Sporting KC trims preseason roster

Five players released ahead of Friday's scrimmage vs. Indy Eleven

With less than five weeks before Sporting KC begins their MLS Cup defense, Peter Vermes’ opening day roster is beginning to take shape.

Sporting KC opened preseason camp with a slew of players trying to make the roster of the defending MLS Cup champs. That number was cut by five on Friday ahead of Sporting KC’s preseason match against Indy Eleven.

Goalkeeper Jacole Turner, midfielders Pablo Punyed and Dante Marini and forwards Don Anding and Reinaldo Brenes were released on Thursday.

With Chance Myers having re-signed last week, Sporting KC now has 27 players under contract with three spots open as the club wraps up the first leg of their preseason campaign.

Friday's match against NASL club Indy Eleven kicks off at 3 p.m. CT. There is no stream of the match, but fans can follow the action on Twitter: @SKCGameday. For Sporting KC's complete preseason schedule visit SportingKC.com/Preseason.

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Player

Pronunciation

Pos

Ht

Wt

Birthdate

Hometown

College/Last Club

1

Eric Kronberg

krawn-berg

GK

6-5

210

06/07/1983

Santa Rosa, CA

California-Berkeley

2

Erik Palmer-Brown

 

D

6-1

175

04/24/1997

Lee's Summit, MO

Sporting KC Academy

3

Ike Opara

oh-PAR-ah

D

6-2

180

02/21/1989

Durham, NC

San Jose Earthquakes

4

Kevin Ellis

 

D

5-9

160

06/30/1991

Kansas City, MO

Barton County CC

5

Matt Besler

BEEZ-ler

D

6-0

170

02/11/1987

Overland Park, KS

Notre Dame University

6

Paulo Nagamura

POW-lo na-ga-MOO-ra

M

5-8

155

03/02/1983

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Chivas USA

7

Chance Myers

 

D

6’

165

12/07/1987

Thousand Oaks, CA

UCLA

8

Graham Zusi

ZOO-see

M

5-10

165

08/18/1986

Longwood, FL

University of Maryland

9

Teal Bunbury

BUN-buh-ree

F

6-2

185

02/27/1990

Prior Lake, MN

University of Akron

10

Benny Feilhaber

FAIL-hob-ber

M

5-9

160

01/19/1985

Irvine, CA

New England Revolution

11

Sal Zizzo

ZEE-zoh

F

5-10

165

04/03/1987

San Diego, CA

Portland Timbers

12

Mikey Lopez

 

M

5-8

160

02/20/1993

Mission, TX

University of North Carolina

13

Lawrence Olum

OH-lumm

D

6-2

185

07/10/1984

Nairobi, Kenya

Orlando City SC

14

Dom Dwyer

 

F

5-9

180

07/30/1990

London, England

Univ. of South Florida

15

Seth Sinovic

sin-OH-vick

D

5-10

170

01/28/1987

Leawood, KS

New England Revolution

16

Claudio Bieler

bee-AY-lurr

F

5-11

171

03/01/1984

Vera, Santa Fe, Argentina

LDU Quito (Ecuador)

17

C.J. Sapong

sah-PONG

F

6-1

185

12/27/1988

Manassas, VA

James Madison University

19

Peterson Joseph

 

M

5-8

132

04/24/1990

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Braga (Portugal)

20

Oriol Rosell

Ew-REE-all rohz-EL

M

6-0

168

07/07/1992

Puig-Reig, Catalonia, Spain

Barcelona (Spain)

21

Jon Kempin

 

GK

6-1

170

04/08/1993

Leawood, KS

Sporting KC Academy

22

Soony Saad

Soo-NEE sod

F

5-10

165

08/17/1992

Dearborn, MI

University of Michigan

24

Mechack Jerome

 

D

5-10

165

04/21/1990

Liancourt, Haiti

Orlando City SC

25

Christian Duke

 

M

5-9

157

06/05/1991

Overland Park, KS

University of San Diego

30

Andy Gruenebaum

GREEN-uh-BOHM

GK

6-1

175

12/30/1982

Overland Park, KS

Columbus Crew

31

Josh Gardner

 

D/M

5-10

167

09/14/1982

Houston, TX

Montreal Impact

37

Jacob Peterson

 

F

5-10

165

01/27/1986

Portage, MI

San Jose Earthquakes

78

Aurelien Collin

au-REEL-ee-EN

D

6-2

169

03/08/1986

Enghein-les-Bains, France

Vitoria FC (Portugal)

18

Adnan Gabeljic^

AHD-nahn guh-BELL-uh-jitch

F

6-3

200

04/13/1992

St. Louis, MO

Saint Louis University

23

Alex Martinez^

 

M

5-8

160

08/25/1991

Montevideo, Uruguay

North Carolina State

28

Peter Schmetz^

 

D

6-6

205

06/02/1990

Dusseldorf, Germany

California-Santa Barbara

^ - SuperDraft pick