Center back Fontas joins Sporting Kansas City
Center back Andreu Fontas, a 10-year professional from Spain, signed with Sporting Kansas City, the MLS club announced Wednesday.
"Andreu is an experienced defender who strengthens our roster," SKC manager Peter Vermes said in a statement. "He has a lot of qualities we look for in a player, and we look forward to integrating him into the team as we prepare for the stretch run of the season."
Fontas started 100 of 105 league appearances for Celta Vigo and helped the club to the semifinals of the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League.
Ike Opara and Matt Besler have been the featured pairing for 18 of SKC's 22 league matches this season.
Fontas, 28, is expected to provide depth at the position, but he might challenge Opara and Besler for a starting spot.
Opara and Besler have missed time because of injuries this season for Sporting Kansas City (10-6-6, 36 points), which is tied for third in the Western Conference with LA Football Club and behind FC Dallas and Portland, respectively.
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