Sporting Kansas City is adding some help for its back line.
The club announced Wednesday that it has signed 28-year-old center back Andreu Fontas, a 10-year professional with more than 200 appearances in his native Spain.
Sporting KC used targeted allocation money to sign Fontas, who has inked a Major League Soccer contract through 2022. He will be added to the Sporting KC roster and occupy an international spot pending a physical and receipt of his international transfer certificate and P1 visa.
"Andreu is an experienced defender who strengthens our roster," Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said in a press release. "He has a lot of qualities we look for in a player, and we look forward to integrating him into the team as we prepare for the stretch run of the season."
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.
Sporting Kansas City also announced Wednesday that the club has mutually agreed to part ways with defender Emiliano Amor. The 23-year-old defender started three of five MLS appearances this season while on loan from Argentine club Velez Sarsfield.