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

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

The current preseason squad consists of 31 players, with 24 members of the first team joined by five Sporting KC II players and two Sporting KC Academy standouts.

The Sporting KC II contingent includes Wilson HarrisJohn Pulskamp, Kaveh RadCamden Riley and new arrival Brooks Thompson. Academy players Jake Davis and Tucker Lepley will also make the trip, having participated in the first leg of preseason training last month.

First team midfielders Felipe Hernandez and Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal will continue their preseason preparations with Sporting Kansas City II, while goalkeeper Eric Dick has been loaned to Phoenix Rising FC for the 2020 season.

Sporting will play four friendlies over the next two weeks in Arizona, facing Columbus Crew SC at 12:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday before launching into the Visit Tucson Sun Cup, where they will face Real Salt Lake, Rising FC and the New York Red Bulls. Tickets for all Visit Tucson Sun Cup fixtures are on sale now at FCTucson.com.

Manager Peter Vermes' side will then return to Kansas City ahead of the club's first MLS regular season match at Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Feb. 29.

Sporting KC 2020 Preseason Schedule

Date Opponent Time (CT)
or Result
Location
Saturday, Jan. 25 Phoenix Rising FC Trialists W 4-0 Casino Arizona Field;
Tempe, Ariz.
Saturday, Feb. 1 FC Cincinnati W 4-0 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
10 Felipe Gutierrez Midfielder 29
11 Khiry Shelton Forward 26
12 Gerso Fernandes Forward 28
13 Amadou Dia Defender 26
15 Roger Espinoza Midfielder 33
16 Graham Smith Defender 24
17 Gadi Kinda Midfielder 25
19 Erik Hurtado Forward 29
20 Daniel Salloi Forward 23
23 Tyler Freeman Forward 17
26 Jaylin Lindsey Defender 19
27 Gianluca Busio Midfielder 17
28 Cameron Duke Midfielder 18
29 Tim Melia Goalkeeper 33
36 Luis Martins Defender 27
  Wilson Harris * Forward 20
  John Pulskamp * Goalkeeper 18
  Kaveh Rad * Defender 18
  Camden Riley * Defender 23
  Brooks Thompson * Goalkeeper 17
  Jake Davis ** Midfielder 18
  Tucker Lepley ** Midfielder 18

* Under contract with Sporting KC II
** Member of Sporting KC Academy