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Sporting KC announces roster moves ahead of 2019 season

Sporting Kansas City announced Friday that the club has exercised contract options for the following four players ahead of the 2019 MLS season: forward Diego Rubio, defender Graham Smith and goalkeepers Eric Dick and Adrian Zendejas.

In addition, Sporting KC has extended a bona fide offer to forward Khiry Shelton, who is out of contract at the end of the year.

Sporting KC has declined contract options for forward Kharlton Belmar, midfielder Cristian Lobato and defenders Amer Didic, Brad Evans and Colton Storm. Belmar, Lobato, Didic and Storm are eligible for the MLS Waiver Draft on Dec. 12. Evans is eligible for free agency, beginning Dec. 11, and for the MLS Re-Entry Draft, with Stage One set for Dec. 14 and Stage Two on Dec. 20.

Sporting KC now has 23 players under contract for the 2019 campaign: the four players whose contract options were exercised as well as players already under contract for 2019: Matt Besler, Gianluca Busio, Yohan Croizet, Roger Espinoza, Gerso Fernandes, Andreu Fontas, Tyler Freeman, Felipe Gutierrez, Jaylin Lindsey, Jimmy Medranda, Tim Melia, Krisztian Nemeth, Ike Opara, Johnny Russell, Daniel Salloi, Ilie Sanchez, Seth Sinovic, Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal and Graham Zusi.

For a full list of Sporting KC’s offseason roster moves, visit SportingKC.com/tracker. The club will spend its 2019 preseason in Scottsdale, Arizona, first reporting to camp on Jan. 13, before kicking off the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League in late February and the 2019 MLS regular season in early March.

Major League Soccer released its 2018 offseason calendar earlier this month. The 2018 MLS Expansion Draft will take place on Dec. 11 as FC Cincinnati prepares for its first season in the league. Because Sporting KC had a player selected in the 2017 Expansion Draft, the team is exempt from this year’s Expansion Draft. The 2019 MLS SuperDraft will take place on Jan. 11 in Chicago, with Sporting KC currently holding one pick in each of the four rounds at No. 21, 45, 69 and 93 overall. 

Sporting KC players under contract in 2019

Contract terms as of Nov. 30, 2018

Goalkeepers (3)
Player Contract Ends Options
Eric Dick 2019 2020, 2021
Tim Melia 2021 2022
Adrian Zendejas 2019 2020
Defenders (8)
Player Contract Ends Options
Matt Besler 2020 none
Andreu Fontas 2022 none
Jaylin Lindsey 2021 2022
Jimmy Medranda 2019 2020
Ike Opara 2020 2021
Seth Sinovic 2019 2020
Graham Smith 2019 2020, 2021
Graham Zusi 2021 none
Midfielders (6)
Players Contract Ends Options
Gianluca Busio 2020 2021, 2022
Yohan Croizet 2020 2021
Roger Espinoza 2020 none
Felipe Gutierrez 2020 2021
Ilie Sanchez 2021 2022
Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal 2020 2021, 2022
Forwards (6)
Player Contract Ends Options
Gerso Fernandes 2019 2020
Tyler Freeman 2022 2023
Krisztian Nemeth 2019 2020
Diego Rubio 2019 none
Johnny Russell 2020 2021
Daniel Salloi 2020 2021
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