Pre-Season Countdown Presented by Children’s Mercy: 10 Days Until MLS Returns
As Sporting Kansas City prepare for its 26th season as a founding member of Major League Soccer, SportingKC.com is deploying a 26 day countdown until the start of the 2021 campaign. A tantalizing opening weekend of MLS action will see Sporting Kansas City visit the New York Red Bulls at 7:00 p.m. CT on April 17, giving fans a first look at the team of manager Peter Vermes since last December.
The Countdown to Pre-Season 2021, Presented by Children’s Mercy, serves as a comprehensive, must-see preview of everything to do with Sporting Kansas City in the weeks and months to come. From key storylines and bold predictions to statistical breakdowns and players to watch, the 2021 preseason countdown highlights the many reasons to be excited about what lies ahead. To visit the home page of the series as it expands, visit SportingKC.com/2021 countdown.
In yesterday’s edition of our daily countdown to the 2021 season, we looked at how Sporting’s current roster was built. The team has many local signings, overseas acquisitions, and even a few MLS SuperDraft selections.
This time around, we’re taking a similar, albeit markedly different, approach by listing every professional stop each player has made in their respective careers. Like yesterday, we’ll be dividing Sporting’s roster into three groups for the year: home players, MLS SuperDraft selections and general signings.
Note that the local players with asterisks are players who were loaned to Sporting KC II while under MLS contract with the first team.
- Daniel Salloi: Sporting (2016-present), loan periods at Vasas SC in Hungary (2016), Gyirmot in Hungary (2016)
- Gianluca Busio: Athletic (2017-present)
- Jaylin lindsey: Athletic (2018-present)
- Tyler Freeman: Athletic (2019-present)
- Cam Duc: Athletic (2019-present)
- Felipe hernandez: Athletic (2019-present)
- John Pulskamp: Sporting KC II (2019), Sporting (2020-present)
- Wilson Harris: Sporting KC II (2018-2020), Sporting (2020-present)
- Grayson Barbier: Athletic (2021-present)
- Ozzie Cisneros: Athletic (2021-present)
- Brooks Thompson: Sporting KC II (2019-2020), Sporting (2021-present)
- Kaveh Rad (2021): Sporting KC II (2018-2020), Sporting (2021-present)
MLS Super Draft Pick
- Graham Zusi: Sportsman (2009-present)
- Graham Smith: Athletic (2018-present)
- Tim Mélia: Rochester Rhinos (2008-2009), Real Salt Lake (2010-2011), loaned to Charleston Battery (2010) and FC New York (2011), Chivas USA (2012-2014), MLS League Pool Goalkeeper (2014), Sporting ( 2015-present)
- Roger Espinoza: Sporting (2008-2012), Wigan Athletic in England (2013-2014), Sporting (2015-present)
- Ilie Sanchez: Barcelona B in Spain (2009-2014), 1860 Munich (2014-2016), loaned to Elche in Spain (2015-2016), Sporting (2017-present).
- Johnny Russell: Dundee United in Scotland (2007-2013), loaned to Forfar Athletic in Scotland (2008-2009), loaned to Raith Rovers in Scotland (2009-2010), Derby County in England (2013-2018), Sporting (2018-present)
- Andreu Fontas: Barcelona B in Spain (2008-2011), FC Barcelona in Spain (2009-2013), loaned to Mallorca (2012-2013), Celta Vigo in Spain (2013-2018), Sporting (2018-present)
- Luis Martins: Benfica in Portugal (2011-2012), Gil Vicente in Portugal (2013-2014), Granada in Spain (2014-2018), loaned to Osasuna in Spain (2015-2016), loaned to Maritimo in Portugal (2017-2018), Chaves in Portugal (2018-2019), Sporting (2019-present)
- Roberto Puncec: Varazdin in Croatia (2008-2011), Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel (2011-2013), loaned to Union Berlin in Germany (2012-2013), Union Berlin in Germany (2013-2017), Rijeka in Croatia (2017-2019) , Sport (2020-present)
- Khiry Shelton: New York City FC (2015-2017), Sporting (2018), SC Paderborn in Germany (2019), Sporting (2020-present)
- Alain Pulido: UANL Tigers in Mexico (2010-2014), Levadiakos in Greece (2014-2015), Olympiacos in Greece (2015-2016), Chivas de Guadalajara in Mexico (2016-2019), Sporting (2020-present)
- Amadou Dia: Sporting (2015-2016), Montreal Impact (2016), Phoenix Rising FC (2017-2019), Sporting (2020-present)
- Gadi Kinda: Ashdod in Israel (2011-2019), Beitar Jerusalem in Israel (2019), Sporting (2020-present)
- Remi Walter: Nancy in France (2012-2016), Nice in France (2016-2020), loaned to Troyes in France (2018), Yeni Malatyaspor in Turkey (2020), Sporting (2021-present)
- Kendall McIntosh: Portland Timbers 2 (2016), Portland Timbers (2017-2019), New York Red Bulls (2020), Sporting (2021-present)
- Nicolas Isimat-Mirin: Valenciennes in France (2010-2013), Monaco in France (2013-2015), loaned to PSV in the Netherlands (2014-2015), PSV in the Netherlands (2015-2019), Besiktas in Turkey (2019-2021) , loaned to Toulouse in France (2019-2020), Sportsman (2021-present)