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Across State Lines: Surgery Ends Saari’s Season

Remember him? Who’s that? An update on former Kansas City players.

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The end of the 2020 USL Championship season came early for Kansas City native and Kansas City Comets player, Ray Saari as his club, the Oklahoma City Energy announced this past week that Saari would miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery. Saari has played in just three games for the Energy this year, playing a total of 87 minutes for the club.

Elsewhere, two former Sporting Kansas City players have joined clubs for the 2020-2021 league season in Europe. Nicolas Hasler as returned to FC Thun, who he’d joined after leaving Kansas City at the end of the 2019 season. Thun had been relegated to the Swiss second division through the playoffs losing on aggregate to FC Vaduz. After originally not returning to the club, Hasler now comes back as he tries to help them promote back to the Swiss Super League. After an unsuccessful trial in Scotland, Yann Songo’o signed for Morecambe FC in the English fourth division, EFL League Two. Songo’o had been released by his prior club, Scunthorpe United at the end of the last league season.

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

Key

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.

MLS

Saad Abdul-Salaam (SKC) - Cincinnati - Did not dress in either of Cincinnati’s games.

Jalil Anibaba (SKC) - Nashville - Came off the bench and played 7 minutes in Nashville’s 1-0 win over DC. Started and played 67 minutes in Nashville’s 1-1 draw with Houston.

Nick Besler (KC) - Salt Lake - Dressed but did not play in RSL’s 2-0 win over LA. Came off the bench and played 12 minutes in RSL’s 0-0 draw with Minnesota.

Latif Blessing (SKC) - LAFC - Started and played 90 minutes in LAFC’s 6-0 win over Vancouver. Started and played 90 minutes in LAFC’s 2-1 loss to San Jose.

Teal Bunbury (SKC) - New England - Started and played 69 minutes in New England’s 3-1 win over Montreal. Started and played 79 minutes in New England’s 2-0 win over DC.

Aurelien Collin (SKC) - Philadelphia - Dressed but did not play in either of Philadelphia’s games.

Dom Dwyer (SKC) - Orlando - Out with an injury.

Kortne Ford (KC) - Colorado - Out with an injury.

Kei Kamara (SKC) - Minnesota - Started and played 71 minutes in Minnesota’s 2-1 loss to Columbus. Started and played 90 minutes in Minnesota’s 0-0 draw with RSL.

Alec Kann (SKC) - Atlanta - Dressed but did not play in either of Atlanta’s games.

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

Charlie Lyon (SKC) - Pool Goalkeeper - Did not dress for any team.

Jimmy Medranda (SKC) - Nashville - Did not dress in either of Nashville’s games.

James Musa (SKC) - Minnesota - Dressed but did not play in either of Minnesota’s games.

Ike Opara (SKC) - Minnesota - Did not dress in either of Minnesota’s games.

Tony Rocha (SKC) - New York City - Dressed but did not play in NYCFC’s 1-0 loss to Toronto. Came off the bench and played 4 minutes in NYCFC’s 4-0 win over Cincinnati.

Oriol Rosell (SKC) - Orlando - Did not dress in either of Orlando’s games.

Kelyn Rowe (SKC) - New England - Started and played 63 minutes in New England’s 3-1 win over Montreal. Dressed but did not play in New England’s 2-0 win over DC.

Diego Rubio (SKC) - Colorado - Did not dress in Colorado’s 5-0 win over San Jose.

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

CJ Sapong (SKC) - Chicago - Came off the bench and played 16 minutes, scoring a goal in Chicago’s 4-0 win over Houston. Came off the bench and played 23 minutes in Chicago’s 2-0 win over Atlanta.

Seth Sinovic (SKC) - New England - Did not dress in either of New England’s games.

Gedion Zelalem (SKC) - New York City - Did not dress in either of NYCFC’s games.

Adrian Zendejas (SKC) - Minnesota - Dressed but did not play in either of Minnesota’s games.

USL Championship

Joe Amico (ACA) - Oklahoma City - Started and played 77 minutes in OKC’s 0-0 draw with Austin.

Kharlton Belmar (SKC) - Sacramento - Started and played 81 minutes in Sacramento’s 1-1 draw with Reno.

Jake Davis (ACA) - Kansas City - No game this week.

Eric Dick (SKC) - Phoenix (Loan) - Dressed but did not play in Phoenix’s 1-0 win over Orange County.

Christian Duke (SKC) - Kansas City - No game this week.

Tomas Granitto (SKC) - Miami - Started and played 62 minutes in Miami’s 0-0 draw with Charlotte. Started and played 90 minutes in Miami’s 1-0 loss to Tampa Bay.

Kyle Greig (KC) - Saint Louis - Started and played 79 minutes in Saint Louis’ 1-1 draw with Indy. Started and played 90 minutes in Saint Louis’ 1-0 loss to Louisville.

Wilson Harris (ACA) - Kansas City - No game this week.

Cyprian Hedrick (SKC) - Tulsa - Did not dress in Tulsa’s 1-0 win over San Antonio.

