Sporting Kansas City concluded last MLS season by losing on penalties to the eventual MLS cup champion Portland Timbers. Sporting has remained undefeated throughout the preseason, but how will the other boys in blue do this season after notable offseason moves?
Since the end of last season Sporting has added veteran portuguese defender Nuno Coelho. He has experience playing in the european champions league, but his playtime may be limited since Sporting already boasts National team defender Matt Besler and Ike Opara. Other signings include Missouri native Brad Davis and Justin Mapp. Both players play on the wings and they look to add quality and depth to Sporting’s lineup.
Compared to the rest of the MLS, Sporting had a very average offseason. While other teams have signed young exciting players, Sporting has signed old players and sold their leading goal scorer, Kristian Nemeth. Sporting really needed another goal scoring threat since Nemeth has departed, but they failed to add. Junior South soccer player, Kyle Dansby, weighs in on the new signings.
“They are all pretty old,” said Dansby, “Still, they are going to do nothing but help our team since we lost Nemeth.”
With an aging core of players and the sale of Nemeth, Sporting’s prospects are not looking great. The season will depend on the performance of Dwyer. If he can replicate his form from two seasons ago then Sporting will be a force to be reckoned with in the western conference.
“I think we are going to have a better season than last year,” said Dansby, “We will come just short and lose in the conference championship.”