Sporting Kansas City ended their preseason on a sour note, falling in their final game in Tucson, Arizona to New York City FC 1-0. Peter Vermes put out a lineup that would likely be considered extremely close to the 11 that will take the field next weekend in DC. The big absence from the team was forward Dom Dwyer who had a minor knock.
As Sporting KC heads into the final week of preseason camp in Tucson, the club's biggest need remains a backup for Dom Dwyer. Over the first two preseason games of the Desert Diamond Cup, Sporting KC has played without forward Dom Dwyer, instead having Jacob Peterson and Daniel Salloi play the center forward position in KC's 4-3-3 system.
The Swope Park Rangers and Sporting KC kicked off the final leg of their preseason in Tucson with the start of this year's Desert Diamond Cup. The Rangers kicked things off about 30 minutes before Sporting did, taking on the Colorado Rapids at the Kino Sports Complex North Stadium. KC's USL team featured two Sporting KC players in their starting 11, with both Jon Kempin and Jimmy Medranda getting starts for the Rangers against the Rapids.
Sporting KC's three CONCACAF internationals all started last night for their countries in World Cup qualifiers, unfortunately though none of them were able to pick up a win. Matt Besler, Marcel de Jong, and Soni Mustivar all started for the US, Canada, and Haiti in the second match of the fourth round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.
Sporting Kansas City finally ended their winless streak with a 3-1 win at Sporting Park over FC Dallas allowing them to jump back into the middle of the Western Conference playoff teams. KC now is sitting in fourth place in the West three points behind second place Dallas.
The first half didn't see any scoring but there were chances for both sides, Michael Barrios forced a save from Jon Kempin in only the first minute after he got space down KC's left side.
Sporting KC headed into tonight's game sitting in sixth play in the Western Confernce with 27 points, but with anywhere from three to five games in hand on the five teams in front of them, including the Vancouver Whitecaps. On a weekend where teams in front of them were dropping points, KC picked up ground with a 1-0 win at BC Place.
Looks like Sporting Kansas City may have a new player heading their way. Peter Vermes has mentioned that Sporting KC was likely not done with player signings, and Robb Heineman has hinted at the signing of a defensive midfielder and a "number 10" for a little while now. Soni Mustivar, a French born, Haitian international is set to sign with the club according to reports out of France.
Continuing to update my stats, here is this year's update of players capped while playing with Sporting Kansas City throughout the club's history. There's a new player at the top of the list for Sporting KC, as Graham Zusi became the most capped international while playing with Sporting KC, passing Josh Wolff.
Matt Besler made his 200th league appearance for KC, he's the 7th player to hit that mark.
Besler also tied Chris Klein for 6th all time in league appearances with his 200th appearance.
Besler made his 230th start in all competitions for KC, breaking his tie with Preki for 4th all time on that list.
Lots of stats from today's game, lots of landmarks hit.
Dom Dwyer's goal was his 50th league goal for KC, he's only the second player to hit that mark for KC.
In the 62nd minute, Dwyer hit 10,000 minutes played for KC in all competitions, becoming the 24th player to hit that mark.
In Sporting KC's midfield, like on defense, the squad sees very little in the way of change from 2015. The lone addition to the group is actually a familiar face to Sporting KC fans in the form of Lawrence Olum, who after a season in Malaysia is back in Kansas City. The rest of the midfielders are returning to the team from 2015.
Continuing to update my stats, here are the updated caps for players while they were playing for Sporting Kansas City. Three players joined the list this season as Marcel de Jong, Krisztian Nemeth, and Soni Mustivar appeared for Canada, Hungary, and Haiti respectively this past year. Near the top of the list, Graham Zusi and Matt Besler continue to close in on Josh Wolff, the all time leader for caps for Kansas City.
Continuing to make the way up the field we take a look at the midfield this year for Sporting Kansas City.
Sporting saw plenty of turnover in the midfield from the 2014 season, with just four players, Benny Feilhaber, Mikey Lopez, Jimmy Medranda, and Paulo Nagamura returning for the 2015 season for KC as the club parted company with the likes of Toni Dovale, Lawrence Olum, Victor Munoz, and Jorge Claros in an effort to remake their midfield.
The 23 man rosters for next month's Gold Cup were released today with two Sporting KC players named to the roster. Marcel de Jong was named to Canada's roster while Graham Zusi was named to the USA's roster. Zusi will join the US team after this weekend's game against Colorado ahead of a friendly against Guatemala next week.
Today CONCACAF announced the preliminary squads for this summer's Gold Cup. The 35 man rosters for all 12 teams was announced today. The rosters will be knocked down to 23 for the actual tournament itself, although teams can make changes to their roster after the group stage.
For Sporting KC, they've had five players named to the provisional squads for four different countries in the Gold Cup.
Sporting KC made some room on their roster today, and opened some international spots as the club announced that they had parted ways with midfielders Jorge Claros and James Marcelin. Claros' exit isn't that surprising after the news on the weekend reporting that he was on his way to China to join Qingdao Jonoon, Marcelin's on the other hand is a little surprising simply because of the fact that the midfielder had just been signed back in December.
Reports out of Honduras today by journalist, Julio César Núñez are that Jorge Claros' time in Kansas City is coming to an end. Núñez is reporting that Claros is headed to join Qingdao Jonoon, of the Chinese League One (the second division in China).
The move, while a little surprising considering that Claros was brought in just this past summer, isn't a huge surprise.
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Sporting Club's CEO recently celebrated his birthday in Mexico and with his down time on the beach he conducted another of his Q&As with his followers on Twitter. As always Heineman touched on a number of topics from the Swope Park Rangers, to offseason additions, to Sporting Park and as always he threw in some of the trolling we've all come to expect.
Sporting Kansas City today announced roster moves for the end of the 2015 season. The team announced that they had declined the club option on defender Jalil Anibaba. Anibaba, who was acquired by Kansas City in the offseason in a deal with Orlando City that sent Aurelien Collin to the expansion club, played in 16 games for KC in 2015, starting 14 of them.
Seth Sinovic made his 150th MLS appearance of his career.
Sinovic started his 126th in league play for KC, tying him with Matt McKeon for 15th all time on that list.
It was his 156th start in all competitions for KC, tying him with Tony Meola for 12th all time on that list.
Saad Abdul-Salaam and Soni Mustivar both made their 50th appearance for KC in all competitions, they are the 66th and 67th players to hit that mark for KC.
Sporting Kansas City's four internationals on duty with their national team went 3-1 over the last two days as the international break kicked off.
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