Cameron Iwasa (SKC) - Sacramento - Came off the bench and played 17 minutes in Sacramento’s 1-1 draw with Reno.

Ryan James (SKC) - Pittsburgh - Started and played 90 minutes in Pittsburgh’s 1-0 loss to Hartford.

Mechack Jerome (SKC) - El Paso - Started and played 90 minutes in El Paso’s 0-0 draw with New Mexico.

Jon Kempin (SKC) - San Diego (Columbus) - Did not dress in San Diego’s 1-1 draw with LA.

Ray Lee (ACA) - Pittsburgh - Started and played 52 minutes in Pittsburgh’s 1-0 loss to Hartford.

Will Little (ACA) - Kansas City - No game this week.

Mikey Lopez (SKC) - Birmingham - Started and played 90 minutes in Birmingham’s 2-1 loss to North Carolina.

Amobi Okugo (SKC) - Austin - Started and played 90 minutes in Austin’s 0-0 draw with OKC.

Lawrence Olum (SKC) - Miami - Did not dress in either of Miami’s games.

Tyler Pasher (SKC) - Indy - Started and played 90 minutes in Indy’s 1-1 draw with Saint Louis.

Kaveh Rad (ACA) - Kansas City - No game this week.

Camden Riley (SKC) - Kansas City - No game this week.

Abdul Rwatubyaye (SKC) - Colorado Springs (Colorado) - Did not dress in Colorado Springs’ 1-1 draw with SLC.

Ray Saari (KC) - Oklahoma City - Out with injury.

Tucker Stephenson (ACA) - Oklahoma City - Started and played 90 minutes in OKC’s 0-0 draw with Austin.

Alex Tambakis (SKC) - North Carolina - Dressed but did not play in North Carolina’s 2-1 win over Birmingham.

Brooks Thompson (ACA) - Kansas City - No game this week.

Jaret Townsend (SKC) - Kansas City - No game this week.

Kris Tyrpak (SKC) - Austin - Not participating in USL this season.

Ciaran Winters (ACA) - Tulsa - Did not dress in Tulsa’s 1-0 win over San Antonio.

Christian Volesky (SKC) - Colorado Springs - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in Colorado Springs’ 1-1 draw with SLC.

Sal Zizzo (SKC) - San Diego - Did not dress in San Diego’s 1-1 draw with LA.

USL1

Servando Carrasco (SKC) - Fort Lauderdale - Started and played 90 minutes in Fort Lauderdale’s 2-1 loss to Richmond. Started and played 90 minutes in Fort Lauderdale’s 2-1 win over Tucson.

Brandon Fricke (ACA) - Greenville - Started and played 90 minutes in Greenville’s 1-0 win over North Texas.

Elvir Ibisevic (ACA) - Omaha - Did not dress in Omaha’s 1-0 loss to Richmond.

Ualefi (SKC) - Chattanooga - Did not dress in Chattanooga’s 1-0 loss to Madison.

International

Korede Aiyegbusi (SKC) - Amical Saint-Prex - Switzerland - Defeated Veyrier Sports 2-1.

Ever Alvarado (SKC) - Olimpia - Honduras - Started and played 81 minutes in Olimpia’s 1-1 draw with Real Espana.

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

Stefan Antonijevic (SKC) - Oygarden - Norway - Started and played 12 minutes in Oygarden’s 1-0 loss to Sogndal. Did not dress in Oygarden’s 4-3 loss to Grorud.

Emmanuel Appiah (SKC) - AC Kajaani - Finland - No game this week.

Sagir Arce (KC) - Mazatlan FC - Mexico - Came off the bench and played 3 minutes in Mazatlan’s 2-1 loss to Chivas.

Botond Barath (SKC) - Honved - Hungary - Dressed but did not play in Honved’s 2-1 loss to Ujpest.

Federico Bessone (SKC) - Inter Club d’Escaldes - Andorra - No game until 10/17.

Claudio Bieler (SKC) - Atletico Rafaela - Argentina - No game this week.

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

Yohan Croizet (SKC) - OH Leuven - Belgium - Dressed but did not play in Leuven’s 3-2 win over Gent.

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

Marcel de Jong (SKC) - Pacific FC - Canada - Offseason.

Amer Didic (SKC) - Edmonton - Canada - Offseason.

Toni Dovale (SKC) - Navy FC - Thailand - Lost 2-0 to Kasetsart.

Steven Enna (ACA) - FC Fredericia - Denmark - Did not dress in Fredericia’s 1-0 win over Silkeborg IF.

Pablo Escobar (SKC) - Real Cartagena FC - Colombia - Started and played 90 minutes in Real’s 0-0 draw with Tigres. Started and played 90 minutes in Real’s 0-0 draw with Boca Juniors de Cali.

Nicholas Gioacchini (KC) - Caen - France - Started and played 90 minutes in Caen’s 1-0 loss to Valenciennes.

Nicolas Hasler (SKC) - Thun - Switzerland - Just rejoined club.

Peterson Joseph (SKC) - Hang Yuen - Taiwan - Lost 1-0 to Taichung Futuro.

