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Across State Lines: The NWSL Returns

An update on former Kansas City players as the world of soccer continues to start again.

2020 NWSL Challenge Cup - Day 1 Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

The National Women’s Soccer League returned to action this week with the start of the Challenge Cup in suburban Salt Lake City and players from the Kansas City were well represented in the first games of the tournament. In the opener, Lee’s Summit native, Addisyn Merrick started for the two time defending champions, the North Carolina Courage. Merrick went 57 minutes in her professional debut for the Courage as they won 2-1 over the Portland Thorns. In the late game on the opening night, Dorian Bailey from Mission, Kansas was a substitute for the Washington Spirit as they topped the Chicago Red Stars. On Tuesday the other four NWSL teams competing in the tournament took the field with four Kansas City players suiting up for the Houston Dash as they took on the Utah Royals. Liberty native Shea Groom scored for the Dash in their 3-3 tie. Also featuring in the game for the Dash was Haley Hanson from Overland Park, who spent the winter in Australia playing in the W-League. Coming on as a substitute for the Dash was CeCe Kizer who played the final 10 minutes for the Dash.

Here’s the rest of this week’s update.


SKC - former Sporting KC players

ACA - former Sporting KC academy players

KC - Kansas City area players

Note: Players under contract to Sporting Kansas City at this time are not included on this list, the exception being players loaned outside of Kansas City.


Korede Aiyegbusi (SKC) - Amical Saint-Prex - Switzerland - Offseason.

Ever Alvarado (SKC) - Olimpia - Honduras - Out injured.

Emiliano Amor (SKC) - San Martin Tucuman - Argentina - Offseason.

Bernardo Anor (SKC) - Caracas - Venezuela - Offseason.

Stefan Antonijevic (SKC) - Sogndal - Norway - No game until 7/3.

Emmanuel Appiah (SKC) - AC Kajaani - Finland - Came off the bench and played 3 minutes in Kajaani’s 2-2 draw with Jaro.

Sagir Arce (KC) - Morelia - Mexico - Offseason.

Will Bagrou (SKC) - Stadl-Paura - Austria - Offseason.

Federico Bessone (SKC) - FC Andorra - Spain - Offseason.

Sunil Chhetri (SKC) - Bengaluru - India - Offseason.

Jorge Claros (SKC) - Real Espana - Honduras - Offseason.

Yohan Croizet (SKC) - OH Leuven - Belgium - No game until 8/2.

Daneil Cyrus (SKC) - Mohun Bagan - India - Season postponed.

Marcel de Jong (SKC) - Pacific FC - Canada - Season postponed.

Amer Didic (SKC) - Edmonton - Canada - Season postponed.

Toni Dovale (SKC) - Navy FC - Thailand - Season postponed.

Steven Enna (ACA) - FC Fredericia - Denmark - Came off the bench and played 13 minutes in Fredericia’s 2-0 loss to Vejle.

Pablo Escobar (SKC) - Real Cartagena FC - Colombia - Season postponed.

Luis Gil (SKC) - FK Viktorie Zizkov - Czech Republic - Did not dress in either of Viktorie’s games.

Nicholas Gioacchini (KC) - Caen - France - Offseason.

Nicolas Hasler (SKC) - Thun - Switzerland - Started and played 57 minutes in Thun’s 3-2 loss to St. Gallen.

Peterson Joseph (SKC) - Hang Yuen - Taiwan - No game this week.

Igor Juliao (SKC) - Fluminense - Brazil - Dressed but did not play in Fluminense’s 3-0 loss to Volta Redonda.

Igor Kostrov (SKC) - Slavia-Mozyr - Belarus - Started and played 90 minutes in Slavia’s 5-0 loss to Energetyk-BGU.

Cristian Lobato (SKC) - UE Cornella - Spain - Offseason.

Kyle McLagan (KC) - FC Roskilde - Denmark - Did not dress in Roskilde’s 2-2 draw with Nykobing. Started and played 90 minutes in Roskilde’s 2-0 loss to Fremad Amager.

