It’s been a season full of milestones for Jaylin Lindsey and Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal, and today it was announced that the two could add yet another “first” to their running list of career accomplishments after being named to the fifth annual 2018 MLS Homegrown Game roster.
The two young stars will be heading down to Atlanta for the game, which will be played against the Tigres UANL U-20 team July 31 (7 p.m. CT) at Children’s Healthcare of the Atlanta Training Ground.
As the third-youngest player in Sporting KC history to sign an MLS contract at only 17-years-old last September, Lindsey, now 18, has wasted no time proving to manager Peter Vermes that he belongs not only on the field, but in the starting lineup as well.
He’s started at left and right back in six of seven appearances for the senior team since his MLS debut in Sporting KC’s 4-1 home win over Minnesota on June 3rd, and has played the full 90 minutes in both of Sporting’s Open Cup wins over Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas.
Kuzain has also showed a lot of promise since his MLS debut in Sporting’s 0-0 draw against Columbus Crew SC on May 27. In fact, it only took until the next game for the Carbondale, Illinois native to tally his first career goal, which contributed to Sporting’s 4-1 win over Minnesota on June 3, earning him the title of the second youngest player in club history to score an MLS regular season goal.
The Homegrown game will take place the night before the 2018 MLS All-Star game, which features Sporting KC’s own Ilie Sanchez and Graham Zusi, and will be coached by Atlanta United Academy Director Tony Annan. The roster also includes:
Goalkeepers: JT Marcinkowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Sean Melvin (Vancouver Whitecaps FC)
Defenders: Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas), Marco Farfan (Portland Timbers), Jaylin Lindsey (Sporting Kansas City), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union), Matthew Real (Philadelphia Union), James Sands (New York City FC), Auston Trusty (Philadelphia Union)
Midfielders: Efrain Alvarez (LA Galaxy), Chris Durkin (D.C. United), Anthony Fontana (Philadelphia Union), Liam Fraser (Toronto FC), Lagos Kunga (Atlanta United), Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal (Sporting Kansas City), Cameron Lindley (Orlando City SC), Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas), Sebastian Saucedo (Real Salt Lake)
Forwards: Andrew Carleton (Atlanta United), Ben Mines (New York Red Bulls)