Sporting Kansas City 2017 MLS Year preview: Roster, Program, Nationwide TV info and Much More

Sporting Kansas City finished the 2016 season at 13-13-8, and since you would expect from a team with a .500 record, 2016 has been a research in up-and-down form.

Sporting came out of the gates flying, carrying four wins out of five matches, then backed that up with a seven-game winless run. However, Children’s Mercy Park has been a fortress for the club throughout the year. Ten wins in the home with only four declines helped cancel form on the path to help Sporting Kansas City land one of the Western Conference playoff spots.

A return to name type proved elusive as the side dropped into a dramatic late header from Nelson Valdez and ran in the knockout round to the red-hot Seattle Sounders.

The return of the squad must bode well for Sporting in 2017, as should an attack that outscored three MLS teams each season be bolstered by the registering for a designated participant that should help.

How did Sporting Kansas City play in 2016?

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2016 finish: Fifth in Western Convention (8-8-13), removed from the knockout round

The kind that was up-and-down saw Sporting Kansas City make the match but the knockout round game in Seattle are the club’s final match of the season after a 1-0 loss.

Sporting Kansas City’s key offseason declines

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In terms of core pieces, Sporting Kansas City comes back fairly well in design, with very few key contributors outside the door. Brad Davis, one of those all-time MLS greats, wrapped his boots up, as did Paulo Nagamura, and Lawrence Olum was traded to the Portland Timbers.

All three players were contributors to the team, but were largely options off the bench and spot starters. Forward Jacob Peterson might be the biggest loss in terms of production, with racked up six goals from 21 league appearances.

Sporting Kansas City’s key offseason additions

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Gerso Fernandes is the biggest move of the offseason, coming in as a designated player who will add more punch to the assault. Fernandes brings a load of the ability to play several positions and experience from Portugal.

Ilie Sanchez is also an interesting addition for your own club. Having come up as an expert with Barcelona’s B team, some time was also spent by the midfielder and may wind up being a player if he could settle in the midfield. Soony Saad returning to the club should also be a welcome sight to SKC lovers as well.

How will Sporting Kansas City line up in 2017?

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You have the feeling that there are several spots up for grabs, and the versatility of the participant pool could see any number of players moved those areas off. For now, we provide Sanchez and Fernandes nods in the side. Fernandes matches a need for the club around the wing, and Sanchez has the pedigree to become an update as a defensive midfielder.

As are a few of those places across the back line where Graham Zusi actually lines up is a bit of a question. Jimmy Medranda could simply work his way as a fullback to the XI or in the midfield, and Soni Mustivar includes a promise in the midfield as well.

Full Sporting Kansas City roll entering the 2017 season

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Goalkeepers: Andrew Dykstra, Tim Melia, Adrian Zendejas

Defenders: Saad Abdul-Salaam, Matt Besler, Kevin Ellis, Igor Juliao, Jimmy Medranda, Ike Opara, Erik Palmer-Brown, Tyler Pasher, Seth Sinovic

Midfielders: Roger Espinoza, Benny Feilhaber, Benji Joya, Soni Mustivar, Tyler Pasher, Ilie Sanchez, Graham Zusi

Forwards: Latif Blessing, Dom Dwyer, Gerso Fernandes, Cameron Iwasa, Cameron Porter, Diego Rubio, Soony Saad, Daniel Salloi, Christian Volesky

Sporting Kansas City’s nationwide TV schedule

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Toronto FC vs. Sporting Kansas City – Friday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. ET on FS1
Sporting Kansas City vs. Colorado Rapids – Sunday, Apris 9, at 7 p.m ET on FS1
Minnesota United vs. Sporting Kansas City – Sunday, May 7, at 1:30 p.m ET on FS1
Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Sporting Kansas City – Saturday, May 20, at seven p.m. ET on TSN
Sporting Kansas City vs. Minnesota United – Saturday, June 3, at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN
Sporting Kansas City vs. Portland Timbers – Saturday, July 1 at 7 rebounds ET on ESPN
Sporting Kansas City vs. Atlanta United – Sunday, Aug. 6 in 8 p.m. ET on FS1
Columbus Crew vs. Sporting Kansas City – Sunday, Sept. 10, at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN
Sporting Kansas City vs. LA Galaxy – Sunday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m. ET on ESPN
Sporting Kansas City vs. Vancouver Whitecaps – Saturday, Sept. 30, at 9 p.m. ET on TSN