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Sporting Kansas City offseason checklist update: Kann addition completes keepers

Sporting KC are moving closer to completing the offseason checklist with the addition of Alec Kann.

Vermes selected Kann to provide some additional backup for Melia and Kempin
Vermes selected Kann to provide some additional backup for Melia and Kempin
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Sporting KC selected Alec Kann with their pick in the 2015 MLS Re-entry draft. This is the first time Sporting KC has ever used a re-entry draft pick and, with it, they found a second string keeper to back up Tim Melia. His $60k salary makes him a cheap option for Sporting KC and gives Sporting KC the opportunity to loan out Jon Kempin so that he can get consistent starting opportunities.

With the move, Sporting KC checked off number eight on the offseason priority list.

1) Re-sign Tim Melia Achieved 11/25. Sporting KC pick up Tim Melia's 2016 option.

2) Sign a Centerback Achieved 12/09. Sporting KC sign Lawrence Olum.

3) Add forward depth

4) Restructure Graham Zusi's contract...

5) ...and give that money to Benny Feilhaber and Krisztian Nemeth

6) Make a defensive midfield decision

7) Release Marcel de Jong, Mikey Lopez and Jacob Peterson

8) Sign a backup keeper Achieved 12/11. Sporting KC select Alec Kann in first stage of the re-entry draft.

9) Make a decision at left back

10) Depth at attacking midfielder

There are now four more avenues for Sporting KC to add more to the roster. Looking at the inaugural class of MLS free agents, transferring for a player, picking up a player in the second stage of the MLS re-entry draft next week, or selecting a player in the 2016 MLS Superdraft. With four more roster spots open, here's where the roster stands after the re-entry draft's first stage.

Tim Melia Keeper
Alec Kann Keeper
Jon Kempin Keeper
Saad Abdul-Salaam Defender
Matt Besler Defender
Marcel de Jong Defender
Amadou Dia Defender
Kevin Ellis Defender
Chance Myers Defender
Lawrence Olum Defender
Ike Opara Defender
Erik Palmer-Brown Defender
Seth Sinovic Defender
Bernardo Anor Midfielder
Roger Espinoza Midfielder
Benny Feilhaber Midfielder
Jimmy Medranda Midfielder
Amobi Okugo Midfielder
Jordi Quintilla Midfielder
Dom Dwyer Forward
Krisztian Nemeth Forward
Jacob Peterson Forward
Graham Zusi Forward
Connor Hallisey Forward
Open Roster Spot #1
Open Roster Spot #2
Open Roster Spot #3
Open Roster Spot #4

Sporting KC currently need a defensive midfielder since Soni Mustivar is still unsigned but the rest of the moves can be depth since the rest of the starting lineup is fairly secure. The news also came out this week that Sporting KC has $800k in targeted allocation money, which could possibly be used to achieve either numbers four or five.