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Sporting KC signs Tim Melia as backup goalkeeper

Tim Melia, who played with Chivas USA, is one of three goalkeepers on Sporting KC’s roster.
Tim Melia, who played with Chivas USA, is one of three goalkeepers on Sporting KC’s roster. the ap

Sporting Kansas City signed five-year Major League Soccer veteran Tim Melia as a backup goalkeeper on Tuesday.

Melia, 26, has previously played for Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA behind All-Stars Nick Rimando and Dan Kennedy. Most recently, he served as a League Pool Goalkeeper and earned emergency call-ups from Sporting Kansas City, FC Dallas and D.C. United during the MLS Cup.

“I am really excited about the opportunity,” Melia said in a statement. “I had the chance to work with the Sporting KC coaches as a pool goalkeeper earlier this year and Kansas City is a great place where professionals can thrive.”

He appeared on the Sporting KC bench for three matches at home and traveled with the club for a CONCACAF Champions League group stage match in Nicaragua.

Melia is now one of three goalkeepers on the Sporting KC roster, along with Jon Kempin and Luis Marin — pending receipt of his P-1 Visa.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to come into a club with a talented staff and team in place to go along with the best fans and facilities in the league,” Melia said.

Since joining Chivas USA in 2012, Melia has appeared in nine matches, including three starts in the U.S. Open Cup. He played 74 minutes in two matches during 2014.

Melia is the sixth addition to Sporting KC’s roster, following Marin, defender Jalil Anibaba, midfielder Bernardo Anor, midfielder James Marcelin and forward Krisztian Nemeth.

To reach Kathleen Gier, call 816-234-4875 or send email to kgier@kcstar.com.

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