Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Rosell joins Sporting KC exodus to Europe
by Ridge Mahoney, June 3rd, 2014 6:03PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls, portugal

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS TRANSACTIONS] Not for the first time, Sporting Kansas City is a victim of its success.

Midfieler Uri Rosell has joined the ranks of players sold to overseas clubs after flourishing in MLS. Several weeks of pursuit by Sporting Lisbon yielded a transfer that was announced Tuesday.

Rosell, 21, is a product of the Barcelona youth academy and arrived two years ago. He played 49 matches (in all competitions) while drawing great praise from SKC coach Peter Vermes. He led MLS last year with 130 interceptions and started 31 of his 34 games. His meager offensive stats (2 goals, 2 assists) belie his ability to set attacks in motion with accurate passes of short- and medium-distance.

The club had rebuffed several inquiries from Sporting but eventually found the terms -- which were not disclosed -- too enticing.

“There's always going to be discussion,” said Vermes, who has seen Kei Kamara and Roger Espinoza move abroad in the past 18 months and is fending off interest in teenage defender Erik Palmer-Brown. “A lot of times, it's not worth talking about. This one just progressed, and they kept coming back, and at the end it was the right deal to do. It's a decision we made as an organization that was good for both sides, and it works out. Uri's been great for us, and now it's time to move on to the next step.”

In the short term, Rosell’s departure increases stress on an SKC roster depleted by national-team commitments and injuries. As talks progressed Vermes gave time to rookie Alex Martinez, who will be one of the candidates to establish himself in Rosell’s spot. Veteran Paulo Nagamura has been a key figure in central midfield since he came to the club in 2012 and now Vermes must again rejigger his lineup to fill a hole.

Toni Dovale was signed in March from Spanish club Celta and is manning the wing in Graham Zusi’s absence. He scored his first MLS goal last week in a 1-1 tie with New York. Outside back Igor Juliao also arrived in March -- on loan from Fluminense -- and has replaced Chance Myers, who suffered a season-ending Achilles tear, at right back.

Chief executive Robb Heineman told MLSSoccer.com the transfer fee paid was the highest ever for an SKC player though the figure wasn’t divulged. He also reiterated the club’s stance that if a player wants to move and the right price is offered, it will make a deal.

“The first couple of times they inquired, it wasn't appropriate from a timing perspective,” Heineman said. “And the more we talked to Uri, his desire to head back to Europe was increasing and the opportunity to play in the [UEFA] Champions League was attractive to him. The timing worked out and based on where we are at, it made sense for us as well.”

 



1 comment
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: June 3, 2014 at 9:56 p.m.
    Rosell..." led MLS last year with 130 interceptions and started 31 of his 34 games." This kind of stats mean nothing when almost 75% of the claimed "interceptions" are giveaways. He'll be back sooner then later.


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
What They're Saying: Bradley Wright-Phillips    
"I thought Jermaine Jones reffed a good game today." -- New York Red Bull Bradley Wright-Phillips ...
The Good, the Bad and -- Messi conquers Spain     
[EUROPE IN A NUTSHELL] A Liverpool player falls asleep watching his team lose, a French golazo ...
Wright-Phillips befuddled, Donovan confident    
[MLS PLAYOFFS: Reaction] In a match that produced 10 yellow cards -- the most for an ...
A cavalcade of Bundesliga own goals     
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] World Cup champion Christoph Kramer scoring a 40-yard own goal earlier ...
What They're Saying: Sigi Schmid    
"If we weren't creating chances, I'd be concerned. But we're creating chances and we had some ...
NCAA Division I Women's Tournament Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Sunday] Top-ranked UCLA needed a goal from Sam Mewis in the 88th minute to beat ...
U.S. Abroad: Weekend Hot (and Cold) List    
Aron Johannsson scored his first goal in more than seven months for AZ in its 1-0 ...
WFC2 to set up shop on UBC campus    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The Vancouver Whitecaps became the seventh MLS club to launch a second team in ...
Youth Boys Report: U.S. U-17s take third in Chile    
The U.S. under-17 national team fell to Brazil, 4-3, in its second game at the Copa ...
Youth Boys Report: Brazil edges U.S. U-17s in thriller    
The U.S. under-17 national team fell to Brazil, 4-3, in its second game at the Copa ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives