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Across State Lines: De Jong Retires From Professional Soccer

An update on former Kansas City players.

Real Salt Lake v Sporting Kansas City Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

Former Sporting Kansas City outside back and winger, Marcel De Jong has called time on his career as a professional soccer player. The 34 year old brought an end to his 17 year career that began back in 2004 in the Netherlands. After playing for Helmond Sport and Roda JC, De Jong moved to the German Bundesliga with FC Augsburg before joining Sporting in the 2015 season. De Jong was expected to challenge Seth Sinovic for the starting left back spot, in what seemed like an ongoing saga for Peter Vermes to replace the KC native, Sinovic. De Jong though made just 13 appearances in his one season in Kansas City, scoring one goal for the club.

Sporting and De Jong agreed to terminate his contract ahead of the start of the 2016 season and De Jong joined the Ottawa Fury in the NASL for their season. By the summer though De Jong had returned to MLS, joining the Vancouver Whitecaps. De Jong was with the Whitecaps through the 2018 season before the two agreed to part ways ahead of the 2019 season. De Jong has spent the last two years in the Canadian Premier League with Pacific FC though a ruptured Achilles tendon in 2019 limited him to just nine appearances before retiring. De Jong was also a regular with the Canadian national team, earning 56 caps over his career.

In other news this week, USL Championship teams continue to fill their roster and former Sporting players are signing with new and old teams. Camden Riley has joined up again with Wan Kuzain, signing with Rio Grande Valley FC for this season. James Musa has signed back with Phoenix Rising, who he played with before joining Minnesota United last season. Finally, Amobi Okugo has signed back with Austin Bold FC for the 2021 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

SPR - former Swope Park Rangers/Sporting KC II players

COL - local college players

Comets - former Comets players

FCKC - former FC Kansas City players

KCNWSL - former KC NWSL 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.

International

Korede Aiyegbusi (SKC) - Amical Saint-Prex - Switzerland - Games postponed.

Rassambek Akhmatov (SPR) - Comuna Recea - Romania - Started and played 90 minutes in Comuna’s 1-0 win over Universitatea Cluj.

Ever Alvarado (SKC) - Olimpia - Honduras - Started and played 90 minutes in Olimpia’s 2-2 draw with Real Sociedad. Dressed but did not play in Olimpia’s 1-0 win over Real Espana.

Alexsander (SPR) - CA Patrocinense - Brazil - Dressed but did not play in either of Patrocinense’s games.

Ayyoub Allach (SPR) - KSK Lierse Kem. - Belgium - Started and played 78 minutes, scoring a goal in Lierse’s 3-1 loss to Union Saint-Gilloise.

Emiliano Amor (SKC) - Velez Sarsfield - Argentina - Started and played 45 minutes, recording an assist in Velez’s 7-1 loss to Boca Juniors.

Stefan Antonijevic (SKC) - Oygarden - Norway - No game until 4/10.

Emmanuel Appiah (SKC) - AC Kajaani - Finland - Offseason.

Sagir Arce (KC) - Mazatlan FC - Mexico - Did not dress in either of Mazatlan’s games.

Ayrton (SPR) - Mantois 78 - France - Games postponed until 4/10.

Will Bagrou (SKC) - Stadl-Paura - Austria - Game this week postponed.

Botond Barath (SKC) - Honved - Hungary - Did not dress in Honved’s 1-0 loss to Kisvarda.

Jose Barragan (SPR) - Jaguares de Cordoba - Colombia - Started and played 88 minutes, scoring a goal in Jaguares’ 3-2 win over Patriotas Boyaca.

Federico Bessone (SKC) - Inter Club d’Escaldes - Andorra - Did not play in either of Inter’s games.

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

Tiffany Cameron (FCKC) - Ferencvaros - Hungary - No game until 3/12.

Thierry Catherine (SPR) - AS Samaritaine - Martinique - Tied Assaut 1-1.

Sunil Chhetri (SKC) - Bengaluru - India - No game until 4/14.

Jorge Claros (SKC) - CD Real Sociedad - Honduras - Started and played 90 minutes in Real’s 2-2 draw with Olimpia. Started and played 78 minutes in Real’s 0-0 draw with Real de Minas.

Killian Colombie (SPR) - Aldershot Town - England - Game this week postponed.

