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Blue Links: Season Launch Party, Croizet Wants to Bring Goals, Trophies, More Previews

Sporting host their season launch party, Croizet interview, and more season previews for KC.

MLS: Portland Timbers vs Sporting Kansas City Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

Sporting Kansas City is just three more days away from opening up their MLS season at Children’s Mercy Park against New York City FC. The 2018 season is right on the doorstep, here are some links as we get one day closer to the season.

First, if you haven’t, check out the positional previews for goalkeepers, defenders, and midfielders (forwards preview is coming later today).

Second, the Swope Park Rangers are in Indiana for more preseason work, losing yesterday to fellow USL side, Indy Eleven 2-0. They’ll play Indiana University Saturday.

Sporting Host Season Launch Party

Sporting KC hosted their season launch party last night at Children’s Mercy Park in the newly renamed Budweiser Brew House (formerly the Boulevard Members’ Club) and in the dock area. It was the first opportunity to pick up Kansas City’s new all black secondary kit and also a chance for fans to mingle with the 2018 roster.

One player absent from the proceedings tonight was midfielder James Musa who Thad Bell yesterday had reported was in KC rehabbing an injury. It continues speculation about an impending departure as KC is currently has no open international roster spots and Musa occupies one of those coveted spots.

Croizet Wants to Solve KC’s Goal Problem, Bring Trophies

One of KC’s new designated players, Yohan Croizet did an interview this week with MLSsoccer.com taking about how he ended up in Kansas City. He also talks up Sporting captain Matt Besler as well as his desire to help bring trophies to Kansas City.

Sporting KC’s Walk and Talk

Yesterday, Sporting posted a new interview with winger Johnny Russell in a segment the club has titled Walk and Talk, where commentator, Matt Lawrence talked with Russell about his former playing history, what KC fans can expect of him, and what caused him to really decide to come to the United States.

Doyle Trusts “The System”

MLSsoccer.com’s Matt Doyle came out with a look at every single team in the league and slotted each of them into one of six tiers. Sporting KC ended up in Doyle’s third tier of teams, “Playoff Race (And Maybe More).” The main reason that Doyle puts them in there is because of the system that Peter Vermes has put in place at the club. Teams know what to expect out of Kansas City, they’re going to be strong defensively, they’re going to force turnovers.

But while Doyle trusts that the system is going to help carry again this year to a respectable season (because as he said the system has worked for so many years you have to trust it), he has some serious questions. While the previous Croizet article I mentioned talked up his preseason play, Doyle was less than impressed with the new designated player’s performance. He also isn’t too keen on Diego Rubio, who as Doyle says, has the numbers that look like he’ll be solid forward, but KC always seems to underachieve on those expected goal numbers.

The defense wasn’t spared by Doyle either, asking if Ike Opara can have a second healthy season in a row, whether Father Time will catch up with Matt Besler and Graham Zusi, and Cristian Lobato seemingly having won the job at left back for KC.

Myers Waived by Portland

Of course shortly after I posted yesterday’s Across State Lines about former Kansas City players another former player was out looking for a new club. The Portland Timbers announced yesterday evening that the club had waived former Sporting defender, Chance Myers. Myers, the former number one overall pick for KC made just one appearance for the Timbers in his lone season in the Pacific Northwest.