Wednesday, December 07, 2016

More Players on the Move - Former SKC Wizards Update

Another week in the offseason for most former Sporting KC players and more players are finding new teams. Kris Tyrpak, who was a Sporting KC player for one game in the CONCACAF Champions League this past season has left the Swope Park Rangers to return to Texas. Tyrpak signed to play with USL Western Conference rival, San Antonio FC. Tyrpak was one of the Rangers that really impressed fans in the 2016 USL season, with many hoping that he'd earn an MLS contract. Instead he moves closer to home and will be opposite the Rangers next season.

Another player that isn't actually on the move, but is back on the list is former KC draft pick Pat Healey. Healey had retired from professional soccer with the MASL Baltimore Blast before the 2016-2017 season, but the Blast announced today that he was coming back out of retirement to sign with the club again. The Blast will actually be visiting the Kansas City Comets this coming weekend.

Here's the rest of this week's update.

Active without a club or unknown
Vicente Arze
Pablo Escobar
Brian Fekete
Jeferson
Neven Markovic
Victor Munoz
Jordi Quintilla
Brendan Ruiz

MLS
Jalil Anibaba - Houston - Offseason.
Teal Bunbury - New England - Offseason.
Servando Carrasco - Orlando City - Offseason.
Aurelien Collin - New York - Offseason.
Marcel de Jong - Vancouver - Offseason.
Amadou Dia - Montreal - Offseason.
Herculez Gomez - Seattle - No game this week.
Michael Harrington - Chicago - Offseason.
Kei Kamara - New England - Offseason.
Chris Konopka - Portland - Offseason.
Eric Kronberg - Montreal - Offseason.
Mikey Lopez - NYCFC - Offseason.
Yura Movsisyan - Salt Lake - Offseason.
Amobi Okugo - Portland - Offseason.
Tony Rocha - Orlando - Offseason.
CJ Sapong - Philadelphia - Offseason.
Sal Zizzo - New York - Offseason.

NASL
Bernardo Anor - Minnesota (loan) - Offseason.
Omar Bravo - Carolina - Offseason.
Mechack Jerome - Jacksonville - Offseason.
Michael Kafari - Puerto Rico - Offseason.
James Marcelin - Carolina - Offseason.
Rauwshan McKenzie - Oklahoma City - Offseason.

USL
Stefan Antonijevic - Tampa Bay - Offseason.
Amer Didic - Swope Park - Offseason.
Christian Duke - Swope Park - Offseason.
Tomas Granitto - Swope Park - Offseason.
Cyprian Hedrick - San Antonio - Offseason.
Ryan James - Rochester - Offseason.
Alex Martinez - Charlotte - Offseason.
Alex Molano - Swope Park - Offseason.
Tyler Pasher - Swope Park - Offseason.
Nansel Selbol - Swope Park - Offseason.
Michael Thomas - Oklahoma City - Offseason.
Kris Tyrpak - San Antonio - Offseason.
Ualefi - Swope Park - Offseason.
Yomby William - Richmond - Offseason.

PDL
Adnan Gabeljic - San Francisco - Offseason.

Indoor
Jamar Beasley - Cedar Rapids - Did not play in either of Cedar Rapids games.
Pat Healey - Baltimore - Just re-signed with Baltimore.
Mike Jones - Dallas - Played in Dallas' 12-5 win over El Paso.
Boris Pardo - San Diego - Did not play in San Diego's 5-3 win over Tacoma.

