HOW ACQUIRED: Signed a three-year contract with an option for 2021 on Feb. 6, 2018.
An experienced central midfielder who joined Sporting KC as a Designated Player, Gutierrez made an immediate impact before an injury sidelined him for nearly three months in his first season. Back healthy, the Chilean international had 12 goals and three assists in 32 appearances, 31 starts.
INTERNATIONAL: Gutierrez received his first call to the Chile national team in May 2010, debuting in a 1-0 friendly win over Northern Ireland. He's made 35 appearances, scoring four goals and featured in each of Chile’s four matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
OUTSIDE MLS: After beginning his youth career at local club Everton de Vina del Mar in 2004, Gutierrez joined 12-time Chilean Primera Division champion CD Universidad Catolica in 2009 at age 18. He enjoyed a breakout season for the club in 2011, scoring 10 goals in the top-flight Primera Division as Universidad Catolica finished atop the spring Apertura standings and won the 2011 Copa Chile. Gutierrez remained with Unversidad Catolica for the 2012 Apertura campaign — where he led the team with seven goals in 16 games — before landing a transfer to FC Twente in the Netherlands ahead of the 2012-13 Eredivisie season. He debuted for the Dutch side in a UEFA Europa League qualifier, marking his first of nine appearances in the European tournament that year. In his sophomore season at FC Twente, Gutierrez reached new heights as the midfielder started 33 league matches and was named the 2013-14 Eredivisie Most Valuable Player for his instrumental role in propelling the Tukkers to a third-place finish in the table. Gutierrez missed most of 2014-15 through injury but returned for a strong 2015-16 campaign as he started 27 of 30 appearances in all competitions. Gutierrez moved from Netherlands to Spain in 2016-17, signing for Spanish La Liga side Real Betis. His first La Liga goal was a stoppage-time winner as Real Betis ousted Osasuna 2-1 in October 2016. Gutierrez spent most of 2017 on loan at Internacional in Brazil, where he played 16 games and helped the club gain promotion to the top-flight Serie A.