Sporting Kansas City surged back into the Western Conference playoff picture Sunday with its victory against FC Dallas, a win that closed out the first half of its regular-season schedule.
A reinforcement will bolster the playoff push over the second half.
Sporting KC has agreed to terms with Honduran international player Ever Alvarado, a source told The Star on Wednesday.
Alvarado, 24, was present at Sporting KC practice Wednesday, but he won’t be eligible to officially join the roster until July 4, when the MLS summer transfer window opens.
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Alvarado is a left back who most recently played for Club Deportivo Olimpia, regarded as one of the top clubs in Honduras. He is out of contract with the club, so Sporting KC will not be required to pay a transfer fee for his rights.
Alvarado has represented the Honduran national team after previously appearing for the 23-, 20- and 17-and-under teams. Sporting KC midfielder Roger Espinoza is a member of the Honduras national team, and Alvarado is described as possessing some similar attributes as Espinoza, most notably his aggressive playing style.
It’s unclear where he will immediately fit into Sporting KC’s plans for 2016. Jimmy Medranda has occupied the starting left back position for the better part of the past two months, though Medranda is capable of playing in the attack, as well.
Sporting KC remains active in its search to fortify its attack during the transfer window next month.