Yohan Croizet (SKC) - Ujpest FC - Hungary - Started and played 57 minutes in Ujpest’s 2-0 win over Budafoki MTE. Came off the bench and played 34 minutes in Ujpest’s 2-1 loss to Puskas. Started and played 69 minutes in Ujpest’s 1-1 (5-4) shootout win over Mezokovesd-Zsory.

Renae Cuellar (FCKC) - Tijuana - Mexico - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in Tijuana’s 2-1 win over Chivas.

Daneil Cyrus (SKC) - Ebril SC - Iraq - Defeated Al-Qasim 5-1.

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

Toni Dovale (SKC) - El Ejido - Spain - Started and played 65 minutes in El Ejido’s 2-0 loss to Linares Deportivo.

Steven Enna (ACA) - FC Fredericia - Denmark - Did not dress in Fredericia’s 1-1 draw with Hobro IK.

Mario Erpel (COL-Park) - General Velasquez - Chile - Offseason.

Gerso Fernandes (SKC) - Jeju United - South Korea - Did not dress in Jeju’s 1-1 draw with Jeonbuk Motors. Dressed but did not play in Jeju’s 1-0 win over Pohang Steelers.

Amanda Frisbie (FCKC) - Madrid CFF - Spain - Started and played 90 minutes in Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Logrono.

Luis Gil (SKC) - MAS Taborsko - Czech Republic - Did not play in Taborsko’s 1-0 winover Vlasim.

Nicholas Gioacchini (KC) - Caen - France - No game this week.

Katrina Gorry (FCKC) - Brisbane Roar - Australia - Did not dress in Brisbane’s 4-1 loss to Canberra United.

Johnny Grant (SPR) - Forge - Canada - Offseason.

Nicolas Hasler (SKC) - Thun - Switzerland - Started and played 90 minutes in Thun’s 4-2 loss to Aarau. Started and played 45 minutes in Thun’s 1-0 win over Kriens.

Shelby High (KC) - FF La Solana - Spain - No game this week.

Igor Juliao (SKC) - Fluminense - Brazil - Did not dress in either of Fluminense’s games.

Dane Kelly (SPR) - Bnei Sakhnin - Israel - Came off the bench and played 22 minutes in Sakhnin’s 3-2 win over Beitar Jerusalem. Came off the bench and played 11 minutes in Sakhnin’s 2-0 loss to Ironi Kiryat Shmona.

Igor Kostrov (SKC) - FK Gomel - Belarus - No game until 3/11.

Cristian Lobato (SKC) - UE Cornella - Spain - Did not dress in Cornella’s 4-3 win over Espanyol II.

Tiffany McCarty (FCKC) - Selfoss - Iceland - Did not dress in Selfoss’ 2-1 loss to Throttur Rekjavik.

Kyle McLagan (KC) - Fram - Iceland - Did not dress in Fram’s 5-1 loss to Vikingur Rekjavik.

Eric McWoods (COL-UMKC) - Balzan FC - Malta - Did not dress in Balzan’s 0-0 draw with Floriana.

Michal Mravec (SKC) - TJ Jednota Banova - Slovakia - No game until 3/27.

Soni Mustivar (SKC) - Nea Salamia - Cyprus - Started and played 86 minutes in Nea Salamia’s 2-0 loss to AEL. Started and played 37 minutes in Nea Salamia’s 2-1 win over Ermis.

Kevin Oliveira (SKC) - Daxo Katokopias - Cyprus - Did not dress in Daxo’s 2-1 loss to Ethnikos Achna.

Luis Olivera (SPR) - Fenix de Pilar - Argentina - Offseason.

Erik Palmer-Brown (SKC) - Austria Vienna (Manchester City) - Austria (England) - Started and played 90 minutes in Vienna’s 0-0 draw with Rapid Vienna.

Pandelis Popgeorgiev (COL-UMKC) - Kecskemeti - Hungary - Dressed but did not play in Kecskemeti’s 1-1 draw with Vac FC.

Rokas Pukstas (ACA) - Hajduk Split - Croatia - Did not dress in Hajduk’s 2-0 win over Varazdin.

Pablo Punyed (SKC) - Vikingur Reykjavik - Iceland - Started and played 75 minutes in Vikingur’s 5-1 win over Fram.

