Chance Myers officially joins the list of former Kansas City players.The former number one overall pick signed a free agent contract with the Portland Timbers this week, joining the 2015 MLS Cup champions. Myers departs Kansas City having appeared almost 150 times in league play for Sporting, playing over 10,000 minutes, scoring two league goals (both coincidentally against the Portland Timbers).
The Portland Timbers added a trio of players with Major League Soccer experience for the 2017 this morning, announcing the return of winger Dairon Asprilla, the re-signing of defender/midfielder Amobi Okugo, and the signing of free agent full back Chance Myers.
All three moves came to light over the weekend before this morning's announcement and now that they have been made official the Timbers have added significant depth to their lineup for 2017.
Sporting Kansas City confirmed this morning that former Kansas City outside back, Igor Juliao is returning to the club in 2017. Juliao confirmed the move himself with a Twitter post last night announcing that he was back. Juliao will be on loan to Sporting KC again in 2017 from his parent club, Fluminense, his fifth loan in three years.
Sporting Kansas City today got things moving on what appears to be a busy offseason for the club, announcing they'd picked up options for five players, declined options on five players, and that another six were out of contract.
The club announced that they had picked up options on Saad Abdul-Salaam, Benji Joya, Jimmy Medranda, Lawrence Olum, and Seth Sinovic.
Analyzing Andrew Wenger's screamer of a goal against Sporting KC.
There was some good and some bad for the Houston Dynamo on Saturday. The only thing that matters, though, is that they got those all important three points. To make the postseason, they'll have to do that a lot more over the next few months.
Sporting KC took care of business on Saturday night at Sporting Park against the Colorado Rapids 2-0. The win was an expected result for Kansas City against a Rapids team that currently sits at the bottom of the Western Conference and has won just twice in their last 31 league games.
Early on, KC was able to take the game to the Rapids and could have taken the lead in the fifth minute off a Benny Feilhaber corner, but Chance Myers wasn't able to direct the ball on goal, instead putting it over the net.
In front of a record US Open Cup crowd for the club, Sporting KC won their first match up against a team from across the state of Missouri, defeating St. Louis FC of the USL 1-0 thanks to a 70th minute goal by Graham Zusi. The match up sees KC advance to the fifth round of the Open Cup in late June/early July.
Sporting Kansas City opened the 2015 season with a loss in their first preseason game, 2-0 to the Portland Timbers.
Sporting kicked off without a number of players, beside Matt Besler and Jon Kempin who are still with the US national team, Roger Espinoza, Chance Myers, Ike Opara, Saad Abdul-Salaam, and Graham Zusi all sat out the game for Kansas City.
With all the changes that Sporting KC has made near the end of the season there wasn't a lot of flexibility with who the team would choose to protect in this year's expansion draft. After the automatic protection of Kevin Ellis, Jon Kempin, Mikey Lopez, and Erik Palmer-Brown, there aren't a lot of players left on KC's roster to choose from.
It was ugly, but gloriously ugly. United's defensive, physical, and scrappy style of play was in full force after Fabian Espindola's 28th minute goal. Sporting Kansas City maintained their possession-based style even without the likes of Graham Zusi, Oriol Rosell, Matt Bieler, and Chance Myers.
At 34 years, 133 days, Brad Davis became the oldest player to score their first goal for Sporting KC, topping the old record of 33 years, 256 days set by Claudio Lopez.
Overall, Davis is the third oldest player to score a goal for KC, behind Lopez, Mo Johnston, and Preki, knocking Claudio Bieler off the top 20 list for league play, and Benny Feilhaber off the list in all competitions.
More stats heading into the 2016 season, this time it's the most starts.
In league play only one new player hit the 100 start mark, and that was Chance Myers who finished the season with 108 starts for KC. Heading into 2016 KC should have at least one if not more people joining the list.
Krisztian Nemeth's goal was his fifth in the US Open Cup this year, that tied him with Dom Dwyer for the most in the competition this year.
The five goals also ties Nemeth for the most goals in team history in the US Open Cup with Dwyer, Davy Arnaud, and Igor Simutenkov. When you include qualifiers he's tied for first now with those three and CJ Sapong.
Benny Feilhaber's goal was his 10th goal in all competitions this season, combined with Dom Dwyer and Krisztian Nemeth, it is the first time in club history that three players have his double digit goals in a season.
Feilhaber's goal was his 18th in all competitions for KC, tying him with Matt McKeon for 16th on that list.
The win was KC's 300th in all competitions in the club's history.
Dom Dwyer's goal was his 5th in the US Open Cup in all versions of it, and in the USOC proper, that ties him with Davy Arnaud and Igor Simutenkov for first place on that list in the USOC proper, and with Arnaud, Simutenkov, and CJ Sapong when including qualifiers.
Today on the preview of Sporting KC's roster ahead of the 2016 MLS season we'll take a look at the defenders. With today's announcement about the mutual termination of Marcel de Jong's contract there is one fewer defender on the roster for Sporting KC. The loss of de Jong though doesn't appear to be too big as the team is still two deep at each position along the back line at this time.
Continuing to work up from the back on our review of the Sporting Kansas City season, we reach the defense. You can read my review of the goalkeeper position here. Sporting's defense in 2015 suffered one of the main issues that plagued the team during their 2014 run. Injuries were a big issue for the team with Chance Myers, Ike Opara, and Seth Sinovic, all three considered starters, missed considerable time due to different injuries.