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Sporting Kansas City signs Jacob Peterson to new contract

Sporting KC forward Jacob Peterson slid as Philadelphia Union midfielder Vincent Nogueira dived for the ball in a game in August.
Sporting KC forward Jacob Peterson slid as Philadelphia Union midfielder Vincent Nogueira dived for the ball in a game in August. Kansas City Star

A day after Sporting Kansas City bolstered its midfield with the return of a former MLS All-Star, it solidified its depth across all three levels when it welcomed back one of its most veteran players.

The club re-signed Jacob Peterson on Wednesday after his initial three-year deal with the club expired on Jan. 1. Terms of the new contract were not disclosed.

“There was really never any other place I wanted to go in this offseason, so I’m glad that we could get a deal worked out,” Peterson said in a news release.

A versatile player in coach Peter Vermes’ 4-3-3 attack, Peterson offers plenty of experience. He has been a part of Major League Soccer since being drafted by the Colorado Rapids in 2006 — longer than any player on the Sporting KC roster outside of midfielder Paulo Nagamura, who joined MLS in 2005.

Peterson spends the bulk of his time at a wing position, but he also showed capability to fill in at outside defender — which he was forced to do last season after an onslaught of injuries to the club’s back line. He scored twice and added two assists in 22 league appearances last season, including 13 starts. He has six goals in three seasons with Sporting KC and 15 career goals.

“Jacob Peterson is a player we feel fits very well for us on the field and within the culture of our club,” Vermes said. “We are thrilled to re-sign him.”

Peterson’s signing, which comes one day after the club announced the return of midfielder Roger Espinoza from overseas, leaves defender Kevin Ellis as the only out-of-contract player without a resolution for 2015.

Vermes said Tuesday that Sporting KC has made Ellis a bona-fide offer — a contract where his salary meets or exceeds last year’s number — but Ellis hasn’t agreed to sign that deal. With the bona-fide offer, Sporting KC will retain Ellis’ rights within MLS, preventing him from becoming a free agent within the league.

To reach Sam McDowell, call 816-234-4869 or send email to smcdowell@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @SamMcDowell11.

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