Real Salt Lake was a playoff team in 2016, the way the season went made it tough to call it a successful campaign.
After a hot start that saw RSL open the season undefeated through six matches, and a middling mid-season slate, the floor fell out from RSL late in its 2016 campaign. Real Salt Lake dropped points in each of their last seven matches of the regular season, going 0-4-3, but managed to barely sneak into the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, just ahead of the defending champion Portland Timbers.
KANSAS CITY, Kansas — Sporting Kansas City may have dominated possession, and taken 10 more shots than Real Salt Lake on Saturday night, but RSL needed just three shots on goal to score three goals on the way to an impressive road victory.
Yura Movsisyan and Juan Manuel Martinez scored goals and Movsisyan forced an own-goal by hitting a cross off Brad Davis to give RSL a 3-1 victory on Saturday night at Children's Mercy Park.
LAUDERHILL, Fla. Jeff Cassar would not say directly that Yura Movsisyan is returning to Real Salt Lake, but he sure came close.
Movsisyan has been heavily linked with a move back to RSL in recent days, and his agent, Patrick McCabe, even told the Salt Lake Tribune over the weekend that there were discussions taking place between he and the club over a deal for the 28-year-old forward.
Six years after departing for Europe,Yura Movsisyan is set for a return to Rio Tinto Stadium.
According to reports from the Salt Lake Tribune, Real Salt Lake has agreed on a deal for the returnthe 28-year-oldstriker, who featured for the club from 2007-09. Movsisyan's return would come after a six-year stint in Denmark and, most recently, Russia.
Former Kansas City Wizard great Preki is back in the coaching ranks in the United States. After leaving the Sacramento Republic for what looked like a job in England, Preki has been without a job for a couple years now. He'll be back coaching in the USL next spring though as today Preki was named the new head coach of St.
While Sporting Kansas City and the Vancouver Whitecaps were playing their CONCACAF Champions League game last night, two other MLS teams were competing in the US Open Cup final. FC Dallas and the New England Revolution played at Toyota Stadium in Frisco to decide who would succeed Kansas City as US Open Cup champions.
Matt Taylor has joined a new club for the 2016-2017 season. After leaving FC Saarbrucken this offseason, Taylor has joined fellow German club, Kickers Offenbach. And on his debut this past week scored what proved to be the winner for his new club.
Also this week since they were both on the roster for yesterday's CCL game, Amer Didic and Tyler Pasher officially join the list.
The summer transfer window is open and a pair of former Kansas City players are on the move. First, former Kansas City designated player Omar Bravo has moved back to the United States having just signed with the Carolina Railhawks of the NASL. The 36 year old moves from Chivas in Mexico but will now return to the US.
It hasn't been an extremely productive move for Oriol Rosell since he left Kansas City for Sporting Portugal. After getting playing time in 2014 for the club he fell out of favor in Portugal and was sent on loan to Vitoria where he only played 253 minutes in league play and actually played 180 minutes for their reserve team in the Portuguese second division.
Michael Thomas returned to his home town of Kansas City this past week with his Oklahoma City Energy team to take on the Swope Park Rangers. In his return to Kansas City, the Overland Park native scored a goal to help the Energy to a 3-1 win over the Rangers, their seventh loss of the season. It was the second goal in as many games for Thomas who also scored in his club's US Open Cup loss to Dallas this past week.
The fall-spring leagues in Europe are pretty much all over at this point, champions crowned, teams relegated and teams promoted. One of those teams in Spain that has promoted to La Liga has a former KC forward playing for them. Toni Dovale and his club CD Leganes won promotion on the final day of the season with a 1-0 win to clinch second place in the Spanish second division.
It'd been a rough second season in Orlando for former Kansas City defender, Aurelien Collin. The Frechman lost his starting job at Orlando and had made just two appearances for the club. This past week though Collin was traded to the New York Red Bulls in exchange for a conditional draft pick. The move is a good one for the Red Bulls who won't be fronting all of Collin's salary and will get a proven center back who can help them work through their current injury issues along the back line.
Heading into the upcoming international break, a number of former Kansas City players will be busy with their respective national teams. Ten players who have played for Kansas City will be representing their country in Olympic qualifiers, World Cup qualifiers, and friendlies.
