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Sporting KC signs goalkeeper Luis Marin, forward Krisztian Nemeth

Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes said he’d be content if newly-acquired goalkeeper Luis Marin ends up being the starter next season.
Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes said he’d be content if newly-acquired goalkeeper Luis Marin ends up being the starter next season. THE KANSAS CITY STAR

Sporting Kansas City officially announced its signings of Chilean goalkeeper Luis Marin and Hungarian forward Krisztian Nemeth on Thursday, a pair of additions manager Peter Vermes said can make an immediate impact for his club next season.

Marin, 31, will surge to the top of the team’s goalkeeper depth chart — a spot occupied by a combination of Andy Gruenebaum and Eric Kronberg last season.

“Am I comfortable if he’s the No. 1? For sure,” Vermes said during a teleconference call Thursday. “He’s got all of those qualities.”

Both additions will occupy international roster spots, pending receipt of their international transfer certificates and P-1 visas, according to the club.

Nemeth, 25, will provide depth behind striker Dom Dwyer, who signed a contract extension Wednesday, and Nemeth can also play both wing spots in Sporting Kansas City’s 4-3-3 attack. Vermes said he has been scouting Nemeth since Nemeth was 19, when Nemeth was a member of English club Liverpool FC.

Nemeth most recently played for Dutch club Roda JC Kerkrade, recording eight goals and six assists in 24 games during the 2013-14 season.

“What I love is he’s played in a couple of different countries, and he’s been in a system that we play,” Vermes said. “... He has qualities to be able to play all three positions up top. As much as he has a nose for the goal, he’s also very good at finding opportunities for other players, as well. I think he’s going to give us another dimension up front.”

Nemeth made five appearances for the Hungarian national team during its 2014 World Cup qualifying.

“It’s an exciting time to join the club and MLS,” Nemeth said in a release. “Peter is a great coach and I look forward to working with him and the team.”

Marin has made eight career international appearances for Chile. He most recently played for Universidad de Chile in the Primera Division.

“I am excited to join Sporting Kansas City and take the next step in my career,” Marin said in a release. “I’m going to do everything I can to help this team win another championship.”

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