Igor Juliao (SKC) - Fluminense - Brazil - Dressed but did not play in Fluminense’s 3-1 loss to Atletico Go. Started and played 82 minutes, recording an assist in Fluminense’s 4-0 win over Coritiba.

CeCe Kizer (KC) - Kolbotn IL (Houston) - Norway (USA) - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in Kolbotn’s 2-2 draw with Rosenborg.

Igor Kostrov (SKC) - Slavia-Mozyr - Belarus - Started and played 90 minutes in Slavia’s 1-1 draw with Gorodeya.

Cristian Lobato (SKC) - UE Cornella - Spain - No game until 10/17.

Kyle McLagan (KC) - Fram - Iceland - Started and played 90 minutes in Fram’s2-0 win over Thor.

Michal Mravec (SKC) - TJ Jednota Banova - Slovakia - Lost 4-1 to Banik Kalinovo.

Soni Mustivar (SKC) - Hermannstadt - Romania - Did not dress in Hermannstadt’s 2-1 win over Botosani.

Kevin Oliveira (SKC) - Daxo Katokopias - Cyprus - No game this week.

Pablo Punyed (SKC) - KR - Iceland - Started and played 71 minutes, scoring a goal in KR’s 1-1 draw with Grotta. Started and played 65 minutes in KR’s 2-1 loss to Fylkir.

Erik Palmer-Brown (SKC) - Austria Vienna (Manchester City) - Austria (England) - Started and played 90 minutes in Vienna’s 2-2 draw with Admira.

Jordi Quintilla (SKC) - FC St. Gallen - Switzerland - Started and played 90 minutes in St. Gallen’s 1-0 loss to AEK Athens. Started and played 90 minutes in St. Gallen’s 1-0 win over Vaduz.

Soony Saad (SKC) - Ansan Greeners - South Korea - Did not dress in Ansan’s 2-1 loss to Daejeon Hana Citizen.

Peter Schmetz (SKC) - SSVg Velbert 02 - Germany - Started and played 90 minutes in Velbert’s 2-1 win over SF Niederwenigern. Started and played 90 minutes in Velbert’s 3-1 win over FSV Duisburg.

Nansel Selbol (SKC) - NK BSK Bijelo Brdo - Croatia - Did not dress in Bijelo’s 3-1 win over Cibalia.

Yann Songo’o (SKC) - Morecambe FC - England - Did not dress in Morecambe’s 7-0 loss to Newcastle. Came off the bench and played 18 minutes in Morecambe’s 2-1 win over Southend United.

Martin Steuble (SKC) - Port - Thailand - Dressed but did not play in Port’s 3-2 win over Trat.

Milos Stojcev (SKC) - FK Vozdovac - Serbia - Started and played 83 minutes, scoring a goal in Vozdovac’s 5-0 win over Radnicki NIS.

NISA

Michael Kafari (SKC) - Detroit - Started and played 90 minutes in Detroit’s 2-1 win over Oakland. Started and played 90 minutes, scoring agoal in Detroit’s 4-2 win over New Amsterdam.

Seo-In Kim (ACA) - Oakland - Did not dress in Oakland’s 2-1 loss to Detroit. Started and played 55 minutes, scoring a goal in Oakland’s 1-0 win over Michigan.

Matt Lewis (SKC) - New York - Started and played 90 minutes in New York’s 0-0 draw with Chattanooga. Started and played 90 minutes in New York’s 2-1 loss to LA.

Wilfred Williams (SKC) - Chattanooga - Started and played 45 minutes in Chattanooga’s 0-0 draw with New York. Did not dress in Chattanooga’s 0-0 draw with Cal United.

NWSL

Dorian Bailey (KC) - Washington - Started and played 90 minutes in Washington’s 1-1 draw with Chicago.

Shea Groom (KC) - Houston - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in Houston’s 3-1 win over Orlando.

Haley Hanson (KC) - Houston - Started and played 90 minutes in Houston’s 3-1 win over Orlando.

Maegan Kelly (KC) - Houston - Came off the bench and played 12 minutes in Houston’s 3-1 win over Orlando.

Addisyn Merrick (KC) - North Carolina - No game this week.

Sinclaire Miramontez (KC) - North Carolina - No game this week.

Indoor

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.

Active without a club or unknown

Bernardo Anor (SKC)

Ezra Armstrong (ACA)

Will Bagrou (SKC)

Camilo Benitez (ACA)

Jorge Claros (SKC)

Nuno Coelho (SKC)

Hakim Diaw (ACA)

Luis Gil (SKC)

David Greczek (SKC)

Will John (SKC)

Benji Joya (SKC)

James Kasak (SKC)

Patrick Kelly (KC)

Chris Konopka (SKC)

James Marcelin (SKC)

Kamar Marriott (SKC)

Alex Martinez (SKC)

Franky Martinez (SKC)

Yura Movsisyan (SKC)

Krisztian Nemeth (SKC)

Max Rugova (ACA)

Alberto Sanchez (ACA)

Colton Storm (SKC)

Zach Wright (SKC)