Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sporting Sign Haitian Midfielder, James Marcelin

Sporting announced their third addition of the offseason today, announcing the signing of Haitian midfielder, James Marcelin. Marcelin spent last year with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the NASL, making 15 appearances for the club as they advanced to the Soccer Bowl before losing to the San Antonio Scorpions. Before that he'd spent time with in the USL playing with the Antigua Barricuda.

He does have MLS experience though, playing with both the Portland Timbers and FC Dallas from 2011 through 2012, appearing 39 times in MLS games.

Marcelin, a defensive midfielder, has also appeared for his country, playing 22 times for Haiti, scoring three goals as well. He becomes the third Haitian to play for Sporting KC after Peterson Joseph and Mechack Jerome.

On the surface, one thing that is a question is this quote from Timbers GM, Gavin Wilkinson, from when Marcelin was waived by the club. The quote implies that some off the field action is what led to Marcelin's waiving, something Wilkinson deemed unprofessional.

I hadn't seen much of the Strikers last year, but I would think this move is more for depth purposes. He's a decent addition, but not one that I think should really be the go to guy at the defensive midfield position every game for Kansas City.

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