Nashville acquires Sporting goalkeeper Zendejas, selects midfielder Medranda in expansion draft

Sporting acquires $175,000 in allocation money and international roster spot in trade with Nashville

Sporting Kansas City announced 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. 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.

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Big second half lifts North Central Missouri past KCKCC, 100-86

KCKCC sophomore Sevon Witt took aim on claiming one of his 10 rebounds in the Blue Devils’ 100-86 loss to North Central Missouri Saturday. Witt also had 26 points for his fifth double-double as teammates Calvin Slaughter (0) and Ezekiel Lopes (3) looked on. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

North Central Missouri broke open a tight game to start the second half and turned back all Kansas City Kansas Community College challenges in a 100-86 win in the Keith Lindsey Classic Saturday.

The loss left the Blue Devils 1-5 as they head back on the road for four more games starting Wednesday against Metropolitan Community College on the Penn Valley campus. The KCKCC women open the doubleheader at 5 p.m. with the men colliding at 7 p.m.

North Central ran its record to 6-1 by shooting 54.5 percent (36-of-66). The Pirates are one of four KCKCC opponents with two or less losses this season and the five losses are to teams with a combined record of 27-8.

“We’ve got to worry more about us than our opponents,” KCKCC coach Brandon Burgette said. “We have a tough schedule, a tough opponent every night. We have a lot that needs to be fixed.”

Led by 6-8 Sevon Witt, KCKCC led by as many as seven points midway through the first half. Witt scored the Blue Devils’ first 10 points (18 the first half) as the Blue Devils opened a 30-23 lead on a Calvin Slaughter 3-pointer with 8:49 left in the half.

There were three ties and six lead changes before North Central eked out a 50-45 halftime lead – and then took command to start the second with an 11-2 run that expanded the Pirates’ lead to 61-47.

“They made a run and we struggled to battle back,” Burgette said. “They got the layups when they wanted and made us work hard for us.”

Witt finished with game highs of 26 points and 10 rebounds, his third straight double-double and fifth in six games. Cody Dortch added 16 points of 6-of-7 shooting including 3-for-3 from 3-point.

Jermaine Yarbough chipped in with 10 points and six rebounds; Ezekiel Lopes nine points and six rebounds; and Slaughter nine points. DeAngelo Bell led in assists with five while Robert Rhodes had six rebounds in helping KCKCC win the board battle 45-40.

However, the Blue Devils could not match the Pirates’ deadly shooting, 19-of-32 for 59.4 percent the first half and 17-of-34 the second. The Blue Devils had 11 more shots but were 31-of-77 for 40.3 percent. KCKCC also lost the turnover battle 20-12 with North Central turning the 20 turnovers into 26 points.

Veteran guard Calvin Slaughter went up for two of his nine points in KCKCC’s 100-86 loss to North Central Missouri Saturday as teammate Robert Rhodes (11) awaited a possible rebound. (KCKCC photo by Alan Hoskins)

KCKCC women rebound from worst start with most complete game

by Alan Hoskins, KCKCC

Kansas City Kansas Community College’s No. 4 ranked Lady Blue Devils survived arguably their worst start in the last four years Saturday.

Trailing by as many as eight points in the second quarter, the Blue Devils used long-range shooting to bolt to a 33-31 halftime lead and then pulled away for a 77-65 win over North Central Missouri (4-3) in the annual Keith Lindsey Classic.

The win boosted the Blue Devils’ record to 7-1 heading into a men’s-women’s doubleheader Wednesday at Metropolitan Community College. The women will tip off at 5 p.m., the men at 7 p.m. in the twin bill on the Penn Valley campus.

The Blue Devils dug themselves a deep hole early with sub-par shooting against a North Central Missouri team that had played No. 1 ranked Johnson County to an 80-72 decision early in the season.

The Blue Devils managed only 2 of 17 first-quarter shots (11.8 percent), 1-of-8 three-pointers (.125) and 5-of-10 free throws. Add five turnovers and they were fortunate to trail only 13-9 after a falling behind 9-2.

The Pirates built a 19-11 lead with 7½ minutes left in the first half before KCKCC went long distance to get back into contention.

After a layup by Mercer Roberts, Diamond Williams and Roberts drained back-to-back threes and Tiaira Earnest hit a pair to pull KCKCC into its first of seven ties 25-25. Two Jada Mayberry layups gave KCKCC its first lead 33-31 at halftime and set up a decisive third quarter.

Camryn Estell, who had 11 points on 5-of-shooting in the period, put the Blue Devils ahead to stay 37-35 with 8:20 left. Roberts added six points and Earnest five in a quarter in which KCKCC was 10-of-18 (55.6 percent) and had a 58-47 lead they would not surrender.

“Last night, we had an 11-point lead going into the fourth quarter and needed a shot to win at the horn,” KCKCC coach Joe McKinstry said. “Tonight I challenged them not to put themselves in position to do that again; that we did not need a miracle and they did that just great. As far as getting a lead and holding it, I thought this was our most complete game of the year.”

Estell led KCKCC with her third straight double-double and the fourth of the season, scoring 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Earnest, who was 3-of-5 from 3-point, chipped in with 15 points and Roberts added 11 points, six rebounds and three assists. KCKCC had 21 assists on 29 field goals led by Adoreya Williams with a career-high seven and Brodi Byrd five.

“I thought Mercer really gave us a boost in the third quarter and did a great job,” McKinstry said. “We were severely outsized with only Kamryn and Mercer able to compete with their length and size. Kamryn is capable of being an absolute force. Tiaira Earnest also gave us a big boost in the second half and while Adoreya Williams didn’t shoot well, she had six points, five rebounds and seven assists which shows what impact a point guard can have without scoring a lot.”