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Sporting KC II Add MLS Veteran Dillon Serna, Three Others

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Plus the team closed out preseason with a win and a draw.

MLS: Sporting Kansas City at Colorado Rapids
Sporting Kansas City forward Gerso Fernandes (12) defends against Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Serna (17) in the second half at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
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Sporting Kansas City II brought their preseason to a close over this past weekend and with it, they made a series of roster moves as well.

SKC II Add Serna from the Colorado Rapids

The midfield just got a little deeper for Sporting KC II with the addition of former Rapid Homegrown player Dillon Serna. He joined Colorado when he was just 18-years-old. The now 25-year-old is a seven season MLS veteran who was out of contract following the 2019 season. He’ll bring experience and depth to a young SKC II team.

Serna has nine goals and seven assists over 105 appearance (54 starts) and 5,302 minutes in his MLS career. He also featured for the youth United States National Team for the U-17s, U-20s and U-23s before being called in for January camp in 2015 with the full national team.

Dillon had a breakout year for Colorado back in 2014 when he scored three times and added four assists across 27 appearances (13 starts). In 2016 he had an ACL tear that derailed that season. Outside of that, he’s never missed significant time with injury.

Before joining the Rapids as a Homegrown signing, Serna spent one year in college at Akron University where he got two goals and eight assists as a Freshman. He was the Freshman of the year in 2012 in the Mid-American Conference.

Three More Additions

Along with the signing of MLS veteran Serna, Sporting KC II added three trialists. First they added forwards Fredinho Mompremier and Enoch Mushagalusa along with defender Sam Raben. We profiled Mushagalusa two weeks ago when he was rumored to be signing. And did the same for Mompremier and Raben last week when their trials with SKC II continued.

These four additions bring Sporting KC II’s roster up to 17 players with the season opener set for this Sunday at Children’s Mercy Park. Likely the team will be filled out with loans from the first team and possibly some SKC Academy players signing academy contracts.

Preseason Results

SKC II played twice last week. First battling to a 1-1 draw over 120 minutes with North Texas SC (FC Dallas). For Texas, Dante Sealy — son of former Kansas City Wizard Scott Sealy — scored the opener in the 11th minute from the penalty spot. But in stoppage time Camden Riley was brought down for a PK and then Mompremier equalized in the 121st minute.

Sporting Kansas City II Lineups vs. North Texas

From 1-75’: Brooks Thompson; Jaret Townsend**, Kaveh Rad, Yerko Morales*, Luis Olivera; Duval Wapiwo, Felipe Hernandez^, Tyler Freeman^; Ze Pedro, Wilson Harris, Enoch Mushagalusa

From 76-120’: Brooks Thompson (Remi Prieur 91’); Sam Raben, Petar Cuic, Danny Barbir, Dillon Serna*; Camden Riley, Wan Kuzain^, Christian Duke; Jaret Townsend**, Dominik Resetar, Fredinho Mompremier

^ Sporting KC first team player

* Trialist

** Unsigned MLS SuperDraft pick

Then in the second game of the week SKC II earned a victory over fellow USL Championship side FC Tulsa by a score of 2-1. Ze Pedro scored in the 8th minute with a curling free kick. In the 62nd minute Tulsa equalized when Ariel Martinez beat John Pulskamp from close range.

Felipe Hernandez made his presence felt though as he drew a PK late in the proceedings. Wilson Harris drove it home in the 78th minute for the game winner.

Sporting Kansas City II Lineup vs. FC Tulsa

John Pulskamp^; Sam Raben (Mason Leeth** 75’), Petar Cuic (Kaveh Rad 75’), Danny Barbir (Yerko Morales* 75’), Dillon Serna (Luis Olivera 75’); Camden Riley (Wan Kuzain^ 27’), Christian Duke (Felipe Hernandez^ 68’), Cameron Duke^ (Duval Wapiwo 75’); Fredinho Mompremier (Tyler Freeman^ 75’), Dominik Resetar (Wilson Harris 75’), Ze Pedro (Enoch Mushagalusa 60’)

^ Sporting KC first team player

* Trialist

** Unsigned Academy player

Sporting Kansas City II open their season at home on Sunday at CMP when they host the Charlotte Independence at 4:00 PM CT.