In CONCACAF you have the likes of Mechack Jerome representing Haiti, Marcel de Jong with Canada, Daneil Cyrus with Trinidad, Jorge Claros with Honduras, and Pablo Punyed with El Salvador all having World Cup qualifiers.
Late last week, an all time Sporting KC great, Davy Arnaud, called time on his playing career. Arnaud had not played since around August last year due to concussion issues. In his career Arnaud played over 200 games for KC and over 350 in his MLS career that went over 14 MLS seasons. He's taken a coaching position with DC United, the final club he played for.
Player movement continues for former Sporting KC players as MLS clubs head to preseason and other clubs have their secondary window open. Four former players have made moves official in just the last week. Jorge Claros has moved from the Chinese second division back to Central America. Instead of joining Honduran club, Olimpia as was rumored, he instead joined Costa Rican side Alajuelense.
It appears once again that Yura Movsisyan could be on his way out of Russia. Movsisyan appears on a list of Spartak Moscow's "unwanted players," meaning Movsisyan is likely to put transfer listed this winter. There had been rumors earlier this year of a return to MLS and Real Salt Lake for Movsisyan, but that didn't happen.
The Colorado Rapids announced this week that Michael Harrington had surgery on his foot and will now be out for the rest of the season. The announcement comes at an odd time considering that Harrington has played just twice since the beginning of June. He'd started the season as the club's primary outside back, but since the birth of his first child has barely been seen on the field.
Another week of former player updates. First, former KC defender, Josh Gardner has retired from one man volleyball and has taken a job as the U14 academy coach for the Sporting KC academy as the team restructured a little bit and got each of their teams a separate coach.
Also this past week, the transfer window for MLS closed, and two former KC players are back in MLS.
Khari Stephenson was a major part of San Jose's team last year in MLS play, this year not so much, as the Jamaican has appeared in just four games this season for the Earthquakes. With that having happened, Stephenson is headed out on loan for the rest of the season to NASL side, San Antonio.
Lots of goals from former KC players, six former players found the back of the net in their league play this week.
Here is this week's update.
Active without a club or unknown Korede Aiyegbusi Scott Angevine Federico Bessone Mitchell Cardenas Bobby Convey Herculez Gomez Will John Michael Kafari Neal Kitson Jonathan Leathers Carlos Marinelli Lawrence Olum Nelson Pizarro Ivan Trujillo Konrad Warzycha
MLS Davy Arnaud - DC - Started and played 90 minutes in DC's 3-2 win over Philadelphia.
Yura Movsisyan has created a solid career for himself in Europe after leaving MLS after the 2009 MLS season. After a success move to Denmark, Movsisyan moved to Russia and eventually joined Spartak Moscow. Movsisyan had success originally at Spartak, but this has been hampered by a knee injury that required surgery.
Mexican club, Puebla may be relegated this year, but they'll go down as Copa MX champions. This week, Herculez Gomez and his club Puebla won the cup competition in Mexico with a 4-2 win over Chivas. Gomez was an unused sub for Puebla in the game as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Chivas came back to tie at 2-2 before Puebla scored two more to win 4-2.
Another statistical update, this time the youngest and oldest goal scorers
In league play, no new players joined the list in 2015. With the addition of Daniel Salloi this season if he can find the net he'll make his way onto the list. Other than him there are still a few others who could make the list, including Erik Palmer-Brown, Jimmy Medranda, Amadou Dia, Connor Hallisey, and Jordi Quintilla.
While William Yomby never really had much of a career with Kansas City, he was waived by the club during his rookie season, but he's had a long career in the lower divisions of US Soccer, specifically with the Richmond Kickers. This past weekend, he surpassed the 10,000 minute mark for his career in the USL.
Former Sporting KC defender, Igor Juliao is going on loan from parent club Fluminense again. But this time he will not be leaving Brazil. Juliao has been loaned to Brazilian club ABC, which plays in the Brazilian Serie B. Since returning to KC from Fluminense after the 2014 MLS season, he'd been unable to beak into the team at Fluminense, just making the bench a couple times.