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Sporting KC unveils 2017 preseason schedule

Sporting Kansas City has finalized the club’s match schedule for the 2017 preseason, presented by Children’s Mercy. All six games will come against fellow MLS sides at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona.

For the third straight year, Sporting Kansas City will spend both phases of preseason training in Tucson, first reporting from Jan. 23 – Feb. 7 and then from Feb. 14-25. The first stint in Arizona will include friendlies against the San Jose Earthquakes on Jan. 31 and the New England Revolution on Feb. 7, with both matches kicking off at noon CT.

Following a brief return to Kansas City, Manager Peter Vermes’ men will revisit Tucson to compete in the Desert Diamond Cup. The preseason tournament will see Sporting KC face the Colorado Rapids (Feb. 15), New York Red Bulls (Feb. 18), New England (Feb. 22) and a team to be determined on Feb. 25. All four Desert Diamond Cup matches will be streamed live on SportingKC.com.

The sixth edition of the Desert Diamond Cup will involve six MLS clubs: Sporting KC, New England, Colorado, the Red Bulls, New York City FC and the Houston Dynamo. Sporting KC competed in the inaugural Desert Diamond Cup in 2011 and was also a member of the 2015 and 2016 tournament fields.

Sporting Kansas City fans can purchase general admission tickets to Desert Diamond Cup matches on Feb. 18 and 25. Click here and enter the discount code SPORTING to receive 15 percent off both games. In addition, out-of-town guests can click here to purchase MLS Preseason hotel and experience packages.

At least 39 players will join Sporting Kansas City for preseason training – the 27 players currently under contract, unsigned MLS SuperDraft picks Colton Storm and David Greczek, trialist Lebo Moloto, and nine Swope Park Rangers players.

Sporting KC 2017 Preseason Schedule

DATE OPPONENT TIME (CT) TICKETS
Tuesday, Jan. 31 San Jose Earthquakes 12 pm  
Tuesday, Feb. 7 New England Revolution 12 pm  
Wednesday, Feb. 15 Colorado Rapids 12 pm  
Saturday, Feb. 18 New York Red Bulls 4:30 pm BUY
Wednesday, Feb. 22 New England Revolution 12 pm  
Saturday, Feb. 25 1st, 3rd or 5th-place match 2, 4:30 or 7 pm BUY

Sporting KC 2017 Preseason Roster

NO. PLAYER POSITION AGE
1 Adrian Zendejas Goalkeeper 21
2 Erik Palmer-Brown Defender 19
3 Ike Opara Defender 27
4 Kevin Ellis Defender 25
5 Matt Besler Defender 29
6 Ilie Sanchez Midfielder 26
7 Gerso Fernandes Forward 25
8 Graham Zusi Midfielder 30
9 Latif Blessing Forward 20
10 Benny Feilhaber Midfielder 32
11 Diego Rubio Forward 23
12 Christian Volesky Forward 24
13 Benji Joya Midfielder 23
14 Dom Dwyer Forward 26
15 Seth Sinovic Defender 29
16 Lawrence Olum Defender 32
17 Saad Abdul-Salaam Defender 25
21 Andrew Dykstra Goalkeeper 31
24 Cameron Iwasa Forward 23
27 Roger Espinoza Midfielder 30
29 Tim Melia Goalkeeper 30
30 Daniel Salloi Forward 20
39 Cameron Porter Forward 23
40 Igor Juliao Defender 22
77 Tyler Pasher Defender 22
93 Soni Mustivar Midfielder 26
94 Jimmy Medranda Defender 22
71 David Greczek * Goalkeeper 22
  Colton Storm * Defender 22
42 Lebo Moloto ** Midfielder 26
31 Nansel Selbol *** Forward 19
32 Christian Duke *** Defender 25
47 Mark Anthony Gonzalez *** Forward 22
49 Will Little *** Midfielder 18
55 Amer Didic *** Defender 22
81 Oumar Ballo *** Defender 25
85 Felipe Hernandez *** Midfielder 18
88 Kevin Oliveira *** Midfielder 20
  James Musa *** Midfielder 24

Bold: Under contract with Sporting KC
* Unsigned MLS SuperDraft pick
** Trialist
*** Swope Park Rangers

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