2017 Sporting Kansas City season

The 2017 Sporting Kansas City season was the twenty-second season of the team's existence in Major League Soccer and the seventh year played under the Sporting Kansas City moniker.

Sporting Kansas City
2017 season
OwnerSporting Club
Head CoachPeter Vermes
StadiumChildren's Mercy Park
MLSConference: 5th
Overall: 11th
PlayoffsKnockout Round
U.S. Open CupChampions
Top goalscorerLeague: Gerso
(8 goals)

All: Gerso
(10 goals)
Highest home attendance21,523
(Open Cup Final vs New York Red Bulls)
Lowest home attendance15,016
(Open Cup Quarterfinals vs FC Dallas)
Average home league attendanceLeague: 19,565
All: 19,051

Current roster

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of September 12, 2017.[1]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Adrián Zendejas  United States
2 Defender Erik Palmer-Brown (HGP)  United States
3 Defender Ike Opara  United States
4 Defender Kevin Ellis (HGP)  United States
5 Defender Matt Besler (Captain)  United States
6 Midfielder Ilie Sánchez  Spain
7 Forward Gerso Fernandes (DP)  Guinea-Bissau
8 Defender Graham Zusi (DP)  United States
9 Forward Latif Blessing  Ghana
10 Midfielder Benny Feilhaber  United States
11 Forward Diego Rubio  Chile
15 Defender Seth Sinovic  United States
17 Defender Saad Abdul-Salaam  United States
19 Midfielder Cristian Lobato  Spain
20 Forward Gianluca Busio (HGP)  United States
21 Goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra  United States
22 Forward Soony Saad  Lebanon
23 Defender Colton Storm  United States
24 Forward Cameron Iwasa  United States
27 Midfielder Roger Espinoza (DP)  Honduras
29 Goalkeeper Tim Melia  United States
30 Forward Dániel Sallói (HGP)  Hungary
39 Forward Cameron Porter  United States
41 Defender James Musa  New Zealand
55 Defender Amer Didic  Canada
77 Midfielder Tyler Pasher  Canada
88 Midfielder Kevin Oliveira  Cape Verde
90 Forward Kharlton Belmar  United States
93 Midfielder Soni Mustivar  Haiti
94 Midfielder Jimmy Medranda  Colombia

Player Movement

In

Per Major League Soccer and club policies terms of the deals do not get disclosed.

Date Player Position Previous Club Fee/Notes Ref
December 12, 2016 Tyler Pasher MF Swope Park Rangers Signed from USL team [2]
December 2, 2016 Adrian Zendejas GK Swope Park Rangers Signed from USL team [2]
January 4, 2017 Gerso Fernandes FW/MF C.F. Os Belenenses Undisclosed [2]
January 9, 2017 Latif Blessing FW Liberty Professionals F.C. Undisclosed [2]
January 9, 2017 Christian Volesky FW Portland Timbers Rights acquired in exchange for 4th Round pick in 2017 MLS SuperDraft [2]
January 10, 2017 Cameron Iwasa FW Sacramento Republic FC Free Transfer [2]
January 10, 2017 Andrew Dykstra GK D.C. United Re-Entry Draft [2]
January 13, 2017 Ilie Sanchez MF TSV 1860 Munich Free Transfer [2]
January 30, 2017 Soony Saad FW BEC Tero Sasana Free Transfer [2]
June 29, 2017 Cristian Lobato MF Gimnàstic de Tarragona Free Transfer [3]
August 11, 2017 James Musa DF Swope Park Rangers Signed from USL team [4]
August 25, 2017 Gianluca Busio FW HGP [5]
September 15, 2017 Kharlton Belmar FW Swope Park Rangers Signed from USL team [6]
September 15, 2017 Kevin Oliveira MF Swope Park Rangers Signed from USL team [6]

Out

Date Player Position Destination Club Notes Ref
October 28, 2016 Brad Davis MF None Retired [2]
November 23, 2016 Jacob Peterson MF Atlanta United FC Out of Contract, Signed with Atlanta United FC on December 21, 2016 [2]
November 23, 2016 Nuno André Coelho DF G.D. Chaves Option Declined [2]
November 23, 2016 Chance Myers DF Portland Timbers Option Declined, later signed with Portland as a free agent [2]
November 23, 2016 Justin Mapp MF Option Declined [2]
November 23, 2016 Éver Alvarado DF CD Olimpia Option Declined [2]
November 23, 2016 Emmanuel Appiah MF Saint Louis FC Option Declined [2]
November 23, 2016 Jon Kempin GK LA Galaxy Option Declined [2]
November 23, 2016 Connor Hallisey MF Option Declined [2]
December 12, 2016 Paulo Nagamura MF None Retired [2]
December 13, 2016 Alec Kann GK Atlanta United FC Expansion Draft [2]
February 3, 2017 Lawrence Olum DF Portland Timbers Trade [2]
February 27, 2017 Benji Joya MF Waived [7]
February 27, 2017 Christian Volesky FW Saint Louis FC Waived [7]
July 25, 2017 Dom Dwyer FW Orlando City SC Traded [8][9][10][11]

Loans

Per Major League Soccer and club policies terms of the deals do not get disclosed.

