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Sporting KC announces roster for 2019 preseason, presented by Children's Mercy

Sporting Kansas City announced today the club's roster for the 2019 preseason, presented by Children's Mercy.

The preseason squad currently consists of 39 players, including the 26 signed to MLS contracts, four members of the Swope Park Rangers, five Sporting KC Academy players, three unsigned MLS SuperDraft selections and one trialist.

The Rangers quartet joining Sporting KC in Arizona consists of Justin Bilyeu and Academy products Felipe Hernandez, Wilson Harris and Will Little. The five other current Academy players on the trip include Mo Abualnadi, Jake Davis, Sean Karani, Tucker Lepley and Brooks Thompson.

Kamar Marriott, Franky Martinez and Camden Riley represent the MLS SuperDraft contingent, while Daniel Johnson — a midfielder who has spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Fire — has joined the group as a trialist.

Sporting will spend both legs of preseason in Arizona, training in Scottsdale through Jan. 31 and again from Feb. 6-19 before facing Deportivo Toluca FC in the first leg of the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 on Feb. 21 at Children's Mercy Park.

Sporting will play seven friendlies in Arizona, including a doubleheader against USL Championship outfit Phoenix Rising FC on Feb. 7 and split-squad fixtures against the Houston Dynamo and FC Tucson, respectively, on Feb. 13. Their first preseason tune-up is slated for Friday against Sporting Arizona FC.

Sporting KC 2019 Preseason Schedule

DATE OPPONENT TIME (CT) VENUE
Friday, Jan. 18 Sporting Arizona FC 11:30am Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex (Scottsdale)
Wednesday, Jan. 23 Phoenix Rising FC Trialists 11:30am Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex (Scottsdale)
Wednesday, Jan. 30 FC Tucson Trialists 12pm Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex (Scottsdale)
Thursday, Feb. 7 Phoenix Rising FC
(two 75-minute matches)
7pm Phoenix Rising Soccer Complex (Scottsdale)
Wednesday, Feb. 13 Houston Dynamo * 5pm Kino Sports Complex (Tucson)
Wednesday, Feb. 13 FC Tucson * 5pm Kino Sports Complex (Tucson)

* Matches to be played concurrently

Sporting KC 2019 Preseason Roster

NO. PLAYER POSITION AGE
1 Adrian Zendejas Goalkeeper 23
2 Botond Barath Defender 26
3 Ike Opara Defender 29
4 Andreu Fontas Defender 29
5 Matt Besler Defender 31
6 Ilie Sanchez Midfielder 28
7 Johnny Russell Forward 28
8 Graham Zusi Defender 32
9 Krisztian Nemeth Forward 30
10 Yohan Croizet Midfielder 26
11 Kelyn Rowe Midfielder 27
12 Gerso Fernandes Forward 27
13 Gianluca Busio Midfielder 16
15 Seth Sinovic Defender 31
16 Graham Smith Defender 23
17 Roger Espinoza Midfielder 32
18 Eric Dick Goalkeeper 24
19 Erik Hurtado Forward 28
20 Daniel Salloi Forward 22
21 Felipe Gutierrez Midfielder 28
22 Rodney Wallace Defender 30
26 Jaylin Lindsey Defender 18
28 Tyler Freeman Forward 16
29 Tim Melia Goalkeeper 32
75 Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal Midfielder 20
94 Jimmy Medranda Defender 24
  Justin Bilyeu * Defender 24
  Felipe Hernandez * Midfielder 20
  Wilson Harris * Forward 19
  Will Little * Midfielder 20
  Mo Abualnadi ^ Defender 17
  Jake Davis ^ Midfielder 17
  Tucker Lepley ^ Midfielder 16
  Sean Karani ^ Midfielder 18
  Brooks Thompson ^ Goalkeeper 16
  Kamar Marriott ** Midfielder 22
  Franky Martinez ** Defender 23
  Camden Riley ** Midfielder 22
  Daniel Johnson ^^ Midfielder 23

* Swope Park Rangers
^ Sporting KC Academy
** Unsigned MLS SuperDraft pick
^^ Trialist

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