Sporting Kansas City add three players (none of them internationals) to the roster today, as they signed first-round SuperDraft pick C.J. Sapong, second-round Supplemental Draft pick Mike Jones and trial defender Scott Lorenz. All were signed to their first-ever MLS contracts.
“These are three very good signings for us and they will each add great depth to our roster,” Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes said. “They have all adapted very well to the MLS level already.”
Sapong, a forward, was the 10th overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. “It’s great that it’s finally official,” Sapong said. “It feels good to have that weight lifted and finally know you’re a part of the team. I’m looking forward to learning from the veterans and getting an even greater feel for the system, the team and the coaches. And I’m looking forward to gaining experience as a professional now.”
Jones, a St. Peters, Mo., native was selected in the second round of the 2011 Supplemental Draft. He's a central defender.
“I’m very, very excited to be a part of this organization,” Jones said. “I’m ready to begin to make myself better not only for myself, but also for my teammates and I’m looking forward to the new start as a professional, especially with the new stadium. I think we’ll all have a very big year.”
The final signing, Lorenz, spent his rookie season last year with the NSC Minnesota Stars of USSF Division II last year. The 23-year-old is a left-footed outside back.
“I'm really excited to be with the club this year,” Lorenz said. “Everyone on the team has been great and I am looking forward for the club to have a successful year and to be a part of a new beginning at Sporting Kansas City.”
All three players are expected to provide depth and feature prominently in the reserve league. Sapong will train behind last year's first-round pick Teal Bunbury, Jones will likely be a long-range prospect at center-back. Lorenz could give the team proper cover if entrenched left-back Roger Espinoza misses time during the Gold Cup.
After the earlier trade of Jack Jewsbury to the Portland Timbers for allocation money, the team has 23 players under contract. There are several more (mostly international players) in camp who could still feature with the team.