Sporting KC Roster 2018- Players, Positions and Stats

 

Sporting KC is back in action and ready for the season. This year’s Sporting KC roster is looking stacked with newcomers and veteran players. Although the SKC roster may have changed since last year, we can expect another go around

Sporting KC 2018 Schedule

 

In 2017 Sporting KC took home the Lamar Cup Championship and had themselves a killer year. The players of Sporting KC stepped up and Kansas City was hungry for victory. Familiarize yourself with the great Sporting KC players and take a look at the history behind our favorite teammates. Although some players have come and gone, we will never forget those who have worn the baby blue and battled for us as a Sporting KC athlete.

 

Sporting KC Roster Highlights

 

Graham Zusi:

Age: 31

Birthplace: Orlando, FL

Position: Defender/Midfielder #8

Major Achievements:

Selected by Sporting KC in 2009 in the MLS SuperDraft

Sporting KC roster

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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

CONCACAF Gold Cup Title 2017

 

Matt Besler:

Age: 31

Birthplace: Kansas City, MO

Position: Defender #5

Sporting KC Roster

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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

CONCACAF Gold Cup Title 2017

 

 

Gianluca Busio:

Age: 15

Birthplace: Greensboro, NC

Position: Forward #13

Gianluca Busio

Major Achievements:

Second-youngest player all-time to sign an MLS contract

Sporting KC Academy 2016-2017

U-15 Boys’ National Tea, 2017

International Festival of Futbol Championship 2016

 

 

Ilie Sanchez:

Age: 27

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

Sporting KC Newcomer of the Year 2017

MLS Cup Playoffs 2017

 

Ike Opara:

Age: 29

Birthplace: Durham, North Carolina

Position: Defender #3

Major Achievements:

Ike Opara

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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

MLS Defender of the Year 2017

 

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

Sporting KC’s Offensive Player of the Year 2017

Sporting KC Golden Boot Award 2017

 

Roger Espinoza:

Age: 31

Birthplace: Puerto Cortes, Honduras

Position: Midfielder #17

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

MLS Cup Playoffs 2017

 

Tim Melia:

Age: 31

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

Ranked No. 2 in MLS for Shutouts 2017

Allstate MLS Goalkeeper of the Year 2017

Sporting KC Most Valuable Player of the Year 2017

 

 

Jimmy Medranda:

Age: 24

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

MLS Cup Playoffs 2017

 

 

 

 

Player Picture Position Hometown Age Height Weight
Emiliano Amor
Emiliano Amor
Defender Buenos Aires, Argentina 22 6′ 0″ 175
Kharlton Belmar
Kharlton Belmar
Forward Virginia Beach, VA 25 5′ 11″ 160
Matt Besler
Matt Besler
Defender Overland Park, KS 31 6′ 0″ 170
Gianluca Busio #13
Gianluca Busio
Forward Greensboro, NC 15 5′ 7″ 135
Yohan Croizet #10
Yohan Croizet
Midfielder Sarrebourg, France 26 5′ 10″ 170
Eric Dick #18
Eric Dick
Goalkeeper Carmel, IN 23 6′ 5″ 205
Amer Didic #2
Amer Didic
Defender Edmonton, Alberta 23 6′ 4″ 195
Kevin Ellis #4
Kevin Ellis
Defender Kansas City, MO 26 5′ 9″ 160
Roger Espinoza #17
Roger Espinoza
Midfielder Aurora, CO 31 5′ 11″ 170
Brad Evans #4
Brad Evans
Defender/​Midfielder Phoenix, AZ 32 6′ 1″ 160
Gerso Fernandes #12
Gerso Fernandes
Forward Bissau, Guinea-Bissau 26 5′ 8″ 140
Felipe Gutierrez #21
Felipe Gutierrez
Quintero, Chile Midfielder 27 5′ 7″ 145
Matt Lewis
Matt Lewis
Defender Kansas City, MO 21 6′ 2″ 165
Jaylin Lindsey #26
Jaylin Lindsey
Defender Charlotte, NC 17 5′ 8″ 155
Cristian Lobato #19
Cristian Lobato
Midfielder Barcelona, Spain 28 5′ 11″ 160
Jimmy Medranda #94
Jimmy Medranda
Defender/​Midfielder Mosquera, Colombia 24 5′ 8″ 150
Tim Melia #29
Tim Melia
Goalkeeper East Islip, NY 31 6′ 1″ 190
James Musa #41
James Musa
Defender/​Midfielder Plymouth, United Kingdom 25 6′ 3″ 170
Ike Opara #3
Ike Opara
Defender Durham, NC 29 6′ 2″ 180
Diego Rubio #11
Diego Rubio
Forward Santiago, Chile 24 5′ 11″ 170
Johnny Russell #7
Johnny Russell
Forward Glasgow, Scotland 27 5′ 10″ 168
Daniel Salloi #20
Daniel Salloi
Forward Budapest, Hungary 21 6′ 1″ 150
Ilie Sanchez #6
Ilie Sanchez
Midfielder Barcelona, Spain 27 5′ 11″ 170
Khiry Shelton #14
Khiry Shelton
Forward Leander, TX 24 6′ 3″ 191
Seth Sinovic #15
Seth Sinovic
Defender Leawood, KS 31 5′ 10″ 170
Graham Smith #16
Graham Smith
Defender Highlands Ranch, CO 22 6′ 3″ 186
Colton Storm #23
Colton Storm
Defender Mechanicsburg, PA 23 5′ 10″ 175
Zach Wright
Zach Wright
Forward Smithville, TX 22 5′ 11″ 165
Adrian Zendejas #1
Adrian Zendejas
Goalkeeper Chula Vista, CA 22 6′ 5″ 185
Graham Zusi #8
Graham Zusi
Defender/​Midfielder Longwood, FL 31 5′ 10″ 160
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