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March 18, 2014

Sporting KC loans out three to USL Pro affiliates, updated roster

A look at Kansas City's roster after the team sent goalkeeper Jon Kempin and midfielders Christian Duke and Mikey Lopez on loan to the team's USL Pro affiliates.

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On Monday, Sporting Kansas City made its first loan moves of the season official, sending three of its younger players out on loan to the club's two USL Pro affiliates.

The first move, which actually took place last week, sent Homegrown goalkeeper Jon Kempin and former SKC Academy midfielder Christian Duke to Oklahoma City's Energy FC. On Monday, KC sent midfielder Mikey Lopez to Orlando City, the reigning USL Pro champion.

Major League Soccer and USL Pro entered into a deal last year that allows MLS clubs to loan players out for development to affiliates in the third-tier league. Last year's notable loanees to Orlando City included Kempin, Duke, Dom Dwyer and C.J. Sapong.

This will be Energy FC's first year in the league. Its coach is former KC goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen. As for Orlando, which is joining MLS next season, this is the last year of its deal with KC.

Here's a breakdown of the 29 players currently on Kansas City's roster. (MLS rules allow for a maximum of 30 players.)


Matt Besler, defender

Claudio Bieler, forward
Aurelien Collin, defender
Antonio Dovale, midfielder*
Dom Dwyer, forward
Kevin Ellis, defender
Benny Feilhaber, midfielder
Josh Gardner, defender
Andy Gruenebaum, goalkeeper
Mechack Jerome, defender
Eric Kronberg, goalkeeper
Alex Martinez, midfielder
Jimmy Medranda, midfielder
Chance Myers, defender
Paulo Nagamura, midfielder
Lawrence Olum, midfielder
Ike Opara, defender
Erik Palmer-Brown, defender
Jacob Peterson, forward
Oriol Rosell, midfielder
Soony Saad, forward
C.J. Sapong, forward
Seth Sinovic, defender
Sal Zizzo, forward

Graham Zusi, midfielder

*Pending approval of his international transfer certificate

So far this season, only Dovale, Gruenebaum, Myers, Palmer-Brown and Saad have yet to play a minute though three games.


Peterson Joseph, midfielder*

*Joseph suffered an undisclosed health situation last year. It is unclear when or if he'll return. This past week against Dallas, he appeared on the injury report as OUT with an illness.

On Loan

Christian Duke, midfielder

Jon Kempin, goalkeeper
Mikey Lopez, midfielder

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