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

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(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

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

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
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.