Sporting Kansas City today announced the signing of Honduran international Ever Alvarado. After reports earlier this week out of Honduras that the left back had not joined Honduran club Olimpia for preseason training and instead was flying to the US, and the KC Star reporting the deal was done, the team made it official today.
The 24 year old will come in and attempt to bring some stability to Kansas City's left back position. A position that Kansas City has had three different players get consistent playing time in so far this season. Second year player, Amadou Dia started the season as the starter but hasn't been at the same level he was at last year and appears to have taken a step back into a sophomore slump. After Dia, veteran Seth Sinovic won his spot back in left back but still struggled at times and still doesn't look to be the same player that he was before his concussion against DC United last season. Recently it's been winger, Jimmy Medranda filling in on the left back position, and while he's been arguably KC's best player, his defense has left something to be desired (his tackle on the penalty kick in the US Open Cup and his challenge on Tesho Akindele last Sunday just to name two). Bringing in another left back, while not the primary priority for Kansas City this weekend was a position that KC could certainly stand to upgrade, and getting Alvarado when he is out of contract looks to be a good piece of business.
Alvarado has appeared six times for his country, three just this year, so he'll join a list of players that seem likely to head out during international breaks, which will be a blow, but being able to land an international is another plus. Hopefully he'll be able to integrate better into the side than most of Kansas City's summer signings who usually don't really start to contribute until after they've had a full offseason with the club. Now Kansas City's needs to do something about improving their offensive output in the second half of the season.