The Full 90

Meet your 2011 Sporting Kansas Citians

While Sporting Kansas City may not be done adding (and subtracting players) for 2011, the roster is fairly set right now ahead of the first game on Saturday night.

I got a copy of the team's "first draft" of the Media Guide this week. I love Media Guide's. I love flipping through them (though, there is no hard copy anymore, just a disc with a .pdf). They are fonts of often interesting information -- some of it useful, some of it not so much. The main purpose they serve is, of course, to inform media members of the players, the team and the league.

But for you without media credentials, there's information that you probably don't know. (Like how Roger Espinoza loves playing Call of Duty and Graham Zusi's favorite move is "Tommy Boy.") There are also stats, history, etc. etc.

To help get you up to speed on the team you'll be cheering on this year, here is a condensed look at the roster with some assorted nuggets I enjoyed from the media guide.

There are 26 players officially on the team's roster, 7 of them are international players. (Two trialists, Omar Colley and Michal Mravec, were included in the media guide and I've included them in their own category at the end.)

I hope this helps you get to know the team just a little bit better.

Key:Position // Height // Weight // Birthdate // Hometown // Citizenship // International status (if applicable) // Contract status (if applicable)

Korede Aiyegbusi #3

Midfielder // 5'5" // 155 lbs // July 15, 1988 // London, England // England-Nigeria // International

A second-round draft pick in 2010, Aiyegbusi can play either as a wide midfielder or wide defender. He likes skating (roller and ice) in his free time.

Davy Arnaud #22

Midfielder // 6'0" // 165 lbs // June 22, 1980 // Nederland, Texas // United States

The longest-tenured KC player returns as captain in '11. He is tied for second with 43 goals as a Sporting player and third with 33 assists. He is tied for third in games played (218) and fourth in minutes played (17,863). Interestingly, he is the most-fouled player (500!) in Kansas City history. He really likes golf. (He's also new to Twitter.)

Stephane Auvray #8

Midfielder // 5'8" // 150 lbs // Sept. 4, 1981 // Les Abymes, Guadeloupe // France-Guadeloupe // International-Green Card

One of KC's surprise performers last year, Auvray was quickly a fan favorite with his signature dreadlocks and non-stop motor. He enjoys chess and had to make the choice between playing soccer or chess professionally as a teenager.

Matt Besler #5

Defender // 6'0" // 170 lbs // Feb. 11 1987 // Overland Park, Kansas // United States

A four-year All-Conference player at Blue Valley West, Besler was drafted in 2009 and has in 40 games with the team he followed as a child. He graduated from Notre Dame in 3 1/2 years with a degree in psychology/pre-medicine.

Omar Bravo #99

Forward // 5'7" // 150 lbs // March 4, 1980 // Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico // Mexico // International-Designated Player

The team's second-ever designated player has been a prolific goalscorer throughout his career in Mexico and Spain, with 154 goals in 451 top-flight matches for club and country.

Teal Bunbury #9

Forward // 6'2" // 175 lbs // Feb. 27, 1990 // Prior Lake, Minn. // Canada-United States // Generation adidas

The team's first-round pick in 2010 notched 5 goals in 26 games (half as a starter, half as a substitute) and has picked up two caps for the U.S. national team after choosing this country over his dad's native Canada. His father, Alex, played for Kansas City.

Julio Cesar #55

Defender // 6'1" // 170 lbs // Nov. 18, 1978 // Sao Luis, Maranhao, Brazil // Brazil // International

With a resume that stretches back to the infancy of Major League Soccer, Cesar is no stranger to working in a new league. He's played in Honduras (C.D. Marathon), Spain (the Reals: Vallodolid, Sociedad and Madrid), Italy (AC Milan), England (Bolton Wanderers), Portugal (Benfica and Maritmo), Austria (Austria Wien), Turkey (Gaziantepspor), Romania (FC Dinamo Bucuresti), Mexico (Tigres) and Greece (Olympicacos). Wow.

Birahim Diop #20

Forward // 6'3" // 180 lbs // Feb. 7, 1979 // Thies, Senegal // Senegal // International-Green Card

The journeyman's resume isn't as long as Cesar's, but he's found spots in Senegal (US Rail and ASC Jeanne D'Arc), Colombia (Deportivo Pereira), Moldova (FC Tiligul-Tiras Tiraspol under current KC assistant coach Octavio Zambrano) and the United States (New York MetroStars and several New York-area amateur teams). Scored 5 goals in just 14 games last year, including a hat-trick in the final game of the year.

Kevin Ellis #14

Defender // 5'9" // 160 lbs // June 30, 1991 // Kansas City, Mo. // United States // Homegrown

A star at Oak Park High School and Barton Community College (Kansas), Ellis was the second product of the Sporting Kansas City's junior academy to sign with the team.

Roger Espinoza #15

Defender // 5'11" // 160 lbs // Oct. 25, 1986 // Aurora, Colo. // Honduras-United States

The American-born Honduran was the team's only World Cup player in 2010. He became the team's regular left back last year after spending his first few seasons as a midfield substitute. Enjoys snowboarding, ice fishing and playing Call of Duty.

Michael Harrington #2

Defender // 6'0" // 170 lbs // Jan. 24, 1986 // Greenville, NC // United States

One of the original members of the U-17 Residency Program at the Bradenton Academy in Bradenton, Fla., Harrington has represented the U.S. at both the U-17 and U-20 level. He was one of the KC's most consistent performers in 2010, turning in 4 assists in 29 games. He majored in exercise and sport sciences at the University of North Carolina.

