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Sporting KC adds defender from Cameroon

Sporting Kansas City’s offseason makeover continued Thursday when the club announced it had signed defender Yann Songo’o.

Songo’o, 21, is a Cameroon native, but he’s spent most of his youth career in Spain, where he trained with Deportivo de la Coruna and Real Zaragoza. He also spent time with FC Metz in France.

He trained with Sporting KC last summer and impressed manager Peter Vermes, who lauded Songo’o’s upside and said in a statement that the move bolsters the club’s depth.

“I have a lot of hope and aspiration that this will be a big experience and opportunity to show what I have as a footballer,” Song’o said in the statement. “I want to thank the club for the chance they are giving me, and I want to show my gratitude to them on the playing field.”

Songo’o, who helped Cameroon reach the 2011 FIFA Under-20 World Cup, is the son of Cameroon goalkeeping legend Jacques Songo’o, a veteran of four FIFA World Cups with Cameroon, and the brother of Portland Timbers midfielder Franck Songo’o.

Songo’o, who can play both centerback and fullback, featured with Real Zaragoza’s second team two years ago before playing spells in Span’s second and fourth divisions, most recently with Pobla de Mafumet CF.