2011 Sporting Kansas City season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Sporting Kansas City
2011 season
Owner Sporting Club
Head Coach Peter Vermes
Stadium Livestrong Sporting Park
MLS East: 1st
Overall: 5th
MLS Cup Conference Finals
U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinals
Top goalscorer League:
Teal Bunbury
Omar Bravo
Kei Kamara (9)
All:
Teal Bunbury (12)
Home colors
Away colors

The 2011 Sporting Kansas City season was the sixteenth season of the team's existence in Major League Soccer but the first year played under the Sporting Kansas City moniker.

The club's first league game of the season was on March 19, 2011 at Chivas USA. The regular season concluded on October 22, 2011. Sporting began the season with a record 10 game road trip while its new stadium, Livestrong Sporting Park, was being completed. The first home game at the new stadium was on June 9, 2011 versus the Chicago Fire.

Overview[edit]

Preseason[edit]

After all players reported to Kansas City for entrance physicals and a week's worth of training at the Kansas City Chiefs Indoor Practice Facility, Sporting Kansas City traveled to Phoenix, Arizona for the second straight season to train at the Reach 11 Sports Complex. Designated Player Omar Bravo made his long-awaited debut with the team and the coaching staff brought in more than a dozen guest trialists for evaluation, including Chad Ochocinco.

Squad[edit]

First team roster[edit]

As of September 15, 2011.[1]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Denmark GK Jimmy Nielsen
2 United States DF Michael Harrington
3 England DF Korede Aiyegbusi
4 Grenada MF Craig Rocastle
5 United States DF Matt Besler
6 Jamaica DF Shavar Thomas
7 United States DF Chance Myers
8 United States MF Graham Zusi
9 United States FW Teal Bunbury
10 Brazil MF Jéferson
11 United States FW Soony Saad
12 United States MF Konrad Warzycha
13 Kenya DF Lawrence Olum
14 United States DF Kevin Ellis
15 Honduras MF Roger Espinoza
No. Position Player
16 United States DF Seth Sinovic
17 United States FW C. J. Sapong
18 United States GK Eric Kronberg
19 Haiti MF Peterson Joseph
20 Senegal MF Birahim Diop
21 United States GK Jon Kempin
22 United States MF Davy Arnaud (captain)
23 Sierra Leone FW Kei Kamara
24 United States DF Scott Lorenz
25 Trinidad and Tobago DF Daneil Cyrus
32 United States MF Luke Sassano
55 Brazil DF Júlio César
78 France DF Aurélien Collin
88 Montenegro MF Miloš Stojčev
99 Mexico FW Omar Bravo

Formation[edit]

Soccer.Field Transparant.png

Denmark
Nielsen
United States
Myers
France
Collin
United States
Besler
United States
Sinovic
Brazil
César
Honduras
Espinoza
United States
Zusi
Sierra Leone
Kamara
United States
'Bunbury
Mexico
Bravo

Player movement[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Position Previous Club Fee/Notes Ref
December 15, 2010 United States Frankie Hejduk DF United States Columbus Crew Selected in the Re-Entry Draft, subsequently traded [2]
December 15, 2010 United States Luke Sassano MF United States Los Angeles Galaxy Acquired in exchange for Frankie Hejduk [2]
January 1, 2011 Mexico Omar Bravo FW Mexico C.D. Guadalajara Undisclosed [3]
February 18, 2011 United States Kevin Ellis DF United States Sporting Kansas City Juniors Homegrown Player [4]
March 1, 2011 United States C. J. Sapong FW United States James Madison University SuperDraft, 1st round [5]
March 1, 2011 United States Mike Jones DF United States Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Supplemental Draft, 2nd round [5]
March 1, 2011 United States Scott Lorenz DF United States NSC Minnesota Stars Free [5]
March 3, 2011 United States Konrad Warzycha MF United States Ohio State University SuperDraft, 3rd round [6]
March 14, 2011 Brazil Júlio César DF Portugal Marítimo Free [7]
March 16, 2011 Montenegro Miloš Stojčev MF Serbia FK Borac Čačak Undisclosed [8]
April 15, 2011 France Aurélien Collin DF Portugal Vitória de Setúbal Undisclosed [9]
May 10, 2011 United States Seth Sinovic DF United States New England Revolution Free [10]
July 5, 2011 United States Soony Saad FW United States University of Michigan Weighted lottery [11]
September 1, 2011 Haiti Peterson Joseph MF Portugal Braga Undisclosed [12]
September 15, 2011 Kenya Lawrence Olum DF United States Orlando City Undisclosed [13]

