Sporting Kansas City II announced today the club’s schedule and roster for the 2022 preseason ahead of the inaugural MLS NEXT Pro season.

Head coach Benny Feilhaber and assistant coach Ike Opara will open preseason camp at Swope Soccer Village today before departing for Indianapolis on Friday, Feb. 18 to play two preseason matches in five days.

The club opens preseason competition with a match against Indy Eleven on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 12 p.m. CT at Grand Park. The clubs certainly have some familiarity, as they have faced off eight times in the last two seasons.

On Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. CT, SKC II will face off against Chicago Fire FC MLS NEXT Pro at Grand Park before returning home to Kansas City following the match. This marks Sporting KC II’s first-ever matchup with an MLS NEXT Pro side.

The team will continue training at Swope Soccer Village until Saturday, March 5 when the group will head south for a match against FC Tulsa. The exhibition is set for 2 p.m. CT at Titan Sports Complex. The last time these two sides dueled, they produced a 1-1 draw at Children’s Mercy Park with a goal from Sporting KC loanee Kayden Pierre.

Sporting KC II finishes out the preseason with two matches at Swope Soccer Village. First, SKC II welcomes USL League One champions Union Omaha to Swope Soccer Village on Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m. CT before closing out the preseason against the Kansas City Roos Men’s Soccer Team on Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m. CT.

Sporting KC 2022 Preseason Schedule (subject to change)
Sporting KC 2022 Preseason Schedule (subject to change)
Date
Time (CT)
Opponent
Location
Saturday, Feb. 19
12 p.m.
Indy Eleven (USL Championship)
Indianapolis, Ind.
Wednesday, Feb. 23
10 a.m.
Chicago Fire FC (MLS NEXT Pro)
Indianapolis, Ind.
Saturday, March 5
2 p.m.
FC Tulsa (USL Championship)
Tulsa, Okla.
Sunday, March 13
2 p.m.
Union Omaha (USL League One)
Kansas City, Mo.
Saturday, March 19
2 p.m.
Kansas City Roos Men’s Soccer (Summit League)
Kansas City, Mo.

SKC II starts preseason with top Sporting KC Academy prospects and a core of MLS NEXT Pro players including Jahon Rad, Aljaz Dzankic, Spencer Glass and Collin Fernandez. In addition, Sporting KC II is joined by trialists looking to sign an MLS NEXT Pro contract.

When the MLS NEXT Pro regular season starts, the Sporting KC II roster will be rounded out with loanees from the first team and other top Sporting KC Academy talent. Additional information, including the MLS NEXT Pro regular season schedule, will be released at a later date.

2022 Sporting KC II Players Under Contract (as of Feb. 7, 2022)
2022 Sporting KC II Players Under Contract (as of Feb. 7, 2022)
First Name
Last Name
Aljaz
Dzankic^
Collin
Fernandez
Spencer
Glass^
Jahon
Rad
Rauf
Salifu^

^ Currently with Sporting KC in Arizona for preseason

Sporting KC II Preseason Trialists (as of Feb. 7, 2022)
Sporting KC II Preseason Trialists (as of Feb. 7, 2022)
First Name
Last Name
Andrew
Anyafo
Bakary
Bagayoko
Ethan
Bandre
Josh
Coan
Esai
Easley
Tijani
Fatah
Akolade
Gdadebo
Hugo
Kametani
Curtez
Kellman
Mason
Leeth
Mauricio
Lozano
Cole
McLagan
Alex
Meija
Mark
Sallas
Brett
St. Martin
Toni
Suddoth
Cade
Thomson
Sporting KC Academy Players at Sporting KC II Preseason (as of Feb. 7, 2022)
Sporting KC Academy Players at Sporting KC II Preseason (as of Feb. 7, 2022)
First Name
Last Namw
Braxton
Arpachinda
Draven
Barnett
Edgar
Bazan
Mataeo
Bunbury
Matthew
Fisher
Daniel
Gutierrez
Mason
Hart
Coby
Jones
Alex
Kara
Nico
Pendleton
Carlito
Saylon