International
Korede Aiyegbusi - AFC United- Sweden - Offseason.
Scott Angevine - YPA - Finland - Offseason.
Claudio Bieler - Belgrano - Argentina - Started and played 90 minutes in Belgrano's 2-0 cup loss to Rosario Central. Started and played 90 minutes in Belgrano's 0-0 draw with Temperley.
Reinaldo Brenes - Belen Siglo XXI - Fall season over.
Sunil Chhetri - Mumbai City - India - Did not play in Mumbai's 0-0 draw with Delhi Dynamos.
Jorge Claros - Alajuelense - Costa Rica - Started and played 68 minutes in Alajuelense's 2-1 loss to Saprissa. Came off the bench and played 45 minutes in Alajuelense's 2-1 win over Santos de Guapiles.
Daneil Cyrus - W Connection - Trinidad - Defeated Ma Pau 4-2.
Toni Dovale - CD Leganes - Spain - Dressed but did not play in Leganes' 0-0 draw with Villarreal.
Luis Gil - Queretaro - Mexico - Fall season over.
Faik Hajderovic - Vinograder - Croatia - No game until 2/25.
Will John - RoPS - Finland - Offseason.
Igor Juliao - Fluminense - Brazil - No game this week.
Igor Kostrov - Slavia-Mozyr - Belarus - Offseason.
Luis Marin - CD Temuco - Chile - Started and played 90 minutes in Temuco's 3-0 loss to Universidad Chile.
Michal Mravec - RoPS - Finland - Offseason.
Krisztian Nemeth - Al-Gharafa - Qatar - Started and played 90 minutes in Al Gharafa's 3-2 win over Al Rayyan.
Erik Palmer-Brown - Porto (loan) - Portugal - Started and played 90 minutes in Porto B's 1-1 draw with Benfica B.
Akeem Priestley - Metapan - El Salvador - Did not play in either of Metapan's games.
Pablo Punyed - IBV - Iceland - Offseason.
Oriol Rosell - Belenenses (Sporting Club de Portugal)(loan) - Portugal - Did not dress in Belenenses' 1-1 draw with Estoril.
Soony Saad - Pattaya United (BEC Tero Sasana) - Offseason.
Daniel Salloi - Gyirmot FC Gyor (loan) - Hungary - Defeated Kecskemeti 2-0 in the cup. Came off the bench and played 45 minutes in Gyirmot's 4-0 loss to Honved.
Peter Schmetz - Wuppertaler SV - Germany - No game this week.
Yann Songo'o - Plymouth Argyle - England - Started and played 90 minutes in Plymouth's FA Cup draw with Newport County.
Kevin Souter - Deveronvale FC - Scotland - Game this week was postponed.
Martin Steuble - Ceres-La Salle - Philippines - Offseason.
Milos Stojcev - Atromitos - Greece - Came off the bench and played 37 minutes in Atromitos' 1-0 cup win over Kallithea. Dressed but did not play in Atromitos' 2-1 win over Larissa.
Matt Taylor - Kickers Offenbach - Came off the bench and played 7 minutes in Kickers' 2-0 loss to Pirmasens.

Monday, December 05, 2016

UNC to Final Four - Sporting Academy in College

There will be one school in the NCAA division 1 Final Four this coming weekend with a Sporting KC academy player on it. The UNC Tar Heels ended the Cinderella run of Providence with a 1-0 overtime win to book their ticket to Houston where they'll play Standford. Academy graduate Zach Wright has been a starter for UNC throughout the season, he's third on the team in goals with five while second on the team in assists with seven. Another former academy player, Andy Lopez, brother of former KC midfielder Andy Lopez has been a regular contributor off the bench, although he hasn't been consistently playing in the tournament.



Class of 2012

Derek Schrick (Rockhurst) - M - RSr - Came on as a substitute in Rockhurst's 2-1 loss to Charleston.

Class of 2013

Joe Amico (Jacksonville) - D - Sr - Season over.

Matt Bernard (Cal Baptist) - MF - RJr - Season over.

Paul Dean (Rockhurst University) - D - Sr - Did not play in Rockhurst's 2-1 loss to Charleston.

Seo-In Kim (UCSB) - MF - Sr - Season over.

Adam Lightner (Northern Illinois University) - D - Sr - Season over.

Clay Stewart - (University of Missouri Kansas City) - MF/D - Sr - Season over.

Wes White (Coastal Carolina) - F - RJr - Season over.

