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Sporting KC signs defender Kevin Ellis to a new contract

Sporting Kansas City defender Kevin Ellis (right) will be heading to camp with the team after he announced via Twitter that he has signed a contract.
Sporting Kansas City defender Kevin Ellis (right) will be heading to camp with the team after he announced via Twitter that he has signed a contract. The Kansas City Star

Sporting Kansas City will embark on its 2015 season Monday when it officially opens training camp in Tuscon, Ariz. And it appears defender Kevin Ellis will be a part of the camp roster after all.

Three days after coach Peter Vermes said offseason contract negotiations with Ellis had failed to produce a new deal, Ellis announced via Twitter that he will be with the team in camp after signing a contract.

“It all starts tomorrow!” Ellis said on Twitter late Saturday. “(KC Cauldron), can’t wait to see and hear you guys in March!”

A graduate of Oak Park High School, Ellis became the club’s second homegrown player when he signed with Sporting KC in 2011. He enjoyed his best season as a professional in 2014, when he appeared in 20 MLS matches, including 16 starts.

He scored his first career goal during a CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals match against Cruz Azul last March.

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

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