The Sporting Kansas City midfield continues to go through an overhaul as the club has signed two new midfielders, Jorge Claros and Martin Steuble.
Jorge Claros is the big signing, giving Sporting Kansas City a new starting defensive midfielder. Claros is a Honduran international who has made 49 appearances for the CONCACAF squad, including three appearances at the 2014 World Cup. The 28-year-old defensive midfielder has been pursued by Sporting Kansas City for awhile but a deal fell through at the last minute last summer.
As an active member of the Honduran national team, Claros becomes another player that will have national team absences throughout the year. His quality at defensive midfield, however, makes the absences worth it, especially with Lawrence Olum available to step in and provide quality play in the defensive midfield.
Claros is already in Kansas City and has passed his medical, leaving no obstacles for him to become a member of Sporting KC.
The second signing is Martin Stueble, a Swiss-Filipino midfielder. Steuble recently played with Swiss second-tier side FC Wil 1900, spending a couple of seasons there. Steuble is another international player, recently making his national team debut for the Philippines. Like Claros, he looks to be a regular call-up to his national team for the foreseeable future. He will be a good depth player in the midfield behind Nagamura and Feilhaber and will take up an international slot.
Steuble will be arriving in Kansas City over the weekend.
Here are some highlights of Steuble.
This brings the total number of Sporting Kansas City players up to 30, although the injuries to Chance Myers and Ike Opara keep the roster size at 28. This move also takes up two international slots for Sporting KC, which is a hint as to why they released Alex Martinez a couple of weeks ago. They now appear to be at eight international slots, which is their current maximum.