KC coach Peter Vermes (right) plans to use Rod Wallace on defense. (Photo courtesy of Sporting Kansas City)
It didn’t take Rodney Wallace long to find a new team.
Jettisoned by New York City FC, the Costa Rican international signed a one-year contract with Sporting Kansas City Friday.
Wallace can play any spot on the left side — defense, midfield or forward — and he was listed as a defender on the KC roster on the team’s website.
“Rodney has strong qualities as a soccer player and the type of mentality that we always search for,” Sporting Kansas City head coach Peter Vermes said. “He is incredibly competitive and can impact the game with and without the ball. I see him fitting into our team really quickly, and I’m extremely excited to add someone of his caliber to our roster.”
Wallace, 30, was a regular during NYCFC head coach Patrick Vieira’s regime, but was used much less after his successor, Domenec Torrent, took over in June.
He started only nine games and play in 18 over 818 minutes, recording one goal and assisting on another in a season that was broken up by a World Cup appearance and some injuries.
In 2017, Wallace was productive as a left-wing forward, scoring four goals and assisted on six others in 23 starts over 26 matches and 1,935 minutes.
“Sporting KC is a passionate club that knows how to win,” Wallace said. “There are a lot of key aspects here to winning, from the players and staff to the facilities and fans. The soccer atmosphere in Kansas City gives the team that extra edge, and I am excited to come here and be a part of something special.”
Wallace has recorded 26 goals and 33 assists in 214 MLS appearances (including playoffs) since he started professional career in 2009. He was a 2013 MLS all-star and a 2015 MLS Cup champion with with the Portland Timbers.