2012 Sporting Kansas City season

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Sporting Kansas City
2012 season
Owner Sporting Club
Head Coach Peter Vermes
Stadium Livestrong Sporting Park
MLS East: 1st
Overall: 2nd
MLS Cup Quarterfinals
U.S. Open Cup Champions
Top goalscorer League:
Kei Kamara (11)
All:
Kei Kamara (12)
Highest home attendance 21,010 v Chicago Fire (September 28, 2012)
Lowest home attendance 15,161 v FC Dallas (March 25, 2012)
Average home league attendance 19,405
Home colors
Away colors

The 2012 Sporting Kansas City season is the seventeenth season of the team's existence in Major League Soccer and the second year played under the Sporting Kansas City moniker.

Overview[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Late 2011[edit]

Preparations for the 2012 Major League Soccer season began only a day after the 2011 MLS Cup. On November 21, 2011, Ryan Smith was traded to Chivas USA for 1st and 3rd round draft picks in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft.[1] Later the same day, all MLS teams were required to submit a list of 11 protected players for the 2011 MLS Expansion Draft to be held for the newly formed Montreal Impact. The club chose to protect Davy Arnaud, Matt Besler, Teal Bunbury, Aurélien Collin, Roger Espinoza, Kei Kamara, Chance Myers, Jimmy Nielsen, Júlio César, C. J. Sapong, and Graham Zusi.

During the expansion draft on November 23, the Montreal Impact selected unprotected Sporting leftback Seth Sinovic.[2] Later the same day, Sporting KC waived Scott Lorenz, Miloš Stojčev, Craig Rocastle, and Jéferson.[3] The following Monday (November 28), Sporting traded team captain Davy Arnaud to the Montreal Impact for Sinovic and allocation money.[4] The club also announced that starting goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen signed a contract extension through the 2013 season, with an option for the 2014 season.[5] On November 29, Sporting KC acquired Paulo Nagamura from Chivas USA for the 1st round supplemental draft pick that was part of the November 21 Ryan Smith trade.[6]

In December, Sporting traded an international roster slot to the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for two-time MLS All-Star and World Cup veteran winger Bobby Convey.[7] Later in December, Sporting and Mexican club Cruz Azul agreed to a deal that would see Omar Bravo return to his home country.[8]

Early 2012[edit]

Sporting Kansas City resumed its off-season transactions at the 2012 MLS SuperDraft and 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft. Generation adidas forward Dom Dwyer of South Florida was selected 16th overall in the SuperDraft, and he was joined by defender Cyprian Hedrick of Coastal Carolina in the second round. Between the two drafts, Sporting acquired the rights to local product Michael Thomas from the Earthquakes in exchange for a fourth-round supplemental pick. Thomas officially signed on January 18. On January 17, Sporting selected Shawn Singh, Pablo Punyed, Stefan Antonijevic, and Kyle Miller in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft.[9] On January 19, yet another trade with the Earthquakes saw the acquisition of forward Jacob Peterson.[10] On February 22, defender Daneil Cyrus was waived.[11]

Squad[edit]

First team roster[edit]

