In the hours before Major League Soccer requires its teams to freeze their respective rosters for the season, Sporting Kansas City made one addition.
The club added 22-year-old United States youth national team player Benji Joya on Thursday as a depth piece to the midfield. The signing is pending receipt of his international transfer certificate.
A San Jose native, Joya appeared extensively for the U.S. Under-20 national team, playing for the squad at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.
He joined the Chicago Fire on loan in 2014, making 12 appearances, including nine starts. He spent the 2015-16 seasons playing in the Mexican second division with Club Necaxa.
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Joya will serve as depth in a midfield that starts Benny Feilhaber, Roger Espinoza and Soni Mustivar.