Drew Wilson (Fort Hays State University) - D - Sr - Season over.

Class of 2014

Darby Cronin (Missouri State)- MF - Jr - Season over.

Heath Honold (West Virginia) - F - Jr - Season over.

Mason Leonard (Drake) - D - Jr - Season over.

Blake Levine (Baker) - F - Jr - Season over.

Matthew Lewis (Fordham) - D - Jr - Season over.

Andy Lopez (North Carolina) - MF - RSo - Did not play in UNC's 1-0 win over Providence.

Noah Mudd (Trevecca) - D - Jr - Season over.

Joey Piatczyc (West Virginia) - MF - Jr - Season over.

Cole Stevenson (Fordham) - F - Jr - Season over.

Zach Wright (North Carolina) - F - Jr - Started UNC's 1-0 win over Providence.

2015

Andrew Blalock (Drake) - GK - RFr - Season over.

Robert DeWitt III (Xavier) - MF - So - Season over.

Jack Freeman (Furman) - D - RFr - Season over.

Bryce Gibson (Creighton) - D - So - Did not play in Creighton's 2-1 loss to Providence.

Nic Jaimes (Drake) - MF - So - Season over.

Ryan Krutz (Notre Dame) - GK - So - Did not play in Notre Dame's 3-1 loss to Louisville.

Zane Moxley (Air Force) - D - So - Season over.

Alexis Quevedo (UNLV) - MF - So - Season over.

Hector Solorio (Niagara) - MF - So - Season over.

Tucker Stephenson (West Virginia) - F - So - Season over.

Andy Velez (JCCC) - MF - So - Season over.

Bailey Weeks (Northeastern State University) - D - So - Season over.

2016

Dakota Karns (Missouri State) - MF - Fr - Season over.

Ryan Kellogg (West Virginia) - D - Fr - Season over.

John Leisman (Yale) - F - Fr - Season over.

Logan Lucas (West Virginia) - D - Fr - Season over.

Andrew McLeod (Northwestern) - D - Fr - Season over.

Absalom Solorio (Niagara) - MF - Fr - Season over.

Paul Whitener (Marshall) - MF - Fr - Season over.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Comets Defense Leads the Way to Victory Over Chicago

Ever since the Kansas City Comets have returned in 2010 they've relied on a high powered offense to lead them to victory. From Byron Alvarez to Geison Moura, to Leo Gibson, to Vahid Assadpour, the Comets have always found ways to score goals since their rebirth. And while they've had good defensive teams at the same time, the Comets had not recorded a shutout since they started playing again. That changed tonight at the Silverstien Eye Centers Arena, where the Comets pitched the shutout against the previously unbeaten Chicago Mustangs 6-0. Goalkeeper, Stephen Paterson came up with 19 saves in the game to lead the Comets to victory.

The Comets scored the only two goals of the first half in the first quarter as Nacho Flores scored less than four minutes in to give the Comets an early lead. Less than nine minutes in the Comets doubled their lead off a restart as John Sosa found Lucas Rodriguez whose shot found the back of the net to make it 2-0. Both teams had chances in the remainder of the first quarter and in the second, but neither side were able to find a goal as Paterson and Jesus Flores both stood tall in goal to keep the score at 2-0 heading into the half time break.

The Comets were able to extend their lead early in the third quarter as Sosa again found Rodriguez to make it 3-0 just over six minutes into the quarter to make it 3-0. The Comets continued the pressure in the third quarter but were unable to extend their lead, but at the same time in their defensive third, Paterson and the Comets defense was able to keep the Mustangs off the board through three periods.

In the past the Comets have had games where they've held a shutout heading into the fourth quarter but have ended up giving up a garbage goal as the team let down a little bit with a big lead. That didn't happen tonight at the SEC as the Comets defense continued to step up big in the fourth quarter to keep the Mustangs off the board. On the offensive end, the Comets were able to extend their lead as just over two minutes in Odaine Sinclair found the back of the net to put the Comets on top 4-0. Near the midpoint of the half the Comets were able to add to their lead on the power play as Vahid Assadpour beat Flores off an assist from Leo Gibson to put the Comets up 5-0. KC finished out the scoring for the night in the final minute when Ramoe Palmer scored against the Mustangs' sixth attacker to make it 6-0 on the night.