Michal Mravec (SKC) - TJ Jednota Banova - Slovakia - Offseason.

Soni Mustivar (SKC) - Neftchi Baku - Azerbaijan - Offseason.

Krisztian Nemeth (SKC) - DAC 1904 - Slovakia - Did not dress in DAC’s 3-0 loss to Ruzomberok.

Pablo Punyed (SKC) - KR - Iceland - Started and played 90 minutes in KR’s 2-1 win over IA.

Erik Palmer-Brown (SKC) - Austria Wien (Manchester City) - Austria - Started and played 90 minutes in Wien’s 5-2 loss to St. Polten. Started and played 90 minutes in Wien’s 2-1 win over Rheindorf Altach.

Jordi Quintilla (SKC) - FC St. Gallen - Switzerland - Started and played 90 minutes in St. Gallen’s 4-0 loss to Zurich. Started and played 71 minutes, scoring a goal in St. Gallen’s 3-2 win over Thun.

Soony Saad (SKC) - Ansan Greeners - South Korea - Did not dress in Ansan’s 1-1 draw with Chungnam Asan.

Peter Schmetz (SKC) - SSVg Velbert 02 - Germany - Offseason.

Nansel Selbol (SKC) - NK BSK Bijelo Brdo - Croatia - Offseason.

Yann Songo’o (SKC) - Scunthorpe United - England - Offseason.

Martin Steuble (SKC) - Port - Thailand - Season postponed.

Milos Stojcev (SKC) - FK Vozdovac - Serbia - Offseason.


Dorian Bailey (KC) - Washington - Came off the bench and played 26 minutes in Washington’s 2-1 win over Chicago.

Shea Groom (KC) - Houston - Started and played 80 minutes, scoring a goal in Houston’s 3-3 draw with Utah.

Haley Hanson (KC) - Houston - Started and played 90 minutes in Houston’s 3-3 draw with Utah.

Maegan Kelly (KC) - Houston - Dressed but did not play in Houston’s 3-3 draw with Utah.

CeCe Kizer (KC) - Houston - Came off the bench and played 10 minutes in Houston’s 3-3 draw with Utah.

Addisyn Merrick (KC) - North Carolina - Started and played 57 minutes in North Carolina’s 2-1 win over Portland.

Sinclaire Miramontez (KC) - North Carolina - Dressed but did not play in North Carolina’s 2-1 win over Portland.


Saad Abdul-Salaam (SKC) - Cincinnati - No game until 7/11.

Jalil Anibaba (SKC) - Nashville - No game until 7/8.

Nick Besler (KC) - Salt Lake - Nogame until 7/12.

Latif Blessing (SKC) - LAFC - No game until 7/13.

Teal Bunbury (SKC) - New England - No game until 7/9.

Aurelien Collin (SKC) - Philadelphia - No game until 7/9.

Dom Dwyer (SKC) - Orlando - No game until 7/8.

Kortne Ford (KC) - Colorado - No game until 7/12.

Kei Kamara (SKC) - Colorado - No game until 7/12.

Alec Kann (SKC) - Atlanta - No game until 7/11.

Jon Kempin (SKC) - Columbus - Loaned to San Diego.

Jimmy Medranda (SKC) - Nashville - No game until 7/8.

James Musa (SKC) - Minnesota - No game until 7/12.

Ike Opara (SKC) - Minnesota - No game until 7/12.

Tony Rocha (SKC) - New York City - No game until 7/9.

Oriol Rosell (SKC) - Orlando - No game until 7/8.

Kelyn Rowe (SKC) - New England - No game until 7/9.

Diego Rubio (SKC) - Colorado - No game until 7/12.

Abdul Rwatubyaye (SKC) - Colorado - Loaned to Colorado Springs.

CJ Sapong (SKC) - Chicago - No game until 7/8.

Seth Sinovic (SKC) - New England - No game until 7/9.

Gedion Zelalem (SKC) - New York City - No game until 7/9.

Adrian Zendejas (SKC) - Nashville - No game until 7/8.

USL Championship

Joe Amico (ACA) - Oklahoma City - Season postponed.

