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Sporting KC Sign Barcelona B Midfielder to Two Year Contract

PHOTO: Pere Punt’ - MD - Oriol Rosell at the airport, waiting for a flight to Philadelphia and the Kansas City. Funny spelling of Philadelphia in the top right corner there, "Filadelfia".
PHOTO: Pere Punt’ - MD - Oriol Rosell at the airport, waiting for a flight to Philadelphia and the Kansas City. Funny spelling of Philadelphia in the top right corner there, "Filadelfia".

It was announced today that Sporting Kansas City had signed Barcelona youth product Oriol Rosell. Rosell spent 6 years at Barcelona but in the most recent season felt as if he did not get as many minutes as he deserved with the Barcelona B side(a team which is a division below the first team Barcelona and generally harbors Barca's youth players). Another big reason for the move was Rosell's wish to continue his studies in the states and will apparently be pursuing a degree in Business Administration.

Rosell will primarily be used by Sporting KC as a defensive midfielder instead of a center back, which is what he's spent the majority of his youth career as. With preferred defensive midfielder 33 year old Julio Cesar on the fringes with Sporting KC it wouldn't be a long shot to assume Rosell has been brought in to replace the Brazilian.

Rosell's contract with Sporting Kansas City is worth two years, with an option of an additional two years following the original contract.

Rosell with his family before the flight, how presh.

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PHOTO: Pere Punt’ - MD

Player vitals, copied directly from here.

Oriol Rosell (ew-REE-all rohz-EL)

Position: Midfielder

Number: TBD

Height: 6’0

Weight: 168

Born: 7/7/1992

Birthplace: Puig-Reig, Catalonia, Spain

Hometown: Puig-Reig, Catalonia, Spain

Citizenship: Spain

Last Club: Barcelona B (Liga Adelante)

Twitter: @urirosell