Sporting KC announced the signing of the signing of midfielder Alex Martinez, the first player from this year's draft class to be signed by KC. Martinez, the 57th pick of the draft, the final one of the third round has had an impressive preseason for KC, appearing in seven of KC's 10 preseason games.
He picked up three assists, two from corners, and one the secondary assist on Sal Zizzo's game winner in KC's 3-2 win over Montreal in their last group game. From the games that I've seen Martinez play in, he fits the midfield role that Peter Vermes likes. He's aggressive and able to create as well. He'll fit in well in the midfield and could look to take some of the minutes that Peterson Joseph was expected to get this year. If not that, he could be a candidate to head be one of the four players that heads on loan to Oklahoma City or Orlando for the USL-Pro season.
The signing gives KC 28 rostered players currently, with the draft picks Adnan Gabeljic and Peter Schmetz still with the team unsigned. That number though still includes Peterson Joseph who has not taken part in preseason play at all and who I expect to be placed on injured reserve because of the issues in diagnosing what caused his collapse last year.