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Sporting KC makes several roster moves

Sporting KC announced several roster moves and intentions to offer contracts to four

Kronberg was one of several players that Sporting KC declined options
Kronberg was one of several players that Sporting KC declined options
John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Sporting Kansas City announced several roster moves Tuesday. The team will extend offers to four players that will be out of contract on Decemeber 31st. Aurelien Collin, Kevin Ellis, Jacob Peterson and Soony Saad are in reported to be in negotiations now with the team. Even if a player does not sign after receiving a valid offer, Sporting KC would retain their rights within MLS.

Sporting Kansas City confirmed what The Blue Testament reported yesterday regarding Lawrence Olum. The Kenyan midfielder and Sporting KC have mutually agreed to terminate his contract pending League approval. Sporting Kansas City will retain rights to Olum within Major League Soccer, per MLS roster rules and regulations. This means that there was no transfer fee paid by Kedah FA for Olum's contract.

The contract options have been declined for Antonio Dovale, Andy Gruenebaum, Michael Kafari, Eric Kronberg, Victor Munoz and Sal Zizzo. Kafari and Munoz will be eligible for selection in the MLS Waiver Draft on Dec. 10.

Gruenebaum, Kronberg and Zizzo will all be eligible to participate in Major League Soccer's Re-Entry Process. Phase One of the Re-Entry Draft will take place on Dec. 12; Phase Two will occur on Dec. 18.

Still unknown

No mention of ether Claudio Bieler or Igor Juliao. There has been much speculation on Bieler by fans and media alike as to his situation and if he would be back. Juliao is a loan and not technically Sporting KC's player to begin with and is reported to be back with Fluminense training. If SKC did not protect him in the expansion draft and he was selected, that team would have to then negotiate with Fluminense.

What does this all mean? (speculation)

  • There will obviously be some roster and cap space created...
  • Certainly a few new faces seems to be lined up...
  • The only keeper under contract is homegrown Jon Kempin. While he showed he can play at the MLS level in his limited stint starting last season, it is likely another experienced keeper will be the starter so Kempin can gain more experience
  • The players that options have been declined could renegotiate with Sporting KC but probably will not be back...
  • The expansion draft protected list just got easier... (we will be covering that very soon)
  • The Benny Feilhaber show has been hardest hit and will be seeking a new keyboardist...