The Daily Wiz: Jonathan Leathers' Departure Opens Door For Shavar Thomas

Sporting Kansas City made it all the way to the 18th pick of the MLS Expansion Draft without losing a player, and when they finally did, it was defender Jonathan Leathers.

That the only player the former Wizards lost was a backup defender that was not guaranteed to be a starter next year, came as quite a relief to the Daily Wiz's Andy Edwards.

I liked Leathers as a player, no doubt. But, his role on the team is one that can be filled in far more easily than a starting center back, like (Shavar) Thomas. (Chance) Myers has age (only 22) on his side and still has untapped potential. Whether or not he realizes that potential ever, remains to be seen. But, with Leathers, you kind of already knew what he was.

Edwards says the key to Thomas' success will be the ability to find a more athletic to pair with him. Jimmy Conrad, the current starter at centerback, is unlikely to be that person.

It has been speculated that Sporting KC is pursuing a European player and a centerback would potentially be a good fit.

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