Luis Martins - with Gil Vicente - in red at left
Miguel Vidal-Reuters

Sporting Kansas City sign Portuguese defender Luis Martins


Sporting Kansas City have bolstered their defensive unit, announcing on Thursday they have signed Portuguese left back Luis Martins.

Martins will be on a contract through the 2021 season with an option for 2022, and will occupy an international spot. Per a report last week in the Kansas City Star, Martins will arrive on a free transfer, having most recently played for Chaves in the Portuguese top flight.

A former Portugal youth international, Martins came through the youth set-up at Benfica, making his debut for the Primeira Liga giant in 2011. Since then, he has played professionally in Portugal and Spain, for Gil Vicente, Granada, Osasuna, Maritimo and Chaves.

Sporting are in 10th place in the Western Conference at present, six points below the playoff line. They are next in action on Sunday at the Seattle Sounders (10 pm ET | FS1 in US; TSN1/3 in Canada).

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