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This is the Sporting KC Roster We’re Getting

It sounds like the Sporting KC roster is mostly set with any additions likely coming after the start of the season. Is it good enough?

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For the Glory KC is back with the 71st episode of the show!

Sporting Kansas City didn’t have any huge news in the week, but there were a lot of little stories building towards the start of 2024. First, the roster seems set with the news that Kellyn Acosta would not be signing with Sporting KC and Peter Vermes confirming it’s “highly unlikely” a Designated Player is signed before Week 1. Sheena and I share how we’re feeling about the roster.

Then we weigh in on Khiry Shelton’s now serious injury and surgery, Daniel Salloi’s injury situation and how preseason is going for Sporting KC and if it leaves us feeling optimistic or pessimistic.

Plus, we have to talk about the possible advent of Blue Cards in soccer around the world. Blue cards — they aren’t just for indoor soccer anymore! IFAB is considering 10-minute “sin bin” penalties for dissent and cynical fouls that would leave a team down a man. Also, two blue cards equal a red, or a blue and a yellow equal a red (which is confusing because those are all primary colors).

The KC Current don’t get much love this week because I couldn’t get to media day on super short notice. That said, Kristen Hamilton dropped some promising quotes in the KC Star, and we talk about the outlook for 2024.

In the Digital Crawl, we touch on the following topics:

  • Benny Feilhaber’s near departure
  • SKC II’s schedule is out
  • Still no firm US Open Cup plans for MLS
  • The USYNT U-17 girls are going to the U-17 World Cup!
  • Plus: Diego Rubio, new SKC announcers, former players on the move and the USL Super League

Here is a quick rundown of topics (and approximate start times):

  • The Super Bowl and Chad’s “Big Game” – 1:38
  • No Acosta or any other DP – 9:19
  • Shelton injured – 22:25
  • SKC Preseason Win and Salloi Update – 25:04
  • Blue Cards? – 33:10
  • KC Current – 41:04
  • (NEW SEGMENT) Errors and Corrections – 44:24
  • Digital Crawl – 46:25

Completely unrelated, but our Instagram is full of nonsense lately. You should follow us. Here is a post of weird soccer and video game mashups. Don’t mind the nonsensical logos and sponsors again, they really want Etihad to sponsor Sporting KC.


Spotify took away our ads, so we turned on “Listener Support.” Don’t feel obligated, but if you have a few spare bucks and a fan of the pod, we’d appreciate your donation.

Big thanks to Splitter Conspiracy (listen to them here) for our theme music made with the permission of the KC Cauldron.


You can find For the Glory KC wherever you get your podcasts. Just search “For the Glory KC” and be sure to subscribe! Here are some helpful links:

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KCSpurs1996

I’m excited to see what Vargas, Agada and Afrifa can do. I think we’ve really got to start developing our young attacking options with Pulido and Russell both getting up there in age (I’m also skeptical of Pulido’s ability to stay healthy, but fingers crossed that he does). CB depth is still very lacking in my opinion, but maybe one of Castellanos, Rindov, or Voloder will emerge? Idk, none of those names really inspire confidence but I guess I’d put my money on Voloder.

As far as finding a new DP to take Kinda’s place, I have no problem with them waiting until the summer when more options will be available. That said, I think we could really use a splash signing, not just for the sake of it, but to go get someone that can be a foundational piece for the next 3-5 years. I’m sick of hearing the “we’re a small market” or “we can’t afford it” excuses. We’re one of the premier clubs in the MLS and we have a billionaire owner.

I totally get we don’t have the appeal of NY, Miami, LA, etc. But when you look around the MLS there are plenty of teams outside of the “big” cities making savvy moves and I just don’t want to see us fall behind (you could argue we’re already behind). 2024 Examples include: Tomas Chancalay (New England), Djordje Mihailovic (Colorado), Pedro de la Vega (Seattle), Petar Musa (Dallas), and Hugo Cuypers (Chicago). There have also been some great non-DP moves along these same lines. I’m not of fan of us shipping off 2 international roster spots, but hopefully with some green cards coming in we can have some flexibility in that area.

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