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Sporting KC adds James Marcelin to roster

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Haitian midfielder James Marcelin returns to MLS with Sporting KC

SKC signs midfielder James Marcelin
SKC signs midfielder James Marcelin
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Sporting Kansas City has signed James Marcelin, a midfielder that plays for the Haitian Men's National Team. He will take up an international slot.

"I am very excited to be back in MLS and playing for Kansas City," Marcelin said via press release. "I know the team well and have a lot of friends that have played there. They won the championship in 2013 and I'm looking forward to helping them win another. Sporting KC is one of the great teams in MLS and I can't wait to get started with them."

Marcelin most recently played for Fort Lauderdale in the NASL but also has 39 matches in MLS between time at Portland Timbers (2011-2012) and FC Dallas (2012).

Depth signing

The roster cupboard has been looking a little bare recently after several players left through trades, contracts expiring or options declined. Marcelin appears to be a depth signing as manager Peter Vermes re-stocks the roster.

One note of interest is that when Marcelin was released from Portland, the reason given by Timbers General Manager Gavin Wilkinson was a little cryptic but less than encouraging.

"James was waived for non-soccer-related reasons. This organization has a high level of professional expectations for all its players."

Vermes does not normally play any games with players so it would be safe to assume that expectations have been clearly communicated.