Kharlton Belmar (SKC) - Sacramento - Season postponed.

Jake Davis (ACA) - Kansas City - Season postponed.

Eric Dick (SKC) - Phoenix (Loan) - Season postponed.

Christian Duke (SKC) - Kansas City - Season postponed.

Tomas Granitto (SKC) - Miami - Season postponed.

Kyle Greig (KC) - Saint Louis - Season postponed.

Wilson Harris (ACA) - Kansas City - Season postponed.

Cyprian Hedrick (SKC) - Tulsa - Season postponed.

Cameron Iwasa (SKC) - Sacramento - Season postponed.

Ryan James (SKC) - Pittsburgh - Season postponed.

Mechack Jerome (SKC) - El Paso - Season postponed.

Jon Kempin (SKC) - San Diego (Columbus) - Season postponed.

Will Little (ACA) - Kansas City - Season postponed.

Mikey Lopez (SKC) - Birmingham - Season postponed.

Amobi Okugo (SKC) - Austin - Season postponed.

Lawrence Olum (SKC) - Miami - Season postponed.

Tyler Pasher (SKC) - Indy - Season postponed.

Camden Riley (SKC) - Kansas City - Season postponed.

Abdul Rwatubyaye (SKC) - Colorado Springs (Colorado) - Season postponed.

Ray Saari (KC) - Oklahoma City - Season postponed.

Tucker Stephenson (ACA) - Oklahoma City - Season postponed.

Alex Tambakis (SKC) - North Carolina - Season postponed.

Brooks Thompson (ACA) - Kansas City - Season postponed.

Jaret Townsend (SKC) - Kansas City - Season postponed.

Kris Tyrpak (SKC) - Austin - Season postponed.

Ciaran Winters (ACA) - Tulsa - Season postponed.

Christian Volesky (SKC) - Colorado Springs - Season postponed.

Sal Zizzo (SKC) - San Diego - Season postponed.


Michael Kafari (SKC) - New York - Not playing until Fall season.

Ray Lee (ACA) - Chattanooga - Season postponed.

Matt Lewis (SKC) - Detroit (New York) - Season postponed.

Wilfred Williams (SKC) - Oakland - Season postponed.


Mitchell Cardenas (SKC) - Mesquite - Offseason.

Kevin Ellis (SKC) - Kansas City - Offseason.

Adam James (KC) - Kansas City - Offseason.

Mike Jones (SKC) - Mesquite - Offseason.

Robert Kelly (KC) - Kansas City - Offseason.

Nick McDonald (KC) - Kansas City - Offseason.

Lou Misner (KC) - Kansas City - Offseason.

Alex Molano (SKC) - Dallas - Offseason.

Boris Pardo (SKC) - San Diego - Offseason.

Lucas Rodriguez (KC) - Kansas City - Offseason.

Mark Saxby (KC) - Kansas City - Offseason.

Hector Solorio (ACA) - Kansas City - Offseason.


Brandon Fricke (ACA) - Greenville - Season postponed.

Elvir Ibisevic (ACA) - Omaha - Season postponed.

Ualefi (SKC) - Chattanooga - Season postponed.

Active without a club or unknown

Ezra Armstrong (ACA)

Camilo Benitez (ACA)

Claudio Bieler (SKC)

Servando Carrasco (SKC)

Nuno Coelho (SKC)

Hakim Diaw (ACA)

David Greczek (SKC)

Will John (SKC)

Benji Joya (SKC)

James Kasak (SKC)

Patrick Kelly (KC)

Seo-In Kim (ACA)

Chris Konopka (SKC)

Blake Levine (ACA)

James Marcelin (SKC)

Kamar Marriott (SKC)

Alex Martinez (SKC)

Franky Martinez (SKC)

Yura Movsisyan (SKC)

Kevin Oliveira (SKC)

Max Rugova (ACA)

Alberto Sanchez (ACA)

Colton Storm (SKC)

Rodney Wallace (SKC)

Scout Watson (KC)

Zach Wright (SKC)