FC Kansas City Preseason Opens with 28 Player Roster

KANSAS CITY (Mar. 13, 2017) – Despite temperatures hovering around the freezing point, FC Kansas City opened their preseason training schedule this morning at the Scheel’s Overland Park Soccer Complex. Practicing today were 25 of the 28 players invited to train with the team. Federation players Amy Rodriguez (USA), Becky Sauerbrunn (USA) and Desiree Scott (Canada) will join the team later this week.

Head Coach Vlatko Andonovski said, “You know I’m glad we got the first day in under our belt. Obviously, the weather didn’t want to cooperate with us, but we did what we had to do and had a pretty good first day. I’m happy with the girls, pretty excited about it and from now on we’re just going to build on what we started today.”

Forward Sydney Leroux was one of the players reporting to camp today as she returns to the field this season. Leroux joined the team prior to the 2016 campaign, but missed the entire season as she learned she was pregnant just before the season started.

Also featured in today’s training was first round draft choice, Christine Gibbons. “I’m definitely meeting everyone for the first time so…I really like everyone so far and everyone has been so welcoming, so I’m really happy to be here.”

2017 FC Kansas City Preseason Roster

GOALKEEPERS (4): Nicole Barnhart, Kaela Little3, Cat Parkhill, Danielle Rice3

DEFENDERS (10): Alex Arlitt, Yael Averbuch, Rashida Beal2, Katie Bowen, Rachel Leonard3, Becca Moros, Toriana Patterson3, Brianne Reed, Becky Sauerbrunn14, Brittany Taylor

MIDFIELDERS (10): Christina Gibbons2, Lo’eau LaBonta, Mandy Laddish, Sydney Miramontez3, Alexa Newfield, Desiree Scott14, Alexa Shaffer2, Josee Stiever3, Meghan Toohey3, Erika Tymrak

FORWARDS (4): Shea Groom, Jenna Hellstrom3, Sydney Leroux1, Amy Rodriguez14

1Federation player

22017 NWSL College Draft Pick

3Trialist

4Not in camp

Team NewsBryn Raschke