As of December 12, 2012.[12]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Nielsen, JimmyJimmy Nielsen (Captain)     Denmark
2 Defender Harrington, MichaelMichael Harrington      United States
3 Defender Aiyegbusi, KoredeKorede Aiyegbusi      England
4 Defender Ellis, KevinKevin Ellis (HGP)     United States
5 Defender Besler, MattMatt Besler      United States
6 Midfielder Nagamura, PauloPaulo Nagamura      Brazil
7 Defender Myers, ChanceChance Myers      United States
8 Midfielder Zusi, GrahamGraham Zusi      United States
9 Forward Bunbury, TealTeal Bunbury      United States
11 Midfielder Convey, BobbyBobby Convey      United States
12 Midfielder Warzycha, KonradKonrad Warzycha      Poland
13 Midfielder Olum, LawrenceLawrence Olum      Kenya
14 Forward Dwyer, DomDom Dwyer (GA)     England
15 Midfielder Espinoza, RogerRoger Espinoza      Honduras
16 Defender Sinovic, SethSeth Sinovic      United States
17 Forward Sapong, C. J.C. J. Sapong      United States
18 Goalkeeper Kronberg, EricEric Kronberg      United States
19 Midfielder Joseph, PetersonPeterson Joseph      Haiti
20 Midfielder Rosell, OriolOriol Rosell      Spain
21 Goalkeeper Kempin, JonJon Kempin (HGP)     United States
22 Forward Saad, SoonySoony Saad      United States
23 Forward Kamara, KeiKei Kamara      Sierra Leone
24 Defender Hedrick, CyprianCyprian Hedrick      Cameroon
25 Defender Marković, NevenNeven Marković      Bosnia and Herzegovina
27 Defender Miller, KyleKyle Miller      United States
28 Goalkeeper Avengine, ScottScott Avengine      United States
37 Midfielder Peterson, JacobJacob Peterson      United States
55 Defender César, JúlioJúlio César      Brazil
78 Defender Collin, AurélienAurélien Collin      France
88 Midfielder Thomas, MichaelMichael Thomas      United States

Formation[edit]

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

Player movement[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Position Previous Club Fee/Notes Ref
November 28, 2011 United States Seth Sinovic DF Canada Montreal Impact Acquired with allocation money for Davy Arnaud [4]
November 29, 2011 Brazil Paulo Nagamura MF United States Chivas USA Acquired for a first-round 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft pick [6]
December 2, 2011 United States Bobby Convey MF United States San Jose Earthquakes Acquired for a 2012 international roster slot [13]
January 12, 2012 England Dom Dwyer FW United States University of South Florida Superdraft, 1st Round [14]
January 18, 2012 United States Michael Thomas MF Sweden Ljungskile SK Signed after MLS rights acquired from United States San Jose Earthquakes for a fourth-round 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft pick [15]
January 20, 2012 United States Jacob Peterson FW United States San Jose Earthquakes Free [16]
February 21, 2012 Cameroon Cyprian Hedrick DF United States Coastal Carolina University Superdraft, 2nd Round [17]
March 19, 2012 United States Shawn Singh DF United States UCLA Supplemental Draft, 1st Round [18]
May 30, 2012 United States Kyle Miller DF United States Rockhurst University Supplemental Draft, 3rd Round [19]
July 6, 2012 Serbia Neven Marković DF Greece Doxa Drama F.C. Undisclosed [20]
July 24, 2012 United States Scott Angevine GK United States Coastal Carolina University Free [21]
August 2, 2012 Spain Oriol Rosell MF Spain Barcelona B Undisclosed [22]

Out[edit]

Date Player Position Destination Club Fee/Notes Ref
November 21, 2011 England Ryan Smith MF United States Chivas USA Trade [1]
November 23, 2011 United States Seth Sinovic DF Canada Montreal Impact Expansion Draft [2]
November 23, 2011 United States Scott Lorenz DF United States Fort Lauderdale Strikers Waived [3]
November 23, 2011 Brazil Jéferson MF Brazil Esporte Clube Bahia Waived [3]
November 23, 2011 Grenada Craig Rocastle MF None Waived [3]
November 23, 2011 Serbia Miloš Stojčev DF Kazakhstan FC Akzhayik Waived [3]
November 28, 2011 United States Davy Arnaud MF Canada Montreal Impact Trade [4]
December 12, 2011 Mexico Omar Bravo FW Mexico Cruz Azul Free [23]
February 22, 2012 Trinidad and Tobago Daneil Cyrus DF None Trinidad and Tobago W Connection [24]
March 26, 2012 Senegal Birahim Diop FW None Waived [25]
June 29, 2012 United States Luke Sassano MF United States Carolina RailHawks Waived [26]
July 6, 2012 United States Shawn Singh DF None Waived [20]

Loans[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player Position Loaned From Fee/Notes Ref

Out[edit]

