HOW ACQUIRED: Signed using Targeted Allocation Money through 2022 on Aug. 8, 2018.
Fontas is an experienced center back who has the qualities SKC looks at for a player at that position.
INTERNATIONAL: Fontas represented Spain at the U-19, U-20 and U-21 levels. He helped the Spain U-20s win the 2009 Mediterranean Games in Italy before appearing in all three group stage victories at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt. The following year, he featured in a successful qualifying campaign for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, a tournament in which Spain were eventually crowned champions. Fontas then went on to collect four senior caps for the Catalonia Men’s National Team, the official soccer team of the Spanish autonomous community of Catalonia. He most recently appeared in Catalonia’s 3-3 draw against Tunisia in December 2016.
OUTSIDE MLS: Fontas has spent each of the last five seasons with Celta Vigo in Spain’s top-flight La Liga, where he started 100 of 105 league appearances and helped the club to the semifinals of the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League. The defender developed in FC Barcelona’s famed La Masia youth academy alongside current Sporting KC midfielder Ilie Sanchez, playing nearly 100 matches combined for FC Barcelona B and FC Barcelona from 2008-2012.