Sporting KC Players – The History Behind the Athletes

As of now, Sporting KC is first in the Western Conference with a record of 6-4-3. The players of Sporting KC have stepped up and Kansas City is hungry for more victory. With a game coming up Saturday June 3rd at Children’s Mercy Park, familiarize yourself with the great Sporting KC players and take a look at the history behind our favorite team mates.

Meet the Sporting KC Players

 

Graham Zusi:

Age: 30

Birthplace: Orlando, FL

Position: Defender/Midfielder #8

Major Achievements:

Selected by Sporting KC in 2009 in the MLS SuperDraft

Graham Zusi

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MLSSoccer.com’s Breakout Player of the Year 2011

MLS MVP Finalist 2012

U.S. Men’s National Team 2012

MLS All-Star 2013, 2014, 2015

U.S. FIFA World Cup Team 2014

U.S. Men’s National Team for Copa America Centenario 2016

MLS All-Star 2013, 2014, 2015

U.S. FIFA World Cup Team 2014

U.S. Men’s National Team for Copa America Centenario 2016

 

Dom Dwyer:

Age: 26

Birthplace: Cuckfield, England

Position: Forward #14

Major Achievements:

Dom Dwyer

Courtesy of Sporting KC

Selected by Sporting KC in 2012 in the MLS SuperDraft

First Sporting KC player to mark three straight seasons with 12 goals

MLS All-Star 2014

Sporting KC Offensive Player of the Year 2014

Sporting KC MVP 2016

Golden Boot Winner 2016

 

Matt Besler:

Age: 30

Birthplace: Kansas City, MO

Position: Defender #5

Matt Besler

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Major Achievements:

Selected by Sporting KC in 2009 in the MLS SuperDraft

Sporting KC Defender of the Year honors 2011-2013, 2015

MLS Defender of the Year 2012

Honoree of MLS Breakout Player of the Year 2012

MLS Best XI 2012, 2013

KC Sportsman of the Year 2014

MLS All-Star 2011, 2013-2016

 

Ilie Sanchez:

Age: 26

Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

Position: Midfielder #6

Ilie

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Major Achievements:

Picked up by Sporting KC in 2017

Member of FC Barcelona B 2009-2014

Lead Barcelona to Spanish Segunda Division

Spanish side CF 2015-2016

Part of FC Barcelona’s La Masia youth Academy

Played in all games this year

 

Soony Saad:

Age: 24

Birthplace: Dearborn, MI

Position: Forward #22

Major Achievements:

Soony Saad

Courtesy of Sporting KC

Signed with Sporting KC January 2017

National Gatorade Player of the Year 2009-2010

University of Michigan single-season record with scoring

Big Ten Freshman of the Year

Signed by MLS and transferred to Sporting KC in the lottery draft 2011

U.S. Under-20 Camp 2011

Lebanon Men’s National Team 2013

Played with Sporting KC 2011-2014

Pattaya United of Thailand’s First Division 2014-2016

 

Ike Opara:

Age: 28

Birthplace: Durham, North Carolina

Position: Defender #3

Major Achievements:

Ike Opara

Courtesy of Sporting KC

Picked up by Sporting KC 2013

U.S. Men’s FIFA World Cup Team 2009

Drafted by San Jose Earthquakes 2010

U-23 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament 2012

Sporting KC Newcomer of the Year 2013

MLS Player of the Month nomination 2015

Soccer By Ives Player of the Month 2015

 

Benny Feilhaber:

Age: 32

Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Position: Midfielder #10

Major Achievements:

Benny

Courtesy of Sporting KC

Joined Sporting KC in 2013

MLS All Star 2015

U.S. Men’s National Team

Summer 2008 Olympic Soccer Team

FIFA World Cup Team 2010

Etihad Airways MLS Player of the Month Recognition 2015

Sporting KC Offensive Player of the Year 2016

 

Gerso Fernandes:

Age: 26

Birthplace: Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

Position: Forward #7

Gerso

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Major Achievements:

First campaign with Sporting KC

Spent five seasons in Portuguese first division

Primeira Liga campaign with Belenenses 2016-2017

Started every game with Sporting KC this season

Career-high six goals in one season with Moreirense 2015

 

Roger Espinoza:

Age: 30

Birthplace: Puerto Cortes, Honduras

Position: Midfielder #27

Major Achievements:

espinoza

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Member of Sporting KC from 2008-2012

Honduras National Team 2009

Honduras FIFA World Cup Team 2010

London Summer Olympics 2012

MLS All Star 2012

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Championship

Joined Wigan Athletic 2013-2014 in English

Honduras FIFA World Cup Team 2014

Return to Sporting KC 2015

 

Tim Melia:

Age: 29

Birthplace: Great River, New York

Position: Goalkeeper #29

Tim Melia

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Major Achievements:

Signed by Sporting KC 2014

Real Salt Lake 2010-2011

Chivas USA 2012-2014

Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Champion 2015

MLS Comeback Player of the Year 2015

Currently leading the MLS with 7 shutouts

 

 

Jimmy Medranda:

Age: 23

Birthplace: Mosquera, Colombia

Position: Defender/Midfielder #94

Players of Sporting KC - Jimmy

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Major Achievements:

Signed by Sporting KC in 2013

Loaned to USL PRO affiliate OKC Energy FC

Signed officially with Sporting KC 2014

Deportivo Pereira (Columbia) from age 12 to the Senior Team

CONCACAF Champions League 2016

MLS Cup Playoffs 2016

 

Latif Blessing:

Age: 20

Birthplace: Accra, Ghana

Position: Forward #9

Players of Sporting KC - Latif Blessing

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Major Achievements:

First season with Sporting KC

Liberty Professionals FC of the Ghana Premier League

Ghana Premier League Player of the Year 2016

Ghanaian FA Cup MVP finalist 2016

Ghana Men’s National Team 2016

Top Three of Premier League’s Goal Chart 2016

Africa Cup of National nomination 2017

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