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Harrington, Sporting KC deal finalized

Confirmation is here: Sporting Kansas City and starting fullback Michael Harrington have reached a deal and it has been finalized by the league. As per Major League Soccer, the contract details weren't revealed.

But the important part is Kansas City will have its steadiest player back in the fold when camp opens next week.

Harrington, 24, was the third-overall pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft and has appeared in 120 games for Kansas City and has 5 goals and 13 assists. He's the fourth-longest tenured player. He played in all but one game last season (the last game of the season, he was out with an injury) and was among the teams best players. (I had him second on my ballot for the team's defensive player of the year behind Jimmy Nielsen.)

“I’m really glad to be back,” Harrington said. “I’m excited about the season. We’ve got a lot of good guys coming back and I’m sure the coaching staff has worked hard to bring some good players in. With the new stadium and everything else, I can feel a buzz around Kansas City about the team. I’m glad to be a part of it and ready to get back to work.”

He was also part of one of the funniest moments of the 2010 season, when the team's PR department dropped an epic April Fool's joke on him.