Sporting Kansas City II today announced that the club has signed four players to professional MLS NEXT Pro contracts, pending league and American Football Federation approval: forward Tijani Fatah, midfielder fielder Curtez Kellman, defender Cole McLagan and forward Dembakwi Yomba.
Fatah, Kellman, McLagan and Yomba will join Sporting KC II for the team’s first season in MLS NEXT Pro, a new professional league starting the last weekend of March. With the roster change, Sporting KC II currently has 15 players under professional contract for the MLS NEXT Pro campaign.
Sporting KC II Composition as of February 28, 2022
- Guardians (1): Ethan Bandre
- Defenders (4): Joseph Addo Tetteh, Aljaz Dzankic, Spencer Glass, Cole McLagan
- Midfielders (3): Collin Fernandez, Curtez Kellman, Jahon Rad
- Forwards (7): Paul Atta Agyei, Bakary Bagayoko, Josh Coan, Tijani Fatah, Rauf Salifu, Julian Vazquez, Dembakwi Yomba
Fatah, 19, was born in Ghana, raised in the Bronx, New York, and comes to Kansas City after stints at New York City FC Academy and Metropolitan Oval Academy. He spent the early stages of 2022 as a trials rider with Sporting KC II, earning starts in preseason scrums against Indy Eleven on Feb. 19 and Chicago Fire II on Feb. 23.
Kellman, 23, is from Georgetown, Guyana, where he played for Georgetown FC and Western Tigers FC as a teenager. He then began his college career in the United States, spending the 2019 season in eastern Florida and the 2021 campaign in neighboring Daytona. Capable of playing in midfield and defense, Kellman earned his only senior cap for the Guyana men’s national team in a friendly against Indonesia on November 25, 2017.
McLagan, 25, was born and raised in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and played Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, where he was an all-state and all-region selection while serving as team captain. He also played club football for Sporting Blue Valley before embarking on a successful four-year college career at Furman University in South Carolina. McLagan started 54 of 67 appearances for the Paladins, totaling 19 goals and nine assists, and helped Furman win the 2018 Southern Conference title as an NCAA Tournament entrant. The right-back started his professional journey in 2021 with Greenville Triumph, where he recorded nine USL League One appearances.
Yomba, 25, is a widely traveled striker who developed as a youth at the Atletico Madrid Academy from 2014 to 2015. He turned professional as a teenager with Atletico Madrid C before to venture to the United States, where he made spells at Orlando City B (2016), Reno 1868 FC (2017-2018) and Oakland Roots SC (2019). While in Reno, Yomba notably featured for MLS affiliate San Jose Earthquakes in a friendly match against German side Eintracht Frankfurt on July 14, 2017. The attacking player recently represented KF Laci in the Albanian First Division and has started in the two pre-seasons of Sporting KC II. games this month.
Sporting KC II are entering their seventh season in club history under first-year head coach Benny Feilhaber and assistant coach Ike Opara. Feilhaber and Opara have played for Sporting at MLS level for the past decade and took charge of Sporting KC II in 2022, ushering in a new era in MLS NEXT Pro.
Sporting KC II will open the season at Colorado Rapids 2 on March 27 and debut at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas with a home opener on April 10 against Houston Dynamo 2. Fans can purchase tickets at SeatGeek. com at a later date and all MLS NEXT Pro matches will be streamed live on mlsnextpro.com.
Transaction: Sporting Kansas City II signs forward Tijani Fatah, midfielder Curtez Kellman, defender Cole McLagan and forward Dembakwi Yomba to professional MLS NEXT Pro contracts.
Born: 07/17/2002 (19 years old)
Weight: 141 lbs.
Hometown: Bronx, New York
Place of birth: Accra, Ghana
Born: 06/03/1998 (23 years old)
Weight: 160 lbs.
Hometown: Georgetown, Guyana
Place of birth: Georgetown, Guyana
College: Daytona State, East Florida State
Date of birth: 8/11/1996 (25 years old)
Weight: 170 lbs.
Hometown: Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Birthplace: Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Last club: Greenville Triumph (USL League One)
Citizenship: United States
Date of birth: 9/4/1996 (25 years old)
Weight: 150 lbs.
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Place of birth: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Last club: KF Laci (Albania)
Citizenship: Sierra Leone, United States