Saturday, February 19, 2011
Sporting KC signs Kevin Ellis to a Home Grown Player Contract
Sporting Kansas City announced they had signed Kevin Ellis to a Home Grown contract in a press conference Friday. Ellis is a 19 year old defender that came out the Sporting Kansas City Juniors program. He attended Barton Community College and was named All American both years.
Ellis played forward and midfield in his first season with the Barton Cougars scoring 23 goal and 8 assists. In his second season Kevin moved to the back line but still scored 11 goals with 4 assists.
Ellis joined the senior team in a pre-season combine and impressed enough to be travel with the Senior team to Arizona for the first phase of Pre-season training.
Since Ellis came through Kansas City's Juniors program, he was eligible to be signed as Home Grown player. The Home Grown player category was established by Major League Soccer in 2007 to permit teams to promote youth academy players to professional contracts, bypassing the league’s annual SuperDraft or traditional allocation process. These players must meet Home Grown Player regulations as determined by the League, including participation in the club’s youth system for at least one year.
Goalkeeper Jon Kempin was signed in August 2010 as Kansas City's first Home Grown Player.
The Blue Valley North High School graduate has represented the United States National Team at the Under-18 and Under-20 levels since signing with Kansas City.
Kevin Ellis after the press conference
Jon Parry - Sporting Kansas City Juniors Director of Coaching
Barton College Coach Oliver Twelvetrees and Futura FC Director/Coach Todd Logan