MLS Notebook: Sporting Kansas City Goalkeeper Eric Kronberg to Miss 8 Weeks

Eric Kronberg Sporting Kansas City MLS Notebook

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It has been a very difficult season on the defensive side of the ball for Sporting Kansas City to this point; Manager Peter Vermes had been forced to use 11 different players in starting roles on the back-line this season due to various injuries and international call-ups. The club is anticipated to see the return of Matt Besler and Graham Zusi for the match this weekend against the Montreal Impact but they will be missing one key player.

Goalkeeper Eric Kronberg will miss approximately eight weeks after fracturing the fourth metacarpal bone in his left hand during training on Wednesday. The club announced that the injury will not require surgery as well. Sporting will now turn to veteran Andy Gruenebaum whom they picked up in an off-season trade with the Columbus Crew with Jon Kempin serving as the back-up after being recalled from his loan to their USL Pro affiliate Oklahoma City Energy FC.

Kronberg had appeared in all 17 league matches for Sporting to the point of his injury bringing at least some stability to their ever-changing back line. The Santa Rosa, California native was leading the league with seven clean sheets while boasting a goals against average of 0.88, which also lead the league for goalkeepers making more than 10 appearances.

Philadelphia Union

It looks as those the Philadelphia Union have found another attacking piece to use beside Conor Casey in Jamaican striker Brian Brown. He is a 21-year-old striker from Harbour View FC who won the National Premier League Golden Boot with 18 goals to lead the club to a second-place finish and berth in the 2015 Caribbean Football Union Club Championships.

Brown has been on trial recently with the Union but is “a player that we’re excited about” according to interim manager Jim Curtin. There is a slight chance that Brown may be available for Saturday’s match with the Colorado Rapids but there is still paperwork needing to be finished up before he can go.

It is not clear whether the deal is a permanent deal or whether it is a loan but the fact remains that the Union have picked up a youthful, explosive player that should work well with Casey in the attack.

New York Red Bulls

The New York Red Bulls announced on Thursday that they had cut ties with midfielder Jonny Steele. The Northern Ireland international lost his starting spot on the left side of midfield to Eric Alexander this season though he did make six starts to this point. Last season, he was a frequent contributor to the Red Bulls starting 32 of 34 regular season matches chipping in five goals and six assists after a pre-season trade from Real Salt Lake.

It is a big move from the Red Bulls who have just cleared a good chunk of salary cap space (Steele was guaranteed to earn $130,000 according to the MLS Players Union). Expect the organization to be very active over the next few weeks as the Major League Soccer transfer window is open.

Montreal Impact

The Montreal Impact appear to be clearing room on the roster for Canadian Men’s National Team striker Olivier Occean. It appears that young striker Santiago Gonzalez may be set to go out on loan to Danubio FC, according to MLSsoccer.com.

As of now, nothing is finalized but it looks like this may be completed sooner rather than later in an effort to give the young Uruguayan more playing time. Gonzalez is currently sitting behind Marco Di Vaio and Jack McInerney on the depth chart with an injury being his best chance to see some action.

Oguchi Onyewu

Reports from the Sheffield Telegraph in England are stating that American center-back Oguchi Onyewu and Sheffield Wednesday could not come to an agreement on a new contract. This will be the third time in the last year that the former Clemson Tiger is a free agent.

He has been hampered with injuries ever since he suffered a torn patellar tendon during a World Cup qualifier in October 2009. According to reports, he has trained with D.C. United recently in an effort to keep up his fitness while figuring out his next move.

It may not be what he wants to do but the need for a solid center-back is very high in Major League Soccer right now. There are as many as seven clubs in the league that could use help at the center-back position; Toronto FC currently holds the top spot in the allocation order.

Summer Friendlies

The Houston Dynamo announced today that the city of Houston will be hosting an international friendly between two very recognizable names in world football. Mexican giants C.D. Guadalajara will face-off with Italian powerhouse A.C. Milan on Wednesday, August 6 at 8:00 p.m. local time at the NRG Stadium (formerly Reliant Stadium).

This will be the first meeting ever between the two clubs.

Matthew Evans is a soccer writer for Stoppage Time Soccer. “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter, or add him to your network on Google

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