What a day for 21-year Jon Kempin.
This morning Sporting Kansas City, who is the Major League Soccer affiliate of Oklahoma City Energy FC, announced Kempin was selected to be part of the 2014 Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game. Shortly after, Sporting KC’s goalkeeper Eric Kronberg broke his finger during training and Sporting KC recalled Kempin from his loan to Energy FC.
“It’s a huge honor to be named to this roster and a huge honor to represent your hometown team,” Kempin said in a statement. “I’ve been blessed with that opportunity as a Homegrown player and I look forward to continuing to represent Kansas City for many years to come.”
It is the second time this season Kempin has been recalled, but Kronberg will miss approximately two months with the finger injury, so Kempin won’t be returning anytime soon.
The move leaves Energy FC with two goalkeepers. Samir Badr and Norman native Ray Clark. Badr has appeared in two matches this season, allowing one goal and saving five shots.
Clark made his only appearance of the seeason in place of Kempin the last time Sporting KC recalled him. Clark stopped all five shots he faced against Orange County helping Energy FC to its first win in franchise history on April 5.
Kempin has been huge in goal for Energy FC over the last month and a half. Energy FC (5-7-3) hasn’t lost a match since May 24, a six-game streak. Kempin has five shutouts and 37 saves with a 1.38 goals against average in 13 games played this season.
Kempin, who earlier this season was invited to train with the United State’s Men’s National Under-21 team, will join Matt Lampson of the Columbus Crew for the inaugural all-star game. Homegrown MLS players will battle the Portland Timbers U-23 team in Portland leading up to the MLS All-Star game in August.
DeAndre Yedlin will also join the Homegrown All-Stars after receiving high praise for his performance at the World Cup for the US Men’s National Team.