Sporting KC’s two summer time signings have lastly arrived in Kansas Metropolis.
The membership launched two new signings this week – Erik Thommy and Willy Agada – and each have began coaching with the squad.
Their backgrounds are fairly completely different, however the purpose is identical: to make an influence on a struggling crew. Every participant has been there earlier than, and each throughout the final 12 months.
Thommy is from Stuttgart and has by no means performed in a league outdoors of his residence nation of Germany. Stuttgart have been within the relegation zone for a lot of the 2021-2022 season, however on the final day of the match they averted relegation with a purpose within the final minute of the sport.
Regardless that Sporting KC could not get relegated, regardless of how unhealthy this already powerful season will get, Thommy is hardly unfamiliar with the thought of not ending final in Main League Soccer’s Western Convention.
“It is vital that you do not lose your confidence,” he mentioned. “You need to consider on the sector which you could win video games.”
When Thommy’s agent knowledgeable him of Sporting’s curiosity, Thommy known as everybody he might to assemble details about the Kansas Metropolis crew. He spoke with the employees of the KC membership in addition to along with his fellow participant from Germany – central defender Robert Voloder, who arrived right here in January.
Thommy needed to take significantly the potential transfer from Europe to a rustic nonetheless comparatively unknown to him. Because the transition started to come back collectively, he watched from afar.
“In case you watch the video games, they’re no worse than the opposite guys,” Thommy, 27, mentioned of his new membership. “Generally it is the small, unsuitable choices.
“… Now I am within the dressing room; I noticed some gamers there and so they gave me a superb feeling that if we stick collectively, we are going to change the outcomes.”
Whereas Thommy speaks with German depth, fellow newcomer Agada exudes a jovial spirit. However do not be fooled by his seemingly ever-present grin: the person who goes by “Willy” is decided to show himself on America’s soccer stage.
Like Thommy, 20-year-old Agada comes from a crew that survived relegation. However he has additionally skilled many hardships in his private life: on the age of 18, he moved alone from his native Nigeria to Israel to pursue his dream of taking part in skilled soccer.
Being away from residence for the primary time, he known as his mother and father after two weeks saying he wanted to go residence. He stayed the course, although, saying he grew to become stronger as an individual and as a participant.
“Earlier than, I used to be like, ‘No, I’ve to return (residence),'” Agada mentioned. “However now I really feel like it is time to present the world extra of what you have obtained.”
Agada mentioned her household conjures up her to play. This week he recalled the sacrifices Father Pius made to assist him get this far – driving him to coaching, elevating cash to purchase him braces.
“While you’re younger, it isn’t simple to your father to take you to the fields in Africa,” he mentioned. “They fight that can assist you, push you to do what you like to do.”
His relationship along with his father continues to be shut. On visits residence, he nonetheless performs towards his father in males’s league practices. He mentioned his father’s teammates wish to see him press Pius throughout their periods.
“I am trying ahead to creating him proud,” Agada mentioned.
This story was initially revealed July 21, 2022 at 12:30 p.m.