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Ahead of MLS roster freeze, Sporting KC adds two offensive-minded players

Midfielder Kevin Oliveira, left, was one of two Swope Park Rangers called up to MLS contracts on Friday.
Midfielder Kevin Oliveira, left, was one of two Swope Park Rangers called up to MLS contracts on Friday.

As the MLS roster freeze takes effect Friday, Sporting Kansas City turned to its B team for a pair of last-minute additions.

Sporting KC signed forward Kharlton Belmar and midfielder Kevin Oliveira to MLS contracts, plucking both players from its USL affiliate, the Swope Park Rangers. Each of their contracts are guaranteed only through the end of the 2017 season, with multiple club option years to follow.

“Kharlton and Kevin are two players who we believe can make the next step in the transition from the Swope Park Rangers to Sporting KC,” coach Peter Vermes said in a statement. “Both players will be important additions during the stretch run of the season.”

It’s essentially deadline day for MLS teams, which must submit their final rosters to the league office and stick with them through the remainder of the regular season and the MLS playoffs.

Belmar, 24, leads the Rangers with 10 goals this season. He has started 17 matches and has scored in four of the last six. He made his Sporting KC debut in the U.S. Open Cup tournament earlier this summer.

Oliveira, 21, leads the Rangers with five assists and also has scored three times.

Belmar and Oliveira are likely the only two changes to the Sporting KC roster on deadline day.

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