Sporting KC inks three to contracts
Sporting Kansas City signed three players on Tuesday to MLS contracts ahead of the start of their 2011 season on March 19.
First round SuperDraft selection C.J. Sapong, second round Supplemental Draft pick Mike Jones and defender Scott Lorenz were all signed to their first MLS contracts.
“These are three very good signings for us and they will each add great depth to our roster,” Sporting Kansas City Manager Peter Vermes said. “They have all adapted very well to the MLS level already.”
Sporting Kansas City selected Sapong with the 10th overall selection in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft in January. The 22-year-old goal scorer comes to Kansas City after finishing his college career at James Madison University with 37 goals and 21 assists in four seasons from 2007-2010. He was awarded First Team All-Conference and team Offensive MVP honors all four years, a first in program history, and was the CAA Player of the Year as a senior co-captain in 2010. Sapong was a two-time NSCAA First Team All-South Atlantic Region selection and as a freshman, he was named the CAA and VaSID Rookie of the Year.
A Manassas, Va., native, Sapong attended Forest Park High School where he was honored as the Northwest Region and Cardinal District Player of the Year, and he played club soccer for the PWSI Magnum and D.C. United Youth Academy. He also played for the Fredericksburg Gunners of the USL Premier Development League and was the leading scorer for PDL side Reading United as they reached the final four in 2010.
Kansas City’s second draft selection to sign on Tuesday, Jones was taken in the second round of the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft. A native of St. Peters, Mo., Jones played in 60 games at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and recorded six goals and two assists as a centerback for the Cougars. As a senior in 2010, Jones helped lead SIUE to seven shutouts in 19 games and was chosen Second Team All-Missouri Valley Conference.
The final addition on Tuesday saw Lorenz sign his first MLS contract, after spending his rookie season with the NSC Minnesota Stars of USSF D2 last year. The left-footed outside back made 21 appearances in League competition, starting the club’s final 18 games in defense, including starts in both legs of the USSF D2 quarterfinals. Lorenz, 23, was recognized as the team’s Rookie of the Year.
Lorenz joined Kansas City for pre-season after a trial with the team in November, following the conclusion of his tenure in Minnesota. The Barrington, Ill. native had previously played for the NPSL’s Chicago Fire, where he was a 2009 Midwest Region All-Star, while attending the University of Wisconsin.