin
Kevin Ellis -Home Grown player
Josh Gardner
Kyle Miller
Chance Myers
Lawrence Olum
Ike Opara
Seth Sinovic
Yann Songo'o

- International

Note: Olum and Gardner can both also play in midfield.

Midfielders: 7 Benny Feilhaber
Peterson Joseph -International
Mikey Lopez -Generation adidas
Paulo Nagamura
Oriol Rosell -International
Michael Thomas
Graham Zusi

Note: Zusi will also play on the left and right wings as a forward.

Forwards: 7 Claudio Bieler -Designated Player/International
Teal Bunbury
Bobby Convey
Dom Dwyer -Generation adidas
Jacob Peterson
Soony Saad

C.J. Sapong

Note: Bunbury and Peterson will both start the season out injured.

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