- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 7, 2011
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- 2011 Expansion Draft, Features
Starting the year with a 10 game road trip – and 11 of their first 12 games on the road – expectations weren’t high for Sporting Kansas City. The old Wizards turned into Sporting had a new look, name and stadium in 2011. As the year went on it was pretty clear that Sporting was turning into a contender. Peter Vermes had a prolific attack and a defense that was starting to rise to the challenge.
While their loss to the Houston Dynamo was a bit surprising to some, Sporting heads into the post season with some challenges like this expansion draft.
To recap, I’ve already looked at the Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, the Colorado Rapids, the Columbus Crew, D.C. United, FC Dallas, the New England Revolution, the New York Red Bulls, the Philadelphia Union, the Portland Timbers, Real Salt Lake, the San Jose Earthquakes, the Seattle Sounders FC, Toronto FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Keep in mind the rules of the expansion draft, to read more about them click here.
1. Teal Bunbury – Still miles of potential with this kid. He grew a ton in 2011, look for him to have a bigger impact in 2012.
2. Kei Kamara – Big time player for them this season.
3. Omar Bravo – One of their DPs. He was a big part of their success in 2011.
4. CJ Sapong – Young, cheap (dirt cheap really), can’t see them leaving him open.
5. Matt Besler – All-Star this season (based on a fan Twitter/Facebook thing), quality player.
6. Aurelien Collin – Big international defender for Sporting. When he isn’t picking up cards he is a quality player.
7. Graham Zusi – One of the most improved players in the league. Look for him to continue making leaps forward in 2012.
8. Chance Myers – Former #1 overall SuperDraft pick finally living up to his potential.
9. Seth Sinovic – Underrated defender, fairly cheap too.
10. Roger Espindoza – International midfielder. He’s a solid, steady midfielder that may pick up some stupid cards from time to time but other than that he’s a big part of their club.
11. Soony Saad – Young, cheap, and a guy they could be looking to keep.
Home Grown/Generation adidas Players:
- Kevin Ellis
- Jon Kempin
- Jimmy Nielsen
- Michael Harrington
- Korede Aiyegbusi
- Craig Rocastle
- Shavar Thomas
- Konrad Warzycha
- Lawrence Olum
- Eric Kronberg
- Peterson Joseph
- Birahim Diop
- Davy Arnaud
- Scott Lorenz
- Daneil Cyrus
- Luke Sassano
- Julio Cesar
- Milos Stojcev
I’ll admit, KC may have been the toughest team to look at so far. So many talented players up top and a weird mix of international players that you have to be cautious about in leaving unprotected. They also have an interesting mix of important players at cheap salaries figures going against other guys at higher numbers.
Some out there will want Nielsen protected, and I get those claims. I also see that I have have forwards (Saad, Kamara, Bunbury, Bravo and Sapong) protected here, mainly because a couple of them are fairly cheap (Sapong, Saad and Bunbury). Neilsen makes around $240k (with bonuses), which make me believe he could be exposed due to that contract figure.
The big wildcard may be DP midfielder Jeferson. He wasn’t used a whole heck of a lot down the stretch by Vermes and I can’t imagine he’ll be back for 2012. But for some reason if he is, he may slide into one of the protected slots over someone like Collin (he’s making close to $200k).