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Sporting KC signs second-round draft pick Cyprian Hedrick

Updated: 2012-02-22T08:13:51Z

Sporting Kansas City announced Tuesday that it had come to terms with its second-round pick (30th overall) from the 2012 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, signing central defender Cyprian Hedrick to a one-year deal.

“It’s a relief, of course, because it represents everything I’ve wanted,” Hedrick said by phone from Orlando, where the club is training. “At the same time, it brings me back down to earth, because now I have to work that much harder.”

Fellow Sporting KC rookie, Dom Dwyer, hinted that the deal, which includes club options for up to three additional seasons, was imminent in a tweet last week. Now, it is official.

“At first we thought that he was extremely athletic, and we needed to spend some more time developing the technical aspects of his game,” Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said in a release from the club. “We know now that he’s much further along than we thought and he’s been able to take instruction from our staff and implement it very quickly into his game. He has impressed all of us and he is a guy that we feel we can continue to build over time.”

Sporting KC now has 29 players under contract for the 2012 season.

“Basically, he could see I was learning and learning quickly and was impressed with how I played, so he offered me a contract,” Hedrick said. “I was shocked but definitely excited as well.”

Hedrick, 22, who was born in Cameroon and moved to Houston at age 9, was the Big South defensive player of the year last fall as senior at Coastal Carolina.

Tod Palmer, tpalmer@kcstar.com

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