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Sporting KC sign defender, former FC Barcelona academy product Federico Bessone

Sporting KC defender Federico Bessone

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Sporting Kansas City have signed defender Federico Bessone, the club announced on Friday. He will be added to the team's roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and P-1 Visa, and will occupy a senior international roster spot.

"He's a technical and experienced player who can play anywhere on the left side," Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said in a club release.

Bessone, 29, was born in Córdoba, Argentina, and moved to Lleida, Spain, as a youth. He entered FC Barcelona's La Masia Academy and signed his first professional contract with Barcelona C in 2003, playing alongside Lionel Messi.

He moved to RCD Espanyol B in 2005 and completed a loan at Club Gimnàstic de Tarragona in 2008 before joining Swansea City AFC for the first of two stints in Wales, highlighted by his English Premier League debut in September 2011. Bessone would continue his career with English clubs Leeds United AFC, Charlton Athletic FC, Swindon Town FC and most recently Oldham Athletic AFC.

"I've been training here for two weeks and the quality of the team is magnificent," said Bessone in a statement. "I'm very happy to be here. The city is great, the people are so friendly and my teammates have been tremendous with me."

Friday's signing comes on the day of the MLS roster freeze deadline and all 30 positions will now be occupied on Sporting Kansas City's official MLS roster upon Bessone's addition.