NWSL – Who Are Ya? – Camp Invitee Mini-Dossier – FC Kansas City

FC Kansas City

Molly Dreska – MF – Maryland – Employee from Sporting Kansas City of MLS made it through tryouts for the second straight year. Local status obviously helps out if the club needs an amateur player but faces a steep climb towards a regular roster spot considering club’s numbers in midfield

Missy Geha – MF – Kansas – You may know her as the color commentary voice on FC Kansas City broadcasts. Not particularly a standout on the playing field, but it helps to have a reliable option if need be on heavy international days. Doesn’t figure to get much run otherwise though as club has tons of midfield options.

Caroline Kastor – F – Kansas – Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Great junior season, so-so senior season. Looked like a solid prospect for the 2014 draft after eleven goals as a junior but tailed off to an inefficient six goals on fifty-eight shots this past year. Judging by the results of her first two seasons, I’d say 2013 was more representative of her overall skill. Faces a hard road to a roster spot here.

Sara Keane – GK – West Virginia – Former U.S. youth international enjoyed a solid, if not unspectacular, career with the Mountaineers. Long injury history early in her career a worry, though she’s been healthy recently. Doesn’t possess great athleticism and struggles in traffic sometimes, but might round into a decent backup, though perhaps maybe not here.

Stephanie Rose – F – HJK (FIN) (UNC Wilmington) – Was a killer at college level with mid-major UNC Wilmington before heading overseas to ply her trade with HJK in Finland, netting a modest five goals in fourteen matches. Odds look steep given her competition up top, but has a ghost of a chance considering those rivals haven’t proven their prowess consistently.

Emma Stevens – GK – Nebraska – More proof that in many respects you’re only as good as the backline in front of you. At least at college level. Played the role of a target in a shooting gallery in 2011 & 2012 as her defense in front of her was plainly bad but turned into one of the region’s top netminders as a senior. Size is borderline, but she may have more upside than Keane when all is said and done.

Stephanie Thompson – MF – Evansville – Club already has one MVC alum on their roster, and Thompson will be looking to make it two after a strong career with the Purple Aces. Made a big leap after her sophomore season to become one of the league’s best players. Not particularly efficient with the ball. Long odds given competition in midfield.

Shelina Zadorsky – D – Michigan – Probably a victim of the league’s restrictive rules dealing with internationals. Why? Good question, as she was the rock at the heart of one of the nation’s best defenses and was previously captain of the Canadian U20 team. Had nine assists as a senior as well. FCKC needs defensive depth and has international slots available, what’s not to love?

Best Bets: Zadorsky, Keane (if Santiago remains injured)

4 thoughts on “NWSL – Who Are Ya? – Camp Invitee Mini-Dossier – FC Kansas City

  1. Steve

    Yes, I think Zadorsky is much better than a number of FCKC’s draft picks. Maybe only Kallman is better. I think Richmond, Silva, Laddish, and Marlborough all struggle to make any kind of impact, if they make the roster at all.

    1. FCKCEvans

      I agree, I was upset when KC didn’t draft Zadorsky when they were in need of defenders. I don’t think that she is necessarily better than Laddish,Richmond,Marlborough, and Silva but that’s difficult to gauge bc they play very different positions. I think with KC’s current roster, if 2 of those rookies make an impact we are in good shape. KC should have drafted Zadorsky over Meagan Kelly in the 4th round. Kelly’s good, and local, but with the attacking depth we have (and drafted) Shelina would have been a much better choice. She should make the roster bc of the lack of defensive depth. Good luck Shelina!

    2. Forgedias

      Not sure why you are underrating some of those players. FCKC had an outstanding draft, especially when it came to team needs and getting the players that fit their system.

      Kasey Kallman (CB): Big time need with the departure of Lauren Sesselmann.

      Mandy Laddish (Holding): Played the box to box midfielder role for Notre Dame. Doesn’t show up on the stats, but she is very good defensively, man marks players and has great vision to create lanes and scoring opportunities for other players. Best position for her would be holding mid, replacing the departed Desiree Scott.

      Frances Silva (Forward): 15 goals, 13 assists. She had to carry her team because the only other forward who was scoring, Swindel had a high ankle sprain and was constantly missing games because of it. Best creative forward in the draft. Can dribble with either foot, fast and can create for other players. Is also deadly on set pieces. scored 2 goals in the BIG12 tournament by bending her balls around a wall. Best position for her would be outside mid.

      Mandy and Frances were my top two picks for FCKC because of who they were and the style of football they played. They fit FCKC’s system like Erika Tymrak did. I think you will be surprised how fast they can adapt if they are given playing time.

      Shelina Zadorsky was my 4th pick, I think I had Amanda Frisbie somewhere in there as well. Her backline only conceded 12 goals all year including the NCAA tournament. Consider that UCLA the best defense in the NCAA conceded 8 and Michigan had one of the best back lines in college soccer. She had 1 goal and 9 assists. Her left foot is a huge weapon and something FCKC on the left side needs since Kristie Mewis got traded. Great corner kick taker and has good accuracy with her crosses to get them to players to attack on. When I saw that FCKC bypassed her, I figured we lost our chance to draft her, then she went undrafted then I wondered if there were some outside circumstances that prevented her from being drafted. Since in my opinion, she was the second best center back in college behind Kallman. Having both these players play for FCKC would be huge.


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