Sporting KC signs Ellis, Carrasco

Sporting Kansas City announced the club has signed defender Kevin Ellis and midfielder Servando Carrasco.

“We’re excited to have Kevin and Servando under contract and with the team as we start our preseason training camp,” Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said. Each of them has different qualities that will help bolster the squad, he added.

Ellis enters his fifth season with Sporting KC after a career year in 2014, making 27 appearances across all competitions for the club with one goal and three assists.

The 23-year-old right back scored the game-winning goal against Cruz Azul in the 2013-2014 CONCACAF Champions League and his two game-winning assists during the MLS regular season were tied with Graham Zusi for the team lead.

A Kansas City, Mo., native, Ellis became the team’s second Homegrown Player signing in 2011 as a product of the Sporting KC Academy and debuted during the 2011 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup before scoring in an international friendly against C.D. Guadalajara later that year.

He made his MLS debut in 2013 and also played a combined 10 games in the USL PRO while on loan with Orlando City SC (2013) and OKC Energy FC (2014) over the last two seasons.

During his four-year professional career, Ellis has been a member of Sporting Kansas City for the 2012 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup title and 2013 MLS Cup championship in addition to his role in Orlando City’s 2013 season that culminated with a USL PRO championship.

“There is no place I would rather play than Kansas City,” Ellis said. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to play in front of my family and friends for the next few years and could not picture it any other way.”

Carrasco has made 60 appearances in four MLS seasons (including playoffs) with one goal and one assist from his defensive midfield position.

He began his career with Seattle Sounders FC, who won the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup during his rookie season in 2011, and was traded to the Houston Dynamo during the 2013 campaign.

The 26-year-old was a second round pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft out of the University of California, where he contributed 13 goals and 13 assists in 73 games during his collegiate career.

Carrasco was a three-time All-PAC 10 selection, earning first team honors as a senior in 2010 when he captained the Bears to a quarterfinal appearance in the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Championship.

Carrasco, who married U.S. Women’s National Team forward Alex Morgan last month, holds dual citizenship in the United States and Mexico.

Sporting Kansas City acquired his rights from the Houston Dynamo during the 2015 MLS SuperDraft in exchange for the club’s second round selection.

“I’m really excited to become a part of this organization and I can’t wait to get started,” Carrasco said. “Having played against Kansas City over the years, two things instantly come to mind. One is the incredible support from the fan base and second is the style of play. It’s no secret that this is a team that wants to dictate the tempo of the game and it’s exciting to have the opportunity to learn the system and continue to grow as a player.”

Sporting Kansas City will kick off the team’s 20th season on March 8 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., in a nationally televised match against the New York Red Bulls at 6 p.m. on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes. For ticket information, visit SportingKC.com or call 888-4KC-GOAL.

– Story from Sporting KC

Free basketball camp planned Feb. 7

A free basketball camp is planned from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, at Bethany Recreation Center, 1120 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kan.

The free Jr. NBA camp is sponsored by Sumner Academy and the Kansas City, Kan., Parks and Recreation Department.

It is for boys and girls in second through seventh grades.

Lunch will be provided by the OK Program and Pride Kansas City, Kan., Fire Department.

For more information, call Bethany Recreation at 913-551-0400.

Sumner Academy falls to Blue Valley Southwest; takes second in tournament

Sumner Academy took second place in the Spring Hill Invitational Tournament Friday,  (Photo by David Brox, Sports Highlights Unlimited)
Sumner Academy took second place in the Spring Hill Invitational Tournament Friday, (Photo by David Brox, Sports Highlights Unlimited)

Although freshman Saadique Perkins recorded 15 points, Sumner Academy fell to Blue Valley Southwest 63-39 Friday in the championship game of the Spring Hill Invitational.

The Sabres got off to a very slow start only scoring 10 points in the 1st 16 minutes finding themselves down 10 – 30 at the halfway point.

Perkins was the front runner for the Sumner Academy offense with 15 points, including eight during the third period.

Fellow freshman De’Auan McClaine put up three three-pointers and scored nine points total.

Also contributing for the Sabres were Derek Sykes (7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block), Marvin Ellis (3 points) and Shaun Rainey (2 points, 4 rebounds).

Sumner Academy finished the game with 23 rebounds (11 offensive/12 defensive), one block and two steals.

Next, Sumner Academy (5-6) will play host to rival Piper on Tuesday.

Blue Valley Southwest 12 18 21 12 63
Sumner Academy 06 04 19 10 39

Top Performers:
BVSW-Matt Wilkinson 21
SA-Saadique Perkins 15

BVSW: Lester 11, Ersteffy 18, Randall 5, Anderson 6, Wilkinson 21, Morgan 0, Thomas 2; 23 12-17 63

SA: Ellis 3, V.Jackson 0, Taylor 1, Rainey 4, Nash 0, Sanders 0, Perkins 15, Marshall 0, McClaine 9, Sykes 7, D.Jackson 0; 15 4-6 39

3 point goals: Ersteffy 3, Randall; McClaine 3, Ellis, Perkins.

– Story from Moses Wyatt Jr., Sumner Academy coach

Sumner Academy took second place in the Spring Hill Invitational Tournament Friday,  (Photo by David Brox, Sports Highlights Unlimited)
Sumner Academy took second place in the Spring Hill Invitational Tournament Friday, (Photo by David Brox, Sports Highlights Unlimited)

Sumner Academy took second place in the Spring Hill Invitational Tournament Friday,  (Photo by David Brox, Sports Highlights Unlimited)
Sumner Academy took second place in the Spring Hill Invitational Tournament Friday, (Photo by David Brox, Sports Highlights Unlimited)