HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as Sporting KC’s second ever Homegrown Player in February, 2011.
Ellis will be looking to build on a 2015 season that saw him rack up career highs in starts (26) and goals (4). He was named to two different MLS teams of the week, and scored a dramatic late equalizer against Portland in the playoffs. Ellis also converted his penalty in the US Open Cup shootout win.
COLLEGE: Ellis attended Barton County Community College, where he led the school to back-to-back Region VI championships and NJCAA National Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2010. He was named the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Defensive Player of the Year, and added All-Region VI First Team, NJCAA All-Tournament Team and NJCAA First Team All-American honors. His 34 goals and 80 points in the two-year career are an all-time school record.