A little morning reading material on the eve of the Sporting KC-Sounders game.
Here's this morning's News Tribune story, looking mostly at rookie midfielder Servando Carraco, and some on the Philly-Sounders date change.
And below are some notes from Sporting Kansas City:
Saturday’s match, the eighth of 10 straight on the road to start the season while construction at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park is completed, will take place at the Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington.
Seattle (3-3-5) sits in fifth place in the Western Conference after 11 matches, most recently drawing 1-1 at home against Portland Timbers on Saturday. Check SportingKC.com on Friday for full game notes and join the website’s live chat on Saturday during the game.
KEMPIN SELECTED FOR U.S. UNDER-18 NATIONAL TEAM
Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jon Kempinwas named to the United States Under-18 National Team roster for the Lisbon International Tournament in Lisbon, Portugal from May 19-29.
Kempin is one of two goalkeepers selected to the 20-player squad and will train under head coach Mike Matkovich as the team plays three matches against European competition. The United States opens the tournament against Netherlands on May 25th before taking on hosts Portugal one day later and concluding the tournament against Finland on May 28th.
After beginning the season with significant injury worries at several key positions, Sporting Kansas City is finally getting healthy.
Defender Michael Harrington, midfielder Ryan Smith and forward Teal Bunbury have all recovered from knocks that plagued each of them throughout preseason while designated player Omar Bravo is on the road to recovery after undergoing successful sports hernia surgery in Los Angeles recently. Bravo has returned to training and is listed as probable for Saturday’s match in Seattle.
Bravo has not featured in a match for Sporting Kansas City since starting in the 1-0 U.S. Open Cup win over Houston Dynamo on April 6th. Bravo has two goals in MLS play so far this season.
KAMARA NAMED GOODWILL AWARD RECIPIENT
Sporting Kansas City forward Kei Kamara was named the recipient of a Goodwill Award from the United Brothers and Sisters of Sierra Leone (UBSSL) at the organization’s Inaugural Dinner and Awards event, held April 30 in Fullerton, California.
Following Sporting Kansas City’s 3-2 win over Chivas USA on March 19, Kamara joined fellow Sierra Leone native Michael Lahoud in an autograph session to support Schools for Salone.
Kamara, born in Kenema, Sierra Leone, is a member of the Leone Stars national team and has seven appearances, most recently in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in March.