TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Signing
UPDATE, June 24: Sporting Kansas City have signed midfielder Erik Thommy from German Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart, the club announced Thursday. The contract will run through the 2024 season with a club option for 2025.
Thommy, 27, will occupy an international roster spot and be available to join the team once the MLS Secondary Transfer Window begins on July 7. He will be eligible to make his debut for Sporting KC's Week 19 match at CF Montréal on July 9.
“This is a big step for me in my career,” Thommy said. “I have had very good conversations with Peter Vermes and I am excited to join MLS, a league that has developed a lot in the last few years. This club has great fans, great facilities and a great stadium. I want to give my best for the team and I am ready for the challenge.”
The versatile playmaker can line up centrally or out wide. He has 42 goals and 33 assists across his nine seasons in his native Germany, with nine goals and 14 assists in 96 appearances in the top-flight Bundesliga.
Thommy is SKC's second signing on the day after the announced acquisition of forward William Agada, as the club looks to bring in reinforcements during an injury-riddled start to the season.
ORIGINAL, June 12: With injuries and losses piling up, Sporting Kansas City are seeking much-needed reinforcements in the MLS Secondary Transfer Window (runs July 7 to Aug. 4).
Taylor Twellman transfer talk: Sporting Kansas City
That's according to Taylor Twellman, who claims the club will announce two signings "over the next 48 to 72 hours" in the form of German midfielder Erik Thommy and Nigerian striker William Agada.
"They need help," Twellman said of the Western Conference cellar dwellers during the ABC broadcast of Sunday's 2-1 loss to the New England Revolution.
Thommy would arrive as a Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) signing from Bundesliga club VfB Stuttgart. He's registered nine goals and 14 assists across 96 games with Stuttgart, Fortuna Düsseldorf and FC Augsburg in Germany's top flight.
"He's a dynamic player, can play on both sides, can play through the middle," Twellman said of the 27-year-old.
Agade, 22, is a "big target profile" who provided five goals over 24 games with Hapoel Jerusalem F.C. last season in the Israeli Premier League.
Both signings come amid a disastrous 2022 for Sporting KC, who are last in the West with just 13 points in 16 games (3W-9L-4D record). That's due in part to a long list of injuries that includes Designated Players Alan Pulido and Gadi Kinda, who are both out for the year with knee ailments.
To make matters worse, French defensive midfielder Rémi Walter – who head coach Peter Vermes described as the team's best player this season – was forced out in the 33rd minute of Sunday's game.
"Vermes and Sporting Kansas City desperately need them [Thommy and Agade] now, and it's going to be interesting to see how quickly they acclimate to Major League Soccer," Twellman said.