Academy product Jahon Rad converted a late penalty kick as Sporting Kansas City II opened the 2020 preseason with a 1-1 draw against USL Championship counterparts OKC Energy FC on Saturday at Stryker Sports Complex in Wichita, Kansas.
Energy FC opened the scoring after just four minutes when Jaime Chavez latched onto the end of a corner kick and prodded home. Sporting KC II, led by third-year head coach and former Sporting Kansas City midfielder Paulo Nagamura, drew level in the 85th minute when unsigned MLS SuperDraft pick Jaret Townsend drew a penalty that Rad coolly converted.
Sporting II responded well to their early concession and almost restored parity twice in the first half, with Ze Pedro and newcomer Dominik Resetar both testing the Energy FC goalkeeper. Sporting KC Academy product Max Trejo also made a strong save of his own in the 34th minute.
Nagamura made several halftime changes and a total of 23 players wound up earning playing time in Sporting II's first preseason tune-up.
Sporting II will continue their preparations for the 2020 USL Championship season next Saturday, Feb. 22, at Swope Soccer Village when they host Iowa Western Community College at 2 p.m. CT. Admission is free and open to the public.
Sporting Kansas City II vs. OKC Energy FC
Preseason Friendly | Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020
Stryker Sports Complex (Wichita, Kansas)
OKC -- Jaime Chavez 4'
SKC -- Jahon Rad (penalty) 85'
Sporting Kansas City II Lineups (R-L)
First Half: Max Trejo*; Sam Roben**, Petar Cuic, Danny Barbir, Luis Olivera; Wan Kuzain^, Felipe Hernandez^, Christian Duke; Ze Pedro, Dominik Resetar, Enoch Mushagalusa**
Second Half: Remi Prieur**; Mason Leeth*, Petar Cuic (Isaiah LeFlore* 62'), Jahon Rad*, Brandt Betts*; Duval Wapiwo, Wan Kuzain^ (Josh Chong* 62'), Felipe Hernandez^ (Will Little 62'); Jaret Townsend***, Dominik Resetar (Jake Rudel** 62'), Fredinho Mompremier** (Dawson Gulley* 64')
^ Sporting KC first team player
* Member of Sporting KC Academy
*** Unsigned MLS SuperDraft pick
Sporting Kansas City II Preseason Schedule
|DATE||OPPONENT||TIME (CT) /
|Feb. 15||OKC Energy FC||T 1-1||Stryker Sports Complex (Wichita, Kan.)|
|Feb. 22||Iowa Western CC||2 p.m.||Swope Soccer Village (Kansas City, Mo.)|
|Feb. 27||North Texas SC||2 p.m.||Toyota Soccer Center (Frisco, Texas)|
|Feb. 29||FC Tulsa||1 p.m.||Titan Sports Complex (Tulsa, Okla.)|