Mike Jones #16

Defender // 6'2" // 180 lbs // Aug. 19, 1988 // St. Peters, Mo. // United States

The team's second-round pick in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft has good size and strength. He was a second-team All-Missouri Valley Conference player at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

Kei Kamara #23

Forward // 6'3" // 185 lbs // Sept. 1, 1984 // Lawndale, Calif. // Sierra Leone // International-Green Card

Led Kansas City in goals last year (10) and settled into his role as the team's starting right winger. After spending parts of four seasons with five teams, he seems have finally found a stable home. His favorite movie is "Blood Diamond."

Jon Kempin #21

Goalkeeper // 6'1" // 170 lbs // April 8, 1993 // Leawood, Kansas // United States // Homegrown

The team's first Homegrown player was Gatorade's Kansas State Player of the Year and a Parade High School All-American in 2010. He is also part of the U.S. U-18 and U-20 programs. He graduated from high school in December.

Eric Kronberg #18

Goalkeeper // 6'5" // 210 lbs // June 7, 1983 // Santa Rosa, Calif. // United States

Drafted in 2006, Kronberg didn't see his first MLS start until the last game of the 2010 season. He is the team's second-longest tenured player and also practices Tai Chi and Aikido in his spare time.

Scott Lorenz #24

Defender // 6'0" // 173 lbs // July 23, 1987 // Barrington, Ill. // United States

During his first year as a professional, Lorenz played for NSC Minnesota Stars in the USSF Division 2 and was named the team's rookie of the year. After a successful trial with KC in November, he was asked to rejoin the team during pre-season for another trial. He was signed to a contract in February.

Chance Myers #7

Midfielder // 6'0" // 165 lbs // Dec. 7, 1987 // Thousand Oaks, Calif. // United States

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft has appeared in 31 career MLS games after suffering through mono, a broken toe, surgery to repair a deviated septum and hamstring issues. He graduated from the league's Generation adidas program at the end of 2010. He enjoys golfing and snowboarding.

Jimmy Nielsen #1

Goalkeeper // 6'3" // 200 lbs // Aug. 6, 1977 // Aalborg, Denmark // Denmark // International

The Danish import started 29 games last year with 10 shutouts and a 1.17 goals allowed average. Nicknamed "White Puma."

Craig Rocastle #4

Midfielder // 6'1" // 170 lbs // Aug. 17, 1981 // London, England // England-Grenada // International

The well-traveled midfielder recently made his first international appearances with Grenada during the 2010 Digicel Caribbean Cup. He has five dogs.

CJ Sapong #17

Forward // 6'2" // 185 lbs // Dec. 27, 1988 // Manassas, Va. // United States

The 10th overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, Sapong has an impressive string of youth honors during his time in Virginia and at James Madison University.

Luke Sassano #32

Defender // 6'1" // 170 lbs // Oct. 14, 1985 // Orinda, Calif. // United States

The midfielder-defender was let go by the New York Red Bulls and selected by Los Angeles during stage 2 of the MLS re-entry draft. He was then traded to Kansas City in exchange for the rights to Frankie Hejduk. Participated in the Athletes for Hope's First Annual Who Gives? Racing for a Cause campaign in 2009-2010.

Ryan Smith #11

Midfielder // 5'9" // 150 lbs // Nov. 10, 1986 // London, England // England // International

A product of Arsenal's academy, Smith bounced around the lower leagues of Britain before landing in the States. His father was born in America. In his free time, Smith is a hip-hop producer/performer.

Milos Stojcev #88

Midfielder // 5'9" // 162 lbs // Jan. 19, 1987 // Belgrade, Serbia // Montenegro // International

The 24-year-old Serbian began his career with Serbian giants Red Star Belgrade in the team's youth ranks. He bounced around Serbia on a series of loans before being invited to join KC this preseason. He signed a contract on March 16.

Shavar Thomas #6

Defender // 6'3" // 205 lbs // Jan. 29, 1981 // Hannah Town, Jamaica // United States-Jamaica

Thomas, who left Kansas City in 2006, was brought back during the 2010 season to help shore up the team's defensive issues, making 16 starts. He is often the captain of Jamaica's national team.

Konrad Warzycha #12

Midfielder // 6'1" // 190 lbs // Feb. 14, 1989 // Dublin, Ohio // United States

The son of Columbus Crew coach Robert Warzycha, Konrad will begin the season on injured reserve. He was the team's third-round pick in the MLS SuperDraft.

Graham Zusi #8

Midfielder // 5'10" // 160 lbs // Aug. 18, 1986 // Longwood, Fla. // United States

A second-round pick in 2009, Zusi has made 32 appearances for the team -- mostly as a substitute. He enjoys lacrosse, basketball and tennis. His favorite all-time movie is "Tommy Boy."

Trialists in the Media Guide

Omar Colley

Defender // 6'2" // 178 lbs // Oct. 24, 1992 // Lamin, Gambia // International

The young African defender trialed with Kansas City for the second time this pre-season. He is still with the team. He was a key defender for the Gambia U-17 national team that clinched the 2009 African U-17 championship. He was the captain of Gamiba's U-20 team last year.

Michal Mravec

Midfielder // 6'3" // 180 lbs // June 10, 1987 // Zilina, Slovakia // International

The 46th pick in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft has accompanied the team through every stage of the preseason, but has yet to sign an official contract. His favorite meal is chicken breast, rice and vegetables and his favorite movie is "Never Back Down."

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