As expected (considering Ellis' Tweet and both players' appearances in the preseason video) Sporting KC has re-signed homegrown defender Kevin Ellis and signed midfielder Servando Carrasco. The pair of four year veterans bring KC's total number of players under contract to 25 as the team has kicked off preseason in Arizona.
Ellis enjoyed a break out season in 2014 becoming one of KC's more reliable defenders after injuries and international call ups decimated the back line over the course of the season. Ellis appeared in 20 games in league play last year for KC, starting 16 of them.
Carrasco came to Kansas City on draft day, when Sporting traded their second round pick, the 30th overall to the Houston Dynamo for Carrasco's rights. The defensive midfielder was out of contract so Kansas City had to come to an agreement on a new deal with him. He'd spent the last year and a half in Houston after starting his career in Seattle with the Sounders.
Speaking of preseason starting, KC currently has four players in camp on trial as well. Christian Duke, who was waived at the end of the 2014 season but was invited back to camp as a non-rostered invitee. The team also invited Sporting KC U16 academy player, Felipe Hernandez, and two goalkeepers, former Real Salt Lake academy goalkeeper, Matt Bersano and St. Louis Ambush player, Kevin Corby, who went to school at UMKC.