Jordi Quintilla (SKC) - FC St. Gallen - Switzerland - Started and played 90 minutes in St. Gallen’s 1-0 loss to Servette. Started and played 90 minutes in St. Gallen’s 4-2 loss to Luzern.

Brianne Reed (FCKC) - FC Nordsjaelland - Denmark - Dressed but did not play in Nordsjaelland’s 2-0 loss to Koge.

Winston Reid (SKC) - Brentford (West Ham) - England - Started and played 76 minutes in Brentford’s 1-0 loss to Norwich.

Abdul Rwatubyaye (SKC) - FC Shkupi - North Macedonia - Started and played 90 minutes in Shkupi’s 1-0 win over Sileks Kratovo. Started and played 90 minutes in Shkupi’s 2-0 loss to Rabotnicki Skopje.

Rodrigo Saravia (SPR) - Comunicaciones - Guatemala - Started and played 61 minutes in Comunicaciones 3-3 draw with Istapa. Started and played 67 minutes in Comunicaciones 3-1 win over Santa Lucia.

Peter Schmetz (SKC) - SSVg Velbert 02 - Germany - Games postponed until 3/14.

Nansel Selbol (SKC) - NK BSK Bijelo Brdo - Croatia - Dressed but did not play in Bijelo’s 2-1 win over Sesvete.

Abby Small (KC) - Dinamo Minsk - Belarus - Offseason.

Yann Songo’o (SKC) - Morecambe FC - England - Started and played 90 minutes in Morecambe’s 3-1 win over Carlisle United. Started and played 90 minutes, recording an assist in Morecambe’s 2-2 draw with Forest Green Rovers.

Martin Steuble (SKC) - Port - Thailand - Started and played 84 minutes in Port’s 3-1 win over Prachuap. Dressed but did not play in Port’s 2-2 draw with Bangkok United.

Milos Stojcev (SKC) - FK Vozdovac - Serbia - Started and played 45 minutes in Vozdovac’s 2-1 win over Backa Palanka. Came off the bench and played 20 minutes in Vozdovac’s 2-1 loss to Metalac GM.

Duval Wapiwo (SPR) - MFK Vyskov - Czech Republic - Games postponed.

Mallory Weber (NWSL-KC) - Adelaide United (loan) - Australia - Started and played 90 minutes, scoring a goal in Adelaide’s 2-0 win over Sydney.

Ze Pedro (SPR) - Beira-Mar - Portugal - Stated and played 38 minutes in Beira-Mar’s 2-1 loss to Lusitania Lourosa.

Indoor

Felipe Abreu (COL-Mid-American) - Kansas City - Did not dress in either of KC’s games.

Alvaro Beltran (COL-MidAmerican) - Kansas City - Did not dress in either of KC’s games.

Mitchell Cardenas (SKC) - San Diego - No game this week.

Kevin Ellis (SKC) - Kansas City - Played in KC’s 6-5 loss to Tacoma. Did not play in KC’s 7-6 win over Ontario.

Ignacio Flores (COL-Park) - Kansas City - Did not dress in either of KC’s games.

Jeff Hughes (Comets) - Ontario - Played in both Ontario’s 14-6 win over St. Louis and 7-6 loss to KC.

Adam James (KC) - Kansas City - Played in both KC’s 6-5 loss to Tacoma and 7-6 win over Ontario.

Mike Jones (SKC) - Dallas - No game this week.

Robert Kelly (KC) - Kansas City - Played in both KC’s 6-5 loss to Tacoma and 7-6 win over Ontario.

Ray Lee (ACA) - Kansas City - Scored 2 goals in KC’s 6-5 loss to Tacoma. Scored a goal in KC’s 7-6 win over Ontario.

Matt Lewis (SKC) - Kansas City - Played in both KC’s 6-5 loss to Tacoma and 7-6 win over Ontario.

Rodolfo Lopes (COL-Park) - Orlando - Orlando sitting out 2020-2021 season.

Nick McDonald (KC) - Kansas City - Did not play in KC’s 6-5 loss to Tacoma. Played in KC’s 7-6 win over Ontario.

Alex Megson (Comets) - Tacoma - Did not play in either of Tacoma’s games.

