Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sporting KC player news recap (Garcia, Murray and a Brazilian)

Nick Garcia when he was training with Sporting KC
Earlier in the week on Callum Williams radio show on 610 I mentioned that Nick Garcia was no longer with the team. Manager Peter Vermes had confirmed that he was not with the team and had said there was "no mechanism for bringing him onto the team". I understood that to mean that with Garcia's veteran status and the required salary and contract from that status that they could not add him at this point. I think Nick is not quite ready to hang his boots up yet and will turn up somewhere.

On the podcast that we recorded earlier in the week I mentioned that JT Murray was back training with the team. He was Sporting KC's second round pick that normally plays at left back from the University of Lousiville. He was the release in spring that surprised the most people since he was drafted so high. He went to trial at Colorado after he left Kansas City but did not last long there either. Manager Peter Vermes said that he looked better upon his return, that "he showed a lot of presence that he did not have before".

Sporting KC and I imagine many MLS teams frequently have players training or trialing with the team. The definition of training and trialing seems to vary depending in on the day and the player being asked about at the time. Normally training does not mean the player is serious about catching on with the team but is providing an extra training body for the team and getting experience and in shape for the player. Trialing almost always means that a player is there to get a contract, be it now or in the future. There were several players training/trialing with Sporting this week.

One player of some note that has been in camp for a few days was a Brazilian midfielder. It seems that the team did like him but Manager Peter Vermes did not think it would work out with him so I would not expect to see him around much longer. I was never able to get his whole name but I will see if I can find out. What little I saw of him he looked good but I really only saw him for a short time in a small sided game with other players training or trialing with the team. 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sporting KC defeats San Jose for first win at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park Photos

More photos can be found here

Collin was a monster in the air and on the ground
Zusi shot just blocked by Busch
Arnaud taken down and wins a free kick
Sapong's outstretched foot sends ball past Busch
Emotion: Zusi and Sapong share a moment with team mates
Davy celebrates

Fans celebrate