The Comets will now have a double game week next weekend, traveling to Cedar Rapids to take on the Rampage on Saturday before hosting the Baltimore Blast on Sunday.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Sporting Sign Two Rangers

Sporting Kansas City announced their first two signings for the 2017 season today, but they're two names that will be familiar to people who followed the Swope Park Rangers last season. The team today announced that they'd signed winger Tyler Pasher and goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas from the Swope Park Rangers for the 2017 season with options for the 2018, 2019, and 2020 seasons. The pair are the first two players who started with the Rangers to get signed to the first team.

The pair both had excellent first seasons with the Rangers and will now get the chance to prove themselves with the first team. Pasher actually got his chance to prove it in the Champions League earlier this season, making his debut in KC's 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps on September 13th. Pasher also made the bench twice for KC in both games against Central FC. For the Rangers, Pasher made 28 appearances, 26 starts, scoring five goals and recording four assists, three of those four coming in the playoffs. His play on the wing is certainly something that Kansas City could use, he provided pace for the Rangers that the first team sorely lacked on the wing. In his lone appearance for Sporting he showed his versatility, playing left back for Sporting, a position that KC could use depth depending on what the club does with Jimmy Medranda.

Zendejas was a midseason signing for the Rangers from Mexican club, Club Tijuana, mainly playing or their U20 team, his few first team appearances came in friendlies and preseason games. He got his first start in late August for the Rangers after Jon Kempin was recalled to Sporting to cover for an injury to Tim Melia. Given the chance to play, Zendejas made the most of his opportunity, starting five of the final seven games for Swope, Kempin never saw the field again for SPR. Zendejas went 5-0 in the regular season and then proceeded to go 3-1 in the playoffs for the Rangers as they advanced all the way to the USL championship. The signing of Zendejas would seem to be the closing of the chapter on Kempin's time in Kansas City, the homegrown goalkeeper showed flashes but could never nail a spot down. I'd expect Zendejas to have a similar role as Kempin next year (assuming KC re-signs Alec Kann), being loaned to the Rangers and only being recalled if KC is down a goalkeeper.

Both moves fill positions of need and were two players that watching SPR this season you could see were very likely to get their chance with the first team.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New Contracts and Options Picked Up - Former SKC Wizards Update

It's that time of year when MLS teams that are no longer in the playoffs announce their roster news for the offseason, the players that they have under contract for next season, those out of contract, those with options picked up and those with options declined. There's a lot of players on their way out. A number of former players though have had their options picked up, including three for the Swope Park Rangers. For the Rangers, Amer Didic, Christian Duke, and Nansel Selbol were just three of six players who were on last year's team that will return for the 2017 season. In terms of MLS players, Teal Bunbury had his option picked up by the New England Revolution while Jalil Anibaba and Mikey Lopez both signed new deals with Houston and New York City respectively.

In other news this week, on loan Erik Palmer-Brown made the bench for Porto for the first time. After spending most of his loan so far with Porto B, Palmer-Brown was on the bench for Porto's 0-0 cup draw with Belenenses.

Here's the rest of this week's update.