Lou Misner (KC) - Kansas City - Dressed but did not play in either of KC’s games.

Ramone Palmer (COL-Park) - Kansas City - Had an assist in KC’s 6-5 loss to Tacoma. Had a goal and an assist in KC’s 7-6 win over Ontario.

Robert Palmer (COL-Park) - Ontario - Had 2 assists in Ontario’s 14-6 win over St. Louis. Scored a goal in Ontario’s 7-6 loss to KC.

Boris Pardo (SKC) - San Diego - No game this week.

Guerrero Pino (COL-UMKC) - San Diego - No game this week.

Brett Petricek (Comets) - St. Louis - Did not play in either of St. Louis’ games.

Travis Pittman (Comets) - San Diego - No game this week.

Henry Ramirez (COL-UMKC) - Kansas City - Played in both KC’s 6-5 loss to Tacoma and 7-6 win over Ontario.

Jose Ramos (COL-MidAmerica) - Kansas City - Did not dress in either of KC’s games.

Mirko Sandivari (COL-Park) - Kansas City - Did not dress in either of KC’s games.

Mark Saxby (KC) - Kansas City - Did not dress in either of KC’s games.

Hector Solorio (ACA) - Kansas City - Did not dress in either of KC’s games.

John Sosa (COL-UMKC) - Kansas City - Had a goal and 2 assists in KC’s 6-5 loss to Tacoma. Had an assist in KC’s 7-6 win over Ontario.

Lucas Sousa (COL-Park)- Kansas City - Had an assist in KC’s 6-5 loss to Tacoma. Had 3 goals and an assist in KC’s 7-6 win over Ontario.

Danny Waltman (Comets) - Tacoma - Dressed but did not play in either of Tacoma’s games.

Kiel Williams (COL-Park) - Florida - No game this week.

MLS

Saad Abdul-Salaam (SKC) - Cincinnati - Offseason.

Jalil Anibaba (SKC) - Nashville - Offseason.

Matt Besler (SKC) - Austin - Offseason.

Nick Besler (KC) - Salt Lake - Offseason.

Latif Blessing (SKC) - LAFC - Offseason.

Teal Bunbury (SKC) - New England - Offseason.

Eric Dick (SKC) - Columbus - Offseason.

Leroy Enzugusi (ACA) - Nashville - Offseason.

Kortne Ford (KC) - Colorado - Offseason.

Erik Hurtado (SKC) - Montreal - Offseason.

Preston Judd (SPR) - LA - Offseason.

Alec Kann (SKC) - Atlanta - Offseason.

Jon Kempin (SKC) - DC - Offseason.

Jimmy Medranda (SKC) - Seattle - Offseason.

Ike Opara (SKC) - Minnesota - Offseason.

Tyler Pasher (SKC) - Houston - Offseason.

Tony Rocha (SKC) - New York City - Offseason.

Oriol Rosell (SKC) - Orlando - Offseason.

Kelyn Rowe (SKC) - Seattle - Offseason.

Diego Rubio (SKC) - Colorado - Offseason.

CJ Sapong (SKC) - Nashville - Offseason.

Aedan Stanley (SPR) - Austin - Offseason.

Gedion Zelalem (SKC) - New York City - Offseason.

Adrian Zendejas (SKC) - Minnesota - Offseason.

NWSL

Dorian Bailey (KC) - Washington - Offseason.

Shea Groom (KC) - Houston - Offseason.

Haley Hanson (KC) - Houston - Offseason.

Gunnhildur Jonsdottir (KCNWSL) - Orlando - Offseason.

Maegan Kelly (KC) - Houston - Offseason.

Tziarra King (KCNWSL) - Reign - Offseason.

CeCe Kizer (KC) - Louisville - Offseason.

Sydney Leroux (FCKC) - Orlando - Offseason.

Merritt Mathias (FCKC) - North Carolina - Offseason.

Addisyn Merrick (KC) - Louisville - Offseason.

Kristie Mewis (FCKC) - Houston - Offseason.

Sinclaire Miramontez (KC) - North Carolina - Offseason.

Dominique Richardson (FCKC) - Sky Blue - Offseason.

Katelyn Rowland (FCKC) - North Carolina - Offseason.

Becky Sauerbrunn (FCKC) - Portland - Offseason.

