Dispersal Draft Options for Sporting Kansas City

The Chivas USA dispersal draft is coming up; a few quality options could come out of it
by Katherine Rupp   |   Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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

The Western Conference in MLS is about to get a lot more crowded in 2015 now that Chivas USA has been disbanded. Additionally, with Orlando City SC and New York City FC joining MLS, and in turn, the Eastern conference, that means there’s two spots too many for the conference located east of the Mississippi.

Therefore, with Sporting Kansas City moving to the Western conference (as well as Houston Dynamo), the upcoming Dispersal Draft – meant to disseminate players currently on Chivas USA to surviving MLS teams – could be crucial to Kansas City’s roster for 2015. With the soon-to-be draft, as well as all the other player-acquiring, or detracting, events (the expansion draft which will mean the team will see players off, two stages of the re-entry draft, the waiver draft, and then not to be forgotten – the SuperDraft).

First off, turning the attention to the dispersal draft. Sporting Kansas City was drawn to pick third behind FC Dallas and then New York City FC. That ultimately means that Sporting has a great position to pick up at least a quality player that could steer the roster in strength for 2015.

It must be said, no matter how good goalkeeper Dan Kennedy is, Sporting Kansas City doesn’t seem to have the need for another one now. Kansas City currently has two great goalkeepers in Eric Kronberg and Andy Gruenebaum, and a third up-and-coming keeper in Jon Kempin. So with no immediate need for a goalkeeper to come into the fold, and with injuries plaguing the backline with Chance Myers and Ike Opara coming down with season-ending injuries, adding at least one player on the backline from the dispersal draft from Chivas USA would be helpful. Bobby Burling – a strong and dependable center back – would be a great addition to Sporting Kansas City’s defense, especially considering Aurelien Collin’s penchant for occasional impetuosity in actions and Matt Besler’s almost always-consistent callups to the national team that makes it difficult to sustain a solid pairing at centerback.

In addition to Burling, another decent candidate that could be helpful for more depth in defense for Sporting Kansas City might be Donny Toia. Although the Arizona native last played at leftback on Chivas USA, the 22-year-old is a versatile player, and can adapt easily to the fullback position or a winger position in midfield. However, with Toia at leftback for the Goats, and solid defender Seth Sinovic at left back, would there be reason to add the RSL homegrown? Certainly. Because of his adaptability, he can easily play a fullback position – regardless of side of field – or a more trained winger.

Even if Sporting Kansas City does not focus on reshaping the defense by adding a player from the Chivas USA dispersal draft, the team – and more specifically the coaching staff - has plenty of opportunities to showcase their smart decision-making and critical thinking toward how best to advance the team into an MLS winning team as in 2013. One step, out of many, that Sporting Kansas City has to take advantage of acquiring players and retooling the team is through the dispersal draft. Look for a shrewd move to add a player of good quality and consistency, and one who can add good depth to Sporting Kansas City.

NEXT UP: January 31 – Friendly: Sporting Kansas City v. Portland Timbers, Kino North Stadium, Tucson, Arizona. 8 p.m. EST.

Katherine RUPP

Drake University
Club Domestic:
Sporting KC
Club Foreign:
Tottenham Hotspur
Unabashed Minnesotan by birth. Tried reliving the glory days of collegiate intramural soccer championships but an ACL tear dashed future hopes of adult recreational greatness. Covering a city’s team that’s too big for one state: SKC.