Ellis’ new deal comes after a breakout 2014 season, during which he made 20 MLS appearances, including 16 starts. He also scored his first career goal during a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals match against Cruz Azul last March.
A lingering foot injury has prevented the midfielder from amping up his usual fitness and strength conditioning this offseason, and it cost him a chance this month to join the United States national team’s camp with teammate Matt Besler.
Claudio Bieler, 30, signed with Sporting KC prior to the 2013 season, when he was charged with invigorating life into the club’s offense. But he lost his job to Dom Dwyer last season and was set to see limited playing time again in 2015.
The club selected midfielder Connor Hallisey and defenders Saad Abdul-Salaam and Amadou Dia. Portland nabbed Nick Besler, the younger brother of Sporting KC’s captain, Matt, with the fifth overall choice.
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The MLS SuperDraft will begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday with a live broadcast on the MLS website. Sporting KC owns picks No. 10, 12 and 20 in the first round and the 30th overall pick in the second round.
Nick Besler, the youngest brother of Sporting Kansas City captain Matt Besler, is projected to be a first-round pick in Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft. Nick says he finds Matt’s journey motivating. He isn’t avoiding his brother’s path — he’s hoping to mimic it.