Countdown to Kickoff | 14 Days: International representation on Sporting's roster

For the first time in the 25-year history of Major League Soccer, the month of February will mark the start of regular season play. On Feb. 29, clubs across the United States and Canada will step between the white lines with hopes of collecting three points to begin 2020.

A delectable opening day of MLS action will see Sporting Kansas City visit Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 9:30 p.m. CT, giving supporters their first real look at Manager Peter Vermes’ side since last October.

As the anticipated date approaches, SportingKC.com is rolling out a 28-day countdown to first kick, offering a comprehensive preview of the season ahead. From key storylines and positional breakdowns to new fan initiatives and perks at Children’s Mercy Park, our Countdown to Kickoff series highlights the many reasons to be pumped for Sporting’s 2020 campaign. To visit the series homepage as it expands, head to SportingKC.com/countdown.


Friday’s acquisition of New Zealand national teamer and longtime English Premier League veteran Winston Reid pushed the Sporting Kansas City roster to 28 players heading into the 2020 campaign.

Reid’s arrival also added to the international flair of a squad that has been strengthened in all areas of the field during an intriguing offseason. The hulking 6-foot-3 defender is a dual citizen of New Zealand and Denmark, meaning that Sporting’s current roster now boasts representation from a remarkable 18 different countries and six continents (taking dual nationals into account).

Sorry, Antarctica, you're the only continent to miss out.

We provide the full geographical breakdown below.

Countries represented (18): Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Ethiopia, France, Guinea Bissau, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, USA

Continents represented (6): Africa, Asia, Australia/Oceania, Europe, North America, South America

Chile
 
Colombia
M Felipe Hernandez (dual citizenship – USA)
 
Croatia
 
France
D Amadou Dia (dual citizenship – USA)
 
Ethiopia & Israel
M Gadi Kinda (dual citizenship)
 
Guinea Bissau
 
Honduras
M Roger Espinoza (dual citizenship – USA)
 
Hungary
 
Italy
Gianluca Busio (dual citizenship – USA)
 
Malaysia
M Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal (dual citizenship – USA)
 
Mexico
GK Richard Sanchez (dual citizenship – USA)
 
New Zealand & Denmark
D Winston Reid (dual citizenship)
 
Portugal
 
Scotland
 
 
USA
 
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