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Blue Notes: Sporting KC II Signing, Freeman Loan, MLS Transfer Roundup

Plus Sporting Kansas City may be on the hook for $15 million in Cerner debt.

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It’s been a hot minute since we did a bit of a round-up, let’s get right to it.

Sporting KC II Add a Forward

Today, Sporting Kansas City II announced they added another academy contract to their USL Championship roster. They signed forward Zion Long, their third forward signing of the summer. In his Twitter profile he’s wearing number 9, so maybe he’s a striker, but there isn’t much information out there. He is committed to Grand Canyon University, and this contract won’t interfere with his college eligibility.

SKC II have been lacking a true center forward since Tyler Freeman (who is more of a false 9) is off to 2. Bundesliga. Also, the team has been playing wingers in that role as of late as Enoch Mushagalusa and Rojay Smith have gotten most of the minutes. Ropapa Mensah has been hurt and Dominik Resetar has potentially fallen out of favor as he can’t get on the pitch.

Long joins fellow SKC Academy forwards Daniel Gutierrez and Coby Jones as recent signings. Jones has played both LW and LB since signing. Maybe Long will appear on Saturday as the team often makes signing when they are short players headed into a game.

More on Tyler Freeman’s Loan

Speaking of SKC Homegrown Tyler Freeman, there are new reports out of Germany that seem to show he is likely to play for the U-19s of Karlsruher SC, as opposed to their first team. This comes after this weeks announcement he’d spend the next year there on loan. That may come as a disappointment to some SKC fans, but the German first division is clearly higher than MLS and that would then seem to show that it’s second division is higher than USL. He’ll have to earn those minutes. (h/t to Mike Kuhn for the find).

Daniel Salloi — All-Star

Although he wasn’t voted in, MLS all-star coach Bob Bradley added Daniel Salloi to the all-star team. Then Salloi promptly stomped a hole in Bob’s defense on Wednesday. He’s the first Sporting player to go through the Pro Pathway and make the all-star team. The way that SKC told him was pretty cool.

SKC Reportedly Owe up to $15 Million of Cerner Debt

In a story in the Kansas City Star, Kevin Hardy is reporting that Kansas officials may look to reclaim $15 million dollars from Sporting KC as they were tied together with Cerner when the company and stadium came to Wyandotte County. Cerner has announced plans to sell their offices next to Children’s Mercy Park. The team is, of course, owned in part by the founders of Cerner in the Illig and Patterson families.

For their part, SKC say they’ve met their obligations.

“OnGoal and its ownership group has met all of its obligations associated with the Stadium financing, construction and operation, and it will always continue to do so,” the company told The Star.

MLS Transfer Roundup

So many MLS transfers have gone down in the last few days. We’ve covered the Sporting KC moves, but here is a quick look around the league.

For more transfer news, MLS has a great Transfer Tracker that can take you back as far as you are willing to click.