Out[edit]

Date Player Position Destination Club Fee/Notes Ref
November 24, 2010 United States Jamar Beasley FW United States Missouri Comets Option declined [14]
November 24, 2010 United States Jonathan Leathers DF Canada Vancouver Whitecaps Selected in the Expansion Draft [15]
December 8, 2010 United States Aaron Hohlbein DF United States Columbus Crew Selected in the Re-Entry Draft [16]
December 15, 2010 United States Jimmy Conrad DF United States Chivas USA Selected in the Re-Entry Draft [17]
December 15, 2010 United States Josh Wolff FW United States D.C. United Selected in the Re-Entry Draft [17]
December 15, 2010 United States Frankie Hejduk DF United States Los Angeles Galaxy Traded for Luke Sassano [2]
February 7, 2011 India Sunil Chhetri FW India Chirag United Option declined [18]
February 7, 2011 Greece Nikos Kounenakis DF Released [18]
March 1, 2011 Hungary Zoltan Hercegfalvi FW Loan expired [19]
March 1, 2011 United States Jack Jewsbury MF United States Portland Timbers Traded for allocation money [20]
May 5, 2011 United States Mike Jones DF United States New York Red Bulls Released, free transfer [21]
August 12, 2011 Guadeloupe Stéphane Auvray MF United States New York Red Bulls Traded for 2nd round draft pick in 2013 MLS SuperDraft [22]

Loans[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Position Loaned From Fee/Notes Ref
July 16, 2011 Trinidad and Tobago Daneil Cyrus DF Trinidad and Tobago FC Santa Rosa Thru the 2011 season [23]
July 17, 2011 Brazil Jéferson MF Brazil Vasco da Gama Thru the 2011 season, Designated Player [24]

Out[edit]

Date Player Position Loaned To Fee/Notes Ref
July 27, 2011 United States Scott Lorenz DF United States NSC Minnesota Stars Loan terminated September 8, 2011 [25][26]

Major League Soccer[edit]

League table[edit]


Pos
Team
Pts
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 LA Galaxy (SS) (W1) 67 34 19 5 10 48 28 +20 2011 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals, 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League Group Stage 2
2 Seattle Sounders FC 63 34 18 7 9 56 37 +19 2011 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals 1
3 Real Salt Lake 53 34 15 11 8 44 36 +8
4 FC Dallas 52 34 15 12 7 42 39 +3 2011 MLS Cup Play-In Round
5 Sporting Kansas City (E1) 51 34 13 9 12 50 40 +10 2011 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals 1
6 Houston Dynamo 49 34 12 9 13 45 41 +4
7 Colorado Rapids 49 34 12 9 13 44 41 +3 2011 MLS Cup Play-In Round
8 Philadelphia Union 48 34 11 8 15 44 36 +8 2011 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals 1
9 Columbus Crew 47 34 13 13 8 43 44 −1 2011 MLS Cup Play-In Round
10 New York Red Bulls 46 34 10 8 16 50 44 +6
11 Chicago Fire 43 34 9 9 16 46 45 +1
12 Portland Timbers 42 34 11 14 9 40 48 −8
13 D.C. United 39 34 9 13 12 49 52 −3
14 San Jose Earthquakes 38 34 8 12 14 40 45 −5
15 Chivas USA 36 34 8 14 12 41 43 −2
16 Toronto FC 33 34 6 13 15 36 59 −23
17 New England Revolution 28 34 5 16 13 38 58 −20
18 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 28 34 6 18 10 35 55 −20

Source: MLSSoccer.com
(SS) = MLS Supporters' Shield; (E1) = Eastern Conference champion; (W1) = Western Conference champion
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs, but not yet to the particular round indicated; (E) = Eliminated from playoff contention.


