Sporting Kansas City announced on Friday afternoon that they had traded an international spot to current MLS Cup champions LAFC for $150,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM). Sporting released in the statement that they received five green cards for players. Those players are:
- Andreu Fontas
- Gadi Kinda
- Logan Ndenbe
- Marinos Tzionis
- Erik Thommy
With the news of the trade and green cards Sporting currently have six international spots on the roster. Four of them are filled with Robert Voloder, Willy Agada, and new additions Tim Leibold and Nemanja Radoja. Two international spots remain open for Sporting KC who Vermes is saying they are currently trying to sign another new center back in his press conference. Whether that is an international signing or not it will be a big boost for the team.
Two noticeable players have a different role in the team this year with longtime veteran midfielder Roger Espinoza being a supplemental roster player. That just means he’s no longer counting against the “salary budget” and doesn’t occupy one of the 20 senior slots. Perhaps Roger took another pay cut.
The other is that Erik Thommy is now a Designated Player (DP) and club captain Johnny Russell is not anymore. At least one of the remaining DPs (Pulido, Thommy or Kinda) must have a salary below $1,651,250 since the club also has three U-22 players (Tzionis, Voloder and Ndenbe).
A delayed Sporting KC season kicks off on Monday at 9 CT against the Portland Timbers.
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