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Oriol Rosell leaves Sporting Kansas City for Sporting Lisbon

by Tom Conn | Posted on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Former Barcelona youth product, Oriol Rosell has left MLS side, Sporting Kansas City after three seasons to join Portuguese side, Sporting Lisbon on a five year deal.


Sporting Lisbon made the official announcement late Tuesday afternoon, while also announcing that the 21-year-old has a release clause of €45 million.

Sporting Kansas City confirmed the transfer of the transfer via their official website, but as per MLS rules, they weren’t allowed to disclose the monetary figures, simply that, “Sporting Kansas City will receive two-thirds of the transfer fee to use as allocation money^ per MLS rules, as well as a percentage of any future transfer of Rosell from Sporting CP to another clu​b.”

Sporting Kansas City CEO, Robb Heineman thanked Rosell for his professionalism in his three seasons with the club, where he made “49 MLS appearances (including postseason) and led all MLS players with 130 interceptions during the 2013 season. Rosell was voted No. 14 on’s top 24 players under the age of 24 last year and made his international debut for Catalonia in 2013.”

“We wish Uri the best of luck in pursuing this new opportunity. The perception from the outside might be that the timing is not great, but from the inside we believe that the timing is perfect. It opens the door for Uri and for us. Uri came from Barcelona B to Sporting Kansas City, won an MLS Cup and furthered his development on the field. This transfer helps enable us to retain our core players while adding pieces to the team. As we continue to build our roster for the future, and looking at our goal of pursuing championships, we identify what types of players we need to have on our roster to compete continuously for the U.S. Open Cup, MLS Cup and Champions League. This move has also expanded the relationships we have built with many top clubs, opening access to similar players around the world, showcasing what can be accomplished in Kansas City and the other platforms that open up from here.”


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