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Sporting KC announces roster for 2021 preseason, presented by Children’s Mercy

Sporting Kansas City has announced its 34-player roster for the 2021 preseason, presented by Children’s Mercy.

The preseason squad consists of 26 first team players, five members of Sporting Kansas City II, two Sporting KC Academy players and one unsigned MLS Super Draft selection.

Manager Peter Vermes’ side will officially begin preseason training Monday at Phoenix Rising FC’s new training facility at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Arizona.

Homegrown goalkeeper Brooks Thompson is Sporting’s lone MLS player not on the preseason roster, as he will continue rehabbing an injury in Kansas City. Recently acquired French center back Nicolas Isimat-Mirin has yet to arrive in the United States and will undergo a seven-day quarantine upon his arrival to Arizona before joining the team for training. Sporting will continue to follow comprehensive health and safety protocols throughout preseason, including COVID-19 testing every other day.

The five Sporting KC II players on the preseason squad include defenders Danny Barbir, Kaveh Rad and Travian Sousa, midfielder Jake Davis and forward Dominik Resetar. The two Academy standouts making the trip are goalkeeper Gavin Krenecki and defender Kayden Pierre, both of whom featured for SKC II during the 2020 USL Championship campaign.

Sporting’s 2021 preseason is highlighted by friendly matches against USL Championship side Phoenix Rising FC on March 13, the Colorado Rapids on March 20, the Portland Timbers on March 24 and the LA Galaxy on April 3 (all dates subject to change). Supporters can follow @SKCMatchday on Twitter for live updates of all preseason scrimmages.

Sporting KC 2021 Preseason Schedule
(subject to change)

Date
Time (CT)
Opponent
Location
Saturday, March 13
12 p.m.
Phoenix Rising FC
Wild Horse Pass
(Chandler, Ariz.)
Saturday, March 20
5 p.m.
Colorado Rapids
Kino North Complex (Tucson, Ariz.)
Wednesday, March 24
1 p.m.
Portland Timbers
Kino North Complex (Tucson, Ariz.)
Saturday, April 3
2 p.m.
LA Galaxy
Kino North Complex (Tucson, Ariz.)

Sporting KC 2021 Preseason Roster

#
Player
Position
Age
2
Jaylin Lindsey
Defender
20
3
Andreu Fontas
Defender
31
4
Roberto Puncec
Defender
29
5
Nicolas Isimat-Mirin
Defender
29
6
Ilie Sanchez
Midfielder
30
7
Johnny Russell
Forward
30
8
Graham Zusi
Defender
34
9
Alan Pulido
Forward
29
10
Gianluca Busio
Midfielder
18
11
Khiry Shelton
Forward
27
13
Amadou Dia
Defender
27
15
Roger Espinoza
Midfielder
34
16
Graham Smith
Defender
25
17
Gadi Kinda
Midfielder
26
19
Grayson Barber
Midfielder
20
20
Daniel Salloi
Forward
24
21
Felipe Hernandez
Midfielder
22
22
Kendall McIntosh
Goalkeeper
27
23
Tyler Freeman
Forward
18
24
John Pulskamp
Goalkeeper
19
25
Ozzie Cisneros
Forward
16
28
Cam Duke
Midfielder
20
29
Tim Melia
Goalkeeper
34
33
Danny Barbir *
Defender
23
34
Dominik Resetar *
Forward
20
36
Luis Martins
Defender
28
46
Jake Davis *
Midfielder
19
48
Kaveh Rad *
Defender
19
54
Remi Walter
Midfielder
25
55
Gavin Krenecki **
Goalkeeper
18
57
Kayden Pierre **
Defender
18
96
Wilson Harris
Forward
21
 
Matt Constant ***
Defender
22
 
Travian Sousa *
Defender
19

* Sporting KC II player
** Sporting KC Academy player
*** Unsigned MLS Super Draft pick

 

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