In

Date Player Position Loaned from Notes Ref
December 23, 2016 Igor Juliao DF Fluminense FC Waived on June 29 [2][3]

Competitions

Match results

  Win   Tie   Loss

Preseason

Kickoff times are in CST (UTC-06) unless shown otherwise

Desert Diamond Cup

Regular season

Kickoff times are in CDT (UTC-05) unless shown otherwise

MLS Cup Playoffs

Kickoff times are in CDT (UTC-05) unless shown otherwise

U.S. Open Cup

Kickoff times are in CDT (UTC-05) unless shown otherwise

Player statistics

Top scorers

Rank Position Number Name MLS MLS Cup Open Cup Total
1 FW 7 Gerso Fernandes 8 0 2 10
2 FW 11 Diego Rubio 5 0 2 7
3 FW 9 Latif Blessing 3 0 3 6
FW 14 Dom Dwyer 5 0 1 6
FW 30 Dániel Sallói 3 0 3 6
4 DF 3 Ike Opara 3 0 2 5
MF 10 Benny Feilhaber 5 0 0 5
5 MF 93 Jimmy Medranda 2 0 0 2
6 DF 15 Seth Sinovic 1 0 0 1
DF 17 Saad Abdul-Salaam 1 0 0 1
MF 19 Cristian Lobato 1 0 0 1
MF 27 Roger Espinoza 1 0 0 1
Total 37 0 13 50

As of October 26, 2017

Disciplinary record

Number Nation Position Name MLS U.S. Open Cup Total
3DFIke Opara301040
4DFKevin Ellis100010
5DFMatt Besler200020
6MFIlie Sánchez700070
7FWGerso400040
8MFGraham Zusi410041
9FWLatif Blessing300030
10MFBenny Feilhaber400040
11FWDiego Rubio300030
14FWDom Dwyer400040
15DFSeth Sinovic501161
17DFSaad Abdul-Salaam100010
21GKAndrew Dykstra200020
27MFRoger Espinoza11120131
29GKTim Melia100010
30FWDániel Sallói100010
40DFIgor Julião100010
41DFJames Musa100010
94MFJimmy Medranda201030
TOTALS 60 2 5 1 65 3

As of October 26, 2017.

References

  1. "Players". Sporting Kansas City. September 22, 2017. Archived from the original on September 12, 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  2. "Transactions".
  3. Rodriguez, Alicia (June 29, 2017). "Sporting KC sign Spanish midfielder Cristian Lobato". Sporting KC. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  4. Kovzan, Sam (August 11, 2017). "Sporting KC signs 25-year-old midfielder James Musa from Swope Park Rangers". SportingKC.com. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  5. Kovzan, Sam (August 25, 2017). "Sporting KC signs 15-year-old forward Gianluca Busio as a Homegrown Player". Sporting KC. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  6. Kovzan, Sam (September 15, 2017). "Sporting KC signs forward Kharlton Belmar and midfielder Kevin Oliveira to MLS contracts". Sporting KC. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
  7. "Sporting KC waives midfielder Benji Joya and forward Christian Volesky".
  8. "Orlando City acquires Dom Dwyer in trade with Sporting Kansas City". ESPNFC.com. July 25, 2017. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  9. Kovzan, Sam (July 25, 2017). "Sporting KC acquires up to $1.6 million in Allocation Money from Orlando City SC in exchange for forward Dom Dwyer". Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  10. McDowell, Sam (July 25, 2017). "Sporting KC trades Dom Dwyer to Orlando City SC". Kansas City Star. Archived from the original on July 25, 2017. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  11. DelGallo, Alicia (July 25, 2017). "Orlando City reaches agreement to bring Dom Dwyer back". Orlando Sentinel. Archived from the original on July 25, 2017. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  12. Kovzan, Sam (August 25, 2017). "Sporting KC's match at Houston Dynamo postponed due to Hurricane Harvey in Southeast Texas". Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved August 25, 2017.
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