Well, that was a quick stay. After one week and just one pre-season game, Sporting Kansas City have released Ecuadorian Franklin Salas without a contract offer.
Head coach Peter Vermes confirmed the release during a teleconference this afternoon. He said of Salas on Saturday: “I think he is definitely more of an attacking player who likes to come inside. It’s a little different for him playing in our system because of what we require and the team he comes from. He’s having a little bit of a rough time with the physicality and speed of the game, which is how it tends to be with foreign players. But you have to evaluate whether those guys are able to adjust quickly and, once they do, whether they will have a strong impact on the game.”
Apparently, Vermes had seen enough. Alarm bells were ringing this afternoon when Salas wasn't part of the team's intra-squad scrimmage.
As for the scrimmage, according the team's web site, Team Orange looked like an early starting XI with Omar Bravo, Teal Bunbury, Kei Kamara and Davy Arnaud in attack and Matt Besler and Julio Cesar Santos Correa in defense. Though Team Blue, featuring 8 pre-season trialists, came away the big winners earning a victory and draw in their two matches.
“Some of the bright spotsI think C.J. Sapong played very well. He has a great work ethic and good movement off the ball. He put a lot of people under pressure, especially up front,” Vermes said. “I thought Birahim Diop was also very strong in both games. And a couple of the younger guys as well, specifically Scott Lorenz on the left side and I think Luke Sassano is starting to come along a little bit through his injury.”
“I think Konrad Warzycha has been a solid player as one of the new guys that has come in. I think Mike Jones is slowly getting his feet under him,” Vermes continued. “I’ve said that Kevin Ellis everyday gets a little bit better, which is a really good thing. Daneil Cyrus from Trinidad and Tobago, he has really started to show his potential. So it’s been good to watch these guys grow a little bit through here. And it’s still early in preseason.”
Orange: Davy Arnaud, Stephane Auvray, Matt Besler, Omar Bravo, Teal Bunbury, Julio Cesar Santos Correa, Roger Espinoza, Michael Harrington, Kei Kamara, Jimmy Nielsen, Graham Zusi
Blue: Korede Aiyegbusi, Sheldon Bateau, Travis Bowen, Calum Butcher, Omar Colley, Daneil Cyrus, Kevin Ellis, Jon Kempin, Gor Kirakosyan, Michal Mravec, Trialist 1
For more on the trialists, check out our earlier post.