Date Player Position Loaned To Fee/Notes Ref
August 28, 2012 Poland Konrad Warzycha MF United States Carolina RailHawks Recalled back to Sporting KC on September 12, 2012[27] [28]

Major League Soccer[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pts
Pld
W
L
D
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 San Jose Earthquakes (SS) 66 34 19 6 9 72 43 +29 Supporters' Shield & 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League 1
2 Sporting Kansas City 63 34 18 7 9 42 27 +15
3 D.C. United 58 34 17 10 7 53 43 +10
4 New York Red Bulls 57 34 16 9 9 57 46 +11
5 Real Salt Lake 57 34 17 11 6 46 35 +11
6 Chicago Fire 57 34 17 11 6 46 41 +5
7 Seattle Sounders FC 56 34 15 8 11 51 33 +18
8 LA Galaxy 54 34 16 12 6 59 47 +12
9 Houston Dynamo 53 34 14 9 11 48 41 +7
10 Columbus Crew 52 34 15 12 7 44 44 0
11 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 43 34 11 13 10 35 41 −6
12 Montreal Impact 42 34 12 16 6 45 51 −6
13 FC Dallas 39 34 9 13 12 42 47 −5
14 Colorado Rapids 37 34 11 19 4 44 50 −6
15 Philadelphia Union 36 34 10 18 6 37 45 −8
16 New England Revolution 35 34 9 17 8 39 44 −5
17 Portland Timbers 34 34 8 16 10 34 56 −22
18 Chivas USA 30 34 7 18 9 24 58 −34
19 Toronto FC 23 34 5 21 8 36 62 −26

Updated to games played on October 28, 2012
Source: MLSsoccer.com
(SS) = MLS Supporters' Shield
1The highest ranked U.S.-based MLS club qualifies to the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League (placed in Pot A). The other U.S. representatives in the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League are:


Eastern Conference standings[edit]

Pos
Team
Pts
Pld
W
L
D
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 Sporting Kansas City (E1) 63 34 18 7 9 42 27 +15 2012 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals
2 D.C. United 58 34 17 10 7 53 43 +10
3 New York Red Bulls 57 34 16 9 9 57 46 +11
4 Chicago Fire 57 34 17 11 6 46 41 +5 2012 MLS Cup Knockout Round
5 Houston Dynamo 53 34 14 9 11 48 41 +7
6 Columbus Crew 52 34 15 12 7 44 44 0
7 Montreal Impact 42 34 12 16 6 45 51 −6
8 Philadelphia Union 36 34 10 18 6 37 45 −8
9 New England Revolution 35 34 9 17 8 39 44 −5
10 Toronto FC 23 34 5 21 8 36 62 −26

Updated to matches played on 18:04 EDT October 28, 2012
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.

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 63 18 7 9 42 27 +15 10 3 4 22 12 +10 8 4 5 20 15 +5

Last updated: October 25, 2012
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

Match results[edit]

      Win       Tie       Loss

Preseason[edit]

2012 Disney Pro Soccer Classic[edit]
Exhibition Matches[edit]

Regular Season[edit]

MLS Cup Playoffs[edit]

Houston Dynamo won 2 – 1 on aggregate

U.S. Open Cup[edit]

Friendly Matches[edit]

Recognition[edit]

AT&T Goal of the Week[edit]

Week Player
Week 12 United States C. J. Sapong
Weeks 13-15 Brazil Júlio César

MLS Save of the Week[edit]

Week Player
Week 7 Denmark Jimmy Nielsen
Weeks 13-15 Denmark Jimmy Nielsen
Week 18 Denmark Jimmy Nielsen
Week 19 Denmark Jimmy Nielsen
Week 31 Denmark Jimmy Nielsen
Week 32 Denmark Jimmy Nielsen

MLS All-Stars 2012[edit]

Position Player Note
DF France Aurélien Collin First XI
GK Denmark Jimmy Nielsen First XI
MF United States Graham Zusi First XI

