KANSAS CITY, Mo. (January 17, 2018)- Sporting KC have announced the signing of former academy player, Zack Wright, to a home-grown contract. Wright spent the last four years playing for the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Sporting KC Sign Zack Wright to Home-Grown Contract
The signing of Wright to a homegrown contract marks Sporting KC’s third such signing in the recent months. He joins the group of Kevin Ellis (mutual separation), Daniel Salloi, Gianluca Busio, Jaylin Lindsey.
Wright is a winger/forward who is more known for setting his teammates up than scoring the goals. He finished his senior season with four goals and 11 assists, leading UNC to the final four of the 2017 NCAA Men’s College Cup. They eventually lost to runners up, University of Indiana.
Wright tallied a total of 15 goals and 28 assists in his four seasons of college soccer. His 28 assists was good for sixth amongst active NCAA players at the end of the 2017 campaign.
Wright’s homegrown deal will obviously include a two way contract as Sporting KC routinely look to give their home grown players time at the USL level with Swope Park Rangers, before throwing them into the deep end with the first team. Kevin Ellis had some reasonable success with that, but fell apart this year which led to his “mutual avoidance” of the Sporting KC team.
Daniel Salloi has been their most recent homegrown success. The youngster went on loan to his home country of Hungary to get some experience, and returned to Kansas City for the 2017 preseason. He earned his keep and got some early playing time with Swope Park, which turned into bench roles for Sporting KC.
Midway through the 2017 season, Salloi scored his first career Sporting KC goal in a US Open Cup match, and kicked off his account. The forward ended the season with six goals and an assist across all competitions with the Sporting first team, including the cup winner against New York Red Bulls as Sporting lifted their fourth US Open Cup Title.
Wright will hope to slot in and replicate that type of success through his Sporting KC career.