Sporting KC Acquires $175,000 in Allocation Money and International Roster Spot

Nashville acquires Sporting goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas in trade, selects Sporting midfielder Jimmy Medranda in 2019 MLS Expansion Draft

(Nov. 19, 2019) — Sporting Kansas City announced today that the club has acquired $125,000 in 2020 Targeted Allocation Money, $50,000 in 2020 General Allocation Money and an international roster spot for the 2020 season from MLS expansion club Nashville SC in exchange for goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas.

Additionally, Nashville SC selected Sporting Kansas City midfielder Jimmy Medranda with the 10th and final pick of the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft on Tuesday afternoon.

“We’d like to thank Adrian and Jimmy for all of their contributions to the club over the past several years,” Sporting KC Manager and Sporting Director Peter Vermes said. “We wish them all the best in their future careers.”

Zendejas made five appearances for Sporting across all competitions from 2017-2019. The 24-year-old also played 54 USL Championship matches in four seasons with Sporting Kansas City II.

Medranda, 25, recorded five goals and eight assists in 108 competitive appearances for Sporting from 2013-2019. The Colombian’s tenure with the club was highlighted by a 2013 MLS Cup title and Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles in 2015 and 2017. Medranda becomes the 11th Sporting player to be taken in an MLS Expansion Draft.

Sporting will announce further roster moves by Thursday, including exercised and declined contract options for players heading into the 2020 MLS season.

On Friday, MLS Communications will release the list of players eligible for Free Agency and the End-of-Year Waivers process. MLS Free Agency will begin Monday, while the End-of-Year Waivers process will take place at 2 p.m. CT on Monday.

Following the End-of-Year Waivers process, the MLS Re-Entry process will take place in two phases: Re-Entry Draft Stage 1 on Nov. 26 and Re-Entry Draft Stage 2 on Dec. 3.

To view the full 2019 postseason roster mechanism calendar, click here. For a list of Sporting’s offseason roster moves, visit SportingKC.com/tracker.

Transaction: Sporting Kansas City (MLS) acquires $125,000 in 2020 Targeted Allocation Money, $50,000 in 2020 General Allocation Money and an international roster spot for the 2020 season from Nashville SC (MLS) in exchange for goalkeeper Adrian Zendejas.

Transaction: Nashville SC (MLS) selects Sporting Kansas City (MLS) midfielder Jimmy Medranda in the 2019 MLS Expansion Draft.

Sporting KC players selected in MLS Expansion Draft

YEAR POS PLAYER TEAM
1997 MID Diego Gutierrez Chicago Fire
2004 MID Francisco Gomez Chivas USA
2004 FWD Matt Taylor Chivas USA
2006 GK William Hesmer Toronto FC
2008 DEF Tyson Wahl Seattle Sounders FC
2010 DEF Jonathan Leathers Vancouver Whitecaps FC
2011 DEF Seth Sinovic Montreal Impact
2014 MID Sal Zizzo New York City FC
2016 GK Alec Kann Atlanta United FC
2017 FWD Latif Blessing LAFC
2019 MID Jimmy Medranda Nashville SC