Active without a club or unknown
Vicente Arze
Pablo Escobar
Brian Fekete
Jeferson
Neven Markovic
Victor Munoz
Jordi Quintilla
Brendan Ruiz

MLS
Jalil Anibaba - Houston - Offseason.
Teal Bunbury - New England - Offseason.
Servando Carrasco - Orlando City - Offseason.
Aurelien Collin - New York - Offseason.
Marcel de Jong - Vancouver - Offseason.
Amadou Dia - Montreal - Did not dress in Montreal's 5-2 loss to Toronto.
Herculez Gomez - Seattle - Dressed but did not play in Seattle's 1-0 win over Colorado.
Michael Harrington - Chicago - Offseason.
Jack Jewsbury - Portland - Offseason.
Kei Kamara - New England - Offseason.
Chris Konopka - Portland - Offseason.
Eric Kronberg - Montreal - Dressed but did not play in Montreal's 5-2 loss to Toronto.
Mikey Lopez - NYCFC - Offseason.
Yura Movsisyan - Salt Lake - Offseason.
Amobi Okugo - Portland - Offseason.
Tony Rocha - Orlando - Offseason.
CJ Sapong - Philadelphia - Offseason.
Sal Zizzo - New York - Offseason.

NASL
Bernardo Anor - Minnesota (loan) - Offseason.
Omar Bravo - Carolina - Offseason.
Mechack Jerome - Jacksonville - Offseason.
Michael Kafari - Puerto Rico - Offseason.
James Marcelin - Carolina - Offseason.
Rauwshan McKenzie - Oklahoma City - Offseason.

USL
Stefan Antonijevic - Tampa Bay - Offseason.
Amer Didic - Swope Park - Offseason.
Christian Duke - Swope Park - Offseason.
Tomas Granitto - Swope Park - Offseason.
Cyprian Hedrick - San Antonio- Offseason.
Ryan James - Rochester - Offseason.
Alex Martinez - Charlotte - Offseason.
Alex Molano - Swope Park - Offseason.
Tyler Pasher - Swope Park - Offseason.
Nansel Selbol - Swope Park - Offseason.
Michael Thomas - Oklahoma City - Offseason.
Kris Tyrpak - Swope Park - Offseason.
Ualefi - Swope Park - Offseason.
Yomby William - Richmond - Offseason.

PDL
Adnan Gabeljic - San Francisco - Offseason.
Faik Hajderovic - St. Louis U23 - Offseason.

Indoor
Jamar Beasley - Cedar Rapids - Did not play in the Rampage's 7-5 win over Milwaukee.
Mike Jones - Dallas - No game this week.
Boris Pardo - San Diego - Playd in San Diego's 12-6 win over El Paso.

International
Korede Aiyegbusi - AFC United- Sweden - Offseason.
Scott Angevine - YPA - Finland - Offseason.
Claudio Bieler - Belgrano - Argentina -Started and played 90 minutes in Belgrano's 0-0 draw with Atletico Tucuman.
Reinaldo Brenes - Belen Siglo XXI - Fall season over.
Sunil Chhetri - Mumbai City - India - Started and played 85 minutes in Mumbai's 2-0 win over Chennaiyin.
Jorge Claros - Alajuelense - Costa Rica - Started and played 70 minutes in Alajuelense's 0-0 draw with Herediano.
Daneil Cyrus - W Connection - Trinidad - Defeate4d San Juan Jabloteh 3-0.
Toni Dovale - CD Leganes - Spain - Dressed but did not play in either of Leganes' games.
Luis Gil - Queretaro - Mexico - Fall season over.
Will John - RoPS - Finland - Offseason.
Igor Juliao - Fluminense - Brazil - Started and played 90 minutes in Fluminense's 1-0 loss to Figueirense.
Igor Kostrov - Slavia-Mozyr - Belarus - Started and played 90 minutes in Slavia's 1-0 win over Dinamo Minsk.
Luis Marin - CD Temuco - Chile - Started and played 90 minutes in Temuco's 1-0 loss to Huachipato.
Michal Mravec - RoPS - Finland - Offseason.
Krisztian Nemeth - Al-Gharafa - Qatar - Started and played 62 minutes in Al Gharafa's 2-1 win over Al Khor.
Erik Palmer-Brown - Porto (loan) - Portugal - Dressed but did not play in Porto's 0-0 cup draw with Belenenses.
Akeem Priestley - Metapan - El Salvador - Did not play in Metapan's 2-1 loss to Santa Tecla.
Pablo Punyed - IBV - Iceland - Offseason.
Oriol Rosell - Belenenses (Sporting Club de Portugal)(loan) - Portugal - Started and played 90 minutes in Belenenses' 0-0 league draw with Porto. Did not dress in Belenenses' 0-0 cup draw with Porto.
Soony Saad - Pattaya United (BEC Tero Sasana) - Offseason.
Daniel Salloi - Gyirmot FC Gyor (loan) - Hungary - Started and played 79 minutes in Gyirmot's 2-0 loss to Ferencvaros.
Peter Schmetz - Wuppertaler SV - Germany - Started and played 90 minutes in Wuppertaler's 5-1 loss to FC Viktoria Koln.
Yann Songo'o - Plymouth Argyle - England - Started and played 90 minutes in Plymouth's 2-1 loss to Morecambe.
Kevin Souter - Deveronvale FC - Scotland - Did not play in Deveronvale's 2-2 draw with Nairn County.
Martin Steuble - Ceres-La Salle - Philippines - Offseason.
Milos Stojcev - Atromitos - Greece - Did not dress in Atromitos' 4-3 win over PAOK.
Matt Taylor - Kickers Offenbach - Came off the bench and played 45 minutes in Kickers' 3-2 loss to Saarbrucken.