USL Championship

Ezra Armstrong (ACA) - Pittsburgh - Offseason.

Dakota Barnathan (SPR) - Pittsburgh - Offseason.

Hadji Barry (SPR) - Colorado Springs - Offseason.

Kharlton Belmar (SKC) - Sacramento - Offseason.

Rennico Clarke (SPR) - Charleston - Offseason.

Jake Davis (ACA) - Kansas City - Offseason.

Liam Doyle (SPR) - San Antonio - Offseason.

Christian Duke (SKC) - Kansas City - Offseason.

Tomas Granitto (SKC) - Miami - Offseason.

Christian Herrera (SPR) - Tacoma - Offseason.

Cameron Iwasa (SKC) - Sacramento - Offseason.

Ryan James (SKC) - Birmingham - Offseason.

Mechack Jerome (SKC) - El Paso - Offseason.

Wan Kuzain (SKC) - Rio Grande Valley - Offseason.

Mikey Lopez (SKC) - Birmingham - Offseason.

Zac Lubin (SPR) - Phoenix - Offseason.

Jerome Ngom Mbekeli (SPR) - San Diego - Offseason.

Lebo Moloto (SPR) - Tulsa - Offseason.

James Musa (SKC) - Phoenix - Offseason.

Amobi Okugo (SKC) - Austin - Offseason.

Lawrence Olum (SKC) - Miami - Offseason.

Jahon Rad (ACA) - Kansas City - Offseason.

Kaveh Rad (ACA) - Kansas City - Offseason.

Bryam Rebellon (SPR) - El Paso - Offseason.

Camden Riley (SKC) - Rio Grande Valley - Offseason.

Ray Saari (KC) - Oklahoma City - Offseason.

Mark Segbers (SPR) - Memphis - Offseason.

Dillon Serna (SPR) - Colorado Springs - Offseason.

Matheus Silva (SPR) - Hartford - Offseason.

Tucker Stephenson (ACA) - Oklahoma City - Offseason.

Alex Tambakis (SKC) - North Carolina - Offseason.

Kris Tyrpak (SKC) - Austin - Offseason.

Ciaran Winters (ACA) - Tulsa - Offseason.

Christian Volesky (SKC) - Colorado Springs - Offseason.

Sal Zizzo (SKC) - San Diego - Offseason.

USL1

Louis Bennett II (SPR) - Madison - Offseason.

Servando Carrasco (SKC) - Fort Lauderdale - Offseason.

Brandon Fricke (ACA) - Greenville - Offseason.

Ualefi (SKC) - Chattanooga - Offseason.

Ethan Vanacore-Decker (SPR) - Omaha - Offseason.

NISA

Michael Kafari (SKC) - Detroit - Offseason.

James Kasak (SKC) - Chattanooga FC - Offseason.

Franky Martinez (SKC) - LA - Offseason.

Alex Molano (SKC) - LA - Offseason.

Wilfred Williams (SKC) - Chattanooga - Offseason.

Active without a club or unknown

Joe Amico (ACA)

Bernardo Anor (SKC)

Camilo Benitez (ACA)

Tyler Blackwood (SPR)

Andre Braithwaite (Comets)

Nuno Coelho (SKC)

Aurelien Collin (SKC)

Dom Dwyer (SKC)

Pablo Escobar (SKC)

Gui Gomes (COL-Benedictine)

Anthony Grant (Comets)

David Greczek (SKC)

Kyle Greig (KC)

Felipe Gutierrez (SKC)

Elvir Ibisevic (ACA)

Peterson Joseph (SKC)

Kei Kamara (SKC)

Seo-In Kim (ACA)

Will Little (ACA)

Charlie Lyon (SKC)

Taylor Lytle (KCNWSL)

James Marcelin (SKC)

Kamar Marriott (SKC)

Molly Menchel (FCKC)

William Opoku Mensah (SPR)

Robert Mirosavic (SPR)

Fredinho Mompremier (SPR)

Krisztian Nemeth (SKC)

Sam Raben (SPR)

Max Rugova (ACA)

Soony Saad (SKC)

Richard Sanchez (SKC)

Odaine Sinclair (COL-Baker)

Seth Sinovic (SKC)

Colton Storm (SKC)

Jaret Townsend (SKC)

Zach Wright (SKC)