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Former Liverpool Center Back Danny Wilson Linked to Sporting KC

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Another center back? Doesn’t that make eight?!

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From the same people that brought us the Leigh Griffiths rumor, the Daily Mail is now reporting that Danny Wilson of the Scottish Premiership club Rangers, has interest from Sporting Kansas City.

Wilson is a center back who will be out of contract in the summer so technically he could agree to a pre-contract at any time. While Wilson would represent a player of fairly high quality and Peter Vermes loves a free transfer, it’s his position that has to be questioned.

Sporting KC already have SIX center backs on their 30 man roster with their latest signing of Matthew Lewis to a Homegrown contract and they drafted a seventh in the first round of the SuperDraft. Lewis could probably be considered sixth or seventh on the depth chart behind Ike Opara, Matt Besler, Emiliano Amor, Amer Didic, James Musa and potentially Graham Smith (unsigned SuperDraft pick).

Something that could give this rumor just a little more credibility than the typical “draw a MLS team name out of the hat” approach from the Daily Mail in the past is that he is a left footed center back. That is a bit more rare and Wilson even has lined up at left back in the past.

That said, it still seems quite unlikely with SKC already investing heavily in Besler, Opara and Zusi on the back line and a potentially large transfer fee could be paid to acquire Amor at the end of his 2018 one-year loan. Then again, Besler and Zusi are out of contract after 2018.

Here is how the SKC roster looks today.

Sporting KC’s Roster

Name Position Status Joined Contract Expiration Option Years
Name Position Status Joined Contract Expiration Option Years
Matt Besler CB 1/15/2009 2018 None
Graham Zusi RB DP 1/15/2009 2018 None
Kevin Ellis CB 2/18/2011 2018 None
Seth Sinovic LB 11/28/2011 2018 None
Ike Opara CB 12/12/2012 2019 2020
Jimmy Medranda CM 8/9/2013 2019 2020
Tim Melia GK 12/23/2014 2020 2021
Roger Espinoza CM DP 1/6/2015 2018 None
Daniel Salloi LW INT-HG 1/13/2016 2018 2019, 2020
Diego Rubio CF 3/8/2016 2018 2019
Adrian Zendejas GK 12/2/2016 2018 2019, 2020
Andrew Dykstra GK 12/22/2016 2018 None
Gerso Fernandes RW DP 1/4/2017 2019 2020
Ilie Sanchez CDM 1/13/2017 2018 2019
Colton Storm RB 1/13/2017 2018 2019, 2020
Soony Saad LW 1/30/2017 2018 2019
Amer Didic CB 5/31/2017 2018 2019, 2020
Cristian Lobato LB INT 6/29/2017 2018 2019
James Musa CDM INT 8/11/2017 2018 2019, 2020
Gianluca Busio FWD HG 8/25/2017 2020 2021, 2022
Kharlton Belmar FWD 9/15/2017 2018 2019, 2020
Jaylin Lindsey RB HG 1/1/2018 2021 2022
Khiry Shelton FWD 12/14/2017 2018 Unknown
Yohan Croizet CAM INT-DP 12/15/2017 2020 2021
Zach Wright FWD HG 1/17/2018 2018 2019, 2020, 2021
Emiliano Amor CB INT 1/18/2018 2018 Option to Buy
Matt Lewis CB HG 1/22/2018 2018 2019, 2020, 2021
Johnny Russell LW INT 1/13/2018 2020 2021

That’s 27 of 30 spots filled with four unsigned SuperDraft picks. This also shows four Designated Players but by the roster compliance date Sporting will have bought at least one down. Also, Kevin Ellis and Soony Saad are likely on their way out. Last, SportingKC.com no longer lists Ellis as a Homegrown player.