Before we jump head-long into a draft-heavy kickoff, a few items Sporting Kansas City fans might want to add to their calendars.
First, Sporting KC president Robb Heineman will be a featured guest on KCPT's cultural affairs program, The Local Show, tonight at 7:30 p.m. (KCPT is channel 19.) It is expected that Heineman will preview what lies ahead for the team and its new stadium.
Also tonight, there's a going away part for departing stalwart Jimmy Conrad at the 810 Zone on the Plaza. There will be a raffle that benefits the Child Protection Center.Check it out.
Onto the draft stuffs
• In case you missed it last night, I took a look atSKC's roster and needs ahead of the draft and The Star's Terez Paylor interviewed Sporting head coach Peter Vermes about the team's options
at the draft.
• The scuttlebutt on Twitter is that trades might start flying pretty soon. So, stay tuned. Coverage of the draft starts at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN2. The second and third rounds will be broadcast at MLSsoccer.com.
• Soccer By Ives has mocked all three rounds of today's draft. He has KC taking forward/GA Omar Salgado (#10), Cal midfielder Hector Jimenez (#32) and Ohio State midfielder Matt Gold (#46). [Source:Soccer By Ives
• WV Hooligan's final mock has KC taking UCSB/GA defender Michael Tetteh. [Source:WV Hooligan
• Here's a cheat sheet, if you will, of MLSsoccer.com's Top 30 prospects. [Source:MLSsoccer.com
• ESPN has to Top 10 lists:The Worst MLS Draft Picks of All Time and The Best MLS Draft Picks of All Time.
Kansas City doesn't make either list. But a player well known to KC fans does.
• SKC trialist Omar Colley is"a tall defender with abundant strength and stamina."
• WelshmanRobbie Savage considering move to Vancouver?
• MLS'ers Justin Braun and Ugo Ihemluhave left the U.S. camp due to injury.
•New York Red Bulls sign foreign trio.
•A fight is brewing with clubs and FIFA over international matches.