When Sporting Kansas City selected South Florida forward Dom Dwyer and Coastal Carolina defender Cyprian Hedrick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, almost immediately I started receiving questions about Sporting's international roster slots, and if Dwyer and Hedrick would count against the seven slots Kansas City currently holds.
Alex touched a bit on this on his post from the other day.
Each team in MLS is allowed 8 international slots every year, but as most of you may recall, Sporting traded one of their 2012 slots to the San Jose Earthquakes in the Bobby Convey acquisition, leaving Kansas City with just seven for the upcoming season. The roster slot traded to San Jose will return to Sporting Kansas City at the end of the 2012 MLS season.
Dwyer will be taking up one of Sporting's international roster spots, but contrary to what a number of people were thinking, Hedrick will not (he was born in Cameroon, but his hometown is listed as Friendswood, Texas).
Here are Sporting Kansas City's current international roster slot players:
What makes this all a little more interesting is that we know Peter Vermes and his staff are still actively pursuing potential designated players from various parts of the world that would require an international slot if Sporting were to make a move on them. Vermes confirmed that the club were still actively pursuing such players on the post-draft episode of the MLS Etra-Time podcast, which means there's likely more roster movement on the way for the club in the very near future.
I tend to agree with Alex's thinking that a player like Cyrus, or even Aiyegbusi could very well be on their way out to make room for a potential international player.