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MLS Ticker: SKC signs homegrown player, Fire add striker and more


Sporting Kansas City signed its second homegrown player on Friday, adding 19-year-old defender Kevin Ellis to the team's roster.

Ellis joins United States youth national team goalkeeper Jon Kempin as the homegrown players in Kansas City. He played at Barton County Community College for the last two seasons, scoring 34 goals in time as both an attacking player and a defender.

Ellis has been training with Sporting KC for the last two weeks after impressing the club during an invitation-only combine. He's been a part of the team's academy for the last four years.

Here are a couple of other items from around the league as the week wraps up:


The Chicago Fire signed 25-year-old Uruguayan forward Diego Chaves from Primera Division club Nacional in his native country.

Chaves and the Fire's other recent signing, Uruguayan forward Gaston Puerari, were teammates at Montevideo Wanderers in 2009, and the hope for the Fire is that they can combine to provide a spark at the top of Carlos de los Cobos' formation.


The Philadelphia Union traded Andrew Jacobson to FC Dallas in exchange for a second-pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.

Jacobson played in 25 games (13 starts) last season for the Union, but with the team acquiring Brian Carroll from Columbus, Jacobson became a tradeable commodity. With Daniel Hernandez recovering from offseason knee surgery, Jacobson could provide decent cover in the center of the pitch for FCD.


D.C. United traded its second-round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft to the New England Revolution for the MLS rights to Fred, bringing the midfielder back to D.C. and reuniting him with his younger brother, Junior Carreiro, who is currently out with an ankle injury.

Fred played for D.C. from 2007-2009 before being part of a trade to the Philadelphia Union that allowed D.C. to acquire Troy Perkins. Fred was out of contract at the end of the season and was selected by the Revolution in the Re-Entry Draft. Although he did not sign with the club, the Revolution controlled his rights before shipping him back to D.C.


What do you think about Sporting KC's homegrown signing? Do you think Chaves and Puerari will make an impact in their first seasons in MLS? Do you think Jacobson is a good fit in Dallas? Do you see Fred contributing to D.C. United this season?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. New York Red Bulls isn’t too bad. I just wish they would have named it like they named the Salzburg team (FC Red Bull Salzburg).

    FC Red Bull New York
    Red Bull New York (could be written as RB New York)

  2. Likely to end the preseason with cap space and roster space. I’d expect we’d be able to gather what we need to improve upon and i expect a bigger signing this summer. Klopas did mention that one of the problems with the players they were scouting is they are in contract til the summer

  3. Ferrari may very well see plenty of PT. Being 22, he’ll probably be seeing plenty of time in the Reserves league and USOC matches. Not to mention intl’ friendlies and perhaps due to injuries. We only have Chaves, Gaston, and Carr.

    STILL, Ferrari needs to be signed in order for any of this to happen. From what ive read about the FGCU match, he and Gaston gave their backline fits with their speed.

  4. Some of us are wondering why DC United traded a 2nd-round Superdraft pick to get Fred, two months after DC passed in the 2nd round of the Re-Entry draft…when Fred was still available???????????????????????????????????????????????????


  5. blanco didnt do nothing? haha how old are you 10. he changed the team when he join. he is slow because some black guy from trinidad and tobago broke his legs. which made him slower. search your facts amature

  6. Ben, couldn’t agree more. I reckon they are at least 1 million under cap and have done very little this offseason. They never trade within the league and have been ripped off the few times they have. You have to wonder about competence as this so called youth policy seems to mean marginal and cheap young guys and in any event needed to begin last year. Everybody and their dog was aware of that, well, apparently not quite verybody.

  7. When is the fire going to realize that signing these latin american players does not work? Enough already train your American players that actually want to play in this league.

  8. Jacobson to Dallas seems strange. They have plenty of depth in the middle – they need someone as cover in case Shea or Chavez goes down.

  9. Repeat “sporting KC” to yourself 1,000 times and the awkwardness begins to disappear. They didn’t hit the nail on the head, but ANYTHING beats wizards.

  10. I am going to go out on a limb and predict a 2011 MLS Cup for DC United. Ladies and Gentlemen, they’re back, and the rest of MLS should be scared.

  11. If you add in Krzystof Krol and Denis Umanzor to the list of people not returning you get 4,349,328 in guaranteed compensation that is not coming back to the Fire this year. Sorry, I am just fuming today over the lack of signings by the Fire.

  12. Sorry I forgot to add John Thorington and Collins John to the list as well. I am not saying all of these players turned out to be great additions to our team while they were with us. It is just they made up the majority of our team salary.

  13. Don’t prejudge the Fire until you see the final roster. They will be young and hopefully energetic. With all the guys we’ve had the past few years who were old and retreads, younger legs will be welcome. Not saying they will be great, but I also expect some signings this summer when Euro contracts run out.

  14. We lost McBride, Ljungberg, Castillo, Brown and Conde in the offseason. That is lots of money that should be able to be spent on some real good players. Instead we get a good number of unproven trialists. Yes, I would say there a lot of disgruntled Fire fans.

  15. to be fair, wizards is even worse in itself, but this is so sophomorically derivative it’s contemptible. Wizards was just goofy and naive.

  16. Ugh… what a failure of a re-branding. Kansas City Sporting Soccer Club is a name that foretells great things. Or is that the crest of a different team?

  17. Personally I’d rather see Ferari get the minutes, if he gets picked up that is. But whatever, the fire are going to be terrible anyway.


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