Monday, January 11, 2016

Sporting Re-Sign Mustivar and Nagamura

Sporting Kansas City welcomed back to important pieces of the 2015 season today as the club announced that they had re-signed both Soni Mustivar and Paulo Nagamura to new contracts. The pair of defensive midfielders played key roles for Kansas City in their run to the US Open Cup.
Mustivar appeared in 25 games in 2015 for Sporting KC in MLS play and started all five Open Cup games as well as the club's playoff game against Portland. Once he became the club's regular starter at the defensive midfield position after the 4-4 draw with Houston he made the position his own and proved that he needed to be on the field every game to the point that he was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2015.

Nagamura may not ever be a Sporting Legend, but he'll be well remembered throughout club history for his intensity and the ice in his veins on penalty kicks. In 2015 Nagamura stepped up again and scored perfect penalty kicks twice in shootouts for Kansas City. He appeared in 21 league games for Kansas City, the majority of them coming after Roger Espinoza went down with injury for Kansas City. He was the big hero in the club's 4-3 comeback win over the Vancouver Whitecaps, scoring twice after the 80th minute to take Kansas City from defeat to a big win.
The moves actually mean that Kansas City currently has all 28 of their roster spots filled at this time. While this isn't an issue right now since roster compliance isn't until March, you can certainly expect more roster moves to come between now and the beginning of March.


Anonymous said...

Any news on how long the contracts are for? Love the Mustivar signing... not so much on the Nagamura.

Anonymous said...

OH... and how about a new header image for your blog Mike. Wrongberg (Krony) has been gone for a bit.