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Sporting KC selects Alec Kann in Re-Entry draft

Not a surprise that Sporting KC selects Alec Kann from the Chicago Fire, they needed another body between the pipes. More of surprise that SKC took anyone.

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Sporting Kansas City took Alec Kann in the first stage of the 2015 MLS Re-Entry draft. Kann's option was declined by Chicago making him eligible for the Re-Entry draft. According to the rules of the Re-Entry draft, clubs must exercise the option for or extend a "Bona Fide Offer" to any player selected in the first round.

Kann only played once for Chicago in his two years with the Fire and that was in their last match of the season. Chicago did loan him out the last two years, to Charlotte in 2014 and to St. Louis FC in 2015.

With St. Louis FC, Kann played in 19 matches and with a 5-7-7 record. He tied for 9th with an average 1.24 goals against and was third with a save percentage of .763 and fifth in saves per game with a 3.89 average and 6 shutouts.

It looks like he played well for a mediocre team, St Louis finished 8-11-9 and out of the playoffs in their inaugural year.

"We are fortunate to be able to add another promising goalkeeper to our team," Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said via press release. "We are confident Alec will come in and help push the level of competition within our group."

Kann is only 25 but that places him in the middle of Tim Melia (29) and Jon Kempin (22), the only other two keepers on the roster at the moment. According to the MLS Players Association salary list, Kann only made $60,000 last year so is an affordable extra keeper.

Kempin will of course want to challenge Melia for starting time but could also very well see time with the Swope Park Rangers, Sporting KC's USL affiliate. Kann should provide a solid presence either on the bench for Sporting KC or competing for starts with the Rangers. Kempin is also a candidate to make the Olympic team and could miss time for that as well.

Not a lot of Re-Entry draft history for SKC

Kann was the first player Sporting KC has taken in the Re-Enty draft since Frankie Hedjuk in 2010. Hedjuk was later traded to the Galaxy because Hedjuk did not want to come to Kansas City. The Wizards got Luke Sassano in exchange for Hedjuk.