A few items from today's Sporting Kansas City practice at the Swope Park Training Facility.
• Captain Davy Arnaud will leave for Los Angeles on Tuesday and have his sports hernia surgery on Wednesday.
The injury isn't a recent development. He said he felt pain in his stomach way back in preseason when the team was in Arizona. I've been "dealing with it on and off all season, getting through it," he said. "It would bother me, then it wouldn't."
He said the pain increased during the Los Angeles game and he started to feel it in his groin. After the Philadelphia game, he couldn't run anymore and was taken in for an MRI.
To his credit, he played 90 minutes in five of KC's seven games between LA and Philly. (And, in one of those games he went 85 minutes.)
That's a tough dude.
Arnaud's expected to miss at least 6 weeks. He is the second member of Sporting KC to require sports hernia surgery; Omar Bravo missed just about 6 weeks of action.
• While KC is dealing with the loss of Arnaud, it also appears midfielder Stephane Auvray's situation with the team is somewhat tenuous -- to say the least. We won't quite rumor-monger here just yet, but his absence at training was notable. (Though, his absence from the team's 18-man roster for the Vancouver and Open Cup games was more so).
Is Auvray the new Santiago Hirsig? Savior midfielder one year, sent packing in the summer transfer window the next year?
When Peter Vermes was asked about it in the press conference, he said it was "something I'm not going to comment on right now" and that there are "some other things" happening. (This is according to James Starritt of The Sporting Times.)
Those "other things" could be family issues, fitness concerns or an impending transaction (cutting him, trading him or a mutual release).
Will be an interesting to watch this develop.
• Speaking of midfielders, Craig Rocastle was walking -- sans brace or wrap -- around watching practice today. He had surgery on his meniscus after injuring his knee during the Gold Cup.
He and Davy were the only two who sat out practice on the sidelines.
• Vermes put the team through a fairly rigorous training session in the early morning heat, with the team working on attacking combinations down each wing, box-to-box sprints and an 11-v-11 scrimmage. The team spent the whole morning on the artificial turf in preparation for Portland's Jeld-Wen Field.
• Omar Bravo, by the way, looked very sharp during all phases. He looked like, well, like Omar Bravo from the Chivas game.
• You may have noticed thatMatt Besler is the leading vote getter on the MLS All-Star text-message ballot. This tweet from the Kansas City-based mobile app company Handmark (who make TweetCaster) may have played a hand in that. The company's CEO is a family friend. Besler tweeted about their products
, they tweeted about him.
With Handmark's almost 1,000,000 followers, Besler got a pretty good trade off there.
• There were three trialists by my count today. One was Comets midfielder Leo Gibson who has been around the team most of the season. The other two I'm told were college kids there for a look -- both played seemed to be fullbacks.
The Brazilian reported to be in camp earlier this week was no longer there.