Silly Season Rumors: Besler is Bradley's Birnbaum Back Up Plan at Swansea

We're just over a month from the winter transfer window opening in Europe, and that means that it's time for some silly season rumors to start cropping up. With former US coach, Bob Bradley now the head coach at Swansea City in the Premier League it has started a number of rumors about the club being interested in different American players.

Reports today out of the UK are linking Swansea City with a move for DC United defender, Steve Birnbaum, to help shore up a defense that has allowed the second most goals in the Premier League this season. If Swansea can't get a deal done for Birnbaum, who is reportedly set to sign a new deal with DC United, the report states that Bradley will turn his attention to Sporting KC and US international, Matt Besler.

Besler is coming off what he would probably call his toughest season as a pro, appearing in just 18 games, the fewest since his second season in the league in 2010, just 18 games part of that was because of a concussion he suffered on international duty, part was because of a dip in form. He also was stripped of the captain's armband by Peter Vermes, who handed the captaincy to Roger Espinoza. Off the field it was a good year for the KC native as he welcomed his first child, a daughter, and shortly after scored his first international goal for the United States.

If indeed Swansea is actually interested, it would require a transfer fee for them to get Besler as he currently has two years left on the Designated Player contract that he signed with the club after the 2014 World Cup (even if he's not a DP any more). On the KC side of things, it'd be hard to part with a player who is one of the faces of the franchise, and a local product who has spent his entire professional career with the club. On the other side of things though it would open up quite a bit of salary cap space for Sporting KC to utilize on top of the space they've already cleared with offseason moves so far.

I'm not one to put much stock in this rumor as a whole, but if it is true, it's something that Peter Vermes at least needs to hear how much Swansea is offering for Besler before saying no.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Vermes Signs Extension with Sporting KC

Sporting KC's major announcement today wasn't especially sexy, or really overly surprising, but that doesn't mean it wasn't a major announcement for the club. Sporting today announced that they had extended the contract of head coach and technical director, Peter Vermes through the 2019 season. Vermes' contract was set to expire after this upcoming 2017 season and with rumored interest from clubs and countries both within the US and reportedly internationally, KC sought to lock Vermes up to a longer deal.

After Bruce Arena's departure from LA a few weeks ago and Sigi Schmid's firing by Seattle earlier this year, Vermes is now the longest serving head coach in MLS and became the club's longest serving head coach this past year, having taken over as head coach on an interim basis back in 2009 after the firing of Curt Onalfo. Since then he coached the most games in club history, the most wins, both in league (103) and in all competitions (128). He's also tied with Sporting Legend, Bob Gansler for the most silverware in club history, having helped bring two US Open Cups and one MLS Cup (compared to one MLS Cup, one Supporters' Shield, and one US Open Cup by Gansler) to Kansas City. If Vermes is with Kansas City through the end of the deal he would become the longest tenured manager with one team in the short history of MLS, with over 10 years at one club.

