Marcel de Jong’s departure from Sporting Kansas City and short-term deal with the Ottawa Fury were only announced earlier this week. But the Canadian national team winger/fullback knew for months that his MLS odyssey had come to an end.
After a decade of pro soccer in Germany and the Netherlands — and carrying years of international football experience, de Jong was expected to carry a major load for SKC after he signed there in 2015. But, after seeing regular starts early in the season, he was relegated to squad duty. In the end, he played just 13 games and got just 847 minutes of MLS action.
And, to this day, he says he isn’t sure why he fell out of favour with coach Peter Vermes.
“I thought I did OK, especially at the beginning of the season,” said de Jong. “But, for some reason he decided he didn’t want to play me anymore. But, that’s his decision.”
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