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

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.)

Active

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.

Inactive

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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