2012 Team Awards[edit]

Player(s) Award [29]
Denmark Jimmy Nielsen United States Graham Zusi Sporting Kansas City 2012 Most Valuable Players
Sierra Leone Kei Kamara Sporting Kansas City 2012 Offensive Player of the Year
United States Matt Besler Sporting Kansas City 2012 Defensive Player of the Year
Sierra Leone Kei Kamara Sporting Kansas City 2012 Humanitarian of the Year
United States Paul Dean 2012 Bob Gansler Award (Most Outstanding Academy Player)
Sierra Leone Kei Kamara Sporting Kansas City 2012 Budweiser Golden Boot

Miscellany[edit]

Allocation ranking[edit]

Sporting Kansas City is in the #14 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.[30]

International roster slots[edit]

Sporting Kansas City has 7 MLS International Roster Slots for use in the 2012 season. Each club in Major League Soccer is allocated 8 international roster spots. Sporting Kansas City traded one slot to San Jose Earthquakes for the 2012 season only.

Future draft pick trades[edit]

Future picks acquired: * 2013 MLS SuperDraft Round 2 pick acquired from New York Red Bulls.
Future picks traded: None.

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 on a free transfer.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sporting deal Smith to Chivas USA for supplemental picks". MLSsoccer.com. 21 November 2011. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Ching, Mapp headline Montreal expansion draft picks". MLSsoccer.com. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Sporting Kansas City waives four players". www.sportingkc.com. 23 November 2011. Retrieved 23 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Sinovic returns to Sporting KC". www.sportingkc.com. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Nielsen signs extension". www.sportingkc.com. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Chivas USA deal Nagamura to SKC for supplemental pick". www.mlssoccer.com. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  7. ^ http://www.sportingkc.com/news/2011/12/sporting-kc-acquires-mf-bobby-convey-sj-earthquakes
  8. ^ http://www.sportingkc.com/news/2011/12/sporting-kc-and-omar-bravo-agree-cruz-azul-move
  9. ^ http://www.sportingkc.com/tracker
  10. ^ http://www.sportingkc.com/news/2012/01/sporting-kc-signs-mls-veteran-jacob-peterson
  11. ^ http://www.sportingkc.com/news/2012/02/weekly-update-february-22-2012
  12. ^ "Players". SportingKC.com. 12 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "Quakes trade Convey to Sporting for international spot". www.mlssoccer.com. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  14. ^ "Sporting KC selects Dwyer, Hedrick in MLS SuperDraft". MLSsoccer.com. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "SKC acquires right of first refusal for MF Michael Thomas". www.sportingkc.com. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Sporting KC signs MLS veteran Jacob Peterson". www.sportingkc.com. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Sporting Kansas City signs defender Cyprian Hedrick". www.sportingkc.com. 22 February 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  18. ^ "Sporting KC signs defender Shawn Singh". www.sportingkc.com. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  19. ^ "Sporting Kansas City signs defender Kyle Miller". www.sportingkc.com. 30 May 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2012. 
  20. ^ a b "Sporting Kansas City signs defender Neven Markovic". 6 July 2012. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 
  21. ^ "Sporting KC signs goalkeeper Scott Angevine". www.sportingkc.com. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 3 Aug 2012. 
  22. ^ "Sporting KC signs midfielder Oriol Rosell". www.sportingkc.com. 2 August 2012. Retrieved 3 Aug 2012. 
  23. ^ "Bravo leaves Sporting KC for deal with Cruz Azul". www.mlssoccer.com. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  24. ^ "Weekly Update: February 22, 2012". 22 February 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  25. ^ "Sporting KC waives Birahim Diop". 26 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  26. ^ "Sporting KC waives Luke Sassano". 29 June 2012. Retrieved 5 July 2012. 
  27. ^ http://www.sportingkc.com/news/2012/09/warzycha-grateful-loan-stint-glad-return-skc
  28. ^ "Konrad Warzycha loaned to Carolina RailHawks". Sporting Kansas City. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  29. ^ Kurt Austin (2012-10-24). "Sporting KC announces 2012 team awards". Sportingkc.com. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  30. ^ 2011 MLS Roster Rules | Major League Soccer