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UPDATE (Saturday, 5 pm ET): Steven Goff of The Washington Post reported on Saturday that Sporting Kansas City and Zelalem have struck a deal. The Kansas City Star's Sam McDowell confirmed the report. Sporting's technical director/VP of player personnel Brian Bliss hinted at the signing on Thursday night.
Yes indeed. I am of the same persuasion and some MLS team would be wise to take him and help get him back on track 😉 https://t.co/EGQLOPxdso— Brian Bliss (@BrianBliss8) March 8, 2019
Gedion Zelalem is a name familiar to US national team fans, and he could be making a move to MLS.
Steven Goff of The Washington Post reported on Twitter on Thursday that the 22-year-old midfielder "might be acquired" by Sporting Kansas City.
Getting word from two separate places that Sporting Kansas City might end up acquiring Arsenal's Gedion Zelalem, the US youth intl whose career has been stalled by injuries. Awaiting more info ... #skc #mls— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) January 31, 2019
Goff then followed that up with word from the club that "nothing is imminent."
SKC confirms interest, says they are exploring the possibility, nothing is imminent.— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) January 31, 2019
Zelalem is under contract at Premier League power Arsenal, and has been playing in the reserves of late. The highly-touted prospect pledged his future to the USMNT officially back in 2015, but injuries have cut down his progress, with his first team action in recent years on the club level coming from loan stints at Scottish club Rangers when they were in the second division, and Dutch second-division club VVV Venlo. He won the league title at both clubs. On the international front, he has yet to make his debut for the senior USMNT.
Sporting KC will kick off their competitive slate on Feb. 21 against Liga MX outfit Toluca in Concacaf Champions League play.