Eastern Conference standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pts
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 Sporting Kansas City (E1) 51 34 13 9 12 50 40 +10 2011 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals
2 Houston Dynamo 49 34 12 9 13 45 41 +4
3 Philadelphia Union 48 34 11 8 15 44 36 +8
4 Columbus Crew 47 34 13 13 8 43 44 −1 2011 MLS Cup Play-In Round
5 New York Red Bulls 46 34 10 8 16 50 44 +6
6 Chicago Fire 43 34 9 9 16 46 45 +1
7 D.C. United 39 34 9 13 12 49 52 −3
8 Toronto FC 33 34 6 13 15 36 59 −23
9 New England Revolution 28 34 5 16 13 38 58 −20

Source: MLSSoccer.com
(E1) = Eastern Conference champion; (E2) = Eastern Conference runner-up; (E3) = Eastern Conference third seed; (WC) = Qualifies for playoffs via wild-card.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs, but not yet to the particular round indicated; (E) = Eliminated from playoff contention.

  • ^Note 1 - The top three clubs in each conference are guaranteed spots in the 2011 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals. The other four clubs in the playoffs enter via-wild card entrees, regardless of their conference, based on their overall standings in a single table.

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
34 51 13 9 12 50 40 +10 9 2 6 29 16 +13 4 7 6 21 24 −3

Last updated: October 26, 2011
Source: MLSSoccer.com
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Ground A A A A A A A A A A H A H A H A H H A H H H H H H H H H A H H A H A
Result W L T L L L L L T T T W W T W W T T T W T W L W W L T W L T W T W W
Position 4 11 8 12 15 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 18 17 14 10 11 12 12 10 9 9 9 8 7 7 7 6 7 7 5 5 5 5

Last updated: October 26, 2011.
Source: MLS Results & League table
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: T = Tie; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Match results[edit]

      Win       Tie       Loss

Preseason[edit]







2011 Desert Cup[edit]


Regular Season[edit]



































MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Sporting Kansas City began qualification for the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a 1-0 victory over Houston Dynamo on April 6, 2011. Sporting Kansas City was one of ten MLS clubs vying for two play-in berths available. In the qualification finals, the club defeated New England Revolution 5-0 on May 25, 2011. Sporting KC entered the formal Cup competition in the Third round, defeating the Chicago Fire Premier club 3-0 on June 28, 2011. In the Quarterfinal round on July 12, 2011, they were defeated by the Richmond Kickers.

Kickoff times are in CDT.




Friendly Matches[edit]

Sporting Kansas City team played a friendly match against the English Premier League team Newcastle United on July 20, 2011. They also hosted the Mexican First Division team Club Deportivo Guadalajara on October 12, 2011.


Recognition[edit]

MLS Player of the Week[edit]

Week Player Week's Statline
Week 1[30] Mexico Omar Bravo 2G
Week 23[31] United States Graham Zusi 2G

AT&T Goal of the Week[edit]

Week Player
Week 19[32] Sierra Leone Kei Kamara
Week 23[33] United States Graham Zusi

MLS Save of the Week[edit]

Week Player
Week 19[34] Denmark Jimmy Nielsen
Week 21[35] Denmark Jimmy Nielsen
Week 25[36] Denmark Jimmy Nielsen
Week 32[37] Denmark Jimmy Nielsen

MLS Player of the Month[edit]

Month Player Month's Statline
June[38] United States Graham Zusi 2G 3A

MLS All-Stars 2011[edit]

Position Player Note
DF United States Matt Besler AT&T Text Winner[39]
FW Mexico Omar Bravo Commissioner Choice[40]

