Does Sporting KC Need A Marquee Signing This Summer?

USMNT standout Jermaine Jones is rumored to be joining MLS soon
by Skylar Rolstad   |   Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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

There’s never a better transfer season than in the months following the World Cup.  Those players that shone in Brazil will spend the next 2 months negotiating big transfers and contracts.

This year it was the United States’ own Jermaine Jones that has been included in the post- World Cup buzz, and that included reports of several MLS teams being interested in him; these included Toronto FC, Los Angeles Galaxy and Sporting KC, among others.

Jones is just one of many key World Cup players to be linked with MLS teams, but he would be a great addition to Sporting.  As a box-to-box midfielder he is just what Kansas City needs, and would sell plenty of shirts. 

Standout World Cup players, however, are hit or miss. The World Cup is the biggest stage in all of soccer, but at the end of the day it is only a 7-game run at most. Any player can have a few good games during 3 group stage matches and make themselves a household name. While the World Cup is known for marquee signings, it’s just as synonymous with marquee failures. And remember, Jermaine Jones hardly stayed on the US national team at a certain point during qualifiers.

As pressure on Sporting KC president Robb Heineman and manager Peter Vermes increases in this transfer window, there is a lingering expectation to bring important first-team players to Sporting Park amid the nervousness that surrounds Matt Besler and Graham Zusi’s pending contract negotiations.

Would a risky signing be right for Sporting Kansas City?

Slinging ridiculous sums of money has never been Sporting’s style. Had they opted for manipulating their sudden success it would never last, and Sporting’s recent moves have suggested stability for decades.

Vermes admitted that multiple signings were waiting on paperwork before becoming SKC players, including at least one waiting on an ICT stamp, meaning an international player was on the way.

Honduran international Jorge Claros is rumored to have been looked at by Sporting since the winter transfer window.  Claros played for the unimpressive Honduran side at the World Cup.

Sporting fans have been waiting a tremendously long time for a signing to be excited about, and while that may be on its way, a player of Jermaine Jones caliber is never a requirement.

NEXT UP: July 19 — Sporting Kansas City vs. Los Angeles Galaxy, Sporting Park, Kansas City, Kansas. 6 p.m. EST, ESPN2.

Skylar ROLSTAD

Nationality:
USA
College:
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.
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