As I said last night, the extension was the likely outcome of today's announcement, and while it's not a fancy announcement it was one that should be seen as a major announcement. Vermes staying in Kansas City is the best thing for the club at this point in time. His record speaks for itself with the wins and trophies in MLS. While the last two years have been rougher than the few before that, he's still managed to bring in trophies. To twist a quote that Vermes used today on the radio about managers some times thinking the grass is greener on the other side of things when talking about other job opportunities, the same is true for coaches, just because there's a section of fans that may not be happy with this move, that think KC would be better off with a new manager, but what's to say that the next manager is going to do any better? What's to say it doesn't actually get worse? If you look at every team in MLS they all go through struggles during each and every season pretty much. Very rarely do you see a team not go through major ups and downs in the same season, usually when those teams are always up they're usually at the top of the conference winning the Supporters' Shield.

In the end I still maintain that this is a good move for Kansas City, now comes the time where Vermes really earns his technical director money along with Mike Jacobs and Brian Bliss on filling the existing holes in the roster.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Two Schools with Academy Players Still Alive - Sporting Academy in College

The college soccer season continues to move towards its conclusion this year as the NCAA D1 third round was this past weekend. Of the two schools with Sporting KC academy players on them playing this past weekend, only one, UNC advanced to the quarterfinals. UNC defeated Syrcause 1-0 to advance to host Providence in next weekend. Meanwhile Notre Dame lost 3-1 to Louisville to end their season.

That now leaves UNC and Rockhurst alive. Rockhurst will be playing in Kansas City this coming weekend in the NCAA D2 final at the Swope Soccer Village.

Class of 2012

Derek Schrick (Rockhurst) - M - RSr - No game this week.

Class of 2013

Joe Amico (Jacksonville) - D - Sr - Season over.

Matt Bernard (Cal Baptist) - MF - RJr - Season over.

Paul Dean (Rockhurst University) - D - Sr - No game this week.

Seo-In Kim (UCSB) - MF - Sr - Season over.

Adam Lightner (Northern Illinois University) - D - Sr - Season over.

Clay Stewart - (University of Missouri Kansas City) - MF/D - Sr - Season over.

Wes White (Coastal Carolina) - F - RJr - Season over.

Drew Wilson (Fort Hays State University) - D - Sr - Season over.

Class of 2014

Darby Cronin (Missouri State)- MF - Jr - Season over.

Heath Honold (West Virginia) - F - Jr - Season over.

Mason Leonard (Drake) - D - Jr - Season over.

Blake Levine (Baker) - F - Jr - Season over.

Matthew Lewis (Fordham) - D - Jr - Season over.

Andy Lopez (North Carolina) - MF - RSo - Came on as a substitute in UNC's 1-0 win over Syracuse.

Noah Mudd (Trevecca) - D - Jr - Season over.

Joey Piatczyc (West Virginia) - MF - Jr - Season over.

Cole Stevenson (Fordham) - F - Jr - Season over.

Zach Wright (North Carolina) - F - Jr - Started UNC's 1-0 win over Syracuse.

2015

Andrew Blalock (Drake) - GK - RFr - Season over.

Robert DeWitt III (Xavier) - MF - So - Season over.

Jack Freeman (Furman) - D - RFr - Season over.

Bryce Gibson (Creighton) - D - So - Did not play in Creighton's 2-1 loss to Providence.

Nic Jaimes (Drake) - MF - So - Season over.

Ryan Krutz (Notre Dame) - GK - So - Did not play in Notre Dame's 3-1 loss to Louisville.

Zane Moxley (Air Force) - D - So - Season over.

Alexis Quevedo (UNLV) - MF - So - Season over.

Hector Solorio (Niagara) - MF - So - Season over.

