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Blue Notes: SKC II Roster Moves, KC Current Draft Picks and Soccer Tweets

Huge roster turnover for Sporting KC II, we lay out all eight of the KC Current’s draft picks (and how they got so many), plus soccer tweets (funny, sad and a little World Cup nonsense).

Sporting KC II v St Louis City 2
Jahon Rad #84 Sporting KC 2 with the ball during a game between Sporting KC II and St Louis City 2 at Ralph Korte Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Edwardsville, Illinois.
Photo by Bill Barrett/ISI Photos/Getty Images

Lots of soccer, let’s get caught up!

Sporting KC II Roster Moves

Easily lost in the shuffle of Tuesday’s roster moves for Sporting Kansas City and the Kansas City Current were the moves for KC’s MLS Next Pro team, SKC II. However, they made a bunch of moves, turning over most of the roster, as is common in lower division soccer. Despite all the turnover, SKC II are bringing back at least seven players (up from two in 2021-22) and attempting to re-sign two more. Plus there are an additional nine players on academy deals that are age-eligible to return in 2023.

First there are three players who were already signed through at least 2023: Aljaz Dzankic, Coby Jones and Jahon Rad. They are joined by Bakary Bagayoko, Ethan Bandre, Josh Coan and Mikey Lenis, who had their options picked up for next season. Lots of young, promising talent that could one day work their way to the first team.

The two other possible signings from last year’s squad are Sporting KC SuperDraft pick Esai Easley and SKC II pickup Curtez Kellman. They are “currently in discussions” with SKC II.

Spencer Glass was out of contract after the season and he will be joined by Paul Atta Agyei, Kian Alberto, T.J. Fatah, Collin Fernandez, Josip Hmura, Cole McLagan, Rauf Salifu, Joseph Addo Tetteh, Cade Thomson and Julian Vazquez, who all had their options declined.

Fernandez, the team captain, was no surprise as he re-joined FC Tulsa last week. Declining the options of Salifu and Vazquez is a bit surprising because they were two of the more prominent players on the team. It’s possible they just asked to have their contracts declined so they could move on to other situations, possibly in a league higher than the third division MLSNP.

SKC Academy players who were on amateur deals, Draven Barnett and Jayvin Van Deventer, have headed off to college this fall. Barnett joined Temple University and Van Deventer joined Northwestern. Sporting will retain their Homegrown rights.

The last group of players in a bit of limbo are the nine academy age-eligible guys: Braxton Arpachinda, Edgar Bazan, Nati Clarke, Matthew Fisher, Matthew Hudson, Guy Michaeli, Nico Pendleton, Ryan Reid and Carlito Saylon.

MLS Next Pro was hard to watch in 2022, let’s hope the production quality improves going forward as they move some of the games to Apple TV so we can actually tune in easier.

[Update 4:18 PM: The team confirmed that CB Osuman Kassim never was able to obtain a visa and will not join the team. Also forward Dembakwi Yomba was on a six-month contract that had expired earlier in the season.]

[Update 11/19/22: Nico Pendleton will not be back with the team as he is starting at Marquette University in the winter. Braxton Arpachinda has also left the SKC Academy.]

KC Current Unveil Eight Draft Picks

As we mentioned earlier in the offseason, the Kansas City Current have eight (!) draft picks coming up in January’s NWSL Draft. That is a lot of draft capital and the team and the league released the official draft order this week. Here are the picks and how the Current acquired all of them.

1st Round

  • 10th* - This was acquired in the trade for Victoria Pickett. This pick came through NJ/NY Gotham via the OL Reign. KC can actually get a higher pick than 10th if the Gotham were to acquire another pick between their natural pick (#1) and this selection, but they have no reason to do that, so expect KC to pick 10th (unless the Current bundle a bunch of these and make a trade or two).

2nd Round

3rd Round

  • 35th - Natural Pick

4th Round

The Current traded away their first round pick to the North Carolina Courage as a part of the Lynn Williams trade. It’s now the 11th overall pick. Here is the rest of the NWSL draft.

Quick Notes

  • St. Louis City SC unveiled their new kit. I hate kit explainers, but here you go anyways. What do you think of it?
  • Tom Bogert’s best available MLS free agents. Do you want to see any of them in Sporting Blue?
  • Bogert: “The Portland Timbers club record deal to sign Evander from FC Midtjylland is all but done. Agreements in place, just needs final details/medical. Fee around $10m.”
  • Doha, Qatar at night, courtesy of former Kansas City Wizard Jimmy Conrad.
  • But just a reminder that Qatar is a disaster of a country built on the back of slave labor and they are out there acting like basic thugs.
  • That’s not the only behavior going on. No pictures?? Come on!
  • Nothing to do with KC soccer, but as a former Phoenix metro resident, Phoenix Rising FC are moving their ‘pop-up’ stadium again. It’ll be at it’s third location in recent years. It’s more centralized, but it would have been very inconvenient for me based on my old address. They’ll look to bounce back in the USL Championship after an awful season in 2022.
  • USMNT injury update:
  • Whoops! Fail from Streatham Rovers Football Club’s Twitter account.
  • And we’ll end on the ultimate soccer flop.