The Full 90

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.)


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.


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