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Sporting Kansas City II announces roster moves ahead of 2020 season

Sporting Kansas City II will return seven players for the 2020 USL Championship season, the club announced today.

Sporting KC II has exercised the contract option on midfielder Camden Riley, and he joins six players that remain under contract with the club.

Joining Riley on the 2020 roster are goalkeepers John Pulskamp and Brooks Thompson, defender Luis Olivera, midfielder Will Little and forwards Wilson Harris and Ze Pedro.

Sporting II declined options on defenders Rennico Clarke and Mark Segbers, as well as midfielder Camilo Benitez and forwards Killian Colombie and Tucker Stephenson.

In addition, midfielders Rassambek Akhmatov and Ayyoub Allach along with forwards William Opoku Mensah and Ethan Vanacore-Decker are out of contract with the club, while the loans of defender Alexsander and forward Jerome Ngom Mbekeli have expired.

Sporting KC Academy products Mo Abualnadi (Notre Dame) and Sean Karani (Temple) have both departed for their collegiate programs after representing Sporting II early in the 2019 campaign.

Academy standouts Josh Chong, Jake Davis, Dylan Hooper, Gavin Krenecki, Tucker Lepley, Jahon Rad, Kaveh Rad and Max Trejo – who were on Academy contracts with Sporting II in 2019 – all remain with the Sporting KC Academy.

2020 Sporting KC II Roster

  • GK John Pulskamp
  • GK Brooks Thompson
  • D Luis Olivera
  • M Will Little
  • M Camden Riley
  • F Wilson Harris
  • F Ze Pedro

Since the club began play in the 2016 season, Sporting II has advanced nine players to the Sporting Kansas City first team. Of those nine players, three remain under contract with the club heading into the 2020 MLS season: defender Jaylin Lindsey and midfielders Felipe Hernandez and Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal.

Sporting II reached the USL Cup Final in back-to-back seasons in 2016 and 2017 before qualifying for the postseason once again in 2018. In 2019, a young team failed to reach the USL Championship Playoffs, though bright spots include Felipe Hernandez being named a finalist for Young Player of the Year on his way to earning an MLS contract with the first team, and Wilson Harris tallying 12 goals to set himself apart as the top teenage goalscorer in American professional soccer.

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