• Wednesday Jul 16, 2014

    Sporting Kansas City snares Claros, Steuble

    Honduras international Jorge Claros (white jersey) joined Sporting Kansas City on July 16, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)

    KANSAS CITY, Kansas -- Sporting Kansas City announced Wednesday the acquisition of a pair of international midfielders, as Jorge Claros and Martin Steuble signed deals with the 2014/15 CONCACAF Champions qualifier.

    Both have been added to the roster, with Claros available for selection this weekend, while Steuble will join the squad in the near future.

    “We are always looking for players to enhance our roster," Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes said.  "Not only is the quality of Jorge and Martin high, but obviously with the injuries and things we have dealt with this season adding them will be a great benefit for the second half of the season.”

    Claros has played 53 times for Honduras and has scored three goals since making his debut on August 16, 2006.  The 28-year-old appeared in all three matches of the Catrachos’ matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

    "I am very happy to be here," Claros said.  "This is a big opportunity for me and I am thankful to Major League Soccer and to Sporting Kansas City.  I hope to reward them for their faith in me with my play on the field."

    The 5-foot-9 defense-oriented player began his career with Honduran club Vida in 2004, before joining Motagua a year later.  Following his productive performances at the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup, the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2008 Olympics Games, Motagua loaned Claros to Scottish first division side Hibernian.  He spent one-and-a-half years with Hibernian, leading the club to the 2012 and 2013 Scottish Cup Finals.

    After returning to Motagua in the summer of 2013, Claros appeared in four matches for Honduras at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, scoring the game-winning goal against El Salvador in the group stage.

    Steuble joins Kansas City after seven years in Switzerland, most recently with Swiss Challenge League club FC Wil 1900.  The 26-year-old made five appearances in the Europa League, while playing for FC Lausanne-Sport and scored a goal in a 3-3 draw against AC Sparta Praha on October 21, 2010.

    "I am really excited to join Sporting KC," Steuble said.  "I was there for a trial and loved what I saw.  I felt good from the beginning and am honored that they offered me a contract.  The team is doing very well right now and I'm just going to do whatever I can to help."

    He has nine caps for the Philippines under head coach Thomas Dooley, a former United States international.

    Sporting Kansas City now has 30 players under contract with the addition of Claros and Steuble to the team's roster.  Two players (Christian Duke and Jimmy Medranda) are currently on loan to USL PRO affiliate OKC Energy FC and four players are unavailable due to injury (Chance Myers, Ike Opara, Peterson Joseph and Eric Kronberg).

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