2011 Team Awards[edit]

Player(s) Award [41]
Denmark Jimmy Nielsen Sporting Kansas City 2011 Most Valuable Player
United States Matt Besler Sporting Kansas City 2011 Defensive Player of the Year
Sierra Leone Kei Kamara Sporting Kansas City 2011 MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year
United States Nate Opperman 2011 Bob Gansler Award - Most Outstanding Juniors Player of the Year
Mexico Omar Bravo United States Teal Bunbury Sierra Leone Kei Kamara Sporting Kansas City 2011 Budweiser Golden Boot

Notable reserve games[edit]

The reserve game on March 28, 2011 against the Kansas City Brass garnered widespread interest due to NFL player Chad Ochocinco appearing for Sporting. Ochocinco briefly trained with the team during the NFL lockout.[42]

Miscellany[edit]

Allocation ranking[edit]

Sporting Kansas City is in the #4 position in the MLS Allocation Ranking. The allocation ranking is the mechanism used to determine which MLS club has first priority to acquire a U.S. National Team player who signs with MLS after playing abroad, or a former MLS player who returns to the league after having gone to a club abroad for a transfer fee. A ranking can be traded, provided that part of the compensation received in return is another club’s ranking.[43]

International roster spots[edit]

Sporting Kansas City has 9 international roster spots. Each club in Major League Soccer is allocated 8 international roster spots, which can be traded. Sporting Kansas City acquired an additional spot from D.C. United on 3 February 2010 for use during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.[44] Sporting had also acquired another spot from Real Salt Lake on 23 February 2010[45] but that spot was for the 2010 season only and reverted to Real Salt Lake on 1 January 2011.[46]

There is no limit on the number of international slots on each club’s roster. The remaining roster slots must belong to domestic players. For clubs based in the United States, a domestic player is either a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident (green card holder) or the holder of other special status (e.g., refugee or asylum status).[43]

Future draft pick trades[edit]

Future picks acquired: 2012 SuperDraft Round 2 pick acquired from FC Dallas; 2013 SuperDraft Round 2 pick acquired from New York Red Bulls.
Future picks traded: 2012 SuperDraft Round 2 pick traded to Philadelphia Union.

MLS rights to other players[edit]

