Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sporting KC Add Three More in Draft

Sporting KC added three more players fighting for roster spots today in the third and fourth round of the MLS Superdraft. KC picked up players in defense, midfield, and up top, all with an international feel as all three players were born outside of the United States.

With their first pick, the third of the round and 41st overall, Sporting KC selected Peter Schmetz, a center back from the University of California-Santa Barbara. The German is big, 6'6" and according to reports is able to use that size in the air. A lot of the scouting report though talks about his lack of pace.He does appear to be a little injury prone as he has struggled with injuries the last two years, playing just eight games in 2012 and missing the final five games of the 2013 season with a knee injury.

With their second pick of the third round, the 57th overall pick, KC selected Alex Martinez from North Carolina State. The midfielder from Uruguay is the brother of Enzo Martinez, a former midfielder for Real Salt Lake, and Generation Adidas signing who was waived earlier this offseason. Scouts seem to like his 1v1 abilities, but some question his defensive efforts.

With their fourth round pick Sporting selected forward Reinaldo Brenes from Akron. The Costa Rican was the leading scorer for the Zips the last two years. He's appeared for the Costa Rican U17 and U18 teams as well. According to the breakdown on MLS, he'll fit in well with Peter Vermes' team, as there are apparently no "light" training sessions for him.

KC has the international spots that would allow them to accommodate any of the players, but don't have all the roster spots required for it. As Vermes put it, “It’s going to be hard for anyone to make our team at this point.”

All of these guys would be expected to be depth signings but all three will now be headed to Kansas City for preseason, which begins on Friday.

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