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Sporting KC signs Kuzain to Homegrown Player contract

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Kuzain becomes the 9th Homegrown Player for SKC

Kuzain played for Swope Park in 2017
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Sporting Kansas City announced the signing of 19-year-old midfielder Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal as a Homegrown Player.

Kuzain is the first player to make a stop on each level of the pipeline, starting with the Sporting KC Academy in 2016, signing an Academy contract with the Swope Park Rangers in 2016 and then a pro contract with the Rangers in 2017. Kuzain has now signed with Sporting KC through 2020 with option for 20121 and 2022.

“It’s a blessing, what 19-year-old kid doesn’t want to be signed to Sporting KC. I’m living in a dream right now,” Kuzain told reporters after practice Friday. “The end goal was to get on the first team, it got here quicker than I imagined.”

Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes has been pleased watching Kuzain develop. “It’s exciting to see him develop as a player and it might sound corny, but I am proud to see the way he has come through our system and the way that he has progressed and when he has been challenged he has taken on that challenge and learned from and gotten better. That is what we are expecting when we talk about creating a pro-pathway such as we have done here and to see how these guys have come through the ranks.”

Vermes described Kuzain’s strengths, “He’s got some really good individual qualities, he is very technical on the ball. He’s clean, he’s efficient in the way that he does things. He doesn’t take too many extra touches. I challenged him over the last probably year and a half to really pay attention to the way Ilie plays the position. Especially his positioning on the field and where the ball is in certain areas and he has been a real good student of the game.”

In four matches with Swope Park this season Kuzain has completed 90.8% of his passes, helping the Rangers to 3-1-1 start.

VITALS

Wan Kuzain Wan Kamal (wahn koo-ZANE wahn kuh-MAHL)

Position: Midfielder

Number: 75

Born: 9/14/1998 (19 years old)

Height: 5-10

Weight: 160 lbs.

Hometown: Carbondale, Illinois

Birthplace: Carbondale, Illinois

Citizenship: USA, Malaysia

Sporting KC Roster

Name Position Status Joined Contract Expiration Option Years
Name Position Status Joined Contract Expiration Option Years
Matt Besler CB 1/15/2009 2018 None
Graham Zusi RB 1/15/2009 2018 None
Seth Sinovic LB 11/28/2011 2018 None
Ike Opara CB 12/12/2012 2019 2020
Jimmy Medranda CM 8/9/2013 2019 2020
Tim Melia GK 12/23/2014 2020 None
Roger Espinoza CM DP 1/6/2015 2018 None
Daniel Salloi LW INT-HG 1/13/2016 2019 2020, 2021
Diego Rubio CF 3/8/2016 2018 2019
Adrian Zendejas GK 12/2/2016 2018 2019, 2020
Gerso Fernandes RW 1/4/2017 2019 2020
Ilie Sanchez CDM 1/13/2017 2018 2019
Colton Storm RB 1/13/2017 2018 2019, 2020
Amer Didic CB 5/31/2017 2018 2019, 2020
Cristian Lobato LB INT 6/29/2017 2018 2019
Gianluca Busio FWD HG 8/25/2017 2020 2021, 2022
Kharlton Belmar FWD 9/15/2017 2018 2019, 2020
Khiry Shelton FWD 12/14/2017 2018 Unknown
Yohan Croizet CAM INT-DP 12/15/2017 2020 2021
Jaylin Lindsey RB HG 1/1/2018 2021 2022
Emiliano Amor CB INT 1/18/2018 2018 Option to Buy
Matt Lewis CB HG 1/22/2018 2018 2019, 2020, 2021
Johnny Russell LW INT 1/31/2018 2020 2021
Felipe Gutierrez CM INT-DP 2/6/2018 2020 2021
Eric Dick GK 2/15/2018 2018 2019, 2020, 2021
Graham Smith CB 2/15/2018 2018 2019, 2020, 2021
Brad Evans RB 2/20/2018 2018 2019
Kuzain CDM HG 4/13/2018 2020 2021, 2022