Tucker Stephenson (West Virginia) - F - So - Season over.

Andy Velez (JCCC) - MF - So - Season over.

Bailey Weeks (Northeastern State University) - D - So - Season over.

2016

Dakota Karns (Missouri State) - MF - Fr - Season over.

Ryan Kellogg (West Virginia) - D - Fr - Season over.

John Leisman (Yale) - F - Fr - Season over.

Logan Lucas (West Virginia) - D - Fr - Season over.

Andrew McLeod (Northwestern) - D - Fr - Season over.

Absalom Solorio (Niagara) - MF - Fr - Season over.

Paul Whitener (Marshall) - MF - Fr - Season over.

Sporting to Have Major Club Announcement Tomorrow

Tomorrow morning, Sporting KC will be making a major club announcement at their downtown offices. Included at the announcement will be the club's coach and technical director, Peter Vermes, club president Jake Reid, and Mike Illig, representing the Sporting Club ownership group. Since it was announced around 3:30 this afternoon, plenty of speculation has taken place about what the announcement is going to be, is it a new player signing, is it a contract extension for Vermes, is Vermes leaving, is there a change in ownership coming? There are plenty of guesses being made about what the announcement is going to be about.

Here's my take on a few of the potential ideas.

Peter Vermes Contract Extension

If there was betting line for what the announcement was going to be tomorrow, this would be the odds on favorite and is my guess for the announcement tomorrow. Vermes last signed a contract extension over the summer in 2013 that extended his stay with Kansas City through the end of the 2017 season. With this coming season being the last in that contract and rumors of US Soccer interest, LA Galaxy interest, and foreign interest, both club and national team, locking Vermes up long term is certainly something that would have to be on at the top of the KC priority list. Vermes has virtually every single coaching record in KC's history and with the departure of Bruce Arena from the LA Galaxy, Vermes is now the longest tenured manager in MLS.

Vermes is Leaving Kansas City

This one isn't completely far-fetched, because of the reasons I listed in the last section, Vermes' profile as a coach continues to rise, he was named as one of the primary candidates to replace Jurgen Klinsmann as national team boss, is about to be out of contract, and has reportedly had interest abroad. Where this idea falls apart though is the timing of the announcement. If Vermes was leaving Kansas City for another position, standard practice is to let the other team that the manager is going to be the one that makes the announcement first, then the team the coach is leaving releases a statement, they don't generally have a press conference with the coach announcing his departure.

Player Signing/Departure

The first problem with this idea is the fact that the release called it a "major club announcement," if this was going to be a player signing or departure, the team would have announced it as a "major player announcement" or something similar. If it was a signing, you would expect the player to also be available at least for a brief statement with the club, but the announcement makes no mention of a player (not that it would give away the player's name, but would say that the player would be available for comment). If it was a departure, like with a coach departure, Sporting would probably wait until the club the player was going to to announce the move before making the announcement themselves.

Front Office Shake Up

Ever since OnGoal LLC bought the Kansas City Wizards, Sporting Club CEO, Robb Heineman has been the public face of the ownership group when it comes to dealing with the media and at announcements. So with tomorrow's announcement including Mike Illig, son of Cliff Illig, as the representative of Sporting Club, it certainly raised some eyebrows among fans. There have been rumblings about Heineman's role with the club lately and the fact that he's not part of this announcement will certainly do nothing to quell those rumors, but any sort of announcement like that doesn't make a ton of sense tomorrow. That sort of announcement isn't something that you feel would need to involve Vermes being at the press conference, and especially not something that the club would make Vermes available for interviews about after the meeting.

There are other ideas that have been thrown out on Twitter tonight, things like buying FC Kansas City or expanding Children's Mercy Park, but those and others are reaching much more than even some of the above ideas. As I said near the beginning, the odds on favorite for tomorrow's announcement would be a contract extension for Vermes that will keep him in KC long term, or at least raise the release clause that US Soccer or any club team would have to pay the club if they really wanted him.