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Sporting KC Contracts: End of 2019

A quick look at the roster as of the final day of the 2019 season.

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With Sporting Kansas City’s 2019 MLS season officially over, we at The Blue Testament thought it might be helpful to know where the roster stands at the end of the season. Below we’ve compiled all 29 rostered players with the date they joined, the year they are signed through and the years the team hold options on.

As we touched on during the rough summer, a rebuild of epic proportions may not be in the cards. Sure, SKC and Yohan Croizet “mutually parted ways” but getting a player like Andreu Fontas to do that while he’s injured and guaranteed through 2022 (!) is easier said than done. Other mechanisms exist to alter the roster, but the wholesale changes many fans want may still be a year away.

As Bobby Warshaw said a few weeks back, Peter Vermes may bring back most of this team just to prove 2019 was a “collection of flukes.”

As you can see below only 12 players are out of contract after this season with many of them on the cheaper portion of the roster. Only two of those 12 (Hasler and Wallace) don’t have option years. Nine more are out of contract in 2020 including the teams two biggest stars (Gutierrez and Russell). It’s easy to see how a full-scale rebuild may be a year away.

Bookmark (favorite?) this page as a quick reference for something you’ll have a while to think about in this five month (!) offseason.

SKC Roster - As of 10/8/19

Name Position Status Joined Contract Expiration Option Years
Name Position Status Joined Contract Expiration Option Years
Seth Sinovic LB 11/28/2011 2019 2020
Jimmy Medranda LB/CM/LW 8/9/2013 2019 2020
Adrian Zendejas GK 12/2/2016 2019 2020
Gerso Fernandes RW/LW 1/4/2017 2019 2020
Eric Dick GK 2/15/2018 2019 2020, 2021
Graham Smith CB 2/15/2018 2019 2020, 2021
Krisztian Nemeth CF INT 8/6/2018 2019 2020
Rodney Wallace LB/LW 12/14/2018 2019 None
Erik Hurtado CF 12/14/2018 2019 2020
Gedion Zelalem MID 3/11/2019 2019 2020, 2021
Nicolas Hasler RB INT 4/2/2019 2019 None
Benny Feilhaber MID 5/8/2019 2019 2020
Matt Besler CB 1/15/2009 2020 None
Roger Espinoza CM 1/6/2015 2020 None
Daniel Salloi LW HG 1/13/2016 2020 2021
Gianluca Busio CM HG 8/25/2017 2020 2021, 2022
Johnny Russell RW INT-DP 1/31/2018 2020 2021
Felipe Gutierrez CM INT-DP 2/6/2018 2020 2021
Kuzain CDM HG 4/13/2018 2020 2021, 2022
Botond Barath CB INT 12/18/2018 2020 2021
Felipe Hernandez MID HG 8/30/2019 2020 2021, 2022
Graham Zusi RB 1/15/2009 2021 None
Tim Melia GK 12/23/2014 2021 2022
Ilie Sanchez CDM 1/13/2017 2021 2022
Jaylin Lindsey RB HG 1/1/2018 2021 2022
Andreu Fontas CB INT 8/8/2018 2022 None
Tyler Freeman FWD HG 1/1/2019 2022 2023
Cameron Duke MID HG 7/18/2019 2022 2023
Luis Martins LB INT 8/1/2019 2021 2022