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Sporting KC opens preseason with narrow win in Tucson
January 28th, 2014 4:19PM

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[MLS 2014 COUNTDOWN] Defending champion Sporting Kansas City opened the MLS preseason with a 1-0 win over the PDL's FC Tucson thanks to an early goal by C.J. Sapong set up by Claudo Bieler.

MLS: Preseason Schedule

Sporting KC was without its five national team players -- Matt Besler, Benny Feilhaber and Grahm Zusi, who are preparing for Saturday's USA-South Korea game, and Seth Sinovic and Chance Myers, who were released from national team duty following the trip to Sao Paulo. The Sporting KC squad included 16-year-old Erik Palmer-Brown, who recently attracted the interest of Juventus.

Sinovic has yet to sign a contract for 2014 and is not with the team, but Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes said there was progress in talks.

“I think we’re getting closer,” Vermes told the Kansas City Star. “I think that’s in a positive way. Hopefully we’ll know something here today or tomorrow.”

Around training camp ...

-- Three current academy players -- Evan LauroArun Basuljevic and Chris Lema -- are among the 10 trialists at the New York Red Bulls training camp that opened Monday in Orlando, Fla.

EDU STAYS HUMBLE. A day after signing with the Philadelphia Union on loan from Stoke City, Maurice Edu was introduced to the Philly media. He said he was thrilled with the welcome he got from fans via social media after the deal was reached, but he was ready for a new beginning after a difficult year and a half at Stoke, where he made only one EPL appearance.

“It’s always frustrating as a player when you don’t play,” he said. “In this game, you have to be mentally tough because it’s just full of ups and downs. One day you can be high, the next day, you can be on the worst spell of your career. So for me, it’s just about trying to maintain a level head, don’t get too down when you hit a low, and when you’re on a high, just make sure you stay level-headed and maintain some composure and a sense of humbleness."

BOFO READY TO ATTACK. At 34 and after a poor 2013 season, Adolfo Bautista has lots of doubters, but the former Mexican international is ready to give it all for Chivas USA.

“I liked what I heard as soon as we spoke about the possibility of coming here,” said "Bofo" at Tuesday's press conference to introduce Chivas USA's new players and coaches. “I had a few options to stay in Mexico and I know Chivas USA has not had great seasons, but I’m here to attack this challenge and help this club regain the fan base. I want to help Chivas USA get to the top of the standings.”

-- Two young Chivas USA pros -- Marky Delgado and Caleb Calvert -- are with the Chivas U-18s in Guadalajara for the Copa Chivas. They opened play with a 4-0 loss to Colombia's U-18 national team.


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