A number of MLS clubs have formed their own USL Pro teams and while the number continues to grow, it appears that Sporting Kansas City will not be one of those teams for the next season.
Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes confirmed after the weekly press conference that they would not operate their own USL Pro team next season. "We are not doing one. Not yet," Vermes stated. Vermes has spoken often about wanting Sporting KC to have a USL team but always stressed that they would move when the time is right. With the deadline of September 15th looming, it is unlikely that the situation would change.
The LA Galaxy were the first to start their own USL team, the LA Galaxy II. They finished behind Sacramento, an affiliate of the both the Portland Timbers and San Jose Earthquakes. Orlando City SC (a Sporting KC affiliate) finished on top of the table and will be moving up to MLS next season. Orlando already has an affiliate agreement in place for next year with Louisville City.
Seattle Sounders are reported to be very close to announcing their very own USL Pro side for next season as well. If the Sounders deal is ready in time, they would join Montreal Impact's USL team FC Montreal and Real Salt Lake's USL team Real Monarchs.
It sounds likely that when Sporting Kansas City does form their own team, they would also play in their own city. In Sporting KC's case, the Championship Field at Swope Soccer Park would be a likely home.
Sporting Kansas City was the only MLS team to have two affiliates. Both Orlando City and Oklahoma City FC received players from Sporting KC, although with the injury crisis at Sporting KC both teams received fewer players than expected.
Jon Kempin was one of the players that Sporting KC loaned and truly developed while on loan. Could he and other players have developed even more if Sporting KC had their own USL team locally?
When (not if) Sporting KC does create their own USL Pro team, should they have it in the Kansas City region?