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Sporting KC makes roster moves, exercises options on 11 players

SKC did not pick up the options on four players

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MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Tim Melia was among the players that SKC exercised their options
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Sporting Kansas City announced that they have exercised the contract options for 2018 on the following 11 players Monday:

  • Saad Abdul-Salaam
  • Kharlton Belmar
  • Amer Didic
  • Andrew Dykstra
  • Roger Espinoza
  • Tim Melia
  • James Musa
  • Ike Opara
  • Daniel Salloi
  • Colton Storm
  • Adrian Zendejas

Cameron Porter and Erik Palmer-Brown are now out of contract. Porter is eligible for the Waiver Draft on Dec. 13. Palmer-Brown is expected to sign with Manchester City but his rights within MLS are retained by Sporting KC.

Sporting KC is not exercising the contract options for forward Cameron Iwasa, defender Tyler Pasher, midfielders Soni Mustivar and Kevin Oliveira. Iwasa, Oliveira and Pasher are eligible for the MLS Waiver Draft. Veteran Mustivar is eligible for the MLS Re-Entry Draft. Stage One of the Re-Entry Draft is Dec. 15th and Stage Two is Dec. 21st.

With these moves, Sporting KC now have 25 players under contract for the 2018 season. The following players were already under contract for 2018:

Matt Besler, Latif Blessing, Gianluca Busio, Kevin Ellis, Benny Feilhaber, Gerso, Ilie, Jaylin Lindsey, Cristian Lobato, Jimmy Medranda, Diego Rubio, Soony Saad, Seth Sinovic and Graham Zusi.

Sporting Kansas City Roster