It is believed that Sporting maintains the MLS rights to Herculez Gomez after the player declined a contract offer by the club and instead signed with a non-MLS side.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Players". SportingKC.com. 15 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "LA trade for rights to veteran defender Hejduk". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Lalas, Greg (13 August 2010). "Kansas City announce signing of DP Omar Bravo". Major League Soccer. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Austin, Kurt (18 February 2011). "Kevin Ellis Signs as Home Grown Player". Sporting KC. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Austin, Kurt (1 March 2011). "Sporting KC Signs Three to MLS Contracts". Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Austin, Kurt (3 March 2011). "KC Adds MF Konrad Warzycha to Roster". Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Austin, Kurt (14 March 2011). "KC Signs Brazilian Defender Julio Cesar". Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Austin, Kurt (16 March 2011). "Sporting signs Serbian mid Miloš Stojčev". Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Wiebe, Andrew (15 April 2011). "KC beats transfer deadline on Collin deal". Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Sporting KC sign former Rockhurst standout Seth Sinovic". Kansas City Star. 10 May 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Sporting Kansas City win lottery for college phenom Saad | Sporting Kansas City". Mlssoccer.com. 2011-07-05. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  12. ^ Josh Whisenhunt (2011-09-01). "Sporting signs Haitian MF Peterson Joseph | Sporting Kansas City". Sportingkc.com. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  13. ^ Josh Whisenhunt (2011-09-15). "Sporting KC signs defender Lawrence Olum | Sporting Kansas City". Sportingkc.com. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  14. ^ "Comets sign former Wizard Jamar Beasley; Kansas City Star". Kansascity.com. 2010-11-11. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  15. ^ "2010 Expansion Draft: pick by pick | Major League Soccer". Mlssoccer.com. 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  16. ^ "Ngwenya, Hohlbein selected in Re-Entry Draft | Major League Soccer". Mlssoccer.com. 2010-12-08. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  17. ^ a b Wolff goes 1st in Stage 2 Re-Entry Draft, Ángel to LA | Major League Soccer[dead link]
  18. ^ a b Kurt Austin (2011-02-07). "Sporting KC Makes Four Roster Moves | Sporting Kansas City". Sportingkc.com. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  19. ^ a b c Wiebe, Andrew (8 March 2011). "2011 Sporting Kansas City Preview". Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  20. ^ Kurt Austin (2011-03-01). "Midfielder Jack Jewsbury Traded to Timbers | Sporting Kansas City". Sportingkc.com. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  21. ^ Josh Whisenhunt (2011-05-05). "Sporting KC releases defender Mike Jones | Sporting Kansas City". Sportingkc.com. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  22. ^ Kurt Austin (2011-08-12). "Auvray traded to New York Red Bulls | Sporting Kansas City". Sportingkc.com. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  23. ^ Kurt Austin (2011-07-16). "Sporting KC acquires defender Daneil Cyrus". Sportingkc.com. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  24. ^ Whisenhunt, Josh (17 July 2011). "KC lands MF Jeferson as Designated Player". Sporting KC. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  25. ^ Kurt Austin (2011-07-27). "Scott Lorenz loaned to NSC Minnesota Stars". Sportingkc.com. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  26. ^ "Stars Close Home Season Against Atlanta". NSC Minnesota Stars. 8 September 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  27. ^ Kurt Austin (2011-02-05). "2-2 draw vs Columbus in Preseason Opener | Sporting Kansas City". Sportingkc.com. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  28. ^ Kyle Rogers (2011-02-12). "Sporting 0-0 Colorado in Preseason | Sporting Kansas City". Sportingkc.com. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  29. ^ a b Kurt Austin (2011-02-26). "KC Posts Two Shutouts in Doubleheader | Sporting Kansas City". Sportingkc.com. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  30. ^ "Bravo takes first Player of the Week award". March 28, 2011. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  31. ^ "Graham Zusi named MLS Player of the Week". August 22, 2011. Retrieved August 22, 2011. 
  32. ^ "Kamara's scissor kick voted AT&T Goal of the Week". July 29, 2011. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  33. ^ "This time, Zusi's bomb wins AT&T Goal of the Week". August 26, 2011. Retrieved August 26, 2011. 
  34. ^ "Flying save earns Nielsen Save of the Week honors". July 29, 2011. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  35. ^ "Nielsen takes home MLS Save of the Week". August 12, 2011. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  36. ^ "Nielsens Stop on Donovan wins Save of the Week". September 9, 2011. Retrieved September 9, 2011. 
  37. ^ "Nielsen wins fourth Save of the Week award of 2011". October 28, 2011. Retrieved October 28, 2011. 
  38. ^ "Sporting's Zusi voted Player of the Month for June". July 1, 2011. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  39. ^ Kurt Austin (2011-07-10). "Matt Besler voted 2011 MLS All Star". Sportingkc.com. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  40. ^ Kurt Austin (2011-07-16). "Commissioner chooses Bravo MLS All Star". Sportingkc.com. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  41. ^ Kurt Austin (2011-10-15). "Sporting KC announces 2011 team awards". Sportingkc.com. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  42. ^ Doug Tucker (March 25, 2011). "Ochocinco asked to play in reserve game for MLS team Sporting Kansas City". Associated Press. 
  43. ^ a b "2011 MLS Roster Rules | Major League Soccer". Mlssoccer.com. Retrieved 2012-03-27. 
  44. ^ "D.C. United acquires forward Adam Cristman". D.C. United. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  45. ^ "Wizards net international spot, pick, future transfer fees for Gil". Sporting Kansas City. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  46. ^ Gooch, Charles (15 February 2011). "The Morning Kickoff: Sporting's last day in Phoenix (until next week)". KansasCity.com. Retrieved 2 November 2011.