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Sporting KC II Sign 17-year-old Bailey Sparks to Academy Contract

Sparks joins SKC II as a midfielder that has recently broken into the U.S. U-17 National Team.

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Sporting Kansas City II announced Tuesday afternoon that they have signed Bailey Sparks to an academy contract. The Dallas, Texas native joins the organization pending approval from the league and federation.

Sparks joins SKC II after leading Dallas academy club Solar Soccer Club to the U-17 Boys’ Development Academy Championship in 2018-19 and was honored with the Golden Ball award as the best U-17 player from the USSDA Playoffs.

When he was 14, Sparks was one of 32 players selected across the U.S. to participate in a training stint in Amsterdam as part of the Generation Adidas International AFC Ajax Select Program in 2017. In January of 2019, the 17-year-old has represented the U.S. U-17 National Team at the Nike International Friendlies in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.

Reported earlier this month, Sparks joined Sporting KC’s Academy. When The Blue Testament reached out to the club to confirm they were not able to comment at that time. Now the move has been made official.

According to TopDrawerSoccer, he is committed to play NCAA Division 1 soccer at Southern Methodist University of the American Athletic Conference.

According to 3rd Degree, Sporting KC cannot sign Sparks to a first team Homegrown deal without trading for his Homegrown rights, since he comes from Dallas’ territory. This differs from the Josh Sargent situation in that he was already within SKC’s Homegrown territory, he just needed to (and of course never did) spend time with the SKC Academy.

Sparks is now the eighth teenager under contract with Sporting KC II and could see his debut as early as this Saturday when SKC II make their return to play against the Indy Eleven in the USL Championship.