Sporting KC winger Smith goes on leave for remainder of MLS season

Sporting KC winger Smith goes on leave for remainder of MLS season

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Sporting KC winger Smith goes on leave for remainder of MLS season

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Sporting Kansas City has had to cope without speedy winger Ryan Smith for much of the 2011 season, and it turns out it will have do so for the remainder of the campaign as well.

The team announced Tuesday that Smith will miss the rest of the season, returning home to England due to unspecified "family reasons."

"It's never easy for international players who come to MLS when they have to live far away from their families. This situation is no different," Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes said. "With some of the family issues that Ryan has back at home, he felt like this was the best decision for both him and his family, and we support him."

Smith, hampered by injuries this year, appeared in six games for SKC, starting twice in his second season with the club. He had three goals and seven assists last season.

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