By TATE STEINLAGE
Sporting Kansas City have locked in another piece to their midfield with less than a month until the Major League Soccer season officially kicks off.
The club announced Thursday they have signed 20-year-old midfielder Jimmy Medranda to a multi-year deal after acquiring the Colombian last August on loan from Deportivo Pereira.
“Jimmy is a good, young talent with a lot of potential,” Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said in a statement. “It was a goal of ours to try to re-sign him at the end of this season as a Sporting Kansas City player as opposed to being on loan. We’re excited to have been able to accomplish that goal.”
Medranda made just one appearance for Sporting KC last season, coming off the bench in a 3-0 victory against the Columbus Crew in September. He was the youngest player to appear at the first team level for the club in 2013.
“I am very happy to be here. I am happy to be back in the city and with my teammates again, now officially as a player for Sporting Kansas City,” Medranda said in the same release. “I am going to work hard and do what is best for the team.”
The midfielder was present at training Tuesday after joining the team in Kansas City on Monday. Vermes told SBI then that a deal was close to being inked, adding, “him being back here is a good sign.”
Sporting KC and Medranda will travel to Orlando, Fla. Friday for the 2014 Disney Pro Soccer Classic.
What do you think of the signing? Do you think Medranda sees the field for Sporting KC in 2014?
Share your thoughts below.
They are going to have to do better than this to keep up with the moves other teams are making
Man can’t MLS sign players from first division clubs? How many ‘hidden gems’ do they think there are in these second-tiered clubs?
Loads and Loads. They can be made to adapt to MLS
That’s where you get the bargains. A salary capped league like MLS needs to get as many bargain players in as possible especially in high skill countries like Colombia and Argentina. MLS lacks great ball skills, so if you can cheaply inject more skill and attractive soccer into the league, it’s a win-win. If he winds up developing and being sold for a big salary, it’s pure profit.
On a serious non-hearing not. The does it seem like the MLS is signing more and more South Americans?
Great sign right
Not sure. You’d have to check exact numbers tomsee if theres been any increase but the League has signed many Colombians and Argentinians over the years.
always has been a large number of Colombians in the league.. probably the most of any country behind the USA. not a new trend probably about the same for the last 5-10 years..
my estimate of the MLS player’s origins would be:
6. Argentina, Mexico .. maybe Scotland
multi-ear deals are quite lucrative. #editing
LOL’d at “multi-ear”
Nice one, Tate.
Always good to have multi-ears, right? Thanks for the catch!
Honestly though, you are doing a good job covering SKC so far. Kudos.
He’s all ears.