Sporting Kansas City tied their first preseason game 2-2 with Columbus. The teams played three thirty minute sessions with different lineups for each session. In the first session, Kansas City veteran Jack Jewsbury put home a ball from Sheldon Bateau for the first goal of the game. Brazilian trialist Alex Fraga tied it up for Columbus.
In the second session, Kei Kamara got on the end of a quick one-two with Teal Bunbury and easily beat the Columbus keeper. In the third session Robbie Rogers scored on a penalty kick to tie the final score at two.
KC -- Jack Jewsbury (Bateau) -- 1st session
CLB -- Alex Fraga -- 1st session
KC -- Kei Kamara (Teal Bunbury) -- 2nd session
CLB -- Robbie Rogers (penalty kick) -- 3rd session
Jimmy Nielsen, Chance Myers, Trialist 1 (Santos), Trialist 2, Roger Espinoza, Sheldon Bateau, Jack Jewsbury, Craig Rocastle, Trialist 3, Adda Djeziri, Birhahim Diop
Eric Kronberg, Michael Harrington, Daneil Cyrus, Matt Besler, Trialist 4, Konrad Warzycha, Graham Zusi, Korede Aiyegbusi, Kei Kamara, Omar Bravo, Teal Bunbury
Jon Kempin, Kevin Ellis, Trialist 5, Mike Jones, J.T. Murray, Stephane Auvray, Davy Arnaud, Trialist 6, Sam Scales, Franklin Salas, C.J. Sapong
Players in Arizona that did not play:
Michal Mravec and Calum Butcher sat out with hip flexors. Left out the last two days and kept out of the game so they have all weekend to rest and can start training again on Monday with another game on Wednesday.
Omar Colley was there and did not play
Shavar Thomas did not play, he was doing some fitness stuff
Postgame press conference notes and quotes with Manager Peter Vermes
Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes opening comment
We played three different teams, the lineups were different players but had a lot of similar lines, definitely not a starting team or second team or third team or anything like that. Just trying to get an opportunity for guys to play in the positions where they can show themselves and against another opponent because we had already played against each other for 10 days total soccer time. This will give us another look. Thought we started off well, and I think all in all there were some really good things in all three 30 minutes games especially on the attacking side. The combination play was very good.
How far has team come in understanding the system and executing offensively?
What's really taken hold is exactly what we were hoping for. That is it's one thing with the guys finishing off the season having a good understanding and coming back and getting right into it right away but quite a few new guys that are new to the team, adapting and adjusting as quick as they have been really has been a credit to the rest of the players that are coming back. From day one they started playing that way and it's an easy learning environment for the new guys to see what our rhythm of play and our style is. Just because those guys do it well and know what their roles and responsibilities are on the field. It has been a great achievement that the team is able to start really close to where we left off last season.
Which new guys that have stepped up to the new system?
Mravec was out with a hip flexor but CJ (Sapong) and (Konrad) Warzycha have played well and has held their own for sure. Both of them have a good understanding of their position inside our team and because of some of their qualities they have, it even accentuates their position even more because of the quality each brings to his position. Mravec has been solid as well. Jones, today was his best day so far, he has been a little nervous.
Adda Djezeri has been playing well, Julio Cesar also and some of the other guys.
Franklin Salas, how has he been acquitting himself and what type of player is he?
He is definitely more of an attacking player, he likes to come inside. I think it's a little bit difficult to play in our system because of what the requirements of the position he plays in the teams he came from, he his having a little bit of a tough time maybe with the physicality and the speed of the game. That tends to be the situation with a lot of foreign players when they first come here, the real evaluation and decision goes into whether those guys are able to adapt and adjust quickly and when they do will they have a strong impact.
Kei, Teal, and Omar played on one team, how did they look?
Worked together really well. Kei had a great goal, great one-two between him and Teal. they had a couple of really good combinations. Teal was very active. Omar twice was in two great positions for two great opportunities, the timing is maybe not there perfect right now but it's early in the season, the positions he gets into are excellent.
How would you describe Graham Zusi's play and how has he done so far?
He has done well, I made a point to say to him in pre-season, he's got to stop being the guy that's just along for the ride. He's got to become a protagonist on the field , he needs to start taking things upon himself, because he has all the qualities to be a very solid attacking midfield player in this league but he's got to have more production, he's got to push it a little bit more himself. Take more responsibility and I think he's building into that. Drafted him a couple years ago because I loved the way he played , now he has the ability to come into his own, especially on the attacking side. He is very crafty, low center of gravity, can hit the ball with his left or right, good quick feet and has good acceleration in tight spaces. Now the opportunity is right in front of him.
How have the Trinidadians looked?
Daneil Cyrus - played well today. We put him in central defense where it really the place we brought him in to look at. He was very solid, him and Matt Besler wound up being a pretty good combination between the two of them. They played well. He's uncanny because when you watch him run you think he is not very fast but he never gets beat.
Sheldon Battue -He had a assist on Jack's goal. His situation is that he is going to a take a little time trying to get used to our system a little bit and also tactically, but he is definitely a physical presence. Very good athlete, he has a good passing idea around the field but just positionaly he needs to be a little bit better.
How about Kevin Ellis?
Every day he is a little bit better, the year at school helped him or whatever happened to Kevin has really helped him mature a lot. He has excellent attitude, very determined. Every day we play he is learning more. Very focused kid at the moment. It's great to see that especially you know he is a kid that came out of our academy.
Upcoming roster moves?
We will probably see three right away and then another shortly trying timing wise to get it down and at least another one a by after Wednesday.
Releasing, signing or combination?
Maybe a combination but definitely letting some people go.