Monday, June 22, 2015

Sporting Waive Rogers

Sporting KC announced today that they had waived forward James Ansu Rogers. Rogers, KC's third round draft pick in the 2015 draft hadn't made any appearances for the club this year, but had been on the bench four times during KC's injury issues. He's the lone player on the roster not to make an appearance either for KC or out on loan (Jon Kempin and Mikey Lopez). While not mentioned, the move has to be in relation to the semi-guaranteed contract date of July 1. If KC had waived him after July 1, Rogers salary budget (while likely the league minimum) would have continued to count against the team's salary budget. As it is, KC just freed up that salary space.

It does put KC in a bit of a tight situation for the next two weeks until the transfer window opens back up as the team is now down to 25 players on their active roster after this move and the release of Luis Marin. Add in Ike Opara's injury putting him on injured reserve and Lopez in Oklahoma city on loan, and KC only has 23 in KC at the moment, and some of those guys; Seth Sinovic, Paulo Nagamura, and Bernardo Anor are also still struggling with injuries.

Between now and the opening of the transfer window KC has two games, against Colorado this weekend on the 27th and against Dallas a week from Wednesday on July 1st. On top of the injuries and everything else, KC could lose another four players for the Gold Cup in the next few days with Matt Besler, Marcel de Jong, Soni Mustivar, and Graham Zusi all on their countries' preliminary rosters for the Gold Cup. KC could be to the point of dressing less than 18 players and it could have nothing to do with injuries.

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