Kim Kee-hee doesn’t make preliminary World Cup squad

Kim Kee-hee left Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua for MLS’ Seattle Sounders and as we reported the reason he made the transfer was to try and force his way into the South Korean World Cup squad.

As the matchday rules for Asian leagues have a 3+1 rule for foreign player spots (3 foreign players from any confederation plus 1 from Asia) it meant that Kim was struggling to get match time in Shanghai. Therefore he decided he needed to move in the hope of standing any chance of being selected by national team manager Shin Tae-yong.

Shin Tae-yong released the provisional 28 man squad that needs to be whittled down to 23 before the finals begin and Kim didn’t feature on the list. It looks like it will take a big emergency for Kim to stand any chance of receiving a call-up especially with Shin calling up 12 defenders for the provisional squad. It would take a big injury crisis to get through 12 defenders and Kim to get a call-up.

His new team will be quite happy he didn’t make the call-up though, because the MLS will continue when the World Cup is being played meaning he will most likely feature a lot during the MLS season because his defensive colleague Roman Torres is a certain call-up for Panama as they embark on their maiden World cup campaign. Kim will have to make do with cheering Korea on in front of the TV.

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