SKC Faces Little Obligation to Make Transfer Moves

Speculation of departures subside a month from season’s beginning
by Skylar Rolstad   |   Monday, January 27, 2014

State of SKC - column on Sporting KC (SKC) & the Kansas City soccer scene.

When a report came out from England declaring Charlton’s interest in signing Sporting KC striker Dom Dwyer had subsided, little remained in question anymore about which players Sporting would be losing during the offseason.

Both Dwyer and Claudio Bieler were widely expected to be leaving the club. But with preseason training beginning and a preseason match tomorrow, it looks like both players will suit up for SKC next season.

A report about Dwyer leaving was released as soon as the very last game of the season, MLS Cup 2013, which said that Sky Bet Championship clubs were submitting bids to transfer Dwyer. The Englishman later travelled to Charlton Athletic to train but the possibility of him being transferred to Charlton were recently diminished. Dwyer showed his disdain toward a loan deal with Scottish club St. Mirren falling through last year, but this time around Dwyer admits the deal was not meant to be. Bieler, on the other hand, drew almost no buzz at all considering a move back to South America, which must have simply been dreamt up through social media.

The only player currently making a decision on his future with Sporting is an important right back that has been with Kansas City since 2009. Chance Myers is reportedly considering a move to Scandinavia having received an unsatisfactory contract from Sporting KC. He is out of contract right now.

A vital piece to Sporting’s team, SKC is certainly not expected to let Myers go easy, but salary cap demands and his personal terms will be tough to play with. If Myers chooses to leave, Kevin Ellis is expected to start at rightback. Although Ellis made a few acceptable starts in MLS last season, he should not yet be starting for Sporting. However, before the MLS SuperDraft it was said that if SKC chose a rightback in the draft it could be expected that they were ready to let Myers leave. By picking forward Adnan Gabeljic, the team didn’t show they were looking to do so.

On Tuesday, Sporting will play their first preseason game against FC Tucson in Tucson, Ariz.

NEXT UP: March 8 – Sporting KC vs. Seattle Sounders, CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Wash. 3 p.m. EST, NBCSN.


Univ. of Kansas
Club Domestic:
Sporting KC
Club Foreign:
AC Milan
A student at the University of Kansas. He writes for the Sporting Kansas City club column for Soccer Newsday and is a regular at Sporting Park. His passion for soccer can best be described as unhealthy.