Sporting announces roster for first leg of 2020 preseason, presented by Children's Mercy

Sporting Kansas City has announced its roster for the first leg of the 2020 preseason, presented by Children’s Mercy.

The preseason squad currently consists of 34 players including the 26 signed to MLS contracts, three members of Sporting Kansas City II, three Sporting KC Academy players and two unsigned MLS SuperDraft selections.

The Sporting KC II trio includes Wilson Harris, John Pulskamp and Camden Riley, while the three Academy players making the trip are Jake Davis, Tucker Lepley and Kaveh Rad—all of whom featured for Sporting KC II during the 2019 USL Championship season. MLS SuperDraft picks James Kasak and Jaret Townsend round out the roster.

The first phase of preseason training in Arizona will begin Sunday and conclude Feb. 1, highlighted by friendlies against a team of Phoenix Rising FC trialists on Jan. 25 and fellow MLS side FC Cincinnati on Feb. 1.

After spending a week back in Kansas City, Sporting will return to Arizona for the second leg from Feb. 8-23, highlighted by a Feb. 12 friendly versus Columbus Crew SC and three games in the Visit Tucson Sun Cup. Tickets for all Visit Tucson Sun Cup fixtures are on sale now at

Sporting KC 2020 Preseason Schedule

Date Opponent Time (CT) Location
Saturday, Jan. 25 Phoenix Rising FC Trialists Noon Casino Arizona Field;
Tempe, Ariz.
Saturday, Feb. 1 FC Cincinnati Noon Grande Sports World;
Casa Grande, Ariz.
Wednesday, Feb. 12 Columbus Crew SC 12:30pm Grande Sports World;
Casa Grande, Ariz.
Saturday, Feb. 15 Real Salt Lake
(Visit Tucson Sun Cup)
5pm Kino North Stadium;
Tucson, Ariz.
Wednesday, Feb. 19 Phoenix Rising FC
(Visit Tucson Sun Cup)
8pm Casino Arizona Field;
Tempe, Ariz.
Saturday, Feb. 22 New York Red Bulls
(Visit Tucson Sun Cup)
3pm Kino North Stadium;
Tucson, Ariz.

Sporting KC 2020 Preseason Roster

# Player Position Age
1 Richard Sanchez Goalkeeper 25
2 Botond Barath Defender 27
3 Andreu Fontas Defender 30
4 Roberto Puncec Defender 28
5 Matt Besler Defender 32
6 Ilie Sanchez Midfielder 29
7 Johnny Russell Forward 29
8 Graham Zusi Defender 33
9 Alan Pulido Forward 28
11 Khiry Shelton Forward 26
12 Gerso Fernandes Forward 28
13 Gianluca Busio Midfielder 17
14 Amadou Dia Defender 26
15 Roger Espinoza Midfielder 33
16 Graham Smith Defender 24
18 Eric Dick Goalkeeper 25
19 Erik Hurtado Forward 29
20 Daniel Salloi Forward 23
21 Felipe Gutierrez Midfielder 29
23 Tyler Freeman Forward 17
26 Jaylin Lindsey Defender 19
28 Cameron Duke Midfielder 18
29 Tim Melia Goalkeeper 33
36 Luis Martins Defender 27
75 Wan Kuzain Midfielder 21
85 Felipe Hernandez Midfielder 21
  Wilson Harris * Forward 20
  John Pulskamp * Goalkeeper 18
  Camden Riley * Defender 23
  Jake Davis ** Midfielder 18
  Tucker Lepley ** Midfielder 18
  Kaveh Rad ** Defender 18
  James Kasak ^^ Defender 21
  Jaret Townsend ^^ Midfielder 21

* Under contract with Sporting KC II
** Member of Sporting KC Academy
^^ Unsigned MLS SuperDraft selection