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Sporting KC Roster and Contracts Ahead of the 2020 Season

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The season starts Saturday!

MLS: Sporting Kansas City at Orlando City SC Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

With the season starting this weekend, it felt like a good time to scan across the Sporting Kansas City roster and see where things stack up. As of today there are 29 players on the roster, though technically Eric Dick is on a full season loan to Phoenix Rising, so two open spots remain.

Sporting KC had an extra international roster spot coming into the year, but that’s been occupied by Winston Reid. The team has until Friday to potentially buyout a player and free up a spot (read: Andreu Fontas).

Contract Years

Quite a few players find themselves entering 2020 in a contract year. They can be divided into two groups. Players who have options for beyond 2020 and players who are out of contract at the end of the season.

Out of Contract After 2020: Matt Besler, Roger Espinoza, Gerso Fernandes, Erik Hurtado, Richard Sanchez, Gadi Kinda*

* Kinda’s deal is a loan which some believe has already been picked up, but that Peter Vermes has said the team can decline to purchase.

2021 Option (at least): Daniel Salloi, Johnny Russell, Felipe Gutierrez, Eric Dick, Graham Smith, Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal, Botond Barath, Felipe Hernandez, Amadou Dia

The Curious Case of Winston Reid

You’ll find Reid below with a couple “unknowns” next to his name. That’s because the team confirmed, at the request of West Ham United, they won’t be disclosing the terms of his loan. One would guess it’s probably until the summer with potentially the option to extend it.

The Full Roster

Sporting KC Roster w/ Options

Name Position Status Joined Contract Expiration Option Years
Name Position Status Joined Contract Expiration Option Years
Matt Besler CB 1/15/2009 2020 None
Graham Zusi RB 1/15/2009 2021 None
Tim Melia GK 12/23/2014 2022 None
Roger Espinoza CM 1/6/2015 2020 None
Daniel Salloi LW HG 1/13/2016 2020 2021
Gerso Fernandes RW 1/4/2017 2020 None
Ilie Sanchez CDM 1/13/2017 2021 2022
Gianluca Busio CAM HG 8/25/2017 2020 2021, 2022
Jaylin Lindsey RB HG 1/1/2018 2021 2022
Johnny Russell LW INT-DP 1/31/2018 2020 2021
Felipe Gutierrez CM INT-DP 2/6/2018 2020 2021
Eric Dick GK 2/15/2018 2020 2021
Graham Smith CB 2/15/2018 2020 2021
Kuzain CDM HG 4/13/2018 2020 2021, 2022
Andreu Fontas CB INT 8/8/2018 2022 None
Erik Hurtado FWD 12/14/2018 2020 None
Botond Barath CB INT 12/18/2018 2020 2021
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
Felipe Hernandez MID HG 8/30/2019 2020 2021, 2022
Richard Sanchez GK 11/26/2019 2020 None
Roberto Puncec CB INT 12/4/2019 2021 2022
Khiry Shelton FWD 12/9/2019 2022 2023
Alan Pulido CF INT-DP 12/10/2019 2023 None
Amadou Dia LB 1/10/2020 2020 2021, 2022
Gadi Kinda MID INT 1/23/2020 2020 None
Winston Reid CB INT 2/14/2020 Unknown Unknown
John Pulskamp GK HG 2/24/2020 2022 2023

HG = Homegrown; INT = International Roster Spot; DP = Designated Player

The DPs are just guesses at this time based on Pulido’s record transfer fee and Russell and Gutierrez being the top two paid players from 2019.